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Resting upon a headland in Bali’s remote Tabanan Regency, Kembang Desa Villas are 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.
All four villas showcase a similar contemporary-rustic architecture with semi-open-air living spaces, thick polished concrete walls in muted natural colours, arches, alcoves, richly patterned stonework, old Indonesian doors, air-conditioned bedrooms and open-air or partially open-air bathrooms. Wooden furnishings are custom-decorated with traditional Timorese carvings and each villa has a private swimming pool. Yet each villa is distinguished by its own character: Villa Moon is a one-bedroom single storey house favoured by honeymooners; the two-bedroom Villa Breeze is an octagonal two-storey dwelling; Villa Ocean is a single-storey four-bedroom villa with a guesthouse in the garden; and the two-storey Villa Sunset is perfect for families, presenting six bedrooms including an antique stand-alone guesthouse.
The kitchens allow 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 couples, families and groups of friends, Kembang Desa offers guests anything from a one- to 13-bedroom renting option.
Kembang Desa Villas are 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 Kembang Desa Villas are not 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 them… we certainly do; they are among our 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: 26
Villa Moon is a one-bedroom honeymoon villa, complete with a garden, a stairway to the beach, and a six-metre pool. The open-air living and dining room has a built-in sofa and a dining table, and an integrated kitchenette. The bedroom is furnished with a double bed and a daybed that serves as an extra bed for a child, while the ensuite garden bathroom is equipped with a rain shower.
Two-bedroomed Villa Breeze is octagonal in shape with an open-plan living and dining room, which integrates a kitchen. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, a daybed that doubles as an extra bed for a child, and an open-air bathroom with peepholes to the view. Upstairs, the master bedroom, complete with ensuite, is furnished with a king bed, and boasts a small balcony. The garden extends to the cliff edge with a 20m swimming pool and a relaxation pavilion.
There are four bedrooms at Villa Ocean, one of which (a double) is housed in a guesthouse in the garden. Furnished with sofas and a table for 12, the living/dining room in the main building has a covered terrace that opens onto the pool deck. An open-plan kitchen is situated beside the dining area. The 12m swimming pool is flanked by a dining balé with a table for ten, while a relaxation pavilion rests on the cliff edge. The three bedrooms in the main building include the master with a king bed, one with a queen bed, and one with twin beds that convert to a double. All have open-air ensuite bathrooms with rain showers.
The six-bedroom Villa Sunset presents a living/dining room with integrated kitchen, sofas and a table for 12. A second dining table sits on an outdoor terrace. Two bedrooms are on the ground floor, one with a king bed and one with twin beds that convert to a double. Upstairs is a huge king-bedded master bedroom flanked by open-air terraces furnished with built-in sofas and a dining table; this room shares a bathroom with a twin-bedded room, and there’s also another double bedroom on this floor. All bedrooms have daybeds that can be used as extra beds. The sixth bedroom, with king bed, is in a traditional Javanese house with a raised veranda. All bathrooms have rain showers and two have river-rock bathtubs. The picture is completed with a 17m pool and two pavilions for relaxing or dining.