About this listing
Our beautifully decorated, fully equipped, first floor one bedroom villa is a comfortable & safe place to stay. It is strategically located in the heart of Kuta and in walking distance to the beach, mall, restaurants & places of entertainment.
Why stay in a small hotel room when you can rent a spacious vacation home? By staying at "Red Ape Retreat" you will enjoy the comfort of a "home away from home" while visiting Bali.
Red Ape Retreat is a non-smoking villa located in the quiet, gated Kuta Royal housing complex. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to the beach, mall, and restaurants. You can find small convenience stores, authentic Balinese restaurants and both the new Swissbel Hotel and Best Western Resort (where we share our pool) just a few steps outside the gate.
This cozy first floor villa comes with twice weekly house cleaning service, and 24-hr security.
We would like our guests to feel comfortable experiencing Balinese/Indonesian living. Thus we equipped the villa with modern amenities, healthy cookware, books that we brought from the USA, and authentic artwork we collected from different islands throughout Indonesia, including Bali, Kalimantan, Java and Timor.
The 800 sq. ft. vacation home has a fully equipped kitchen, microwave oven, refrigerator, washing machine, WiFi internet, satellite TV, flat screen TV, DVD player, books and DVDs. The spacious air-conditioned bedroom has 1 king-size bed with two twin-size pullout beds (i.e., 4-person maximum). The charming little house is decorated in Balinese style and surrounded by a tropical garden with a private side yard that has a Balinese cabana (Bale Bengong), outdoor cooking area, and patio furniture.
Local transportation (such as car and motorbike rental), tours, and professional laundry service can be arranged through the Kuta Royal management office on the premises.
Best Western Resort swimming pool, located next door is available to our guests with a minimum purchase of a drink. Request your pool towel when you order your drink. The restaurant by the swimming pool also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a shallow pool for toddlers as well as a larger deeper pool for adults.
Breakfast vouchers at Best Western can also be purchased directly at the restaurant at poolside for Rp100.000 per person. A discounted price of Rp75.000 per voucher is available for a purchase of 10 or more.
Best Western concierge can also help you arrange local transportation and tours.
Interaction with Guests
Most of the time we live in the USA and interact with guests via email. The management company handles the guest relations and customer service. Occasionally we may see our guests when we visit Bali (twice a year) as we stay in the upstairs unit as our private vacation home.
Red Ape Retreat is located in the Kuta Royal gated community that provides a quiet, friendly, safe and clean neighborhood with lush tropical Balinese gardens throughout the complex.
From the international airport, our guests can take a taxi with a published rate (around US$8-10, subject to change) by mentioning Jalan Kubu Anyar, Kuta Royal complex, next to Best Western Resort, Kuta; or we can arrange for the pickup when booking, payable to the driver (Rp100.000 before 8pm; Rp150.000 after 8pm). Keep in mind, there are two (2) Best Westerns in Kuta. Always let your taxi driver know Kuta Royal is located between Swis-Belhotel and Best Western Resort Kuta, on Jalan Kubu Anyar.
You can walk to the beach through a small side street (about 10-15 minutes). As you walk outside the gate, carefully cross the street, pass Norm's Sports Bar/Restaurant (on the right side) and continue walking down to the end of the road, turn left to the end of the road, then turn right all the way to Jalan Kartika Plaza (the main street parallel to the beach). If you want to access the beach, through the Discovery Mall, turn right on Jalan Kartika Plaza where lots of restaurants, shops and entertainment, including the Waterboom Park entrance can be found.
To get around Kuta by taxi, we strongly suggest you use only Blue Bird Group taxis. You can download the Blue Bird Taxi app for your smartphone. Blue Bird taxis are more reliable, safe, and friendly than the taxis. They only use the meter and distinctive taxi number starting with VV or IV above the handle on the passenger door. It is available by calling: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or via the management office during office hours. Minimum fare if you call is Rp30.000, but if you stop them on the street, the fare is based on the meter.
You can also walk to Best Western Resort (next door) to arrange daily local transportation (car and driver rental) and tours. Car including a driver will cost about US$40/8 hrs. Bike rental is available via Kuta Royal management office or the security guard on duty.
Other Things to Note
Please provide copies of passports for everyone who is staying at the Red Ape Retreat to the management office during check-in. The keys will be provided to you in exchange for the copies of all guest's passports and the signed rental agreement (that will be emailed to you upon booking the villa).
Absolutely no smoking inside the villa.
Please leave the villa in good condition upon departure. This will prevent any excess cleaning charges that might be incurred after our management company inspect the villa following your departure.
That is a picture of me with my adopted, free-ranging orangutan daughter, Princess. She was an ex-captive, orphan orangutan who was brought to Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting (Central Kalimantan, Indonesia) to be rehabilitated and released to live in the wild. I taught Princess sign language in the late 1970s as part of my doctoral dissertation project, which was the first and only such project where great apes were taught sign language in their natural habitat and returned to the wild. Princess’s ability to sign can be seen in various documentaries (such as BBC Nature’s “Kusasi: from Orphan to King”) and on Youtube (by searching for "Princess orangutan").
My initial two years of living in the forests of Borneo and my special connection to Princess promoted my commitment to saving wild orangutans. With my Indonesian wife, Inggriani, in 2004, we co-founded the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF). The mission of OURF is saving wild orangutans through education programs that we sponsor and co-sponsor. Our goal is to enroll and inspire local Indonesians to care about and take action in saving the wild orangutan and their natural habitat, the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. You can learn more about OURF by Googling "orangutanrepublik" on the web.
I am also passionate about Bali, durian, and diving. It is what keeps me coming back to this beautiful country. It was always in my dream to retire in Bali where I could be close to orangutans and exploring Indonesia’s magnificent archipelago with its abundant and diverse fauna and flora. To promote and in honor of Asia’s only great ape, the orangutan, we named our second home, Red Ape Retreat and made it available for others to rent. We provide a collection of books on orangutans at the villa where our guests can learn more about this majestic species. A portion of the rent will help support the education programs we sponsor and administer. Our goal is to provide our guests with the comfort of a "home away from home" while visiting Bali. We hope you will come as our guest, enjoy Bali living, learn about orangutans, and leave as one of our friends.