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Indonesia » Bali » Tabanan » Kembang Desa Villa - Villa Breeze (2BR)
Villa Breeze is an enchanting, contemporary-rustic, two-storey house, embracing thick polished concrete walls exemplified by arches, peepholes to the ocean, antique Indonesian doors and semi-open-air bathrooms. Wooden furnishings are custom-designed and decorated with traditional Timorese carvings, while floors and interior walls showcase multi-patterned stonework in muted natural colours.
The property is blessed with an awe-inspiring vista, which encompasses Bali’s chain of mountains from the majestic Mt Agung in the east to Mt Batur, Mt Pohen, Mt Sangkiang, and Mt Batukaru, rising from the foothills just 20km away and dominating the northern skyline. Below the villa, 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. This is an area for nature Lovers and bird watchers; perfect for long walks on the beach, mountain trekking, yoga and meditation, or simply relaxing beside the pool in a magnificent environment, while being waited on by a team of sweet Balinese staff and treated to some good wholesome meals.
The well equipped kitchen 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 friends, couples or a family (there are a two built-in daybeds that serve as extra beds for children), Villa Breeze is one of four Kembang Desa Villas, and can be rented on its own or in conjunction with one-bedroom Villa Moon, four-bedroom Villa Ocean or six-bedroom Villa Sunset, offering guests anything from a one-bedroom to a 13-bedroom renting option.
Villa Breeze 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: 8.30
If you’re into nightlife, shopping and eating out in fancy restaurants, then Villa Breeze at Kembang Desa is not the villa for you, but if you love the great outdoors, the sight and sound of the ocean, the mountains and rural local life, you will love this place… we certainly do. Kembang Desa Villas are among our absolute favourite villas in Bali.
Returning to the villa after a long walk along the beach one evening, a delicious meal awaited us – 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!
Make sure you wake up early in the morning when the air and sky are at their most calm and be rewarded with a mountain vista that will leave you speechless. 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: 4
This gorgeous octagonal-shaped, two-storey villa with its shingle roof is deliciously romantic . Guests walk into a delightful living and dining room complete with an integrated well-equipped kitchen, surrounded by glass doors and windows that open to the sea views, allowing the cool breezes to permeate. Here, the richly patterned, textured stonework is quite remarkable, featuring a stacked natural blue-stone wall and decorative stone mosaic floor tiles in shades of cream and grey. Centrepiece is a funky, irregular-shaped wooden dining table for four, which is flanked by curved built-in seating. The seat cushions and scatter cushions match the exact shade of the delicate aqua blue Java stone wall behind, which is fitted with glass lamps and staggered on one side to display some local Indonesian artefacts. Other furnishings in this room include comfy sofas, a coffee table and ottomans positioned to enjoy the glorious vista of the garden, pool and ocean beyond.
Accessed by a pair of antique Balinese doors, the downstairs bedroom is air conditioned and furnished with a queen bed positioned in an arched alcove complete with shelves and hanging space. A muslin curtain can be draped around the bed, turning it into a romantic tent. A flat-screen TV is mounted on the wall, and in a far corner beside the window is a daybed which doubles as a single bed for a child. The adjacent bathroom is fitted with a standing shower and a river rock washbasin; precious features are the arched glassless peepholes in the thick walls looking out to the sea.
The air-conditioned master bedroom is situated on the upper floor, with panoramic windows all around to the mountains, rice fields and ocean. The room is equipped with a TV and furnished with a king bed, a Timorese carved desk, hanging space, and a sofa that doubles as a bed for a child. A small balcony offers a cushioned daybed, which is a great spot for relaxing. The ensuite bathroom has a standing shower.
The velvety terraced lawn rolls to the cliff edge with a fabulous 20m T-shaped infinity swimming pool that appears to overflow into the ocean. A balé relaxation pavilion rests to one side.