Overall Rating: 7.90

Villa Selamanya is a beautifully serene place and we enjoyed a real mix of (gentle) adventure and relaxation during our stay. After watching the sunset over the horizon from the waterfront pool we enjoyed trying out the local restaurants (Japanese and Italian - both pretty damn fine) and one morning we took the villa’s kayaks out for a long leisurely paddle around the harbour and through the mangroves filled with birdlife and fish. On a low tide the estuary empties out and the exposed sand-flats bring wading birds and locals out in search of seafood. It’s a great place to explore. We often saw the kids from the neighbouring villa out and about on the sand-flats with their parents chasing crabs and other marine critters, so the location’s obviously a winner with families.

For a change of pace, just head a kilometre up the road in the villa car and you are in watersports heaven. Ask the villa manager about the discount deal Selamanya has with one of the local companies – he can also arrange anything from island tours to deep sea fishing trips.

But it wasn’t all ‘busy, busy’. Truth be told, for most of the day we simply sprawled out on the sun loungers or in the shade of the balé bengong and swam in the pool, it just couldn’t have been any better.

All in all, versatility is key here.