The SpaceThe name of our special Villa is "Katana." Which is known as a samurai sword, but in this case it is the name-sake of the owner's pet iguana that died before the construction was completed.
What makes Katana Villa so special and different from other Villas in the area is that it was designed and built as a private home without the intention to ever rent it out - therefore it is not cookie cutter and has the unique flair and personality of the owner. You do not have the feeling that you are in a hotel when you are at Katana Villa.
Each room is designed differently with personal items from around the world and the grounds around the pool has a very special energy -- perhaps partly because the owner brought Roman Stones in from France and embedded them as part of the steps you walk on!
We have a full kitchen, a gym and a hand carved gazebo that can be used for massage or relaxation. The living room is partly open with fish ponds on each side, mixing mother nature with with a touch of funky elegance.
The main living room has two open walls with the arm of the pool entering into the dining area -- making it fun to just jump in after a meal!! If you like nature you will love staying at Katana Villa - and if you don't like nature you might want to stay somewhere else! To give you an idea, some people think of Katana Villa as a 'Fred Flintstone house', others call it a 'Robinson Crusoe experience' and some believe it has a spiritual healing energy that grows every year since it was realized.
We now have a local family living behind the Villa so you can have a bird's eye view of how Balinese local life is as you look through the back window from the Master bathroom.
Amed and this entire region is famous for the cock fighting and the killing of pigs for constant ceremonies. Therefore the distant singing of cocks can be heard throughout the night and early morning, and pigs are everywhere. Perhaps amusing from a distance, but not living under your window! (smile).
We are happy to say that we DO NOT have this problem at Katana Villa! We have an agreeable financial arrangement with our adorable local neighbors to relocate their cocks and pigs. Since this deal was made, our nights at katana Villa are peaceful. Part of the arrangement also includes that we offer the wife Mendri the opportunity to have first priority to massage our guests that request this service. She is a sweet woman with a loving touch . The price is 90,000 IDR for an hour.... and well worth a try!
If you want a massage, tell Wayan Dolly and he will arrange it for you.
From that same view through the Master Bath you can also see the Majestic Bangle mountains behind us and a few other Villas that belong to people from Belgium, England and America. Then from the front of the room you have a spacious deck overlooking the pool, land, and the sea.
Outside of our walls, in front and at the side of the villa is the undeveloped Katana land... where you can take nature walks..
On each side of the main living area are two other bedroom bungalows (making a total of 3 bedrooms) each with king size beds, private decks and bathrooms with water spouts made from animal statues.
Katana Villa is perfectly suited for families or small groups of friends. Comfortably sleeping 2 adults in each suite, with the exception of our family room which can sleep 2 -3 more with two king beds and a couch.
Configured like this:
1. FAMILY SUITE: ground level and the largest bedroom, like a small apartment. Two king beds and a sofa. A deck in front opening to the pool, and a private deck in the rear. This room is known for it's unique mosaic floor.
2. MASTER SUITE: in the center, set above the living room with a view over the pool and out to the sea. Also a view to the hills behind. This room is romantic with large mirrors , super large king bed, red walls and an Asian flair. The bathroom has unique his and her sinks and a cascade shower.
3. MOON BUNGALOW: our smallest bungalow and in a round shape with bold colors. it has a view to the sea and mountains behind.. A large California king bed, a book library and the bathroom is set in a private garden.
THE POOL is our master piece and a place that adults and children alike spend most of their time. Our pool is free form with stones as steps and is hand painted inside with a faux treatment. It has two levels and is equipped with a white sand beach, a water slide and hidden cave. Inside the cave you will find two deer gazing at each other with love. The majority of the pool is shallow, allowing you to spend hours on end inside the pool as you cool off with a cold beverage. However, since the villa and pool was not created with children in mind, we are not child proof. There are no rails and no protection ... so children must be watched at all time and no fins are allowed since the pool is hand painted . It is also not allowed for children to jump off the upper balcony or cascade. However, with this said many older children do jump off the cascade with the permission of their parents , who take full responsibility if there is an injury. The pool is shallow, so if you permit your child to jump, it is your choice, but I must insist that NO DIVING is permitted from the cascade. Please ask me if you have any questions about the pool.
Katana villa is not a five star hotel , it is a HOME . A place you can relax into and filled with imperfections. One of which is our family leather sofa in the living room. It is like an old family friend, full of history and patches. However, it has gotten worn out from too many guests sitting on it with wet clothes. Please help us protect our old family friend by only sitting on it with dry clothes and also by not allowing your children to sit on the arm rests or climb on the back. Thank you so much ;-) Guest AccessWe are located in the Amed area, right along the east coast of Bali. This area is world famous for Diving and Snorkeling, which has become quite touristic with many fine restaurants and diving centers.
We are located on top of a small hill right across the street from the beach and walking distance to restaurants, stores, and diving shops. As a note, our driveway is paved with steel reinforcement and in great condition, however might be steep or challenging for the elderly or handicapped people that want to walk into the village or to the beach. If you feel this might be an issue, please ask Leslie about it.
We do not have scooters for our guests to use. So sorry. However, If you wish to rent scooters, our staff can take you to a place where you can rent new and safe scooters for a very low price. (about 50,000 a day, but try to negotiate) Or, if you just need a ride somewhere, Wayan Dolly or another staff member can drive you by scooter as part of his or her job (just for a tip).. or you can hire Made Rata or Made Sani to drive you by car. Interaction with GuestsLESLIE CARLETON is the managing owner. She will be the one you book through, however she is seldom in Bali when guests are at her home. So once the booking is made she will connect you with her Balinese staff who will host and spoil you during your stay! Once you are there, please contact Leslie if you have any problems or questions.
Katana villa has a full staff to cater to your every need. They will provide daily maid service, laundry, and cook your breakfast. They will also host you and answer your questions about the area and assist you. However, it is up to YOU how you want it to be. Some guests like the staff to be with them at all times and even join them for breakfast, while others want to be left alone. The staff never knows what each guests wants until they tell them, so it is up to you to tell them how you want to spend your vacation.
As a suggestion for privacy: We have a bamboo roll down at the front entrance. Normally, we use this as the signal to not enter. You can discuss this with the staff when you arrive. However, please be aware that the staff does need to enter at some point in the morning for your breakfast, pool cleaning and cleaning. After that , if it is sunny they will need to water before dark and feed the turtles and fish, so tell them what time you want them to return so they can do these things. Please contact Leslie if you have any questions. The NeighborhoodAmed is a famous diving and snorkeling village in Bali. We are located in the village of Bunutan, which is right next to Amed. From this area you can enjoy the underwater world that people rave about. And if you don't dive, you can pay a fisherman to take you out fishing in his hand carved boat!
The best part of our village is that you can also enjoy the feeling of REAL BALI with the unspoiled locals that live there. For example; many of our guests like to visit a local family to eat with them and experience their daily life or join them for a ceremony to better understand the Balinese culture.
We have many fine restaurants and shops. We also have access to speed boats direct from our village that can take you to the Gili Islands. Getting AroundCAR
We have two drivers that work at Katana Villa. Both are excellent and will give you their quote. Their fees should be the same as anything you find on the island/ If you find anything cheaper, please tell them what you found and then negotiate. Leslie is not in control of their prices since it is their private business that does not belong to Katana Villa.
If you need transport from the airport or another location, please let Leslie know asap so she can arrange it with you by putting you in direct contact with one of them.
If you wish to rent a scooter, there are plenty of places where you can rent one for 50,000 per day. Ask the staff and they will arrange it for you. If you want to be driven by Wayan Dolly or another staff member on the back of his scooter, you can ask him. The staff will not charge for this, as it is part of their duty to spoil you... however a tip is always appreciated. Other Things to NoteRATES
The rates will vary according to the season and last minute availability, so please check the calendar to see what the rate is for the time you are interested in. If you book for a week, we offer an 7% weekly discount to the daily rate on the calendar.... AIRBNB configures this automatically for us ;-)
WIFI and SATELLITE
We have wifi throughout the villa and satellite TV in the living room. However, if you have ever been to Bali or another third world country you will know that sometimes wifi or satellite does not always work perfectly. This may or may not happen during your stay. So, if you MUST have 100% connection for your work, Amed is not the best choice for you. Some of our guests have no problems and rave about the speed we get and others happen to land at the time when it is spotty. So, we cannot promise perfect connection throughout your stay.
The fee you pay includes TAX, but not TIP. If you are satisfied with the staff, it is customary in Bali to leave a tip. There is no rule as to the amount. it is just what you feel or can afford. Even small is appreciated ;-)
We suggest you do this at the end of your stay, unless you hire someone for driving, massage or catering, because usually tips are given when that service is paid for. (normally about 10%)
Otherwise, the staff puts a jar out at the end of your stay and open it twice a year. The jar is divided according to rank. According to the Balinese way, the higher rank always gets about half and then the rest is divided amongst the lower ranks. So if you wish to give someone on a lower rank 'extra' you can do so privately. If you have any questions about tipping, please ask Leslie.
TOYS & GAMES
We have a chest in the living room with some games, puzzles, music drums and chimes. Please ask the staff to show you. The owner is not there to supervise all the time, so we do not always know the condition of these items. If something is broken or parts missing, please inform Leslie by email so she can be aware and ask the staff to remove the messed up games or toys.
IF YOUR PARTY IS OVER 8 PEOPLE
Our special pricing on Airbnb is for 2- 7
(children 3 and under are not counted). If your group is 8 or more, we will only ask €9 extra per person per night, with the limit of 10.
We have pets on the property!! Yes, a dream for animal lovers! We have a parrot (TOBY), a dog (GEISHA) , 1 cat (LEO the LION) and a long tail macaque monkey (SHUTO). All the mammals are up to date on rabies & vaccine.
All of our pets are accustomed to soft voices. So they do not understand when children scream, tease and or run at them. This makes them think the child is either injured or on the attack... so please control your children and ask them to always speak softly to all our pets.
SHUTO the monkey is a rescue and we are blessed to have him as part of the family. He is cute but very cheeky and not allowed to be touched. If you have children he will be confined during your stay, where he can be viewed or put in his tree house out of reach. All other times when there are no guests he is FREE.... so no worries... he has a great life. However, if you are without children and wish to have him out of his habitat or tree house during your stay so he can climb a tree or swim, that would be wonderful for him, but it is up to you and only if you are responsible and promise to stay at a safe distance. At those times he will be under the watch of his handler (Made Rata). Please discuss this with Leslie in advance.
The dog GEISHA is very friendly and she comes and goes. She especially loves soft spoken people.
The cat (Leo) is a hunter and was raised by Shuto, so he hangs out with his monkey papa most of the time. He lives at the water tower, so we seldom see him. However, if he does come around and if you don't like him in your area, just shush him out and he will get the idea...
TOBY the Cockatoo is also a rescue. Found almost dead with a broken bloody wing. Now he has a forever home at katana...and he is a sweetie pie! He LOVES people (especially women). So, if you want, we can put him on his perch by the dining room so you can enjoy his company. (he has a broken wing and cannot fly). When the owners are home they remove the ankle chain so he can walk around .. and each night he is in Leslie's lap for grooming and lots of love. If you are a 'birdy person", you might enjoy this as well. Please discuss this with Leslie if you are interested in interacting closely with Toby.
**Please do not allow your children to climb on his perch. It does not have roots and can only hold his weight. A child already broke it once at the base, which caused it to be shortened it by 2 feet.
Sometimes our guests ask what they can bring to the animals. The ones that really care about gifts is TOBY AND SHUTO. Toby likes bird feed with seeds in it for cockatoo, or a bird toy that he can play with. And Shuto loves small stuffed animals, like the mini ones on a key chain.... or just an old teddy bear is fine...he also likes broken electronics that he can take apart.
Please ask Leslie if you have any questions about the pets.
If we have no guest departing on the day you arrive would love to welcome you to arrive early for no extra charge. Please ask Leslie when you make the reservation if you can have an early check in or late departure.