4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps maximum 12
- english, Afrikaans
About Mailie Green
David and Mailie are the owners of Villa Cocoa Maya. We've always been keen travelers but Bali has found a special place in our hearts and, school schedules permitting, we try and spend as much time there as we can with our two boys.
Mailie Green purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Mailie Green chose Candidasa
We knew we had a winner when we saw the site for Villa Cocoa Maya. We undoubtedly have the best position in Candidasa - any closer to the sea and you'd fall in! The villa is one of the few in Candidasa that has a beach - and with white sand - and is just a five-minute walk to the restaurants and shops. We're also really fortunate to have a large double stand which is extremely unusual along the Candidasa coast - most hotels are built on the same size plot as the villa! All this with amazing snorkeling right in front of the villa - we couldn't resist!
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is reasonably priced in the best possible location in Candidasa, with a full range of services and amenities. The villa has 5 staff members who will discreetly provide housekeeping, cook from our well-priced menu, prepare your breakfast daily (included in the rate) and assist you with ideas for sightseeing. They will also organise our driver and the boatman for you and anything else you need assistance with.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking allowed in the garden
Children love the warm sea & large garden
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The villa and location was stunning. I have stayed in many villas and by far Komong and her team were the best.......nothing was too much trouble and they helped us to create special memories. In villa food was great and the Babi gulang feast was amazing thanks to the fabulous Ketut. We will be back.
This property is in a stunning location and ocean view is stunning. The staff were more than accommodating and treated us like family. The house was spotless and the staff worked hard to keep everyone happy. We rented a boat and saw most of the coast line at Blue Lagoon and swam at white sand beach. Make sure you bring a nice tip for the 7 boatman who hall in your boat onto shore as they work hard and have very little. They great you with the biggest smile and are appreciate.
Superb beachfront location
Villa Cocoa Maya provided a luxurious and peaceful haven for our family holiday. Just what we needed after a blast of a wedding in busy Ubud.
The location of the house is absolutely superb, right on the beach with magnificent views from all the spacious rooms which are presented beautifully and made even more characterful with interesting artwork and furniture.
We particularly enjoyed watching the local fishermen bring back the boats and the daily catch each morning, right in front of the property.
On two days Komang, the house manager, helped us select some fresh fish which the staff cooked for our evening meal.
All in all, a very memorable stay!
Thank you David, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay and took the trouble to write a review. We hope to see you again! Kind regards, Mailie.
My husband and adult daughter and I stayed here for five days. It is a fabulous villa. The pictures are accurate, but the interior decor is more beautiful than pictured. The marble floors alone are breathtaking. No expense has been spared. The Jogolo suite is the most fabulous master bedroom I have ever been in! The staff is helpful, and the meals quite good. The infinity pool was perfect for doing laps or just relaxing. It was easy to arrange a driver, and also a private boat to take us snorkeling at Blue Lagoon ($40 USD for the day). Don't miss snorkeling at Amed ($45 USD for a driver for the day). Overall, a magnificent villa and experience. We would come back here again. We would definitely recommend this villa.
Superb comfort in spectacular spot
We loved our stay in this beautiful fishing village, so much calmer than the more frenetic southern Bali area, and the villa was fantastic. Had lots of fun on the kayaks and there’s perfect snorkelling with a big variety of fish literally in front of the house. Don’t miss out on snorkelling (or diving) at the islands just a short way out to sea, it was spectacular. Komang organised a fishing boat to take us. We also appreciated the menu system at the villa (which meant no cooking for us!) and the food was delicious – thank you Komang and team for spoiling us, and looking after us so well. Cocoa Maya was a perfect end to a perfect island holiday and we definitely hope to be back!
Because of Candidasa’s excellent position as the gateway to east Bali, there are many fascinating areas to visit if you’ve had enough of lounging on the beach! Listed are a few of the sights surrounding Candidasa that are worth a visit:
Besakih Temple – Bali’s Hindu Mother Temple
Besakih Temple is about an hour’s drive from the villa, through beautiful scenery. Besakih is the holiest and most important sacred site in Bali. The complex consists of 23 temples located one thousand metres up the slopes of the volcano Mount Agung, the tallest mountain in Bali. Ceremonies at Besakih, of which there are many, are a particularly spectacular sight.
Goa Lawah – The Bat Temple
Less than a 10-minute drive from Villa Cocoa Maya lies the small but important temple of Goa Lawah. The temple is built just in front of a cave opening in the coastal cliffs and is home to thousands of fruit bats. Legend has it that it is also home to a giant dragon-like snake called Basuki.
TirtaGangga Water Palace (Waters of the Ganges)
TirtaGangga is an easy 30-minute drive from Villa Cocoa Maya through beautiful rice paddies, with excellent views of Bali’s biggest volcano, Mount Agung. A real feel of old Bali still exists in this region and it is worth taking a trip back to the villa via the beauty of the Sideman region, famous for its handloom weaving.
The isolated Bali Aga people, who are the original Balinese, date back thousands of years. Surprisingly, their bloodline and culture has stayed largely intact over that time and is quite distinct from the rest of the Balinese, with the Bali Aga still speaking a dialect that is entirely their own. Because of their unique beliefs and practices they are of interest to tourists, anthropologists and historians. Tenganan is considered to be an excellent example of a Bali Aga village in Bali. Just a few kilometres away from Villa Cocoa Maya, it is possible here to see examples of the famous double and single ikat weaving; temples; the communal kitchen for preparing ceremonial feasts and the village meeting place.
Approximately an hour’s drive from Candidasa lies the small inland town of Ubud, beautifully situated among picturesque rice paddies. Despite the increasing numbers of tourists, Ubud, known as the cultural heart of Bali, still retains its charm. It is well known for its good shopping, excellent restaurants, fantastic spas, and many spiritual practices and varied courses.
The area around Nusa Penida (approximately 30 minutes by boat from the villa) – together with Komodo and Raj Empat – is considered by many to provide the most exciting, and diverse, diving anywhere in the world, with a diversity of fish rarely seen elsewhere. Combined with amazing shipwrecks and coral reefs up and down the eastern Bali coast, Villa Cocoa Maya provides irresistible diving opportunities.
If you prefer your marine exploration to be a bit more relaxed, and closer to the top of the ocean, look no further than snorkelling right off the beach at Villa Cocoa Maya! The coral reefs directly in front of the villa allow for the presence of beautiful and diverse fish in warm swimming water. If you prefer, the local fishermen can take you snorkelling further afield at the little islands just off our coastline, or at Blue Lagoon at Padang Bai, or further east at White Sand Beach. There is limited snorkelling gear at the villa which you are welcome to use during your stay. It is also possible to hire equipment in town. The staff will happily assist you with rates and arrangements for the fishing boats, or you can chat to the fishermen on the beach yourself.
While you have a beach right outside the villa you might feel like a change once in a while. The two best beaches in the area to visit, which make for a really nice day out, are Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai or White Sand Beach. Both are great swimming beaches, are about a 20-minute car trip or boat ride away, have snorkelling, excellent warungs(traditional restaurants) where you can eat grilled fish or seafood, and inexpensive sun beds to hire for the day. If you prefer, you can combine snorkelling off the boat with a lazy day at the beach.
There is beautiful rice field, hill and mountain trekking available around Tirta Gangga. It is also possible to trek up Mount Agung. The walk up the volcano of Mount Agung leaves in the early hours of the morning and takes about 4-5 hours to ascend and the same time to descend.
White Water Rafting
Various operators offer rafting on the Telagawaja River at Karangasem. The rafting portion of the river is about 12km long, takes two hours and has Grade 3 rapids.
Cycling is a beautiful way to see the Balinese landscape and there are tour operators who offer cycling for different expertise and fitness levels, and also tours that include children.