View from front patio to villa entry. Sitting room to receive guests or to relax.
Bali Vacation Home in Kuta


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

3 Beds

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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 a quiet and secure housing complex in Kuta and in walking distance to the beach, mall, restaurants & places of entertainment.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $8 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $155
Weekly Discount: 12%
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Description

The space

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 and secure Kuta Royal housing community. 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.

Guests receive an attractive carry bag which they can take home with them as a souvenir of their stay.

Guest access

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.

A few step to the left of the gate when you walk out is the Swiss Belhotel that has a large swimming pool. You can use the pool with the purchase of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From Thursday to Sunday, the hotel offers buffet dinner with alternate themes: barbecue, Italian, Balinese, and seafood.

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.

The neighborhood

Red Ape Retreat is located in the secure Kuta Royal community that provides a quiet, friendly, safe and clean neighborhood with lush tropical Balinese gardens throughout the complex.

Getting around

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 Pak Man's 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. You can also access Lippo Mall if you turn left on Jalan Kartika Plaza and walk and additional five minutes.

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 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).


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Absolutely no smoking inside the villa.

A rental agreement needs to be read, signed and brought to the office during check-in. The agreement will be emailed to you after booking unless you request a copy in advance to review.

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.

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Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Rachel User Profile
March 2017
Had the most amazing time. The villa was the perfect get away from everything at the end of the day. The villa is beautiful and comfortable. Bugs were not an issue in the home Gary and Mrs. Yanti took every precaution you can imagine to ensure bugs steer clear of the home. The location is the perfect distance from most of the big resorts and just close enough to the beach to walk to if you don't want to plan a specific trip that day. Thank you Gary and Mrs. Yanti for constantly being available at all times during our trip to answer any questions and letting us stay in your beautiful home. It really made our trip amazing.

Igor User Profile
February 2017
Gary's villa is very clean and well-decorated. Lots of arts and pics of apes (Gary's passion). The bed is wide and comfortable. You have all the necessary equipment in the kitchen (even a blender to make your favourite smoothie!). You should know that wi-fi in the villa is pretty weak, especially if you are in the next room from where the router is. Unfortunately, the host was away from Bali and could not help himself. But he called his friend and the latter did his best to fix it. It is still weak but you can use it in the bedroom. The air con is only in the bedroom, too. So if you plan to work on your laptop or watch TV, you will have to stay in bed all day (not a good choice for me). The only table is in the dining-room but there you have only fans and weak internet. If you plan to spend most of your time on the beach, it is not a problem at all. The area is quite, which is good, but about 10-15 minutes from the main coffee shops and restaurants. If you don't ride a scooter, you will have to walk or call go-jek. In general the villa is really good and I enjoyed my stay there. Gary did his best to help with advice via email. I recommend the villa if you don't have a digital business and don't depend on internet like me.
Gary User Profile
Response from Gary:
Thank you Igor for your kind review and suggestion. Since Igor's visit, we have added a larger antenna and a WiFi repeater to boost the signal. Now our guests can get a good WiFi signal on the patio and side yards. Please note that on Bali, wireless internet fluctuates in bandwidth and signal strength during times of heavy usage. Even hotels with industrial grade internet experience fluctuations in signal quality and speed. The internet at this vacation home is not intended for visitors who are operating a digital business while at the villa. So if you are not streaming high speed data that demands consistency in speed and strength, the wireless internet will serve our guests well.
February 2017

Max User Profile
January 2017
We are very happy we chose Gary's Villa for our first trip to Bali, it made our holiday just perfect! The villa is in a villa complex with 24h security service and nice staffs for cleaning. It is located in Kuta in a quite area but you can easily walk to the main tourist area of Kuta. There are 3-4 small supermarkets just in front of the entrance of the villa complex. The villa itself is very comfortable with everything we need, decorated with wonderful Balinese style. Highly recommended!!

Chris User Profile
October 2016
I'm Chinese from Shanghai, stayed in the villa with my wife for 3 nights. It's really wonderful during our stay though it's not very long time. The house and the garden were well decorated and easy for live. We like the bathroom and the kitchen very much, comfortable and clean. The place is also very good, easy to go to kuta beach, shopping center in the downtown. Hope the next time in Bali and stay in Gary's villa again.

Leonie User Profile
September 2016
We rented the space for a full month. It will forever be some of the best memories for me and my family. Everything is neat and tidy in and around the house. Everything in Kuta is easily accesible from the Villa. There are some good cafes and salons right by the villa. The online support and house services during our stay was superb. I would go back to The Red Ape Retreat anyday.

Kaitlin User Profile
August 2016
A friend and I stayed in Gary's beautiful villa for 6 nights during our stay in Kuta. It was clean, comfortable and a true oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Kuta. The pool next door at the Best Western is very nice and often empty. With your purchase of a pool pass you receive a cold drink and fries, which is a nice bonus. Although we didn't love Kuta as much as other parts of Bali getting around via hire car/taxi to see other parts of Bali is quite easy and cheap. For example our car to the airport was about $3, and it's roughly $7 to get to Seminyak for the day or about $20 to go to Ubud (we used the app Grab, it's very similar to Uber, but just be conscious of where you use it as its not allowed in all areas of Bali). Gary's villa is well equiped. The washing machine, air conditioning, Internet and TV were all great bonuses and worked well. There's an awesome DVD and book library, both of which were used and enjoyed when we needed some down time. It's about a 10 minute walk to get into the heart of Kuta, although the maps fastest route takes you down some very busy alleyways on which we didn't always feel 100% secure, I would recommend taking a slightly longer route if going on foot. The staff at the villa compound were lovely and very helpful, if ever we needed anything they were always able to respond within minutes. Overall I would definitely recommend Red Ape Retreat, it's a beautiful villa and really made us feel at home in Bali!

Clare User Profile
April 2016
As former hosts ourselves, imagine our delight to find ourselves on the receiving end of Gary's proactive hosting, starting with thorough and helpful practical guidance on everything from directions to local smartphone sim card details. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Gary and his wife, as their visit (in the apartment on the top floor) coincides with ours. They are naturally hospitable and welcoming, and a great source of local knowledge and recommendations. The house itself was just as we envisaged, and perfect for the needs of my small family of two adults and one child. Hosts are rightly proud of recent refurb of bathroom and other areas of the villa. You'll find everything you need here for cooking, outdoor dining, relaxing and sleeping in the cool of an air conditioned bedroom. Plenty of storage. Proximity to the hotel next door was handy for us for good value breakfast and swim (the pool is lovely) and the little spa beside the pool does great massages and treatments. There are little grocery stores nearby, too, for essential cold drinks, snacks and supplies. You'll need mossie repellant everywhere in Bali and we probably didn't make as much use of the pretty outside space as we would have liked because we were cautious. Wifi is fast and reliable, for checking messages etc (it's not unlimited) and incredibly useful.We used the Blue Bird Taxi app to call taxis when we needed, as we found the dark blue Bali Taxis often overcharge and the blue bird ones are by meter. They wait for you at the entrance to the complex, which most drivers were familiar with. You'll love Igrianni's lovely touches to decor and practicalities - toiletries, fresh towels, flowers and plenty of guide books. We felt like we had an authentic experience rather than an overpriced noisy Kuta hotel. One to remember!
Gary User Profile
Response from Gary:
While we are not usually able to personally host in Bali, it was wonderful to be there when Clare, Gary and Gregory (their son), spent time at the Red Ape Retreat. They were delightful guests, and its always nice being able to share experiences and tips when I have a chance. We hope they will return in the near future to explore more of Bali.
April 2016

Santa Monica, California, United States · Joined in March 2012
Gary User Profile

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.

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