Our two hour flight from Singapore to Indonesia was painless. We started to get really excited to be in Bali as we caught glimpses of the islands and beautiful, blue ocean from our window seat. Once we arrived at Denpasar airport in Bali, we hired a metered taxi to take us to Seminyak just 20 minutes away. We checked in to Villa Kresna Boutique Villas which would be our new home for the next four days. We followed as our bags were carried away and as the garden doors to our villa opened, we realized we hit the jackpot.Even though our villa, Villa Batur, is technically considered a “one bedroom private villa,” there were still two bedrooms. The master bedroom had a king bed and ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and outdoor shower while the smaller bedroom had a twin bed. Both were outfitted with traditional Balinese artwork and a flat screen TV. The living area included a full kitchen, dining room table, lounge area filled with comfy pillows, a full guest bathroom with outdoor shower and laundry facilities. The best thing about the villa was having our own private deck with sun chairs and a private pool! We loved the vaulted ceilings and open floor plan which made the spacious villa (which totaled 1,930 square feet!) seem even larger. Everything was outside except for the bedrooms which were both air conditioned. During the day, butterflies and birds would fly into the grounds of our villa and in the evening, we’d watch the fruit bats come and eat up the mosquitoes. The paper lanterns were a nice touch, especially lit up in the evenings.After the tour of our villa, it was getting late in the day so we were off in search of food and then headed to the beach. That evening, we stocked up on groceries for the next few days. We planned on cooking a few meals in the villa each day but because the kitchen was fully stocked with everything we could need or want (including complimentary water, tea and coffee), we ended up cooking every single meal in our kitchen for our entire stay. And when I say ‘we cooked,’ I really mean Chris. He lost in rock, paper, scissors and was on chef duty throughout our stay.
We spent the next two days at the beach. Both days, I rented a sun chair while Chris rented a surf board. The waves were waist to chest high and Chris was so stoked to be surfing in Indonesia! There are three main tourist beaches in Bali: Kuta, Legion and Seminyak. We chose to stay at Seminyak because we heard it had a beautiful stretch of beach and is less crowded than the other two. The first picture below is of Seminyak beach… hardly a soul in sight and we had the beach and waves mostly to ourselves. The second is zoomed in towards Kuta and Legion where numerous red umbrellas dot the entire length of the shore. We were happy with our choice of beaches and especially, our accommodation! Aside from beach living, we tried to fully take advantage of all the villa amenities. Throughout the day, we’d always find time for a quick dip in our private pool. It was so convenient to jump in right before breakfast, after we came back from the beach, before and after dinner or in the evening time. It was amazing! To make use of the second bedroom, we’d use it as our TV room in the evenings to catch up on Game of Thrones on HBO (the front desk also has a library of DVDs which guests can rent free of charge). Chris even made sure to use the laundry machine before we had to check out. Those four days were some of the most relaxing on our trip because we had everything we needed in our villa.The Villa Kresna Boutique Villas are an easy 10 minute walk to the beach but they also have another property, Villa Kresna Suites, just a block away from the ocean for those looking to be a little closer. One day, we were given a tour of both locations and we learned that our villa is one of the oldest villas on the property. The new villas are a little more colorful and have upgraded furniture and amenities. All of the villas have their own unique, open-air design and each one is so beautiful! The Villa Kresna Suites are more like a traditional hotel, but again, the rooms are very spacious and right next to the ocean. Facilities vary from villa to villa or room to room so they will have a perfect option for whatever you may need. If you are looking for a perfect holiday hideaway, a romantic getaway or an escape from the bustling streets of Bali, you will find sanctuary at Villa Kresna! To make a reservation or for more information, visit their website, Like Villa Kresna on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay at Villa Kresna Boutique Villas in exchange for sharing our experience. These thoughts and opinions are completely our own.