VILLA TAMAN AYU - a Private Retreat
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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Welcome to Villa Taman Ayu, our home in paradise. Situated in the village of Bondalem on the North Coast and 100 metres from a coral reef, the property is 2,000 square metres of tropical splendour with spacious accommodation for 6-8 people. Several covered verandas, daybeds and bale offer shaded outdoor relaxing. The private 11 x 5 metre swimming pool is a refreshing oasis, great for swimming laps or merely cooling off.
The main house includes a large, comfy living room with TV/DVD; 2 large bedrooms each with antique four poster Super King beds with mozzie nets, a spacious dining area, a large galley-style kitchen and a big bathroom with outside shower in a private garden. Several daybeds offer additional sleeping accommodation if required.
The one bedroom bungalow has its own private veranda, and a stylish ensuite bathroom where you can shower under the stars.
Fins, masks and snorkels are provided for your enjoyment of the reef which is accessed directly off the beach. You can take a short walk to local restaurants and resort facilities or arrange for in-house cooks to pamper you in the villa. .Villa Taman Ayu is a secluded garden oasis destination and offers a pleasant alternative to the hustle and bustle of the south. This is opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique culture, their ceremonies and way of life.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bondalem Beach is 100 metres down the lane 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Denpasar 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Bali/Lesser Sunda Islands region
Welcome to Bondalem. The north of Bali is a far cry from the busy south. The central mountainous terrain drops steeply down to the north's little populated coast, the area filled with brilliant green rice paddies, rainforests, and the clear blue Java Sea. What also defines the region is the impact of foreign traders from India, China and the Arab world, as well as a strong Balinese Hindu influence which gives the culture a different feel to the south. Be enchanted by the beauty of this part of the island - a great contrast and an essential visit to round off your Bali holiday .
Take a 40 minute drive to the city of Singaraja, once the capital of Bali and seat of the old Dutch administration. Although the city is home to 100,000 people, it has wide avenues and a spacious feel. The covered market, Pasar Anyar, is filled with hawkers, providing a glimpse into Balinese life. You can enjoy one of the restaurants at the harbour (built on platforms out on the open sea with views of the mountains in Java), bathe in the hot mineral springs of Banjar, and on the way back stop in at the coastal resort of Lovina for a walk on the boulevard or stop at one of its many restaurants.
Highlights in the north include numerous temples, waterfalls,dive sites, parks, walking adventures, volcano climbing, dolphin watching, art markets. You can also visit other islands such as Java, Flores (includes Komodo Island), as well as taking a fast boat to the Gili Islands and nearby Lombok.
Another great excursion is to the artist's village of Ubud (about 90 minutes to the south) where you can walk through paddy fields, shop in the local market, enjoy fabulous restaurants and visit the local artists in their homes in nearby Penestanan. Perhaps climb Mount Agung, an active volcano, on the way back. White water rafting is another popular activity.
There are a large number of excursions available throughout the island. Perhaps contact us if you want advice or to arrange a driver, or do some research and design your own unique visit to the North.
It is worthwhile exploring the local area on foot, or by water. The beach, the village and the nearby mountains are all worth a visit. You will experience the openness of the Balinese people and enjoy the local culture. Be part of the early morning hustle and bustle at the village market, or take a trip out to sea on a local fishing boat at sunrise and encounter the resident Dolphins.
Enjoy reading a good book or simply relaxing and dreaming in our new Bale by the pool. Visit the many local temples and enjoy the festivals such as the full moon ceremony. Take a cycle trip or hop in a canoe and paddle around the local foreshores. Join the visitors at dawn to the many wellness centres in the region and watch the sun come up over the Java Sea - or stay in bed. You will find Bondalem a lovely area, well away from the usual tourist run. Enjoy!!
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9 Jul 2014
"Exotic, relaxing place away from the madding crowd!!"
This is a beautiful gem near a quiet village in northern Bali - the village does not cater for tourists so you have to either eat and entertain yourself via a couple of resorts, or explore the local villages and get to know how the locals live.
The villa has everything you need - it's a tastefully renovated large house and cute bungalow for a couple. the garden is beautifully maintained and looks gorgeous, particularly in the morning. The staff are friendly and more than helpful - Lusi is a great cook!!
We ate a few times at Minings warung near the Tetjakula bridge - dinner for 3 for less than $15 Aud.... or you can eat in - shop at the early morning market for beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables as well as fish off the boat.
The coral is 100 m from the beach - it felt as though we had it all to ourselves and the fish are coming back in great varieties.... there are also kayeks which are perfect for exploring the coastline for hire from Shangri La.
One downside to the villa is that the neighbours on the north side are pretty noisy - sometimes very early in the morning - if you have a choice, pick the bedroom on the south side or the bungalow....
Thanks for your kind comments on our villa. Yes, Lusi is indeed a great cook which is why we love staying there ourselves! We are so sorry however that during your long stay the nearby neighbours were noisy on some occasions. Please rest assured that these comments have been passed on to our staff and action has been taken.
We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you back again.
Peter and Dee
10 Feb 2014
"The peacefulness and serenity of the surroundings"
Our stay was simply blissful. We weren't expecting so find such a sophisticated, beautifully furnished villa offering such graceful and easy living. The high, open beamed ceilings, overhead fans and shuttered windows with no glass all contributed to a lovely, breezy feeling. We were spoiled for choice with several relaxing areas - a sumptuous daybed on the main verandah were many an hour was spent reading books;, low antique chairs on another verandah ideal for morning coffee and listening to the birds - and of course the traditional-style 'bale' adjacent to the stunning swimming pool which was big enough to do laps! The kitchen is huge and well appointed. We made our own breakfast and lunch but elected to have our dinners cooked for us in-house by the friendly staff who could not do enough to please, thank you Dewi and Lusi! The gated grounds are fabulous, and filled with interesting little areas carefully decorated with Balinese statues and traditional lamps. The beautiful, well-established garden abounds with exotic fruit trees and flowers. We were never short of a mango or papaya for breakfast! Best of all, the short walk down the path leads to a quiet beach where we could swim and see the tropical fish and coral right off the shore! The owners provide snorkeling gear for their guests which was a thoughtful touch as we hadn't thought to bring our own. All in all, a great find and excellent value for the price.
Thank you so much for your lovely review, Justine - much appreciated! We do hope you will come and stay again!
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