Villa Santai exudes the genuine Balinese atmosphere because of the natural materials used such as hardwood, teak, stones and granite in the bathrooms and the kitchen. The entire ground floor is open, except for the bedrooms, giving you the great ‘outdoor living’ experience of the tropics.
The villa is set up very spacious and has a large tropical garden directly adjacent to the beach. It has a large, natural shaped, private swimming pool with a landscaped waterfall. Around the pool you find a spacious terrace with sun beds and umbrellas. The villa has 4 tastefully furnished bedrooms, 1 family room (can be used as 5th bedroom), 4 bathrooms, a large living room, kitchen and a roof terrace with Bale Benong from which you have a splendid view. The villa is located on a secluded area of a villa park of which you can use the facilities including a Spa for Balinese massages and a wooden boat on the beach where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset with a drink.
Lovina and Dolphins: Lovina
Villa Santai is located directly at the beach of Lovina-Beach, about 10 minutes drive west from Lovina, the tourist centre of the north.
Lovina is a small but lively village with restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, Spa's for massages and treatments, a supermarket, a local market and even a Swiss Bakery for fresh bread in the morning.
In and around Lovina you have a rich choice of restaurants with delicious national and international cuisines. The prices are still very low, especially in this north part of Bali.
Lovina however, is the most renowned for the dolphins which you can see every morning at dawn during a boat trip. Due to the large population of shrimps at this particularly coastline you will find here year round many dolphins. The boat can be surrounded by dozens of dolphins jumping and playing. If you book a trip, you can arrange to be picked up by a boat in front of the villa. In hotel Melka in Lovina you can actually swim with dolphins.
Snorkeling and Diving: The Balinese sea near Lovina offers several places for great snorkelling and diving. Because of the shallow and calm sea, you will have a good view of the tropical fish.
Certainly worthwhile is a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island (1 hour drive & 30 minutes by boat). Around the island you will find many colourful fish and coral and this snorkelling site is also very convenient for children as you can start snorkelling directly from the shore of the island. Also worthwhile is a trip to the East coast of Bali (Tulamben) to dive to the famous American war wreck U.S. Liberty.
There are a number of PADI diving schools in Lovina, including a 5 star PADI school called Bali Spice Dive and the well-known school Blue Season Bali Diving at the Zen Resort in Seririt. If you book a snorkelling- or diving trips with one of these schools, they will pick you up at the villa.
Highlights surroundings: Activities and sightseeing trips from the villa:
- Dolphin tours
- Swimming with dolphins
- Snorkelling and diving
- Buddhist Monastery Brahma Vihara Arama, also called the little Borobudur
- Hot Springs of Air Panas
- Old Capital Singaraja
- Rice field tours in the Mayong
- Mountain village Munduk
- Waterfalls of Git-Git and Munduk
- Hindoe temple Pura Ulun Danau Bratan at the Bratan Lake
- Botanical Gardens in Bedegul
- Bali Treetop Adventure Park in Bedegul
- White Water Rafting at Ayung River
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- Monkey forest
- Pura Besakih (The Mother Temple) at the foothills of the Mount Agung
- Bali Barat National Park
- Ceremonies and local markets
In the villa you will find an information guide with nice suggestions for day tours. For daily transport and/or day trips during your holiday you can make use of the services of an English speaking driver, the contact details are also included in the information guide.