Villa Maya Retreat

Living areas

Facing the swimming pool at the heart of the estate, the open-sided fan-cooled thatched dining pavilion forms the social hub of the villa. A four-metre-long solid wood dining table resting on the polished concrete floor commands centrestage, complemented by ten comfortably cushioned rattan chairs. This pavilion also makes a casual living area, with rattan sofas and an ottoman arranged around a rustic coffee table and a surround-sound music system. Alongside is the fully equipped kitchen and a service bar with three bar stools according a ringside seat for sipping cocktails while watching the chef at work.

A few steps away is a second open-sided pavilion with a two-tiered roof fashioned in the style of a traditional Balinese wantilan (village meeting hall). Here, three sofas arranged around a marble-topped coffee table face a 42-inch satellite TV with DVD player and library of movies and magazines.

The 12-metre green-stone swimming pool is encircled by a large wooden deck where six loungers shaded by ceremonial umbrellas encourage supine indolence. An alfresco dining area gazes across the pool towards the batik-cushioned balé which provides respite from the tropical sun.

Suspended over the river, a party terrace with U-shaped seating makes an idyllic setting for pre-dinner drinks. Close by, a huge curtained balé is just the place to enjoy a massage, soothed by the sounds of the river. These garden living spaces invite guests to unwind, relax and admire the iridescent blue kingfishers and alu (water monitor lizards) that scale the river banks.

Villa Maya Retreat – Tabanan 6 bedroom luxury villa, Bali Elite Havens

From the moment you descend the broad stone staircase that carves its way down the river gorge, Villa Maya Retreat will captivate you with its beauty and tranquillity. Jungle vines hang from mature trees, moss and lichen cling to carved statues and a waterfall cascades all the way to the villa hidden below.

By the time you reach the villa it really sinks in that this is your own private paradise. A huge rust-red door swings open to reveal a lush and secluded oasis. Traditional thatch-roofed pavilions overlook the Penet River and clusters of towering bamboo, while a 12-metre swimming pool with timber deck provides the perfect spot to soak up the forest ambiance.

With six stand-alone bedrooms  (three with plunge pools), Villa Maya Retreat is perfect for families, friends or groups looking to share their holiday experience but who also desire privacy and room to breathe. Designed with space in mind there are plenty of places to take in the views and absorb the solitude; from the curtained relaxation balés to the secret garden alcoves to the sunset lounge at the river’s edge.

The Villa is set in true rural Bali with everything you need at your fingertips. A full complement of staff, including an experienced chef, is on hand to prepare and serve delicious home-cooked Asian and Western meals. A car and driver (additional daily charge) is also on standby for those eager to explore the island or indulge in Seminyak’s trendy restaurants, bars and shops (a 45 minute drive).

A stay at Villa Maya Retreat is not complete without exploring the pretty neighbouring village of Cepaka, located in the heart of Bali’s ‘rice bowl’. Here, guests are privy to local traditions that have been practiced for centuries. Whether it happens while you’re witnessing a temple ceremony, watching farmers tend their fields or simply playing with the village children in the street, it’s hard not to fall under the spell of the Island of the Gods, its magic leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated for your return home.
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