After a 25 year span of no visits to Bali, I was overwhelmed by the changes in the Southern heavily touristed area of Bali. I was determined to get away and find out if the real Bali still existed. Travelling up through the mountains I found the Ubud area no different to the Southern beach areas, having been overrun with development.
Finally capping the mountains and descending towards the North coast was a descent into paradise lost. Villa Selina is a grouping of beautifully built, sumptuously decorated cottages, set amongst spectacular gardens absolutely waterfront only 28 kms from the old capital of Singaraja. The owners Matty and Putu are tremendous hosts, providing a wealth of information on sights and activities in the area. Singaraja provides shopping and eating that exceeds the Southern areas in authenticity and variety at a fraction of the cost, similarly the shopping is far more varied and much less pressured.
However you don't need to go beyond the confines of Villa Selina to enjoy a remarkable and relaxed holiday. Relaxing in the pool or amongst the beautiful gardens, snorkelling and swimming in the fish and coral rich waters straight off the beach and enjoying Putus' many culinary delights, sourced fresh from the local markets.
I cannot recommend a stay at Villa Selina high enough for anyone who wants to experience the culture and friendliness of the REAL BALI.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa and three bungalows are located on the remote north-east coast of Bali in the small village town of Bondalem. Immerse yourself in the unique local Balinese culture whilst staying as guests of a Balinese/Western family who are well versed in looking after travelers wanting to experience a different adventure on the ‘Island of the Gods’. From lush waterfalls to beautiful beaches explore the many treasures of our northern playground. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Selina Bali/Bondalem