About This Listing
Fall asleep to the sound of waves with the sea in your front yard--great for snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing. The villa, part of a Balinese Hindu fishing village, is open and quiet with its own veranda.
You will have an a seaside air conditioned cottage with private bathroom, hot shower and toilet. Your cottage has its own veranda.
You will have access to kitchen, Bali Bengung (outdoor shed), and communal area.
Interaction with Guests
Your host is a local Balinese who knows Bali well and has good command of English.
Les Village where it is located is yet untouched by mass tourism of Bali. Go out and witness pelagic and ornamental fishing, traditional salt-making, coconut, mango and rambutan farming. Explore the village morning market, waterfalls, and temples after temples. And if you want to private time and rest, there is always your villa .
Les is a walkable village. Its local winding roads are paved and shaded by fruit trees and ornamental plants. You could rent a motorbike for IDR40,000/day. Or you could hire an ojek (motorcycle with driver) where you could be transported within Les Village for IDR10,000 and the neighboring villages for a negotiated affordable price.
Other Things to Note
You will have access to free drinking water, simple Balinese breakfast with coffee or tea.
Perfect spot at the ocean, very friendly owners, and good food.
The bathroom could use a small ugrade.
Great apartment directly on the coast of ocean. Very clean, with terrace and air condition. Gede with his wife were really friendly and advised us what to see around. Gede guided us while snorkelling for free and it is also possible to rent snorkelling kit for 25K/person directly from him.
We really recommend to book meals before your arrival, because Gede's wife cooking is absolutely amazing and cost only 50K/person. In fact it has been the best cuisine we had in Bali so far including times more expensive restaurants in Ubud. Breakfast is for free.
I can only recommend Gede's place and would have been stayed for longer time if possible.
A great place to stay
What a different face and feel of Bali
People and activities make this place
Be back again
You should stay here!!!
I only wish I had come sooner and could stay longer. Segara Villa has been so much of what I wanted to experience in Bali. The room is gorgeous, clean, literally ten steps from the sea, and the bathroom is finished now. Made's cooking IS amazing and has been the best food I've had in my travels here yet. Both Made and Gede are incredibly gracious hosts and have been so welcoming and invited me to join them for parts of their lives: trips to traditional market, snorkeling, waterfalls, just hanging out with a ton of kids from Les village running around is awesome!!! Make sure you get them to show you the film about the history of Les and reef restoration project- it makes the snorkeling that much more interesting. Enjoy your time here!
Gede and his wife Made are great hosts! Gede picked me up at the airport (in fact he waited for me for several hours, as there was a mix up in arrival times) and he, his wife and two of his children personally delivered me to Segara Lestari. Made's cooking is incredible and gives a great taste of traditional Balinese. I chose to eat here for most meals out of convenience, but I would have gladly eaten her cooking regardless. If you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing location away from the tourist-craze of South Bali, this is the place.
While there I was invited to teach English to the villagers, take a Balinese dance class with the young village girls, teach a theatre workshop, attend a New Year's Eve party at a local residence...this list goes on and on. There was always something to do and someone wanting to show me some aspect of life in Les Village. Segara Lestari serves as a kind of village meeting place, so there are always villagers hanging out in the common areas. If you're looking for a private place for reflection and solitude, this may not be the place, but the local people you meet and the experiences make it all worth it! You can snorkel, visit the local waterfall, motorbike into Tejakula, get a massage at local spas, sit and chat with locals - much, much to do. I recommend getting a motorbike to get around.
Segara Lestari is right on the ocean front. There is not a beach directly in front of SL, but I was told further down the coastline I could find a small beach. There is a chair for sunbathing, a hammock for relaxing, and your room for escaping.
The room is simple and clean and true to description. However, it does not feel truly private. The bathroom is in the back of the building and butts up against a construction area - a lovely project that is bringing work to the people in North Bali. Work starts early and can be heard through the bathroom and when in the bathroom you feel as if you're directly next to the working men.
Overall, the experience was unforgettable. Big thanks to Gede and Made.
Gede and Made were wonderful hosts. Gede met us at the airport and took us around the area in his comfortable vehicle. Made is a wonderful cook and we ate all three meals for five days there. Each day she had something special and delicious and even made extra dishes to accommodate the different diets in the family. The neighborhood is lovely, rural, and scenic. The pace is relaxing and the snorkeling is wonderful right off shore. The water is so calm and clear, with beautiful coral and drop off. We had the opportunity to teach English, yoga, and dance to neighborhood kids and enjoyed the hike to the waterfall and the USS Liberty dive site. The only thing I'd specify is that the private quarters for guests is like a hotel room with outdoor seating area and attached bath. The dining area pictured is part of the common area, so it's not really the entire home. It's all just lovely and comfortable.
We had a wonderful 3 nights stay with Gede and Made. This is still the genuine Bali. We had the biggest bungalow, no problem for 3 persons. Snorkeling is good but cannot (yet) compete with e.g. Palawan in the Phil. Made's cooked food is a hit. Very tasty. Just say what you want for tomorrow, and she will buy in the market. Don't miss to take a walk to the waterfall. Ask Gede about anything and he will help you. On the downside, no really good spot in the garden where to lay down and sunbath
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About the Host, Gede
I am Gede Yudarta. I am a Balinese. Born and raised in Desa Les, Tejakula, Buleleng where our villa is located. I am involved in community based eco tourism program revolving around coral reef rebuilding and sustainable ornamental fishing in our village and our villa is part of it. I like driving and hosting guests.