Hiking and trekking in Bali’s volcanic hinterlands gives visitors the opportunity to relish some spectacular views; the 2276-metre Mount Batukau is the island’s second highest peak, and the area around this mountain boasts the greatest biological diversity in Bali. Here, local guides lead visitors on anything from gentle hikes through the food forests and jungle, to challenging treks.
Visit the breathtaking panorama of the Jatiluwih rice terraces (36km), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 for its preservation of traditional Balinese farming techniques. At a height of 850 metres above sea level, the view here is one of the finest imaginable.
Horse riding can be arranged at a stables located at the village of Yeh Gangga (5km). The scenery is lovely in this peaceful village, where rice farming, fishing and sea salt harvesting are the main activities. One of the rides offers an opportunity to swim in the sea with the horses.
Enjoy a game of golf on the championship standard Nirwana Bali Golf Course (15km), voted number one golf course in Asia. This spectacular course is bordered by ocean and rice fields, and the 12th hole is one of the most photographed in the world because it overlooks the famous Tanah Lot sea temple – one of the island’s most astonishing temples, perched on a craggy wave-lashed rock just at the edge of the sparkling black shoreline.
Discover the charming Tabanan regency with its terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head northeast 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.
Explore Bali on the back of a Harley Davidson bike with Island Biker Tours. Full day Harley tours, customised tours or shorter joy rides can all be accommodated.
With its warm seas, an almost year round season, relatively uncrowded beach and reef breaks, and suitability for all levels of experience, Bali surfing is world renowned, and at Villa Kailasha the ocean is right on your doorstep. This stretch of coast, however, is only recommended for experienced surfers.
There are many ancient temples in the environs including Pura Luhur Batukau, the stone coconut temple (29km) near the peak of Mount Batukau, (accessible by car), which venerates the deities of mountains and lakes. In addition, two royal palaces are within easy reach of Villa Kailasha: Puri Gede and Puri Anyar at the royal town of Krambitan (5km).
Make a pilgrimage to sacred Pura Tanah Lot (15km), one of Bali’s greatest, and most photographed, sea temples. Perched high on a craggy, wave-lashed rock, this ancient temple is best savoured at sunset (although less busy during the day). If the tide is low, be sure to receive a blessing from the Hindu Priests and have a look at the holy snake.
Villa Kailasha – Tabanan 3 bedroom luxury villa, BaliElite Havens
Welcome to Villa Kailasha, meaning Paradise of the Gods. We think you’ll agree that this is an appropriate name for our much-loved, three-bedroom beachside retreat in Bali’s fertile Tabanan regency. Here, we invite you to lose yourselves among tranquil ponds, well-spaced pavilions and a coconut-grove garden, enhanced by the rugged beauty of the windblown beach, and the constant sound of the breaking waves.
Elegantly designed with modern comforts and a dash of Dutch-colonial style, Villa Kailasha’s vast living pavilion, grand dining pavilion and separate dining terrace all stand open to the gentle trade winds and dramatic ocean views. Hidden among the gardens to one side of the living pavilion is a two-bedroom guesthouse, while on the other side the master suite offers complete privacy with its own plunge pool for discreet dips during lazy afternoons or under clear, star-filled skies.
The huge garden rolls down to a dazzling 14-metre infinity-edged swimming pool bordered by a chequer board stone and grass terrace with a relaxation balé and a yoga deck to one side. The icing on the cake is the spectacular view of the ocean and the near-deserted, glistening, black-sand beach, a mere three-minute walk from the villa gates.
Villa Kailasha an ideal holiday destination for a family or a small group of friends, while its velvety lawns dotted with palms and fragrant flowering trees are perfect for weddings, parties, and celebrations for up to 200 guests, against the awesome ocean backdrop. Our team of polite, thoughtful staff, including an in-house cook and experienced villa manager, are on hand to prepare meals and look after your every need, leaving you free to rest, relax and perhaps raise your glass to another legendary Bali sunset.