ARRIVING IN BALI, OUR LOCATION and GETTING HERE…. and MEET OUR STAFF
The first good thing to know is that you no longer have to fill in those tedious immigration forms on arrival, and your visa is already included in your ticket – so it’s straight through, collect luggage and head through customs, handing your form to the guys with the x-ray machine. Walk on through the not-very-duty-free shop towards the waiting drivers.
If you have arranged for us to collect you, then look out for the villa sign board bearing your name. Please don’t change money here… much better rates in the village.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANYTHING, CAN’T SEE YOUR DRIVER etc., please call us here at the villa : +62(0) 81337430661
Villa Nilaya is located on absolute beachfront, in a seaside village 5km before Candi Dasa in the regency of Karangasem as you approach from the West (Denpasar airport direction).
Villa Nilaya is discreetly tucked away in the quiet sea-side village of Mendira, at the end of a forest cul de sac, facing onto absolute beachfront with sweeping views directly across to the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, with the sun rising over Lombok to the left and setting behind Padang Bai to the West on the right side.
We are located just 90 minutes from Bali’s International Airport in Denpasar, along the swift new Kusamba Bypass via Sanur.
OUR VILLAGE OFFERS TRADITIONAL VILLAGE AMBIENCE with a PRETTY SEA-SIDE SETTING
Mendira is a small, hard-working and relatively prosperous village where local people warmly greet you. Traditional values remain important in Mendira, where television is never heard, but the sounds of children practicing gamelan is a pleasure to witness as you stroll the village in the evening, perhaps on the way to one of several local restaurants offering fresh seafood, and other excellent local produce prepared a la Balinese, a la Francaise .. you can find everything here … for a fraction of the price you’d pay in the large restaurants in the busy tourist areas.
MOUNTAINS, TEXTILES and the BALI AGA VILLAGE of TENGENAN
The location of Villa Nilaya Bali Beach combines the incredible restfulness which comes from being by the sea with the dramatic mountainous landscape dominated by the holy mountain of Mt. Agung which defines Central East Bali. We are just 20 minutes’ drive from the famous Bali Aga villages of Tengenan, where a uniquely different village life has coexisted alongside the mainstream Balinese culture, undisturbed for centuries… it is here that you’ll find the beautiful and highly-collectable Double Ikat cloth being woven and , of course is still being worn by its inhabitants who strongly guard against modernist incursions
DIRECT BEACH ACCESS in JUST 5 STEPS
You can easily access the beach directly from the villa in just 5 steps.
Sea swimming is a pleasure here, and although the coral reefs were infamously mined for building materials here in the 1970s, the reef restoration has been very successful, and today, the sea at the bottom of the garden is like an aquarium. The snorkeling is fantastic and easy – we have snorkeling equipment freely available at the villa – a lovely alternative to the large, infinity swimming pool at the villa.
And if you’d like to enjoy some boating on a local fishing vessel, our manager can organize that for you – the boat will come right up to the front of the villa to collect you!
THE DRIVE FROM THE AIRPORT
We can arrange a local taxi to collect you from the airport to any other Location. You’ll probably find that this saves you having the hassle of trying to describe our location to your city driver. Our driver will have cold towels and fresh cool water to refresh you, and will meet you at the airport Arrivals exit area , bearing a Villa Nilaya sign with your name on it .
From the airport the cost is a fixed Rp 450,000.00 (about USD30).
We’re located 85 kms from the airport – between 90-120 minutes with your driver, who will meet you with a cool towel and chilled water. As you leave behind the increasingly urbanized area of Kuta and head towards the coast I hope the inevitable stress of packing and leaving starts to ebb away and you can begin to immerse yourself in the warmth and more relaxed mode of life in East Bali. You’ll be travelling on the bypass road and by the time you start to see the sea on your right, you’ll also be able to glimpse Mt Agung, further ahead on the left. About 50 km along, the sea and coast draw very close together and you’ll see the famous ‘bat temple’ on your left, and 5 km later, the sign announcing your arrival into Karangasem, the eastern kingdom – and there will be market stalls on both sides of the road. By the time you reach the next set of lights, you’re at Padang Bai – a small port town for boat to Lombok – and now you’re only 20 minutes away from your home here at Villa Nilaya.
The villa is approached by turning off the main road to Candi Dasa and driving through the quiet village of Mendira, a small village which maintains its links to traditional culture: the open air general assembly hall is often a venue for schoolchildren practicing their dancing; a corrugated iron roof protects a village television set positioned by the side of the main street which men, old and young, gather nightly to watch from across the road, sitting beneath the village banyan tree : and colourful processions to celebrate life and death meander along this same road accompanied by the sound of the local gamelan orchestra. Like every village it has 3 main temples, you’ll pass the Pura Segara (sea temple) to your left as you turn into Mendira, and in the centre of the village is the main temple.
Villa Nilaya sits on the edge of all this, a short, 5-minute walk from the village street, approached through a coconut grove where locals sometimes graze their household cow.
Another 5 minutes down the track and you’ll find the ‘Pura Dalem’, the main Shiva temple, used for cremations, and a quiet reminder of the constant acknowledgement of the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ sides of life which is the hallmark of Balinese spiritual beliefs.
At Villa Nilaya you can involve yourself with as little or as much of this Balinese village life as you wish.
‘Keeping safe’ is central to Balinese spiritual life, and you may find yourself becoming quietly fascinated as our staff daily honour our three villa temples with flower offerings at our own three temples on the property – all there by time-honoured law, to keep you safe, healthy and happy.