Sanur-Ketewel villas in Bali, Indonesia

If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali’s tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali’s south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.

In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali’s famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.

Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.

Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.

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Villa Batujimbar

Villa Batujimbar

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

With so many ‘ultra villas’ in Bali nowadays boasting all the bells, whistles and 80-plus-inch televisions, it’s always nice to stay in a grand old villa like Batujimbar, a classic example of the original Bali style, where the sizzle is in the foundations and the history, and not the marketing. Batujimbar comes from a time when wealth and grandeur was wrapped up in simplicity and we revelled in it. Knowing that this was the place of choice for the likes of Mick Jagger, and chums, makes it somehow just a little more special, too.

Celebrity hype aside, the physicality of the villa is magnificent in its own right. It ticked all the boxes for us and it was a real pleasure to stay here and take a trip back in time. The grounds are huge, the bedrooms super-comfortable and the gardens are overflowing with trees and flowers under a tropical sun, with the beach just beyond the front gate making for a most relaxing stay.  Oh, and the food served from the villa’s kitchen is something else!
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From $1,290 ++ Special 6br Rate

Bedrooms 8

Sleeps 12

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Guest Rating 9.4

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Villa Batujimbar

Villa Batujimbar

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

With so many ‘ultra villas’ in Bali nowadays boasting all the bells, whistles and 80-plus-inch televisions, it’s always nice to stay in a grand old villa like Batujimbar, a classic example of the original Bali style, where the sizzle is in the foundations and the history, and not the marketing. Batujimbar comes from a time when wealth and grandeur was wrapped up in simplicity and we revelled in it. Knowing that this was the place of choice for the likes of Mick Jagger, and chums, makes it somehow just a little more special, too.

Celebrity hype aside, the physicality of the villa is magnificent in its own right. It ticked all the boxes for us and it was a real pleasure to stay here and take a trip back in time. The grounds are huge, the bedrooms super-comfortable and the gardens are overflowing with trees and flowers under a tropical sun, with the beach just beyond the front gate making for a most relaxing stay.  Oh, and the food served from the villa’s kitchen is something else!
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Bayu Gita Beach Front

Bayu Gita Beach Front

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

Our stay at Villa Bayu Gita was brilliant.  It’s as simple as that.  The comfort factor, the professionalism of the staff, the excellence of the food, the fantastic facilities and the gorgeous views all combined to create an exceptional villa experience.  There are not many villas in Bali that sit so close to the ocean that you can feel it in your face, literally.  During the highest tides, the sea comes right up to the base of the sea wall at the front of the villa and can create quite a show.

Entertainment wise the villa has a marvellous home cinema with recliner chairs and an 80-inch screen, a very well appointed gym and a billiard room, all downstairs in the basement where sound is not an issue.  Upstairs it’s all about the pool, the sun and the ocean views with lots of sun loungers on the pool terrace and sofas both inside and out.

The bedrooms are all very private, generously sized and comfortable so that you can really enjoy some downtime when you need it and guests lucky enough to draw straws for either of the two master suites can luxuriate in their own private plunge pools – the front one facing straight out to sea.

We thought that the villa would make a wonderful beachfront wedding venue – it can cater for up to 80 guests.  And an added bonus is that it can be rented in conjunction with the serene 3-bedroomed Bayu Gita Residence, just a few metres away.
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Bayu Gita Residence

Bayu Gita Residence

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

We wanted for nothing at Bayu Gita Residence.  The villa blends all the charms and appeal of a contemporary beach house with the stylish luxury of Bali villa living.  Thoughtful design, graceful Balinese aesthetics, natural building materials, the friendliest of welcomes, and what seems like great feng shui, all conspire to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, and we felt right at home from the moment we walked in.  While the design itself is delightfully simple and unpretentious, the luxury is in the details, and it is abundantly clear that no expense has been spared in creating this tasteful abode.  Interiors are refreshingly uncluttered – decoration seem unnecessary when the lavish finishing’s of the villa are themselves a work of art; from richly-hued dark timber latticed panels and highly detailed stone work, to delicately beaded cushions, swishing burgundy drapes and gorgeous framed textiles.  The beautiful white flowers that dangle from the vine-covered trellis on the patio add a touch of whimsy.

While the property is not huge, the space had been wonderfully utilised, and the open design makes it feel really fresh and spacious, especially with the sun streaming into the garden and all the doors thrown open to the sea breeze.  Expansive views from the upper floor, with tantalising glimpses of the sea, add to the sense of space. 

There’s no doubt that, when rented in conjunction with its big sister, six-bedroomed Villa Bayu Gita, Bayu Gita Residence would make a wonderful and very memorable beachside wedding venue.
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From $395 ++

Bedrooms 3

Sleeps 6

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Villa Cemara

Villa Cemara

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

Wow…from private pool to shallow sea in five paces?  We’ve been lucky enough to stay in quite a few beachfront villas, but none have been as close as Villa Cemara!  We were amazed when we first walked through its unassuming entrance and into the enormous living pavilion; the view was so attention-grabbing that we hardly noticed the cold towel and freshly squeezed orange juice that were pressed into our hands in welcome.  When we eventually dragged our eyes away from the vista, Pande showed us around the place.  We loved that the bedroom suites were all named after tropical flowers found in the garden.  And the Australian owner’s taste was evident in the exquisite Indonesian furnishings, artefacts and art; gosh, is that really an original Arie Smit painting?  Surely that can’t be a real Hoffker?  And I felt an acquisitive flash for that fabulously gilded door framing a mythical garuda. The first question was where to relax. The pond bale? The living pavilion daybed? The poolside sun-lounger?  The pool was just too inviting, and after a refreshing dip, we slipped through the gate onto the golden sand for a leisurely sunset walk, returning to find a tasty dinner waiting for us.  (We found the staff to be very friendly and obliging, and appreciated that they knew when to disappear.  Two of them share cooking duties, and there’s an extensive suggestion menu of Balinese, Indonesian and western dishes … plus one of the cooks is dab hand at Mexican cuisine.)  This is a fantastic fair-share villa for couples or a group of friends; it’s very family-friendly too.  Though the master pavilion is gorgeous, we don’t think anyone would be upset not to get it; in fact we chose to stay in the guest bedrooms instead, preferring their scale and light.  The villa is great for those who want to relax and recharge their batteries, but the more energetic can go jogging or cycling along the promenade, or head to the water-sports centre for a spot of kite-surfing or sailing.  We thoroughly enjoyed our it-can’t-possibly-be-a-once-in-a-lifetime Cemara experience, and were not at all surprised to learn from the villa manager that well over 90% of guests return.  That’s now sure to include us too.
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From $1,400 ++

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 10

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Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-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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From $510 ++ Special 3br Rate

Bedrooms 4

Sleeps 6

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Guest Rating 8.8

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Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Majapahit Beach - Villa Maya

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-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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Majapahit Beach - Villa Nataraja

Majapahit Beach - Villa Nataraja

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

We really enjoyed Villa Nataraja (and its adjacent twin Villa Raj); it had a very intimate friendly ambiance and exuded a warm, comfortable, lived in feel.  Although the villa is not old, and is very well maintained, we found, on our recent re-visit, that it had lost some of its former lustre and was beginning to look a bit tired.  This isn’t really anyone’s fault; it’s just that being so close to the beach means constant upgrading and maintenance.  For instance, we wondered why the TVs in the bedrooms hadn’t been upgraded with flat-screen models and the manager explained that the new models they bought were affected by the sea air and keep going wrong, whereas the older style TVs proved to be more reliable!

The villa is particularly suitable people looking for get-away-from-it-all peace and quiet and is some distance from restaurants and nightlife.  However, the staff are very professional indeed and the food that comes out of the kitchen is excellent, so there's little need to go out.  The walled garden is very private and dominated by a great pool; the outside options (two balés and the sun loungers) were really pleasant, and being able to enjoy a jacuzzi in your own lounge has a certain seductive appeal.  It’s good to have the beach nearby, and the beach-side sundeck is handy for keeping an eye on the kids.  The rooms in the villa are well kitted out with huge beds and bathrooms. If you are looking for a small step up, consider paying a bit extra for Villa Maya, Majapahit’s absolute beachfront rental property.
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Majapahit Beach - Villa Raj

Majapahit Beach - Villa Raj

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

We really enjoyed Villa Raj (and its adjacent twin Villa Nataraja); it had a very intimate friendly ambiance and exuded a warm, comfortable, lived in feel. Although the villa is not old, and is very well maintained, we found, on our recent re-visit, that it had lost some of its former lustre and was beginning to look a bit tired. This isn’t really anyone’s fault; it’s just that being so close to the beach means constant upgrading and maintenance. For instance, we wondered why the TVs in the bedrooms hadn’t been upgraded with flat-screen models and the manager explained that the new models they bought were affected by the sea air and keep going wrong, whereas the older style TVs proved to be more reliable!

The villa is particularly suitable people looking for get-away-from-it-all peace and quiet and is some distance from restaurants and nightlife. However, the staff are very professional indeed and the food that comes out of the kitchen is excellent, so there's little need to go out. The walled garden is very private and dominated by a great pool; the outside options (two balés and the sun loungers) were really pleasant, and being able to enjoy a jacuzzi in your own lounge has a certain seductive appeal. It’s good to have the beach nearby, and the beach-side sundeck is handy for keeping an eye on the kids. The rooms in the villa are well kitted out with huge beds and bathrooms. If you are looking for a small step up, consider paying a bit extra for Villa Maya, Majapahit’s absolute beachfront rental property.

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Puri Nirwana Beachfront Residence

Puri Nirwana Beachfront Residence

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

We visited Puri Nirwana as two couples on a weekend getaway and we loved every minute of it. What a privilege to experience such a beautifully designed architectural masterpiece. The colourful quirky art (the work of the owner) on every wall became a major conversation topic during our stay. There are few distractions apart from eating, reading and swimming, leaving ample time for the mind to attain the heavenly goal of Nirwana. Furthering our quest for total relaxation we took advantage of the spa by having massages and treatments whenever the mood took us. Guests at the villa are only charged for the tax and service elements of the (already low) treatment price. We all agreed this was a very nice touch indeed.

It‘s easy to get lost at the rambling Puri Nirwana, but that’s all part of its charm. The staff are very friendly, full of smiles and as discreet as the day is long. A chef is on to prepare goodies from an extensive menu and there are freshly baked cookies available all day long too! A five-star gourmet chef can be hired on request should a special occasion call for it. The sunrises over Cucukan Beach are sensational, and we were mesmerised by the spectacular coastline, island and mountain views.

 

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From $1,095 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 9.0
Guest Rating 8.6

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