Villa Kavaya oozes old-world charm and elegance. This enchanting Bali retreat is tucked between two sacred rivers and rolling rice fields in the small hillside village of Pererenan. The tranquil surroundings of this five-bedroom luxury villa in Canggu will greatly suit a family or a group of friends looking to combine picturesque views with beach-side fun, sophisticated dining and other worldly delights.
The villa’s colonial-style interior is reminiscent of Bali’s 1930s golden age when the island’s magic was first discovered by western travelers and artists. Built along ancient feng shui principles that maximise geometric harmony and energy flow, it was designed to amplify the prosperity, health and good fortune of anyone who steps inside.
The monumental open-plan living, dining and kitchen area lies under a lofty alang-alang thatched roof and has teak wood flooring throughout. The solid 10-seater dining table and comfortable sofas perfectly complement the tropical outdoor views. From Sumatran carpets to whale bone fragments, Villa Kavaya’s antique furniture and ornaments are worthy of a guided tour.
The master bedroom and the two guest bedrooms in the main building have stunning ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a bathtub. A third guest bedroom is privately situated in the wooden Javanese Gladak building within the garden and has a lovely outdoor ensuite bathroom with rain shower.
Fronting the main villa building is a stunning Ernest Hemingway-style timber porch with plenty of seating and two large hammocks, as well as a round wooden dining table for relaxed alfresco meals. And from one of the comfortable seats in the imposing wooden balé, you’ll fully appreciate Kavaya’s beautifully sculpted tropical gardens and the stylish infinity pool.
The villa’s helpful staff really are the cherry on this delightfully tasteful cake. The villa manager is extremely knowledgeable, and along with the housekeeper and two butlers, will tend to your every need.
Villa Kavaya is located on a quiet road alongside two small rivers that meet at the back of the villa gardens in a spot that is sacred to local Balinese people. Listening to the sounds of nature surrounded by lush green countryside, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of Canggu.
There are plenty of great local eateries to choose from in Pererenan, including the charming B’Good Café and the cute Red Salt Café with their excellent breakfast and lunch choices. For dinner, we’d recommend Pescado for sophisticated seafood, or JIB Fusion for tandoori. Other popular surf, dining and party areas in Canggu, like Echo Beach and Jalan Batu Bolong, are less than ten minutes away by car.
The village of Pererenan is often described as ‘quintessentially Bali’. Surrounded by protected green belt land, endless rice fields dotted with family temples, this area north of Canggu has avoided most of the unbridled development that has affected some other parts of the island.
The result is a friendly and family-oriented environment that attracts locals, expats and visitors alike with peaceful hillsides, organic markets and secluded beaches. Pererenan has a strong sense of pride in its local environment and is considered a pioneering village when it comes to waste management and recycling.
Villa Kavaya’s manager has plenty of information about local places of interest and tips on where to eat or drink, and can arrange transport or make bookings for you. In fact, many of the villa staff live locally and if you’re interested they’ll be happy to give you some interesting insights into many aspects of Bali life.