Villa Maya Retreat - Nearby paddy fields

The Locale

Villa Maya Retreat is situated in a jungle-clad river gorge close to the village of Cepaka in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ due to its vast terraced rice fields. This quaint village bordering the Penet River is a rare example of a traditional Balinese community untouched by tourism and the rapid development to the south of the island. Villa guests are accorded a privileged insight into the agricultural, religious and daily life of the friendly villagers. Just 12 kilometres away is the famed Tanah Lot sea temple while the nearest surf beaches, including Echo Beach, are about eight kilometres from the villa.

Distances

Cepaka Village
0.50 km
Echo Beach
9 km
Canggu
9 km
Tabanan
10 km
Tanah Lot
10 km
Seminyak
15 km
Kuta
23 km
Ubud
23 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
25 km

Things to Do

Villa Maya Retreat’s manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.

In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.

Villa Maya Retreat is close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (12 km), although in peak season a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience. Visiting early in the morning (8-9am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.

A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (8km) where a number of cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer. Note that the beach here is dark volcanic sand and the waters are better suited to surfing, having a pronounced swell and rip, rather than children’s swimming. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast is also a good sunset spot.

Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too: fine dining venues include Sarong, the famous Ku Dé Ta, Mama San, La Lucciola, Sardine and Métis.

Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan Regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.

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 Muntigunung. Elite Havens is a proud partner of Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal in northern central Bali (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.

Explore the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (café) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.

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.

Guest Reviews

  • August 2nd, 2019 - August 9th, 2019

    Amazing place with a nice view, great service and service. The villa gives visitors a great experience of what its like to be living in mountains. We enjoyed staying in this villa.

    Khawla B, Bahrain
  • June 14th, 2019 - June 24th, 2019

    Thank you all so much for looking after us all. Feeding us, driving us and playing with Sunny. We have had a great time.

    Sian P, United States
  • June 5th, 2019 - June 8th, 2019

    Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. See you again.

    Zahi A, United Arab Emirates
  • May 6th, 2019 - May 10th, 2019

    What a beautiful setting - quite and peaceful. The rooms were lovely - very specious and calm. The staff were very accommodating - every request was fulfilled. Sightseeing and shopping trips well catered for. The food was great, just what we expected. Thank you to every staff member - you all do a great job. Hope we get to come back here again.

    David L, Australia
  • March 14th, 2019 - March 30th, 2019

    Staying here for family trip proved to be one of the best decision we made. Staff are friendly and helpful and 5 star. Rooms are were clean and regularly services, 5 star. Having a car available was great. Facilities were great. Thank you so much for having us, we hope to return someday and we will recommending Villa Maya Retreat.

    Gillaume C, Canada
  • December 27th, 2018 - January 1st, 2019

    What a wonderful experience we had! You made our stay full of lovely moments and your kindness is for sure a part of it. Excellent staff, wonderful buildings, and garden landscape breathtaking. High class hospitality and staff. We really had a memorable time here and hope to return.

    Lina F, Indonesia
  • November 23rd, 2018 - November 25th, 2018

    Thank you very much for caring for us during this weekend. The villa is beautiful, well cleaned, the staff are super nice, the food was amazing. We spend a great weekend and your attention to detail was very appreciated. Thank you again, we will recommend to our friends.

    Celine L, Singapore
  • November 2nd, 2018 - November 7th, 2018

    What an amazing experience at Villa Maya Retreat. Made and Rai, thank you. Villa Maya team - thank you for your wonderful service and attention to detail. We will definitely highly recommend to our family and friends. Until we meet again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Mellissa S, Indonesia
  • October 17th, 2018 - October 23rd, 2018

    We came here for wedding. The food was amazing and so were the beds and we love the outdoor bathroom because it was nice to have plants surrounding you. The fruit in the morning was lovely, we had an awesome time. Thank you so much to the staff, wonderful cooking, cleaning, driving, helping out with children. It really made it feel like a home away from home.

    Andrew D, Australia
  • September 26th, 2018 - September 30th, 2018

    We arrived for a family wedding and our stay here at villa Maya Retreat was so wonderful. We had so much enjoyment and relaxation. The staff are fantastic - always very pleasant and cheerful and will do anything to make our stay comfortable. Also fantastic cooks.

    Sharon S, Australia
  • September 16th, 2018 - September 21st, 2018

    It is so beautiful and peaceful at your resort, we have thoroughly enjoyed all our time here. Made, Rai and Chika thank you especially for being so kind and gracious, you made everything so easy and comfortable a wonderful place to stay.

    Joanne H, New Zealand
  • September 3rd, 2018 - September 5th, 2018

    Thank you to all staff, we had a wonderful time, this is such a wonderful place to stay. We felt safe and relaxed, you have a beautiful country. Thank you all so much.

    Tao Z, Thailand
  • August 18th, 2018 - August 23rd, 2018

    Kami Keluarga besar dari Bandung sangat senang dan bahagia selama tinngal di Villa Maya dan sangat puas dengan service dan pelayannanya dari Villa Maya. Semoga kami dan sekeluarga semua bisa kembali lagi untuk berkunjung dan tinggal di Villa Maya. Villanya sangat bagus dan Indah.

    Etty W, Indonesia
  • August 13th, 2018 - August 18th, 2018

    We had a wonderful time. The service was the best we have seen. Made Rai, Chika, Kadek, Mandra were awesome made us feel at home. Thank you very much, we stayed with four kids and couldn't have asked for more. Thank you again for the love and care. Hope to stay with you guys again.

    Prajakta D, United States
  • August 9th, 2018 - August 12th, 2018

    We enjoyed stay here in Villa Maya Retreat. The villa were beautiful. The food was delicious, the staff welcoming and friendly. Thank you.

    Pandu S, Indonesia
  • July 17th, 2018 - July 22nd, 2018

    Such a wonderful place to celebrate the beginning of our marriage with some of our closest friends. We relaxed, partied and relaxed some more in paradise. Villa Maya is beautiful and luxurious and exceeded all of our expectations with its tranquil setting, delectable local cuisine and friendly staff to whom nothing was too much trouble. We felt welcomed from the very first contact and would recommend Villa Maya to anyone wanting a sumptuous experience. Thank you so much.

    Kelly S, Australia
  • June 29th, 2018 - July 10th, 2018

    After being delayed by flight down (mt Agung) Actually all 14 members of the family arrived at this wonderful location. We range from grand father to the latest addition and we have had an amazing experiences over the part 12 days. The food and the staff have been wonderful. We have enjoyed our stay. Thanks to all the staff for caring for all of the family.

    Robin P, Australia
  • June 16th, 2018 - June 22nd, 2018

    What a wonderful week we have had celebrating 2 60th Birthdays. The staff have been fantastic looking after us, amazing food, sensational special birthday dinner on Wednesday. We were overwhelmed with the music and dancing displayed by the villages. Chika has been warm and welcoming - we will miss the banana pancakes. Thank you Kadek for cleaning our rooms as well as kitchen assistance. Made has been a great host, trying to fix and meeting our requests and needs. All staff are friendly and helpful and courteous - 7 women and we felt safe and secure at all times.

    Jo C, Australia
  • June 7th, 2018 - June 8th, 2018

    The villa is a little oasis. We enjoyed our stay here very much. Thank you to Made and the staff for the excellent service. We hope to return again with family.

    Rebecca S, Australia
  • June 2nd, 2018 - June 6th, 2018

    Made has been really helpful and thoughtful during our stay. We very much enjoyed staying here and will definitely visit Villa Maya sometime in the future. Thank you.

    Joey T, Canada
  • May 18th, 2018 - May 22nd, 2018

    Villa Maya is an amazing place to stay. Relaxing, peaceful has everything we need for an awesome holiday. The staff are great. Thank you all staff, you made our stay one to remember.

    Tim L, Indonesia
  • May 3rd, 2018 - May 14th, 2018

    The staff...wow...what can we say. Amazing wonderful service! We couldn't have asked for a better time, we are so impressed! Polite, friendly and totally prepared to go out at their way. Exceptional service from Made, Rai and Chika. Thank you so much and we will miss you. We loved the local dishes, fresh food cooked to perfection. We will return to the villa if we ever come to Bali again because of the fantastic level of service from the staff.

    Hester H, New Zealand
  • April 18th, 2018 - April 23rd, 2018

    I stayed at Villa Maya Retreat which was as close as I have ever been to paradise. The people who hosted us were like diamonds, if the world ever was full of people like this, the world would be like heaven of earth. The food was magnificent and now I have to go on a diet! The time has now past but the memories will never last, thank you to all staff.

    Brendan C, Australia
  • April 7th, 2018 - April 17th, 2018

    We very enjoyed our stay here at Villa Maya Retreat. Villa is amazing! Very beautiful, large territory, cozy large rooms. Thanks to all the staff for looking after us.

    Galina M, Russia
  • March 30th, 2018 - April 4th, 2018

    The staff have been accommodating and very helpful. They always try and are very helpful in meeting our requests, thank you.

    Janice N, Malaysia
  • February 12th, 2018 - February 15th, 2018

    Thank you very much to all the staff for the hospitality and kindness. We do enjoy the stay in Villa Maya Retreat. We will come back next time, thanks.

    Conghao H, Australia
  • December 23rd, 2017 - January 2nd, 2018

    11 of us stayed here at Villa Maya, bringing together 2 families from the UK and Australia to share Christmas together. The villa has been magnificent,so much space for us, big bedrooms, and the experience of an outdoor bathroom has been great ! Relaxing by the pool and listening to the sounds of the birds, roaster, dogs, pigs etc has been beautiful. Every meal produced by the staff has been absolutely beautiful.They can't do enough for you, making sure you get what you want and being so friendly. Made Rai is an absolute gentleman, always going out of his way to make sure you you have what you need and suggesting great places in Bali to visit. We all have enjoyed our stay here at Villa Maya, and would recommend to anyone with a large group like ourselves to stay here. Thank you to everyone at Villa Maya for an awesome holiday experience. Much Love!

    Liz P, United Kingdom
  • October 18th, 2017 - October 24th, 2017

    We have very much enjoyed our stay here at Villa Maya Retreat, This is a very special place in Bali, made all the more enjoyable by the birds, butterflies, frogs, roaster and dogs..etc. - the local environment is beautiful. The cooking and service was awesome, we enjoyed all your meals. The rooms were excellent. Thank you all for everything.we have enjoyed our stay. We will recommend this villa. Much Love.

    Barbara F, Australia
  • September 4th, 2017 - September 7th, 2017

    We were 10 group with 2 year old and 92 year old. We were warmly welcomed, and during our three night stay,we were appreciative of the specious accommodation and the abundant, tasty food with which we were treated during our breakfast, lunches and dinners. We found Made Rai, Chika and the staff to be very accommodating and friendly and we enjoyed their humour and hard work, they were especially inclusive and considerate of our 2 year old and our 92 year old. We would highly recommend Villa Maya to anyone who likes a quiet, unhurried existence with the distant sounds of a few roosters, the odd dog, thrown in to remind you of the fact that you are in the country.

    Glorya V, Australia
  • May 20th, 2017 - May 27th, 2017

    This villa is Paradise. We would recommend highly to everyone we meet. In particular Made Rai, Justin, Goldie, Jacky, Kenji, made us feel like family. The peanut satay sticks (highly addictive) and the swimming pools are fabulous. We can't wait to come back with lots more people. Thank you for everything.

    Kim O, Australia
  • May 6th, 2017 - May 13th, 2017

    What a wonderful week we have had being thoroughly spoiled by the staff, and especially Made Rai who has driven us wherever we wanted to go, and Chika who cooked the most beautiful meals - supported by Kadek and our Chef. The ambience and tranquility will be hard to replicate again. Thanks so much for a wonderful week.

    Greg J, Australia
  • April 23rd, 2017 - April 28th, 2017

    This was the best vocation on our lives. We are in the service industry...we are recognize great service. We thank you for everything, we love you and want you to come home with us. Thanks for all Villa Maya team. We will be back.

    Laura T, United States
  • April 7th, 2017 - April 14th, 2017

    We are a group of ten here at Villa Maya. We have enjoyed our stay very much. Villa Maya is set in beautiful surrounding.The staff have been wonderful in every way, polite, helpful, and very friendly. Chika and Mandra is a fabulous chef, the food was delicious at every meal. They and the staff were brilliant. Thank you Made Rai for all your help and support.

    Anna S, Australia
  • March 17th, 2017 - March 22nd, 2017

    Our group of 12 spent 5 days here, Totally relaxing, just what we were looking for. Thank you to the staff for taking care of us and all our requests. Nothing was to much. Special thanks to Made, Rai, Chef, Chika and the helper. Thank you and will be back.

    Bradey C, Australia
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