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Old Bali without the traffic and pollution
Villa Purnama offers some unique experiences for the visitor to Bali – whether a first-timer or those who already have experience with Bali and its attractions.

We face east and catch the magical sun and moon rise, the main part of the the garden gets all day sun if you are a worshipper yet the house avoids the extreme heat of the afternoon sun.

Sleep peacefully in tune with the magical calming sounds of the ocean waves breaking on the beach.

Most people looking for luxury, villa rentals or hotels in Bali are forced by availability of options to stay in the up-market tourist hubs of Jimbaran or Seminyak for the beachfront, or for a sense of more natural Bali, the remote Ubud. The problem with that is, in Jimbaran and Seminyak you are literally surrounded by the hubbub, traffic and din of urban Bali life, and in tranquil Ubud, you are too far away from it all!

Villa Purnama is set in rural Bali, surrounded by rice fields, old villages and right on the glittering, black sand beachfront, with stunning views to the outlying islands and views over lush paddy fields and Pura Dalem to Mount Agung in the distance , giving you a real sense of Bali as it was and in this region, still is. And yet, we are perfectly placed to make sure you can still enjoy those tourist attractions, restaurants and nightlife whenever you feel the urge.

Surf  your very own break, just outside the front door.


Here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.

  1. If you’ve always dreamt of galloping along the beach at sunset, now’s your chance. Saba Bay stables can arrange horse riding trails along the black sands and crashing waves at nearby Saba Beach, passing bamboo and alang-alang plantations and local temples.
  2. You’re just a 15 -minute drive from the historical village of Sanur, Bali’s original tourist enclave. Its lovely broad expanse of golden sands sheltered by a reef makes this for the perfect spot for safe swimming. Make the most of the diverse array of water sports available and some excellent eating places along the five-kilometre seafront promenade.
  3. Don’t miss a trip up to Bali’s cultural and artistic hub, Ubud, a 20-minute scenic drive. This is the best place to catch traditional Balinese dance performances – especially at the town’s Royal Palace, magically illuminated at night. Ubud has also recently evolved as an upmarket destination, boasting cutting-edge restaurants like Mozaic and world-class spas such as award-winning Como Shambhala.
  4. You can purchase plenty of arts, crafts and souvenirs in Ubud, but why not get them at source, at Ubud’s outlying traditional artisan villages? There’s wider options at great value to be found at Celuk, famous for silverware, Batubulan for stone carvings, Mas for wood carvings and Sukawati, for its arts and crafts market – all just 10- to 20-minutes’ drive away.
  5. Just off the mainland are the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida – both famous for their scuba diving and snorkelling, with excellent dive sites and rich marine life. Boat trips from Sanur or Padangbai can easily be arranged. Further along the east coast, Amed and Tulamben offer isolated reefs – the latter, also has shipwreck diving.
  6. Bali Safari & Marine Park (5km) offers a fun family day out. Home to hundreds of amazing animals representing more than 50 species, it presents a tram ride through the animal enclosures, a marine aquarium, a theatre, animal educational and entertainment shows, as well as the Fun Zone where visitors can get wet and wild in the Waterpark or embark on a Jungle Cruise.
  7. Fashionistas and shop-a-holics should drive over to the west coast – around 40 minutes away – where you’ll find Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave, Seminyak. Here, indulge in globally-inspired gourmet restaurants, stylish boutiques and hipper-than-thou bars – including the much hyped Ku Dé Ta, on Seminyak beachfront.
  8. The most exclusive Bali trekking tour promises breath-taking vistas and heart-warming encounters while supporting sustainable social change in the once-forgotten villages of Muntig
  9. The stretch of beach between Sanur and Ketewel   is well known as a surfer’s heaven (especially from November to May, when the winds turn offshore on this side of the island), but beginners should beware of strong, swirling currents. Good breaks can be found at Keramas, Ketewel  ( outside our front door)and Cucukan.
  10. Pulau Dive Charters offers luxury boat charters around the beautiful islands and waters surrounding Bali. They specialise in private fishing, surfing and diving charters and also offer unique personalised day trips to Nusa Lembongan. Perfect for a family day out on the water or with a group of friends.
  11. Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Bali has 16 water slides (including The Climax with its 360 degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.
  12. Komune beach club with the world class break of Keramas is just a three minute drive and a great spot for cocktails dinner and lunch.

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