4-bedroom Villas in Ketewel, Bali, Indonesia

Surrounded by terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations and banana groves, the sprawling fishing community of Ketewel presents a picture-perfect version of Bali. Comprising of a string of coastal villages, the area boasts awe-inspiring views across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, as well as the stunning mountains of East Bali.

Despite its outstanding natural beauty and excellent location a mere 40-minute drive from the airport, Ketewel still attracts relatively few visitors and provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of some of the nearby beach towns.

There are plenty of things to do in Ketewel and its neighbouring areas. The best way to experience its rural charm is by walking or cycling along the many quiet rural roads and rice-field walkways. Ketewel’s beaches, with their glistening black-volcanic sands and offshore reefs are world-renowned for their excellent surf breaks.

A holiday in Ketewel should definitely involve a visit to the Bali Zoo and/or the nearby Bali Bird Park. Both are a short drive away and offer a great day out for the whole family. For lovers of art, crafts and culture, Ketewel is only half an hour away from the mountain town of Ubud, with its excellent markets and royal palace.

While there are a number of local 'warungs' (eateries) to choose from in Ketewel, you’ll find a great variety of restaurants and cafés just down the road in Sanur – a popular and laid-back beach town a mere twenty-minute drive away.

If you’re a little more adventurous and don’t mind getting wet, you could also hire a guide and explore Beji Guwang’s spectacular hidden canyon in nearby Sukawati – an incredible experience which involves bouldering, climbing and wading through waist-high waters.

Exotic, peaceful and untouched – Ketewel’s rural charm offers a glimpse of Bali at its very best.

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Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Ketewel

We loved Villa Maya, primarily for location, location, location.  Majapahit is wonderfully isolated and private – in fact it can feel like you’re the only person on the island.  Combine this with regular doses of fresh sea spray and breezes and it’s a great place for clearing the mind.  With this in, well, mind, it’s worth paying that bit extra for the absolute seafront Villas Maya and Samudra.  The two garden villas behind (Nataraja and Raj), just don’t offer quite the same location value.

While Majapahit Villas may not be prime position for restaurants and nightlife (with a team of chefs producing gourmet cuisine from Majapahit's professional kitchen, who needs restaurants?), they offer some unique guest benefits, including a private boat for sight-seeing, fishing and snorkelling trips, and Villa Maya has its very own temple which makes a wonderfully Balinese setting for a special ceremony.  Some of Bali's best surf beaches (especially during the East Coast Season – November to May) are within an easy drive, as are the fascinating traditional craft villages of Mas, Sukawati, Batubulan and Batuan, as well as Ketewel and Saba which are both renowned for their elegant Legong dance performances.

Aside from location, Villa Maya and co are really just comfortable, ‘liveable’ holiday venues. Let’s call it ‘luxury for beginners’.  The staff are genuinely warm and helpful, if a touch over-eager (they tend to hover unless you are quite clear about being left alone); the in-villa chef is quite a dab hand in the kitchen (best spaghetti bolognaise we’ve had on the island to date); and the facilities/amenities are all thought of – including an excellent stock of the latest release DVDs).

It may not be the most swish accommodation on the island, but its understated luxury feels ‘homey’, the type of place that finds you thinking, ‘I could live here.’
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Villa Puri Nirwana

Villa Puri Nirwana

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Ketewel

Six years on from the original review, we enjoyed a delightful stay at Puri Nirwana. It was a pleasure to find such a quiet part of Bali’s coast completely untouched by the crowds, even in high season. The location is spectacular, and the views from the villa attention-grabbing throughout the day.

We had the beach to ourselves apart from a lone fisherman, and enjoyed walking along the beach-front promenade, to Pura Masceti, one of Bali’s nine sacred directional temples. The sunrises over Cucukan Beach are sensational, and we were mesmerised by the island and mountain views.

The villa is large and the staff are very friendly, full of smiles; the chef, who had worked at Ubud culinary icon Mosaic, prepared some beautifully presented meals for us. Puri Nirwana is well designed to accommodate large family groups — it is possibly the best place on Bali to bring someone with mobility issues — and the stunning spa pavilion is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely massage.

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From $760 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 8

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Rating 8.8
Guest Rating 8.6

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The Ylang Ylang

The Ylang Ylang

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Ketewel

Initially, The Ylang Ylang can come across as quite daunting, especially the atrium, but it doesn't take long to settle in and feel comfortably at home. The staff are incredibly welcoming and gracious; some of them have been working here for nine years. The black and gold theme will not be to everyone’s taste – it is a bit glitzy – and we never did figure out what the blue lighting under the beds was all about!

Given its seafront location and the salt water environment maintenance is a continual battle and, in places, the villa is definitely showing its age. Some fittings may not work and some of the huge doors maybe stiff – it shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of Villa Ylang Ylang though, and staff are on hand if you need help with anything. Some of the bathrooms feel a little dated but they function just fine.
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From $670 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 7.5
Guest Rating 8.9

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