Villa Kavaya is a 5-bedroom fully-staffed colonial style villa in Pererenan, Canggu, Bali. This villa boasts vast tropical gardens, a huge swimming pool, a relaxation joglo, barbecue facilities, outdoor sitting area, fully air-conditioned indoor living with 46-inch LCD TV, WiFi connection throughout the villa, dining table for 10 guests and well-equipped kitchen. All 5 rooms have ensuite bathroom and are appointed with a 32-inch flat screen LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player. The fourth bedroom is a separate traditional gladak overlooking the pool and garden.
Villa Kavaya’s manager has plenty of information about local places of interest and tips on where to eat or drink, and can arrange transport or make bookings for you. In fact, many of the villa staff live locally and if you’re interested they’ll be happy to give you some interesting insights into many aspects of Bali life.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the varied activities on offer within easy reach of the villa.
- Villa Kavaya is located next to Royal Sporthorse Bali, a private stable famous for its ‘natural horsemanship’ philosophy – a way of working with horses based on the animals’ natural instincts and methods of communication. Offering a kids pony camp, as well as village and beach riding tours, it promises a wonderful day out for the whole family.
- Explore the scenic rice paddies of Pererenan and nearby rural villages such as Seseh by bicycle; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (eatery) to sample some authentic Balinese fare.
- Echo Beach with its dark volcanic sand and casual dining restaurants attracts a laid-back surfer crowd and is ideal for long walks. Due to its strong rip, the ocean is best left to experienced surfers.
- Nearby Jalan Batu Bolong, considered the beating heart of Canggu, will spoil you for choice when it comes to eating out. For breakfast and lunch, sample the delicious vegan and vegetarian menu at Shady Shack, or indulge in the super-healthy breakfasts and smoothies at Betelnut Café. For dining we can recommend Koi which offers Japanese-style food with a hint of California, or The Slow for a sleek dining experience and delicious cocktails.
- If you fancy a night on the town, head over to Batu Bolong Beach which in recent years has become a hotspot for the trendy millennial crowd. Don’t be fooled by its name and be sure to visit Old Mans for its infamous Wednesday night party, or enjoy watching a beautiful crowd dance the night away at The Lawn during the weekend.
- Villa Kavaya is a 20-minute drive from the famous sea temple of Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s most important temples, and also one of its most popular tourist attractions. You can expect a lot of people and camera phones if you visit during sunset, especially during peak holiday season. We 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 sacred place.
- Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid-range and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak. Fine dining venues include Sarong, the famous Ku Dé Ta, Mama San, La Lucciola, Merah Putih, Sardine and Métis.
- Play a round at the well-laid out 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course in Sanur or the 85-hectare New Kuta Golf Course on the Bukit Peninsula, for fantastic ocean views.
- Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned temple – Pura Ulun Danu.