A ten-minute walk from Batu Belig Beach on Bali’s south-western coast, the fabulous contemporary-meets-colonial Villa 1880 is a design aficionado’s dream. The fabulous indoor and alfresco living spaces, four bedroom suites and eight-bunk children’s suite are decorated with exquisite taste – think deliciously retro furniture and lighting, designer fabric and statement walls. Add a 19m saltwater pool, private spa, two kitchens (and an accomplished chef among the eight-strong staff) and you have an unmatched experience for a few families – up to 18 people – holidaying together.
Do feel free to ask our staff about the area around Batu Belig; the team has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help you make any bookings, as well as give you an interesting insight into aspects of Bali life. They can also organise for you to be chauffeured in the villa’s beautifully refurbished 1970s VW combi van for a small extra cost.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the many and varied activities you could consider.
- Villa 1880 is within walking distance of Seminyak’s most glamourous beach clubs including W hotel, Tropicola, Ku Dé Ta and Potato Head – perfect for watching the sunset.
- A nice sunset alternative is to walk along the beach at Batu Belig where there are plenty of cafés offering great views and cold beer.
- There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid-range and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too. Fine dining venues within a five-minute drive include Sarong, La Lucciola, Sardine and Métis.
- Desa Seni at Berawa Beach, is an eco-friendly village resort providing an authentic Indonesian experience through the exploration of culture, art and yoga. The resort offers a wide variety of yoga classes and also has its own spa.
- Visit the mystical Hotel Tugu (Bali’s first museum-hotel) studded with priceless Indonesian artworks and antiques. The hotel's restaurants offer authentic Chinese and Indonesian fine dining, as well as an international menu, in a variety of unique settings. At the rustic Waroeng Tugu you can taste the traditional Javanese and Balinese cuisine of bygone centuries.
- Bali attracts some of the world’s top DJ talent. Clubs like Jenja, En-Vie in Seminyak and SkyGarden in nearby Kuta will keep you entertained into the early hours
- Fashionistas, trendies and shopaholics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, one of the most cosmopolitan areas in Bali. Here, you can indulge for hours in stylish and chic boutiques.
- Sports enthusiasts should head to Bali’s prestigious Finns Recreation Club, with its state-of-the-art gym and tennis and squash courts.
- Visit Tanah Lot sea temple. This is one of the most sacred temples in Bali and also one of its most popular tourist attractions. We always advise visiting early in the morning (8-9am) when there are less people and you’ll have a much better chance to really experience the power of this location.
- Explore the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages by bicycle; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (eatery) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.