The Melaya villas compound consists of three 3-bedroom holiday villas laid on 1 hectare beachfront land. The villas are luxuriously equipped with a large pool of 5 X 15 meters and a tropical garden of 2000m2 which is directly adjacent to the beach. The living area of the villa is an antique joglo that has been moved from Java to Bali. Most of the joglos part are antique and at least 75 years old and therefore have a truly authentic character.
The bedrooms are situated around the joglo, each with a private bathroom. The rooms all have a view on the garden and the sea. In front of the villa is a large terrace with sun beds and a large pool of 75m2. In the pool there is a children area for them to swim and at the end of the pool is a sundeck to enjoy the Balinese sun. From the garden of the villa you can walk on to the beach and you can see the mountain peaks of Java in the distance, a phenomenal view.
During your stay you can relax in the villa, the staff is ready to take care of you. We have a cook for each villa. In addition, the villa is cleaned daily and the pool and garden are taken care of. If you want to make trips or do other activities, there are 11 things to do and to see you can do from the villa, 11 things to do and to see that takes 15 minutes from the villa and 12 things to do and to see that takes more than 15 minutes from the villa including snorkeling and diving at one of the best dive spot in Indonesia, Menjangan and our guests favourite night tour to the world famous blue flame Ijen crater. The villas are equipped with a full kitchen, a TV and audio set and, of course, bed linen and towels are arranged. The villa manager is on hand to answer your questions and, if you wish, to organize tours and trips to the beautiful locations in the area.
The villas are equipped with solar panels in the day when the sun is shining and using the electricity from government in the night.
Things to do and to see in the villa.
1. Swimming and snorkeling right in front of the villa.
Duration: as long as you enjoy it.
Our villas are located on the beach, the ocean in front of the villas is considerably quite and in general there is no strong current. However, every month in the period of full moon, the wave can be stronger.
We have our own snorkeling gears that you can rent for a very reasonable price, about 300 meters from the villa is a nice reef and fishes to explore.
However, the best site to do the snorkeling is at Menjangan and Pemuteran.
In the full moon period, sometimes mother of sea turtles come to the beach surrounding the villas to lay its eggs. It is a natural process, please do not use flash and please be mindfull to take a distance if you would like to see the process, do not come close to the turtles, otherwise they will feel bothered and will go back to the ocean.
2. Balinese offering workshop.
Duration: 2 hours.
You might have seen the first offering when you stepped down in Bali: at the airport. Offerings play important rule. You will find it in almost every Balinese house, in the store, in the market or in the restaurant and offcourse in our villas. They are colourful and beautiful, the form and the mateirials can vary based on their functions but they ussually consist of flower arrangments, leaves and fruits, all with symbolic values. Our staff will be happy to arrange an offering workshop for you, the training given a basic introduction of offering making and practice.
The offering made during the training will be given as a souvenir for the participant.
3. Balinese music Rindik.
( Performance and short course )
Duration : 2 Hour ( available after 3 PM )
Rindik is 12 keyed xylophones tuned to a fairly even-tempered scale. The delicate humming sound produced by these instruments conjures up images of breezy rice fields and sunny days; appropriate, really, considering that both the instruments and musical repertoire were the creation of early 20th century rice farmers. Like most other Balinese gamelan instruments, rindik are tuned in pairs, one being tuned slightly higher than the other. This is what produces the characteristic humming sound. A rindik is played with either two or three beaters, one held in the left hand and one or two in the right. Normally, the left hand carries the melody and the right plays a pattern that creates interlocking configuration between the two right-hand parts. Although it may look effortless, playing rindik is a masterful skill that takes many years to learn.
Hundreds of compositions have been composed for rindik, and each region—even each village—in Bali reveals different styles and repertoire. Most of the compositions were inspired by nature and have been named after flowers and animals.
4.Balinese dance course.
Duration: 2 hours.
One of the best developed art genres is dance. Dance is one of the most expressed art forms. The application of the dance movements by the participants is accompanied by music. The main dance taught is Panyembrama dance. Other dances are available upon request such as Pendet, Puspanjali, Cendrawasih, Sekar Jagat etc. Balinese dance costumes (a photo session in costume is available in a separate package).
Duration: 1 to 4 hours.
You will see some local fisherman’s boats. Starting point is right on the beach in front of the garden. Please ask our staff to borrow or join the local boat, you will need to pay a little amount for him.
Duration: as long as you enjoy it.
At the moment we have two bicycles in the villa. You might rent it for a small price. However, reservation in advance might needed when the other two villas are occupied.
Duration: 1 hour.
The Balinese massage is focused on various complaints. So it can help with stress, fatigue and insomnia. In addition, it improves the resistance and activates the lymphatic system and blood circulation. The Balinese massage contributes to the body awareness and relieve muscle tension. Further, a Balinese massage can help to reduce or eliminate symptoms like back pain, RSI, whiplash, neck pain, stress, rheumatism, digestive problems, headaches and burnout.
We provide games such as cards, chess, monopoly and some other family games. Please ask our staff and please bring it back to the staff house anytime you have finished it.
9. DVD fims.
We have international tv channels including films. However we also have an array of dvd films for children and the family. Our staff will be happy to lend them to you.
10.Visit traditional wet market & cooking class
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Jump on the bike with our staff and explore the variety of Indonesian grocery in the traditional wet market. Our home cook is not a professional chef, but she is excellent in cooking, especially Indonesian foods. She will be happy to show you how to cook. You are more than welcome to join her: cut some vegetables, mix some of 2,3,4, 5 or even 6 different type of spices and be amazed what you have done. Its delicious !
11. Take some laps in our swimming pool, get tanned & do nothing
Duration: as long as you want.
There is nothing great than just be relax and do nothing on holiday. Refresh your mind and recharge the body, sometimes we need it.
Our black stone pool tile make the water keep warm and therefore it is nice to swim in the night as well.
Going out of the villa
(can be reached within 15 minutes)
Bali West National Park.
Our villas are only minutes by walk to Bali West National Park, the park is a nature conservation with pure ecosystem managed by zone system for multiple research purpose involving the education, tourism and recreation with beautiful panoramic, unique nature ecosystem and fresh atmosphere.
The park own high potential of flora and fauna, those are consisted of 14 variety of protected floras involving Sawo Kecik (Manilkara Kauki), Sono Keling (Dalbergia Latifolia). From the fauna, Jalak Bali Birth (Leucopsar Rothscildi) is one of the endemic fauna in Bali Island there are pure habitat found in this park along to Prapat Agung and surrounding area. Other faunas can be found at this park involving cow, deer, mouse deer, venison, wild cat, grey and black monkeys. Beside of the above animals, a couple of reptiles and other 60 rash of births also can be found. The condition of coral reef at this park is highly varied with unique combination and multifarious of habitats. In year 1998, it was recorded 110 kinds of coral including 22 mushroom corals and up to now, it was recorded that this park own 222 kinds of fish. There are also remnants of four volcanic mountains in the centre of the park.
What to do in the West Bali National Park ? ? ?
1. Mangrove tour (2 – 3 hours).
2. Jungle trekking (2 hours).
3. Bird watching (2 hours).
4. Monsoon forest or rain forest (2 hours)
5. Safari (2 hours)
6. Horse riding (2 hours)
7.Snorkeling and diving at Menjangan (a paradise under the water).
Duration: half day.
The Northwest of Bali is known for the beautiful wall diving around Menjangan island, one of the best stie in Indonesia and has a great visibilitly under the water. In Menjangan, there are 2 important temples in the history of Bali island for Balinese: a Budha temple and a Hindu temple. The closest crossing point to Menjangan is Labuan Lalang, which is only 10 minutes from the villa. The package from the tour operator will include the boat, entrée ticket and equipment for snorkeling or diving. Most of the time, departure at around 08.00am and back to the crossing point at 14.00. You will have lunch on the boat, with the great view of corals and crystal clear water in front of Menjangan island.
08. Diving at Secret bay
This dive site is located in front of the docking area of Gilimanuk Harbor, its only 7,5 km from the villa. Be prepared - you are diving on fine black and gray volcanic sand and rubble and not on a coral reef! This place is a great place for the rare and unusual. With depths ranging from 3 to 8 meters, you find frogfish, special nudibranchs, ghostpipefish, the rare picturesque dragonet and gobies, several species of sand eels, stonefish and devilfish, mimic octopus and even the Ambon scorpionfish crabs and shrimps and many other critters that like to live on sand. Actually a new species was introduced somewhere between 2005 and 2006, the endemic beautiful fish Banggai cardinalfishes.
You can also charter a small boat and visit one of the dive sites further inside the bay. Ask the boat driver to show you the place for the rare picturesque Mandarinfishes. The night dives are really good too. The dives are very shallow (no more than about 9m) and visibility is not always that good (5 to 15m). The best time to dive is around high tide or on the incoming tide when visibility can sometimes be up to 20m. The water is always very cold (about 23 to 25°C,) so use a 5mm wetsuit, hood and gloves!
This dive site is similar to special dive in Sulawesi (Indonesia) and the Philippines.
09. Attending the Balinese ceremony
(Can be out of the area of West Bali National Park)
You can easily find Balinese wearing traditional clothes everywhere in Bali. Yes, they are about doing the ceremony. Ceremony as well as offering are a part of their life: baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, temple festivals, full moon, Silent day, etc. Every ceremony is unique and can be diffferent from one to each, therefore it is always interested to see how they held the ceremony.
If you are lucky, you can attend the ceremony during your stay in the villa. Balinese are always welcome to the new people, they would be happy to see you on their ceremony. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff, they will provide you the Balinese clothes. It would be a memorable holiday you can tell your family and friends when you get back to your country.
10. Natural hot spring.
Banyuwedang hotspring is about 10 minutes from the villa, a main reason to visit Pejarakan village. Instead of Labuan Lalang, Tour operators use this village as starting point to cross to Menjangan island.
Pejarakan Village is also a good example for culture tourism. Solidarity reflects life in this village, when it has started a long time ago. Most people do agriculture activity in Pejarakan, while the other depends on diving or snorkeling business.
Hot spring come from the hot spring in the beach area, This hot spring is the largest hot spring in Bali. This hot spring contain sulfur, the average temperature is around 40 C. Because of its sulfur, this hots spring believed able to cure a lot of disease. There is a lot of people come to this place with a hope to cure their sickness.
In the beach area of the hotspring, there are a lot of mangrove (actually this hotspring located in the middle of mangrove forest), so this area was free from abrasion. There also a creek with a white shore in this hotspring area.
There are some spots in the area, we don’t advised to go to the local spot as the facilities are below expectation. But at Mimpi resort, they have a hot spring there and the water quality is checked every day. You might need to bargain a bit to pay, around Euro 8,-/person is a good price. You will be allowed to use the entire pool and hot spring facilities for about 2 hours - 3 hours. It is really nice and you have 2 hot spring pools with view on Mangroves, the bay and the mountains in the back. Besides this it is clean and you have proper toilets, lockers, changing rooms and showers with provided shampoo, soap and conditioner.
11. Release the baby turtle to the sea
Once a month, mostly in the full moon period the sea turtles swim to the beach, finding the best place for its eggs and lay them. Often, the eggs that laid by the mother of the sea turtle are eaten by the birds, dogs or by the locals its self. Together with Darling, a local community small group in the village that concern about the environmental issue, we support the endanger turtle sea to protect its eggs in a most natural way as much as possible and release them once they are ready to swim back to the ocean. Our guests are always well informed in advance so they can participate in releasing the baby turtle.
Going out of the villa
(takes more than 15 minutess or day/night trip)
01. Perancak Temple
The name of the village is the same as the Hindu Temple. It is Perancak Temple, which sets on Bali around 1546. The temple is the icon of the village that makes you easy to find it. If you love photography, you have an opportunity to capture a beautiful moment at sunset. Each year, Perancak holds traditional rowing boat race to celebrate the anniversary Negara and every year in August, a motorcross race is held.
02. Makepung (buffalo races).
Buffalo races is held every October and November in Baluk rening, within 30 minutes from the villa. You have to go early in the morning around 6.30 as the buffalo race will be ended around 10.00am.
03. Gamelan jegog (bamboo gamelan orchestra).
Sangkaragung village is about 20 minutes from the villa where you will find a typical of Jembrana bamboo gamelan orchestra “Jegog”. In Japan, they perform at least 3 times per year. Should you wish to watch it, the performance in the village is every Thursday and Sunday in their studio Sanggar Jegog Suar Agung. You will be able to play with them as well.
04. Bunut bolong
Bunut is located in Manggisari village, Pekutatan (about 50 km from the villa). Bunut is a name of a huge/giant tree and bolong means hole. Bunut bolong has a big hole in the middle of its roots on the street, where a car can pass under that tree. In the area there is “Bujangga Sakti” temple and a waterfall.
05. Dam Palasari
The dam served as flood control, irrigation, fishing and recreation. Surrounded by the protected forest which has beautiful view and a cool climate. Canoe recreation is possible to rent directly on the site. The dam is about 15 minutes from the villa by bike or car.
06. Visiting important temples : Rambut Siwi temple
Rambut Siwi temple is about 25 km to the east side from the villa, one of the biggest Hindu temple in Bali located in Negara regency. It is a beautiful Hindu shrine set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front of the temple.
The local believe that every temple in Bali has its own story of holy, including Rambut Siwi Temple. The story is began when Ida Maharsi Markhandia doing meditation at Raung mountain in Java. He saw a holy light from a far distance, which is now called BALI. He then started his journey to find where the light came from.
He entered Bali through a beach which is now called “Rambut Siwi” temple.
He took a rest for days then did meditation to find a way where he had to go next. He loved to sit down on the cliff towards the ocean. He received guidance and message from the holy spirit God about Bali, mentioned that Bali is a holy place of Gods and therefore it was not easy to enter by human.
Therefore Ida Maharsi Markhandia was invited as the first people that is allowed to enter Bali: to taking care and protect Bali.
In order to protect Bali from the people that might following him, God asked him to make a protection/fort in the West of Bali and only people who got permit from God can enter Bali.
He then take a meditation, asking the Ocean God to help him. One day, something like flame nets appear on the ocean. The nets are made of seaweed which is called “bulung rambut”, rambut means HAIR. The nets filtered the people who would like to enter Bali. When people got permit to enter Bali, the nets went under the ocean. While the people doesn’t get permit to enter Bali then the Nets went up to the surface so people can not go further into the beach. This phenomenon is then called Rambut Siwi by Ida Maharsi Markh
andia, which means braid / strands of seaweed that is shaped like a hair.
This temple owns the representative temple building which is set beside of main road from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. We can see all cars driven by local Hindu people will stop for a while in this temple for worshiping to get the god bless of securing during the journey. It is the same local people do at other temples in Bali like Gua Lawah (in Ubud) and Pulaki Temple (in Pemuteran, about 30 minutes from the villa). The main temple located in cliff bank and blessed by the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. From the top of the cliff, we can see the old temple building on the ground and just in front of the ocean. Meanwhile the beautiful panorama of the blue Indian Ocean will add the impression of your experience. It is opened for tourist destination in west part of Bali and the right place to visit during your vacation in this island.
07. Visiting important temples: Pulaki and 6 other temples in Pemuteran
Pulaki temple is one of important religious temple which has a great view of the sea. Located on the stone cliff at Banyupoh, Gerokgak on east of Pemuteran, within 30 minutes from the villa.
The temple is extremely guarded to keep the purity of this holly temple, there are places that should not be entered even by the priest. That place is the main shrine called “Utamaning Mandala”. In order to maintain its sanctity, this place should be free from any claws or foot steps. Only on special events or ceremonies-for example “ngeteg linggih” ceremony then it is allowed to enter the main shrine: lead by the priest. This temple is also believed to be the legacy of prehistory seen from the layout and structure of the temple which is identical to the shape of the building means the worship of prehistoric people. This suspicion is strengthened by the discovery of some of the tools and utensils made of stone: shaped pulp stones, axes and others in 1987.
The temple was established under the suzerainty King Gelgel Dalem Waturenggong between1460 – 1552. Pulaki temple is the center 6 other temples: Melanting, Pegaluhan, Pabean, Kerta Kawat , Taman and Pemuteran temple. All of those temples are nearby Pulaki temple.
Melanting temple, it is used to pray for being wealthy. Therefore many businessman visit and pray at Melanting.
08. Snorkeling and diving in Pemuteran
Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area.
Sculpted into fantastic shapes and figures have been placed in the bay and the order ones are now covered in beautiful hard coral. Diver can watch the staff of Karang Lestari at work, maintaining the structures and even make donation and have their name made out of wire and added to a structure along with a baby coral colony.
09. Day trip or night trip to Ijen crater in East Java
Ijen crater, the magnificent colourful sulphur lake is located in the Banyuwangi regency and is 55 kilometer from the villa. The ground is very fertile and a group of big plantations such as cacao, teakwood, rubber and both Arabica and Robusta coffee are covering more than 50% of the area of Banyuwangi.
The amazing view of Ijen crater in the early morning is perfect when the sun is rising. Yet the night trip is since 2010 popular which is so called “Blue Fire”, the only one place in the world. Tour operator will advise to go after middle of the night so then you can see both: the blue fire and the sunrise.
The view of sulfur miners who climb and go down to the crater is also amazing. A man puts about 10 kg of yellowish stone in to his basket, before he descends the mountain slope to sell his load, carrying the same basket, going in the same direction, digging the same mineral. It is the natural picture that can be seen everyday.
The weather in the night is pretty chill, we advise you to bring jacket/sweater and offcourse proper shoes. You will need to climb about 3km. Please ask our staff to prepare your breakfast for take away to Ijen. Make sure the battery in your camera is full.
10. Trip to mount Bromo (1night/2days)
Mount Bromo is one of the iconic mountain in Indonesia, 2329m tall. This breathtaking landscape have been swooned by many travelers alike.
Myth has it that Mount Bromo is significant to the Tengger people who believe that the site is where their brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. To appease the Gods, the people will offer food and money by throwing it into the crater of the volcano once a year during annual Kasada (or Kasodo) festival.
The best time to go is in June, July and August where is less rain but more tourists.
August is the month for the Kesada (Kesodo festival) for the Tengger people if you are interested. However, Indonesia being a faily mind weather of just rain and shine, so anytime is a good time to go to Mount Bromo. Try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd. Please bring your jacket and proper shoes.
The closest waterfall from the villa is the one in Blimbling Sari, about 10km from the villa. Blimbing Sari has a nice view, often be used as a starting point for trekking and cycling.
Further from Blimbing, about 2,5 hours from the villa is Sekumpul waterfall in Munduk. That is one of the most beautiful waterfall in Bali, there are 7 waterfall that come into 1 waterfall.
12. Jeep Tour
An adventure activities to see the real and the most exotic side of Bali, explore the most beautiful nature and countryside of Bali using 4WD vehicles which are designed with openable roof, so then it is easier for you to stand up and take pictures along the tours.
Most of the tours combined with jungle trekking, terraced rice fields trekking, volcano climbing, country side cycling tour, ATV or Quad bike ride and fun off road.
Information are taken from many sources: by self camera & experience, from internet and local people. We can not put the name of the courtessy one by one.
To do some of the activities have to reserved in advance, you can create your own package and some might in fix packages. Please contact our staff to get the price and further information.
- 120 km from International airport Denpasar
- 10 minutes / 8km to Gilimanuk harbour
- 10 minutes/ 8km to Secret bay
- 10 minutes to atm
- 15 minutes to Labuhan Lalang, a harbour to across the Menjangan island.
- 25 minutes to Pemuteran
- 10 minutes to supermarket
- 10 minutes to localmarket
- 10 minutes to fishmarket
- 10 minutes to the local restaurants and start from 15 minutes to international restaurants
- 10 minutes to the natural hot springs (unique as it comes from the beach)
⁃ start from 300 meters to the temple
- Couple minutes to the west Bali national park