A new 3 bedroom villa with a 90m beach frontage. Own infiniti pool and jacuzzi. Wonderful staff to keep the house clean, take care of the garden and pool, provide security and cook for you (if you would like). Absolute serenity - with plenty of Balis most wonderful sights and places a short drive away.
I designed our villa myself and enjoyed the experience of guiding it through construction. I have been involved in many very large scale developments, but this one meant more to me than any other - it is very personal. In Arabic, "Jaa Bali" means - "because I felt like it" - for me, that seems perfect!
We are somewhat remote, being at the end of a 2km lane from the main road. This provides the conveneince of nearby local shops and restaurants - a 20 or 30 minute drive away - whilst being directly on the beach away from any hustle and bustle. Our garden has a 100metre frontage directly on to the beach. A little walk along the beach it becomes very sandy and easy to swim. Directly outside our villa is a rocky outcrop, which becomes a coral reef a little swim away and the fishlife is quite interesting.
The two downstairs bedrooms have outside bathrooms, to enjoy the feel of the sea air - and one has a view directly to the sea. The upstairs bedroom also has it's own bathroom and has a beautiful balcony with a view along the coast towards the east - enjoying the most beautiful sunrise anyone will ever experience.
We designed Jaa Bali to be the ultimate place to "get away from the city hastle" - this is a place to chill and read, get to know yourself and your friends and family better than ever before. If you're looking for nightclubs, this is not for you.
We arrived to Ja'a Bali as a group who needed to just breathe and relax. Some of us had been trekking through SE Asia for a few weeks and needed to stay in one place for a while. Others were on their first vacation in a long time after a very hectic work schedule. Even though we came during rainy season - which meant some sun in the morning and then a shower or two in the afternoon - it still was such an incredible, beautiful respite for all of us. The sound of the ocean washed away all the stress we had been carrying.
As has been voiced by many of the other reviewers, Mercy and the rest of the staff were so helpful and happy. Mercy's meals were inventive and delicious. She was always attentive to what we needed and tried to accommodate everyone's wishes. It's hard to say which part - Mercy and the staff, the location, or the beauty and naturalness of the house - made this place so special. But I think that having Mercy become part of the "family" for that week definitely tipped the scale.
The home and grounds are beautiful and spacious. We never felt over-crowded or limited. One night, we went out for dinner and realized that the sunset was spectacular. We had been spending so much of our time poolside looking out to the ocean that we forget that right off the front door is the most beautiful rice paddies where the sunset of pinks and lavender just took our breath away.
The owner was incredibly helpful in giving us an overview of the area and what to expect. All of his recommendations - for a driver, or for the best place for a massage - were spot on. Overall, we would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to have a very relaxing, rejuvenating experience.
I arrive din this beautiful and peaceful location with my parents and a good friend. We were greeted in the morning by Mercy, she had our breakfast ready!
Walking out to the sea side was a real surprise with local fishermen and the green mountains.
I would definitely visit here again. The local people, rest and kindness of locals made for a real escape from the hustle and bustle of my own life let alone the tourist trap that can occur in Bali.
I thank the entire community that Steve has gathered in support of making this destination a memorable and calming one. We also learnt some amazing local traditional Balinese dishes from Mercy of which I am planning to cook here in Australia! Mercy was cheerful and honest, as were the kind security and groundsmen and the driver Putu was patient and accommodating.
I recommend this retreat if you really do want to get away...
Our experience staying at Ja'a Bali was exceptional and flawless. Steve was a standout host and helped us greatly with the logistics of getting to his home and ensuring we enjoyed the home while we were there. Cooking was incredible, the views were incredible, the home was incredible. We highly recommend the area as an authentic Northen Bali cultural experience - very different than the south of the island and is not to be missed!
We stayed at the villa for 11 days, and we loved every minute! The house is beautiful, and very functional. The place is quiet and relaxing. Steve was always quick to answer any questions, great communication. The staff was super-friendly and helpful, spoke great English, and did everything to make us feel very welcome. The cooking was great, and we all loved Mercy, the maid. Putu, the driver, took us for some interesting day trips and was a wonderful guide, telling us a lot about the island and the culture. Nearby Zen Spa had some very good treatments. Overall it was a great experience, and we would love to visit the villa again!
We had a wonderful stay! The place is gorgeous and in a lovely location. Steve was really helpful leading up to our arrival and Mercy and the staff were super helpful with everything while we were there. You should definitely stay here if you can!
We planned 2 weeks holiday but had to leave villa less than in 24 hours due to a personal reason. Though we had few time we got first impression. The villa is really spacious and with ocean breeze. You fall asleep hearing the melody of waves and wake up with the sunrise which you see from your bed. The beach is directly after the pool but we didn't have time to swim there. But we could visit Zen resort and took a good massage there. I also contacted them beforehand and agreed plan for diving, though couldn't fulfill it. I also want to thank Putu, he is a good guide and could show us at least some places on the way back to the airport.
We had a blast at Jaa Bali!
The house is gorgeous and the pool is stunning. Mercy (the housekeeper) is an amazing person who made our stay at Jaa Bali simply perfect. Mercy cooked a few dinners for us and we also found out that many restaurants in the area will pick you up if you want to get out of the house for a meal or two. Check out spice beach club!
Only slight disappointment was that the beach had some trash on it, but we found ourselves enjoying the pool so it was of minimal concern.
Vraiment une villa de reve! La verite depasse la photo..... Le staff est d'une amabilite toute Balinaise. Mercy est vraiment une perle de cuisiniere et de gentillesse et les hommes toujours tres serviable. Quand a Putu, c'est sans aucun doute le meilleur driver de Bali, tellement securisant! Une villa a consommer sans (email hidden)perbe, simplement superbe!!!!!!!!
This place is absolutely a slice of heaven, if not the actual place! We stayed for 4 days, and every day was amazing, and we didnt even go anywhere! Lazing around, napping, the kiddos (2 and 3 years old) running around playing in the pool and gardens. Merci: what can we say about her that hasn't already been said, other than we wanted to pack her up and take her back to Singapore with us. Amazing food, and such a sweetheart. Gusti kept us safe at night doing constant patrols. If you decide to stay (which you should), you have to do at least one visit to the Zen Spa, one of the more beautiful spots in the world.
Would recommend this location to anyone looking for a great relaxing vacation where you can sit back and relax, with no cares on your mind.
Jaa Bali was a slice of paradise. We had a group of 5 stay together and our best memories of the trip were floating in the oceanfront pool, viewing magnificent sunsets from the balcony, and falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves. Per Steve's request, we arranged our spa days and massages with Zen down the road and that resort is blissful. Last but not least, Mercy was our favorite Bali local! We arranged to have all our meals at the villa and her cooking was top notch, the best meals we ate on our trip. Couldn't possibly recommend Jaa Bali any more!!