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Indonesia » Bali » Tabanan » Kembang Desa Villas - Villa Moon (1BR)
Perched upon a headland above a deserted black-sand beach in Bali’s remote Tabanan Regency, the one-bedroom Villa Moon offers comfort, romance and service from the heart wrapped up in spellbinding views of the sea, the mountains and the rice fields. The name conjures up images of a full moon illuminating the rural landscape and piercing the inky ocean waters, but in reality it was chosen to honour the honeymooners and lovers for whom this villa is intended.
Villa Moon is a cute, single-storey, thatched house, crafted in polished concrete and characterised by earthy colours and open-air living – even the bathroom is open to the sky, although the bedroom is, of course, air-conditioned. The interiors introduce natural fabrics and custom-made furniture showcasing richly patterned Timorese carvings, while the garden presents a six-metre swimming pool, and has low boundary walls to maximise the magnificent views.
The awe-inspiring vista encompasses Bali’s chain of mountains from the majestic Mt Agung in the east to Mt Batur, Mt Pohen, Mt Sangkiang, and Mt Batukaru, which rises from the foothills just 20km away and dominates the northern skyline. Below the villa, accessed via a steep descent down a stone stairway, is a lonely beach of glistening coal-black sand and a coastal panorama that extends all the way to Bali’s south-westernmost tip. On a clear day you can watch the sunrise behind Mt Agung, see Java to the west and relish spectacular sunsets over the ocean.
The kitchenette allows guests to self cater but the nearest supermarkets are a long way away so most folks choose to be pampered with delicious Western and Indonesian dishes prepared and served by an inspired home cook. A suggestion menu is provided and the staff will do the grocery shopping for the cost of the ingredients plus 30%.
Ideal for a couple, a single person, or a couple with a young child (there is a daybed in the bedroom that serves as an extra bed), Villa Moon is one of four Kembang Desa Villas, and can be rented on its own or in conjunction with two-bedroom Villa Breeze, four-bedroom Villa Ocean or six-bedroom Villa Sunset, offering guests anything from a one-bedroom to a 13-bedroom renting option.
Villa Moon at Kembang Desa is located on the beach, way, way out in Bali’s rural hinterland where self-containment is the order of the day. The nearest villages are ten to fifteen minutes away by car, and there are no shops, restaurants or bars in this area. There are, however, occasional villas dotted up the coast, and the beach is right there, providing ample opportunities for exploring and walking, as do the surrounding rice fields. Getting back to nature is what it’s all about at Kembang Desa Villas!
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: 7.90
A simple one-bedroom villa up above the waves on a deserted beach in Bali? Villa Moon at Kembang Desa has got to be one of the most romantic villas we have ever seen. Did we say simple? Aesthetically it’s all about the views, but there are plenty of creature comforts here to keep you soft, warm, and happy. It’s an elegant place designed for one thing and one thing only: being together with your beloved. Make sure you make the most of your honeymoon stay: a return visit would still be easy but you might be renting the two-bedroom villa next door and saying farewell to those lie-ins!
Returning to the villa after an evening walk along the beach, a delicious meal was waiting – nothing gourmet, just honest, well-prepared food. The cook produces meals from a tasty repertoire of Balinese / Indonesian / International dishes that hit the spot. We were also delighted by the villa’s collection of hundreds of digital movies – all without the evil scratch demon that can ruin the last five minutes of the most-engrossing films!
We felt so privileged to stay in this magnificent location, not many visitors get to venture this far, so it really is a rare pleasure and an experience that will stay with us forever.
Sleeping Capacity: 2
Villa Moon comprises a charming single-storey building with a thatched roof, fronted by a six-metre swimming pool. The living and dining area is open to the sea breezes under the shelter of the roof and is furnished with built-in seating around a circular dining table for four, as well as a pair of low, comfy, squashy armchairs. The area is flanked by a simple, open-plan kitchenette, which can be provided with the facilities that guests need for self-catering, although most guests opt to have their meals be prepared by the villa’s competent cook.
Behind the living area, double doors showcasing Timorese carvings open to the bedroom. Characterised by polished concrete walls, this room is air-conditioned and furnished with a double bed draped in soft muslin netting, a wardrobe, a long built-in wooden desk with two wicker chairs and views over the ocean, and a daybed (with a substantial mattress) that serves as an extra bed for a child (at extra cost). The ensuite garden bathroom is gorgeous: surrounded by tumbled-marble-tiled walls for privacy, it has a pebbled floor bordered with shrubs, and is equipped with a standing rain shower under the sky, a toilet, and a rough hewn marble washbasin. Decorative features include a carved wooden vanity under a stone carved frieze depicting some fanciful fish.
The garden presents a smooth lawn wrapped around the swimming pool and dotted with palms and shrubs. A low garden wall on three sides provides privacy but allows guests to relish the view. At the front, the garden safely extends all the way to the cliffside and from here, a steep set of stone steps leads directly down to the beach.