Villa Yudhistira is more than a beautiful property it’s a mind-body renewing experience. Yes, it has wonderful amenities like a true swimming pool, great for doing laps or just cooling down, and a large covered terrace, great for lazing in the shade while still enjoying the beautiful views of the Bali Sea or enjoying meals al fresco. But, it’s so much more!
Starting with Paul, the owner, who made it super easy to book the villa and seems to keep an eye on every detail, even from afar. Then there’s Budi, the manager, who made us feel that his primary concern was to help us have the best holiday ever. He was always available when needed and enthusiastic to share his knowledge and insights about north Bali - what to see, where to go, info about the people and the culture. We learned so much from these conversations, often had during his morning visits, when he’d check in to see that everything was going well. The house staff is a team of three competent, bright, young women – Suria, Kadek & Eeri – who made us feel completely at home and incredibly pampered. After our first evening we learned that Suria’s culinary skills were worthy of a five-star restaurant. Coupled with the fabulous views from the villa’s terrace we choose to forego venturing out for dinners and always had the “best table in the house” by staying in. We opted to hire the villa’s driver who provided us with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without hassle. One of the best features is truly the staff, they make this particular villa a uniquely wonderful experience. And then, there’s north Bali itself!
North Bali is an important part of the Villa Yudhistira experience and charm. The sights, sounds, scents and sensitivities of the island and its culture are alive here. The villa is perfectly located to capture the morning sunrise and evening sunset making the scenery a moving painting: the dramatic mountain ranges that change colour with the light; the sea that goes from a flat glassy lake, reflecting the gold of sunsets and reds of sunrise, to swells and surf from the most perfect long wave formation I’ve seen; and, then there the beach, its powdery black sand goes from a hot grey in the noon-day sun to a warm jet black at sunset - to be honest, it was an aesthetic that had to grow on me. The beach too makes for endless entertainment from great long walks, when the tide is out, to people watching, providing snap-shots of local life – young children playing, families on evening strolls, etc., etc. Only downside to the beach is the trash that washes to shore - it’s a systemic problem throughout Bali. This adds perspective and “keeps things real” in this otherwise idyllic paradise. We’d love to return to some day.