As it name suggests, Villa Maya Retreat is the perfect place to slow down and escape the frantic pace of everyday life. Resting on the banks of the Penet River, that winds through the rural village of Cepaka in the heart of Bali’s 'rice bowl', this six-bedroom villa will soothe your body, mind and soul. Shaded by lush tropical gardens and clusters of giant bamboo, the traditional-style living and sleeping pavilions have been designed to make the most of the natural surrounds. Featuring a 12-metre swimming pool, three plunge pools and numerous relaxation bales there is plenty of space for guests to unwind and recharge the batteries
Villa Maya Retreat is situated in a jungle-clad river gorge close to the village of Cepaka in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ due to its vast terraced rice fields. This quaint village bordering the Penet River is a rare example of a traditional Balinese community untouched by tourism and the rapid development to the south of the island. Villa guests are accorded a privileged insight into the agricultural, religious and daily life of the friendly villagers. Just 12 kilometres away is the famed Tanah Lot sea temple and the award- winning Greg Norman-designed Nirwana Bali Golf Course. The nearest surf beaches, including Echo Beach, are about eight kilometres from the villa.
Our group from Hawaii was FLOORED by this villa. 12 adults, ages 30-60 all fell in love. The pictures are REAL guys!
Made and Chica, the whole staff in fact, pampered us... but in such a familial way! They went above and beyond to ensure our comfort, as well as our overall Bali experience. They communicated with drivers/ tour coordinators / spa therapists for us. The made sure we always had a ride and a meal available.
I rented another villa for the remaining 4 members of our group. The differences were there, but both Elite Havens properties exceeded expectation.
Villa Maya Retreat was more comfy, family style; not just in decor/space needs, but also food and service style. Our meals at Maya Retreat were prepped for a group, and were a little less refined than our compatriots at Villa Canggu Terrace (they ordered individually, and had restaurant-worthy food presentation). Always yummy, tho! And the decor of Canggu Terrace was a bit more elegant.
These are simply style differences; again, BOTH villas were amazing, and BOTH of these luxurious styles are GREAT! :)
I will ALWAYS recommend this service, and these two villas specifically. I also highly recommend the Babi Guling dinner experience. Hire the performers! 15 instruments and 6 dancers performed in our living room... at less than US$300!
We had never heard of Cepaka in Bali but it is a beautiful and quiet haven about half an hour from all the main Bali attractions. Villa Maya is ideal if you want time out any are happy to just veg. The staff are super helpful and nothing is too much trouble. In-house dining options are plentiful and tasty although we preferred to take advantage of the van and head out for dinner on a few nights. Suggest ordering the suckling pig and the whole market fish as a special dining treat.
We followed up our 7 night stay at Maya with 5 nights in Seminak which I think was a good balance if you want some time-out but a real taste of Bali.
Spectacular with 6 individual buildings for each bedroom on an enormous property. Food was delicious and at beck and call and the staff made us feel like family they were so happy and kind and extra accommodating would highly recommend
Eight of us spent a wonderful week at Villa Maya Retreat. The Villa is amazing with so many places to sit and relax and plenty of little nooks with statues, gardens and ponds. It was so relaxing that time seemed to stand still and none of us wanted to leave. The staff; Made, Cika & Kedak were wonderful the whole time. Made assisted us with all of our needs including shopping and driving us where we wanted to go. Cika and Kedak cooked some amazing meals for us every day. Bali omelettes for breakfast and Chika’s Chicken Curry were our groups favorites. The Villa is spacious and well laid out with each bedroom having its own privacy and outdoor bathroom. Three of the rooms had their own plunge pools and the main pool was so inviting deep and warm. The young adults spent many hours just floating in the pool. As previously mentioned the villa is away from Bali’s popular spots. Made was always happy to drive us wherever we wished to go, but allow at least 40 mins to get anywhere. We had a special celebration during our visit and Made arranged a Balinese dance troupe to give us a private performance as well as a delicious suckling pig. The staff also decorated the Villa with flowers and balloons. I highly recommend Villa Maya Retreat and hope I have another opportunity to visit such a wonderful place.
We recently stayed at Villa Maya Retreat with our family and extended group of friends. The property is truly amazing. It feels like you have the exclusive use of a large luxury resort without paying luxury resort prices. The indoor/outdoor layout lets you experience the true Bali lifestyle and the layout provides multiple living spaces for gathering as well as individual bungalow rooms for privacy when wanted. The setting is relaxed and quiet which was perfect for our group but if you are looking for an active nightlife scene it might be a bit remote. The staff is wonderful and will help you with everything you need as well as prepare delicious meals.
We just returned from a week at Villa Maya and cannot recommend it highly enough. It's outstanding. The photos on the website don't do it justice. Very peaceful, serene and luxurious. The layout of the property is great, particularly if you have a larger group--we had 7. It has plenty of private areas for people to hang out and rest/read if they wish, and great "community" space in the living room and around the pool. Three of the suites have plunge pools, which is awesome. We particularly liked the fact that all of the bedrooms had king sized beds. The staff is particularly great. The cook is very talented and funny. Made, the villa manager, is tops. The villa is in a quiet village, which gives a good "local" experience, but it's not "in the mix", so if you want a location where you can walk out to bars or restaurants, this is not the place for you. However, the airport, Seminyak and Ubud are all within an hours drive.
We were there for a 50th birthday getaway and the staff pulled together an amazing party: suckling pig, marigold flower leis for each of us, ordered a western style birthday cake, decorated the property with flags and marigold necklaces on the many statues on the property and arranged for a gamelon orchestra and traditional dancers from the local village. Memories for a lifetime. Bottom line: the place is awesome.
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