Villa Gading

Villa Gading

Villa Gading is located right on beautiful Balina Beach, within 5 minutes of Candi Dasa and Padang Bai. We have only two villas, or 'lumbungs' based on the style of a Balinese rice barn. However the fittings are of the highest standard, with essential extras such as a mini bar, CD/radio, hair dryer, etc. Each villa consist of a bedroom with king size bed upstairs, and downstairs there are two day beds that can convert to single beds at night. The bathroom is partially indoors, partially outdoors, a blend of sparkling white tiles and traditional Balinese carving and ferns.

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Jalan Raya Buitan, Manggis BALI Indonesia, (100 m east of Alila Hotel, Manggis)

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Klungkung boasts one of the largest markets in Bali, and it is not a tourist destination. Wonderful sights, sounds and smells, full of spices, fruits, vegetables, livestock and offerings for sale. Also at Klungkung there is a good ?art market? specializing in beautiful materials for sarongs and kebayas (traditional lace blouses worn by Balinese women to the temple), and temple ornaments. Right opposite is the Hall of Justice, the main court for Bali when there were 9 separate districts each ruled by a Rajah. Have lunch at a great (ridiculously cheap) local seafood ?warung? on the waterfront near Goa Lawah (Bat Cave), then visit the Goa Lawah temple.

Visit Ubud and either see the Monkey Forest or attend a cooking class at Bumbu Bali (10am to 2pm), (or both), look around the shops especially the Ubud Book and Music Store and some local art galleries and jewellery stores. We also recommend a visit to Threads for Life, a wonderful gallery displaying weaving crafts from all around Indonesia. Have an early (or later) dinner (we recommend Ari?s Warung for a very special meal), but at 7pm watch the Ramayana Ballet under the stars in the palace grounds performed by one of the best troupes in Bali ? note that the Ramayana is on Tuesdays and is recommended, alternatively on Friday the Barong and Kris. Both these performances will give you a wonderful insight into the unique dance and music of Bali.

Visit Tirtagannga, the water palace, and then drive around the eastern slopes of Gunung Agung (great rice terraces here) to Amed, a sleepy fishing village on the north east coast. Base from Coral Villas hotel to go snorkeling and have lunch in the restaurant ? you are welcome to use the beach showers and pool and facilities also. If time permits visit the Lempuyang temple, a great drive through rural eastern Bali, or Ujung another water palace that has recently been renovated. There is a magnificent restaurant, Bali Asli, that looks across rice fields to the volcano, Gunung Agung which we recommend for lunch. We can also arrange for you to attend a half day cooking classes combined with a local market trip.

Travel down to the tourist area (Kuta Square, Legian Road, Matahari Shopping Complex, Nusa Dua Shopping Complex) ? shop till you drop. Some great bargains to be had in Bali, and the quality of workmanship has improved dramatically over recent years of local products. We recommend you go to La Lucciola at Pettitenget for an early dinner (arrive around 5pm to watch the sunset ) and ask for a table upstairs. Or on the sleepy, sandy beach at Sanur - a great spot to walk along a "boardwalk" that is hassle free with lots of great little seafood restaurants and outdoor coffee shops. (An alternative is Jimbaran Bay for seafood but our view is that it is a bit overrated)


White water rafting ? there are 2 sites in Bali, the best is close to Villa Gading
Scuba Diving ? talk to Nonok about a ?safari? around the north coast of Bali. There are also good dive sites within minutes of Villa Gading.


Snorkelling trip to Blue Lagoon by Jukung (outrigger canoe) from Villa Gading
Snorkelling off the beach directly in front of Villa Gading
Trek on Bukit Gumang for a spectacular view of the Candi Dasa area (about 2-3 hours)
Trek through rice fields around Manggis ? also spectacular views of the coastline
Tengannen ? village of the original Bali Aga (aboriginal) people, and home of some unique weaving
Cock fighting (generally men only)
Visit to Ayu?s salon in Candi Dasa for the works, cream bath, mandi lulur and the best massage you?ll ever have, facial, manicure, pedicure for a ridiculously small amount of money