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Resting upon a headland in Bali’s remote Tabanan Regency, the four-bedroom Villa Ocean is named after the crashing waves that break on the deserted black sand beach below.
The villa is a contemporary-rustic, single-storey house, complete with a stand-alone guesthouse in the garden. Characterised by semi-open-air living bordering a 12m pool, the design features thick polished concrete walls tinted in muted shades of yellow. Decorative doors from Lombok lead to delightful courtyard bathrooms planted with shrubs and bounded by random rock walls in slate and rosy Lombok stone, while wooden furnishings are custom-decorated with traditional Timorese carvings.
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 bird watchers and nature lovers; 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 families and groups of friends, Villa Ocean is one of four Kembang Desa Villas, and can be rented on its own or in conjunction with one-bedroom Villa Moon, two-bedroom Villa Breeze or six-bedroom Villa Sunset, offering guests anything from a one- to 13-bedroom renting option.
Villa Ocean 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.
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Our review Overall Rating: 8.20
If you’re into nightlife, shopping and eating out in fancy restaurants, then Villa Ocean 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: 8
The single-storey Villa Ocean borders the rice fields and is comprised of a main building with three bedrooms and a stand-alone guest house in the garden with one bedroom.
The main building presents a spacious living and dining area, which is open at the front to a sheltered terrace from where guests can step onto the pool deck and into the 12m swimming pool – against the blissful backdrop of the ocean. Folding glass doors can be closed between the terrace and the living room for a more cosy experience. The terrace is furnished with daybeds and coffee tables, and the indoor area offers cushioned rattan sofas and ottomans, a coffee table and a large wall-mounted TV. A large dining table crafted from a single piece of wood is flanked by 12 chairs, and next to this is a fully equipped open-plan kitchen with a service bar and two stools.
The three air-conditioned bedrooms in the main building are furnished with desks, chairs and hanging spaces. The master has a king bed, a daybed, Timorese carvings and arched alcoves; another bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed, and the third bedroom features twin beds that can be converted to a double. The romantic ensuite garden bathrooms are entered via Lombok doors inlaid with mother of pearl; each is equipped with a standing shower and either river rock or marble washbasins.
The second building is a cute single-storey one-bedroom guest house with a thatched roof – perfect for a couple who wish to escape from the rest of the family. Accessed by four steps, the bedroom is air conditioned and furnished with a double bed, hanging space, and a sofa that doubles as a bed for a child. The ensuite, open-air courtyard bathroom is equipped with a standing shower.
The swimming pool measures 12m x 3m, with a wide stone deck furnished with two double sunloungers and flanked by raised dining balé with a table and bench seats for ten. A balé relaxation pavilion sits at the edge of the garden overlooking the beach and the jaw-dropping views of the coastline.