About this listing
Villa Leana is just ideal for a great family vacation villa close to Balangan Beach. It sits up on the Bukit in a serene location affording a view of great sunsets from the infinity pool; while inside the villa is a real statement of luxury.
If you are looking for a high-quality affordable family vacation stay in Bali, Villa Leana will deliver all you desire on luxury, excellence and outstanding service. We like to think Villa Leana is just a superb vacation home and with its majestic setting high on the desirable hills of the Bukit, it affords every guest some amazing views out over the cliffs to the ocean and an almost guaranteed glowing red sunset every night. Villa Leana sits in just about the perfect place to watch great sunsets from the infinity pool; while inside the villa is a real statement of luxury where the superbly warm staff will be sure to make yours a memorable visit to Bali.
Villa Leana is very convenient for Balangan Beach, [one of Bali's last great laid-back beaches], and for Jimbaran's restaurants and shops which are just 10 minutes drive away. If you are sporty then there are golf courses just minutes drive away and also cool surfing at Balangan beach which still has a great air of space and exotic beauty. Bali's other super white sand beaches hidden away in this great Bukit area are all nearby.
A set of raised white flagstones above a great fishpond lead you through a cosy green garden space and into the heart of Villa Leana. The views when you first enter the property are breath-taking as the elevation above the land gives an unbroken, sweeping panorama of the land below. Furnishings are all high quality from a top Indonesian designer (Vinotti) and so the villa is exceptionally well appointed and is fully equipped for your comfort with satellite TV, wifi and music docking stations.
Villa Leana has 4 dedicated bedrooms and for a 5th bedroom we convert the playroom which makes an equally comfortable bedroom for 1 or 2 adults, or 2 to 3 children. All the bedrooms are large and en-suite - the playroom has an adjacent bathroom. The feature master bedroom holds court at the front of the upper floor. A room of open planning features a double size Jacuzzi bath sitting just to the rear of the master bed – allowing great views from all points but maintaining privacy at all times.
Villa Leana is well equipped for infants with cots, high chairs, car seats, plastic cutlery and plates etc. For children at Vila Leana there is a dedicated playroom with lots of toys, games, books, DVDs, children's satellite TV as well as couple of bunk beds (that can also be set up as normal single beds) all included free of charge. Youngsters normally love the fish and turtles in the pond and the rabbits in the downstairs garden. At Villa Leana for extra safety we also have a proper pool fence, and stair gates at the villa as well, all included in the price, and we supply other extras such as car seats, high chairs, kids plastic plates, cups and cutlery etc. More than that the staff are excellent with kids, and we can provide some day-care and babysitting if adults wish to have an evening out [a small gratuity for babysitting after 9pm is appreciated].
Being up on the Bukit means amazing views out over the cliffs, across the golf course and gives you remarkable sunsets every night. However a car or taxi is required to go most places as it is not very comfortable to walk from the villa to any shops, beaches or restaurants. There are many great beaches a quick drive away inc. Balangan (8 minutes); Jimbaran (10 minutes) and all other beaches around the Bukit are no more than 15 minutes' drive away (Padang Padang; Geger, Bingin, Dreamland etc.). Some beaches are suitable for swimming, others for paddling or surfing or exploring rock pools. We can arrange a car and driver for you to get around with at very good rates as well.
All the facilities at the villa are yours to enjoy. the pool, TV, jacuzzi
Interaction with Guests
Our villa manager and his great staff are at the villa 24 hours per day to help you any way you wish, including providing meals and drinks, babysitting, arranging massages and tours etc.
Your privacy will not be disturbed and the villa is all yours to enjoy.
We visit Bali monthly but work in other locations in South East Asia. We know your Bali experience is best served by the lovely locals but we could always just pop in and say "Hi" sometimes!
The great views are a winner from Villa Leana. The beaches in the Bukit have a great deal of character, variety and charm. Throw in delicious seafood, the laid back ease of the beach-side warungs and the odd super-bar and the whole package is just a winner.
We have a comfortable family car which [if available] can be rented for the duration of your stay with a driver at below market rates. Seats 4 adults and 2 children comfortably.
Alternatively, taxis are cheap and come within a couple of minutes
Other Things to Note
Finally if Villa Leana appears not to be available for your dates, please feel free to contact us as we own and run 7 villas in Bali, and we may still be able to help you by suggesting other suitable villas or rearranging bookings so as to fit your dates. We treasure Bali and we love this place and hope you will too!
We trust our guests to take care of the property as they would their own home.
We have a strict no smoking policy at all of our villas. This is not only because many of our guests are non-smokers, but also because our villas contain many soft furnishings and have wood and rattan roofing that is highly flammable, and so smoking inside provides a significant fire risk. If you wish to smoke then we do allow smoking in the outside areas of the villa and provide ashtrays if required.
We do not ask for a damage deposit from guests, however where breakages or damage occur at the villa due to the action of guests, accidental or otherwise, then we ask that you please report them to the villa manager so that we can rectify the damage as soon as possible and we do reserve the right to add the cost of replacement or repair of the item to the bill of the guest upon check out. For the avoidance of doubt breakage/damage includes, but is not limited to, permanent staining, cigarette burns, rips, scratches or other damage to furniture and soft furnishings.
Only the number of guests agreed with the owner during the booking process shall be allowed to stay overnight at the villa. Additional guests are however able to visit during the day, provided that the maximum number of guests normally accommodated by the villa is not exceeded. Where there is a requirement for more than the maximum number of guests to visit the villa during the day (for example for wedding or other party) then normally that can be arranged provided that the prior permission of the owner is received. The owner and staff at the villa however reserve the right to turn away guests from the villa if the above limits and permissions are not complied with.
We are not responsible for guests’ baggage and personal belongings which at all times remain the responsibility and risk of the guests during a stay at our villas. We do however provide lockable electronic safes in each bedroom for guest use, and also provide a key for each bedroom to the guests of that bedroom.
Please be advised that we are not responsible for any personal injury to you or your property during your stay at our villa, or during your participation in any activities during your visit to Bali. We will not accept responsibility for any delay, additional expense or inconvenience which may be caused directly or indirectly by events outside of our control such as; late arrival of international flights, extreme traffic problems and other travel delays, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of government, or the failure of any machinery or equipment.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking, to protect you and all those accompanying you for the full time of your visit against illness, incl. evacuation, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items, cancellation and other travel contingencies.
About the Host, Tom And Rene
Our names are Rene and Tom, and although originally from Indonesia and the UK respectively we have lived all around the world as far afield as Azerbaijan and Malaysia. In July 2008 Tom gave up the corporate life and we settled in Bali. Unfortunately it was spectacularly bad timing to try and set up a new life as the Financial Crisis hit, and so we went back on the expatriate road again, this time to Bangkok in Thailand.
In 2012 we tried again, and this time we were successful in getting out of the corporate rat race and so we now manage our own 4 villas full time, as well as 3 other great villas of friends - so this is now our life!
Both of us love Bali and have made several trips together here over the years. Tom is a fanatical diver which drew us first to East Bali, where we decided to buy our first villa close to Candidasa and directly on a white sand beach with a great reef directly offshore that was perfect for snorkeling. We named it Villa Talia Vashti after our little daughter (Talia Vashti).
In 2007 we were blessed with a second daughter, who we named Kalisha. We realised we were in trouble now though as she was bound to be jealous that her sister had a villa and she did not. Many years ago we stayed at a villa in Ubud called Villa Uma which we had absolutely loved. Rene had always wanted a place up in the mountains where the temperatures were pleasant and cool all day, but she also wanted to be close enough to Ubud to be able to enjoy the restaurants and attractions of the area. Villa Uma was perfect, so we called up the owner to see if he was willing to sell, and as is the case when you feel fate is on your side he actually had the villa on sale. The villa though was in a bad state of repair, and while the previous owner while had a great feel for aesthetics, he lacked a little something when it came to practicality with the result that the villa had no staff quarters, no storage and the roof and deck were falling apart.
We decided to buy it anyway, and then committed to a major renovation. We replaced all the decking by the pool (which had rotted away) and extended the swimming pool to make it a genuine infinity pool. We took away the old wooden railings and replaced them with safety glass so that you could now lie down anywhere in the villa and still have uninterrupted views of the jungle (and it was also safer for kids). We also built an entirely new staff quarters and storage area to the back of the villa. Having started all this work, we realised that the villa itself looked a little old and tired, so we replaced all the bathrooms, installed a new and properly fitted and functioning guest kitchen, and renovated and repainted the entire villa from top to bottom. This would be a major task for any villa, but for Villa Kalisha every single thing we needed for the renovation had to be carried by hand along the path to the villa, and similarly rubble and waste had to be carried back again.
Finally 6 months later, the villa was finally finished and we renamed it Villa Kalisha to avoid any sibling arguments later in life.
In early 2008 we moved to Bali full time, and bought a great villa in Seminyak that was close to everything - this time to live in ourselves. When we left Bali in late 2009 to go to live in Bangkok, we renamed our home Villa Rene (after my wife) and rented it out with our other villas. We always loved Villa Rene, and it is still my wife's favourite villa, but even we were surprised on how many enquiries we received.
Finally the kids said that Daddy needed to have a villa as well. With the money from the corporate job in Thailand, and with income coming in from the other villas, we were able to another villa. We wanted a villa that was totally different again from our other villas, and so this time we chose a villa at the top of probably the highest hill on the Bukit, close to Jimbaran and with spectacular views out over the cliffs. We named the villa "Villa Leana" which is our daughter Kalisha's 2nd name, although the kids still call it "Daddy's Villa".
We still find it hard to believe that we could end up owning one amazing villa in Bali, let alone four and so we often have to pinch ourselves to believe that these are really our villas when we stay at them with our little daughters, which we try and do whenever we can. In any case we think they are all really special places and we hope that get as much enjoyment from our villas as we do.