Villa Maya Retreat

Outdoor living

Among the many highlights of Villa Maya Retreat are its lush tropical gardens, river setting and jungle vibe. Designed to maximise the villa’s natural surroundings, outdoor living spaces invite guests to unwind, relax and admire the native vegetation and fauna – in particular the iridescent blue kingfishers and alu (water monitor lizards) that scale the river banks.

The 12-metre green-stone swimming pool sits strategically at the centre of the property surrounded by a large wooden deck upon which six sun loungers are shaded by white ceremonial umbrellas. To one end of the pool is an alfresco dining area, while to the other end a traditional style balé adorned with batik cushions provides respite from the heat.

A lily pond with a tall bubbling water feature leads to a furnished terrace overhanging the river – an idyllic setting for pre-dinner drinks. Here, a comfortable U-shaped sitting area with space enough for a small party surrounds a polished tree-stump coffee table ornamented with a bonsai tree.

Next to the terrace rests a huge curtained balé which looks especially romantic when lit at night, and is a great place to enjoy a massage and be soothed by the sounds of the river.

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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