About this listing
Villa Cocoa Maya is a 3 or 4 bedroom villa on the Candidasa seafront, set just 20 metres back from one of the town’s very few stretches of sand beach.
The villa is fully staffed, including a cook, and is situated in a beautiful large garden.
Villa Cocoa Maya is set just 20 metres back from one of the town’s very few stretches of sand beach. It has magnificent, sweeping ocean views across the ocean and there are a number of internationally celebrated dive sites in the area.
It is just a few minutes' walk to the centre of Candidasa where there are plenty of restaurants and shops.
The villa’s four large bedroom suites each have their own bathroom and large lounge areas, all with ocean views. Three of the suites also have a balcony. The suites are fitted with king-size beds, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players. Two extra mattresses are available for a maximum of ten guests to enjoy the villa.
There is an open-plan inside living/dining area, as well as a large outdoor covered lounge set back from the sea, and a dining terrace situated closer to the ocean. The large, flat garden is complemented by the massive 18m long infinity swimming pool.
It's all about relaxing!
We love to spend as many of our holidays at Cocoa Maya as possible but, when we're not there, we love to rent it out. You can expect a very relaxed beach holiday at Cocoa Maya. We have staff who will look after you, from housekeeping to cooking (we include breakfast in your rate), and there are lots of areas where you can just relax - the pool, the garden, the outside lounge, the Balinese bale - take your pick!
Villa Cocoa Maya does not offer self-catering, although the staff are more than happy to show you how they prepare the traditional Balinese dishes that we offer.
The ocean is warm and calm and has superb snorkeling literally right in front of the villa!
The villa is at the end of a quiet lane right on the beach. It is an easy five-minute walk to the main town of Candidasa where there are excellent restaurants and shopping. Many regular visitors to Bali comment that Candidasa is like southern Bali was forty years. It is a quiet fishing village but has more than enough in the town, and close by, to keep you entertained.
Location, location, location!
Our villa is quite unique in the area. We are located on a large double stand which is unheard of for villas in Candidasa, we have a white sand beach directly on our doorstep (most villas only have ocean access from a pier and do not have a beach), and we are a five minute walk from central Candidasa. A lot of villas in the area either have a beach, or are within walking distance of Candidasa, but we are unique in having both!
Villa Cocoa Maya is a vacation rental property, therefore guests have access to the whole house during their stay. It is only ever rented to one group at a time.
Interaction with Guests
Our five staff members are there to cater to your every need while affording you privacy at all times.
We are not a self-catering villa. Our staff are excellent cooks and will provide you with meals from our reasonably priced a la carte menu (breakfast is included in your rate).
We also like to buy the catch of the day from the fishermen and have a barbecue in the garden served with Balinese sambal - delicious!
You are under no obligation to eat at the villa, there are also excellent restaurants in the area.
Candidasa is a small fishing village in east Bali. It is often described as still being like the Bali of 40 years ago. While it is quiet, there are excellent restaurants in the area, fantastic water sports and sightseeing, and some shopping.
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.
We have access to a car and driver at very reasonable rates which can be organised when you are at the villa. We can also organise your transfer to and from the villa from anywhere on the island. In addition it is cheap and easy to hire motorcycles in Candidasa.
Other Things to Note
We are not a self-catering villa, our staff provide simple, well-priced meals from our a la carte menu so all you have to do is sit back and relax!
We do not allow the main renter to be under 21. There is a no smoking policy everywhere except in the garden. But other than that, we really just ask that you treat our house as you would like us to treat yours!
About the Host, Mailie
Hi, my husband David and I love to travel and we really love travelling within our own beautiful country, South Africa, and to Bali!
David first visited Bali 17 years ago and fell in love with the island, its beauty and its people. He continued to visit over the years and we also honeymooned there. Since then it's been our staple family holiday destination with our two boys.
A few years ago we were fortunate enough to be able to find two beautiful villas, one in Ubud and one on the beach in Candidasa in eastern Bali. Tragically Bali is a long way from home so we don't get to go there are often as we would like. However we're happy to rent it out when we're not there!
Similarly we found our own little piece of the beautiful Overberg region in South Africa, where we love to watch the whales with a glass of wine on our balcony. And when we're not there we're happy for you to enjoy it too!