Villa Anucara - Local colour

Cemagi Experience

The Locale

Perhaps the best way to explore this beautiful rural area of Bali is by foot or bicycle (bicycle hire can be arranged); the lanes around Anucara are flat and quiet as long as you steer clear of the main road. Five minutes’ walk up the black-sand beach is the small sea temple of Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus; it sits on a rocky outcrop and is reminiscent of a miniature Tanah Lot, Bali’s most famous sea temple located two or three kilometres further up the coast (9km by road). Heading inland, before you reach the main road, is a village temple and traditional market, where there always seems to be a lot of colourful activity.

Distances

Tanah Lot sea temple
9 km
Echo Beach
11 km
Canggu
11 km
Kerobokan
12 km
Seminyak
15 km
Kuta
19 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
25 km
Mount Batukaru
29 km
Ubud
37 km

Things to Do

Your villa manager will typically have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Invariably some of them will live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.

In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of Villa Anucara.

The villa is close to the famous sea temple at Tanah Lot (9 km). Although renowned for its sunset vistas, going early in the morning provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed, apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (11km) where a number of cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast is also a good sunset spot. Note that the beach along this section of the coast is dark volcanic sand and the waters are better suited to surfing than swimming.
Fashionistas, trendies shop-a-holics and foodies should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques and international restaurants and bars including, Potato Head Beach club, La Lucciola and Bali’s infamously trendy Ku Dé Ta. For furniture, antiques and homeware stores go for a wander around the streets of nearby Kerobokan.
Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan Regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
Colourful processions to the beachside Hindu temple at the neighbouring village of Seseh (1km walk along the beach) are frequent. On special festival days, thousands of devout Hindus wearing ceremonial dress will converge on this important temple to perform cleansing rituals beside the ocean.
Explore the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages by bicycle; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (café) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.
With its warm seas, almost year-round season, relatively uncrowded beach and reef breaks and suitability for all levels of experience, Bali surfing is world renowned. Canggu (11km) is known for its world-class surf breaks, offering an exposed reef break with consistent surf. May to October (dry season) is the favoured time for waves. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights—in fact, Canggu presents one of the few right-hand waves on the west coast of Bali.
If you are a bold and brave bargain hunter, a spree within the heart of Bali’s bustling provincial capital is an exciting and rewarding experience. Visit the vibrant Denpasar markets, where everything and anything is available.
Explore Bali’s backroads, lakes, volcanoes, forests and beaches on the back of a Harley Davidson bike with Island Biker Tours. Full day Harley tour, customised tours or shorter joy rides can all be accommodated.
Pulau Dive Charters offers luxury boat charters around the beautiful islands and waters surrounding Bali. They specialise in private fishing, surfing and diving charters and also offer unique personalised day trips to Nusa Lembongan. Perfect for a family day out on the water or with a group of friends.

Guest Reviews

  • August 4th, 2014 - August 7th, 2014

    wonderful place, our clients are very pleased and satisfied with this villa and highly recommend!

    Indonesia
  • October 10th, 2013 - October 11th, 2013

    Great villa, great staff! Loved our stay and will definitely be back.

    April P, Indonesia
  • October 17th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012

    This is a brilliant villa, with terrific staff in lovely grounds. There's lots to do around the villa including beach walks and visits to temples. The staff are only too happy to organise visits by spa therapists and yoga professionals. The food is authentic and delicious. We could not have asked for more.

    AL, Australia
  • September 15th, 2012 - September 20th, 2012

    This villa is highly recommended for groups. Staff are perfect and the freshly cooked food awesome! Facilities are first class and well maintained.

    Glenn Gunara-Chen, Indonesia
  • April 1st, 2012 - April 5th, 2012

    Love the staff, can't wait to go back.

    LJ, United States
  • February 17th, 2012 - February 19th, 2012

    I had great time during my stay in Villa ombak putih. The villa is beautiful, clean, staff great, friendly and pleasant. Cheff is excellent. The rooms are crisp clean and bed are comfy, i had a good sleep and relaxing time! Would be perfect if sound system and wifi work, and also addition warm water enough for whole rooms. But besides that i had amazing time staying in this villa! Would definately come back for next time! And recommend to my friends. Thank you for having us!

    TL, Singapore
  • January 27th, 2012 - January 30th, 2012

    Please convoy the message to Villa Ombak Putih TEAM, Thanks you for your great service and sense of anticipating guest needs. Our client are happy and enjoy the villa very much but a bit far away from shopping and restaurants and traffic jam make them frustration.

    AA
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