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Villa Kailasha, whose name means ‘paradise of the gods’, is a stunning three-bedroom villa resting upon 1,100 square metres of beachside land in Bali’s fertile Tabanan regency. The ocean views from the infinity-edge pool in the villa’s coconut grove garden are magnificent, and guests can expect to be lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of the waves. Offering a complete escape from busy city life, Villa Kailasha will charm guests with its spacious open-sided living pavilions, stylish interiors, gorgeous tropical gardens and modern facilities, complemented by a full team of caring staff who will attend to every need.
Kailasha is a long way out of town and there are no restaurants, bars or shops nearby apart from the discrete, ‘no-kids’, five star Alila Villas Soori Resort, which is just 300m away and opens its fine dining restaurant and open-air sunset bar to non-residents. There are also a couple of local shops just up the road, useful for small necessities such as cigarettes, soft drinks and ice creams. The rugged black-sand beach and river estuary offers beautiful walks and this stretch of coastline is popular with surfers (but there are strong rip currents and no life guards on the beach so it’s not really safe for swimming). Religious ceremonies at the village temple on the beach are not an uncommon sight.
Tabanan has a 30-kilometre-long coastline, which presents isolated coves and rocky outcrops and is famous for its surf beaches, including Medewi and Balian, offering the longest point breaks in Bali. (The drawbacks if you’re not a surfer are the sometimes-three-metre-high waves and the undertows). The beaches are sloping and lovely to walk along; covered with black sand which is regarded for its curative, therapeutic properties and especially helpful for arthritis.
The Regency is known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ – the most agriculturally productive region on the island, with rice fields stretching from the coast to as high as 700 metres above sea level, where the terraces are reminiscent of amphitheatres. Besides rice, there are crops of coconuts, coffee, cacao, spices and tropical fruits. This area is also home to Mount Batukau (2276m), the higher slopes of which are alpine, with mountain streams, ferns, wildflowers, creepers and orchids, as well as the rare, black, leaf-eating monkey, the kijang (small forest deer), large butterflies and moths, flying lizards, the landak (porcupine) and the lubak (mongoose). It is also a bird watchers’ paradise, habitat of the Bali black eagle.
There are no western-style shops or bars in this area, and restaurants serving international cuisine are few and far between, mainly adjoined to the region’s limited number of small and remote hotels.
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life’s more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours’ flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
Our review Overall Rating: 8.00
Guests booking Villa Kailasha will hopefully have spotted that it’s in a remote location so there should be no surprise on arrival: we certainly thought the villa’s setting was sublime. Long stretches of black sand and marauding surf with hardly another tourist in sight. We spent most of our time stretched out by the pool enjoying the ministrations of the staff and soaking up the ocean views, but while we were there we were privileged to witness a village ceremony when the procession passed right by the villa’s front gate. We followed the merriment and colour down to the beach and experienced a Balinese event that, for us, was priceless.
For a change of scenery, take a stroll along the small roads and into the local villages for a slice of rural life. And for something a little more sophisticated, stop by the Alila Villas Soori Resort for dinner, or at least a sunset drink. The classy surroundings are pretty special and being so remote not many people drop in, so don’t miss the opportunity while you’re in the neighbourhood. We went for the said sunset drink but ended up staying for dinner – and really rated their kitchen. While their spa would probably welcome visitors as well, it’s perhaps more tempting to ask the villa staff to organise a therapist to come and give you a treatment at ‘home’.
stephen berry, Australia Overall Rating: 8.40
Gábor Patay, Hungary Overall Rating: 9.40
Ludovic I, France Overall Rating: 1.00
Zhenyi L, China Overall Rating: 1.00
Hans N, Italy Overall Rating: 1.00
Ke C, China Overall Rating: 1.00
Simone M, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
Fahim H, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
Elaine C, Malaysia Overall Rating: 1.00
Sue Z, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
Jason T, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
John C, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
Christophe R, Hong Kong Overall Rating: 1.00
Adinda A, Indonesia Overall Rating: 1.00
Javier C, Spain Overall Rating: 1.00
Srinivasan N, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
Annie W, Hong Kong Overall Rating: 1.00
Brenda K, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
Jennifer L, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
Emmanuelle C Overall Rating: 10.00
Justin Toebes, New Zealand Overall Rating: 9.80
KA KEI IEONG, Overall Rating: 10.00
Katherine R, Singapore Overall Rating: 7.10
Vonney T, Indonesia Overall Rating: 7.80
Sandra Zimmermann Dr., Germany Overall Rating: 7.50
Bjørn G, Germany Overall Rating: 8.30
SØ, Norway Overall Rating: 8.60
The villa is beautiful and well furnished with an open solution that gives you the feeling of being outside even as sitting inside. We also enjoyed lazy days by the big swimming pool.
The location is remote, and hence the car and driver are important for getting around. We enjoyed the location in a more typical Balinese environment, and with some distance to the noisy tourist areas.
John Bennett, New Zealand Overall Rating: 8.20
EJ, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
ID, Australia Overall Rating: 9.80
The staff could not be more attentive and hospitable - nothing was a problem for them and the food excellent.
Will definately be back!
If would be impossible not to find joy at Villa Kailasha.
Gary Seah Overall Rating: 9.50
John Bennett, New Zealand Overall Rating: 8.00
Claude Deschaintre, France Overall Rating: 8.80
The villa and great staff were over our expectations and we hope to come back again very soon.
Sleeping Capacity: 9
Villa Kailasha comprises a series of single-storey pavilions, including a living pavilion and a dining pavilion, both of which are open to the sea breezes and ocean views. In one corner of the vast garden a two-suite guesthouse offers a peaceful retreat; in another, the master suite presents complete privacy with its own plunge pool, deck and bale (relaxation pavilion).
The living pavilion is divided into three sitting areas including a television-watching area with sofas, chairs and a large flat-screen TV with DVD player. To the front is a wide, partially sheltered stone terrace, complete with an alfresco dining area with a table for eight. Adjacent is a modern kitchen, fully equipped with an oven and gas hob, fridge, microwave and coffee machine.
The dining pavilion is furnished with two solid wood tables (one large, one small) that can be brought together to make a dining table for ten, complete with wicker chairs. This pavilion is set in a semi-walled courtyard and is linked to the main living pavilion by a short pathway.
The large master suite is furnished with a king-size bed and two wicker armchairs and equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite-channel TV and fridge. A ‘secret’ door, hidden behind a mirror, leads to an air-conditioned dressing room almost big enough for a party. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a rain shower and a bathtub looking into a private garden with outdoor shower. A separate vanity area opens directly into the private, 6sqm plunge pool, opposite which is a thatched bale pavilion furnished with a table and two chairs.
The guesthouse presents two almost-identical suites within a private courtyard. Each room is furnished with a king-size bed and equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite-channel TV and fitted dressing areas. The bathrooms feature twin washbasins, rain showers and bathtubs set alongside picture windows overlooking private gardens.
Dotted with flowering trees and scented with exotic blossoms, Kailasha’s huge garden rolls down to a sparkling 14m infinity-edged swimming pool. This is bordered by a stone-and-grass chequerboard deck furnished with sunshades and loungers and with a large, comfortable bale to one side – all presenting spectacular views of the glistening black-sand beach and the ocean.