From the moment you descend the broad stone staircase that carves its way down the river gorge, Villa Maya Retreat will captivate you with its beauty and tranquility. Jungle vines hang from mature trees, moss and lichen cling to carved statues and a waterfall cascades all the way to the villa hidden below.
By the time you reach the villa it really sinks in that this is your own private paradise. A huge rust-red door swings open to reveal a lush and secluded oasis. Traditional thatch-roofed pavilions overlook the Penet River and clusters of towering bamboo, while a 12-meter swimming pool with timber deck provides the perfect spot to soak up the forest ambiance.
With six stand-alone bedrooms (three with plunge pools), Villa Maya Retreat is perfect for families, friends or groups looking to share their holiday experience but who also desire privacy and room to breathe. Designed with space in mind there are plenty of places to take in the views and absorb the solitude; from the curtained relaxation balés to the secret garden alcoves to the sunset lounge at the river’s edge.
The Villa is set in true rural Bali with everything you need at your fingertips. A full complement of staff, including an experienced chef, is on hand to prepare and serve delicious home-cooked Asian and Western meals. A car and driver is also on standby for those eager to explore the island or indulge in Seminyak’s trendy restaurants, bars and shops (a 45 minute drive).
A stay at Villa Maya Retreat is not complete without exploring the pretty neighboring village of Cepaka, located in the heart of Bali’s ‘rice bowl’. Here, guests are privy to local traditions that have been practiced for centuries. Whether it happens while you’re witnessing a temple ceremony, watching farmers tend their fields or simply playing with the village children in the street, it’s hard not to fall under the spell of the Island of the Gods, its magic leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated for your return home.
long stone staircase bordered by lush foliage and a man-made waterfall carves its way down a terraced gorge to the villa’s main entrance: a large rust-red cantilevered door that opens onto a lotus pond traversed by stepping stones.
Beyond the fish-filled pond, and overlooking the pool and river, is the dining pavilion which also houses an informal living area and stainless steel kitchen. Downstream from here rests the open-sided TV lounge and three standalone bedroom suites, while upstream lies the riverside lounge terrace, relaxation balé and master suite. The two remaining bedrooms are located on a terrace higher in the gorge, accessed by stairs to the rear of the kitchen and master suite.
All six luxurious bedrooms at Villa Maya Retreat are housed in separate pavilions with high-vaulted ceilings, polished terrazzo floors, ensuite bathrooms and individual patios to admire the views. Every bedroom is air-conditioned and features a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, additional ceiling fans and a small bar-fridge.
The master or honeymoon suite offers total seclusion with its own private garden featuring a 5-metre plunge pool and timber sundeck overlooking the river. A slatted screen divides the ensuite bathroom from the garden enabling guests to soak up the ambiance from the cream terrazzo bathtub or the rain shower made from black volcanic stone.
The bedroom, with its traditional alang-alang roof, has a large walk-in dressing area and a small TV lounge accessorized with blue and white batik cushions. Large glass doors open onto a sheltered patio with a comfortable daybed, perfect for bird watching or relaxing to some music.
Maya Retreat – 2nd riverside suiteThree thatch-roofed sleeping pavilions sit side-by-side along the riverbank offering sublime jungle views. Each spacious suite features a lovely indoor sitting area that captures the natural light and is furnished with a rattan sofa and marble topped coffee table. Glass bi-fold doors open onto an outdoor terrace.
The ensuite garden bathrooms have been cleverly designed so that a real stone cliff face, dripping in vines and creepers, forms one of the walls to evoke the feeling of bathing in a jungle cave. Each ensuite has twin vanities and a black lava-stone rain shower, while the suite closest to the main living pavilion also features a terrazzo bathtub and a TV with DVD player. The other two riverside suites are equipped with their own music systems.
Upper terrace suites
Reached via a set of stairs leading up from behind the kitchen and master suite, the upper terrace suites have great views of the river valley. These light and airy suites each feature a timber deck with sun loungers and a plunge pool. The terrace suites are a later addition to the estate and are more modern in their design but still feature high-vaulted ceilings; this time with sirap-wood tiled roofs. Each room has a black rattan sofa with white cushions and a small table perfect for afternoon tea. Both ensuite bathrooms have tubs and rain showers – one is semi-open to the elements, the other totally enclosed.
Villa Manager, chef, houskeepers, gardeners, pool attendent and security guard
|Seasons||Season Dates||Min. Stay||Price per Night|
|Low Season||January 7 - 26|
February 5 - April 12
April 17 - 27
May 2 - June 15
September 1 - December 14
4 bedrooms US$490/night++
5 bedrooms US$540/night++
|Middle Season||April 1 - 12|
June 16 - 23
August 21 - 31
4 bedrooms US$580/night++
5 bedrooms US$640/night++
|High Season||January 3 - 7|
January 27 - February 4
April 13 - 17
April 28 - May 1
June 24 - August 20
December 15 - 25
4 bedrooms US$670/night++
5 bedrooms US$730/night++
|Peak Season||December 26 - January 2||7 nights||US$990/night++|
All villa rates are subject to 15.5% government tax and service charge
Early bird rates available bookings 150 days prior to check-in date
Low Season – 15% discount
Middle Season – 15% discount
High Season – 15% discount
Last minute rates available 15 days prior to arrival
All Seasons – 10% discount
Discount available for more than 10 nights booking
Low & Middle Season – 15% discount
High Season – 10% discount
Peak Season – 5% discount
Discount available for more than 30 nights booking
Low & Middle Season – 20% discount
High Season – 15% discount
Peak Season – 10% discount
Services and Facilities
- 6 king-size bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All air-conditioned
- Pool size 12m
- Land size 5,500m2
- Open-sided living/dining pavilion; TV lounge; riverside lounge terrace
- Satellite TV and DVD player; surround-sound system; CD player
- iPod dock
- Safety box
- Wireless Internet connection
- Fully equipped kitchen
- On-site car parking available
- Baby sitter can be arranged *
- Laundry and dry cleaning service available *
- Luxury day spas are situated close by. In-house villa treatments can also be scheduled *
- Air-conditioned 7-seater car and driver for 8 hours, excluding fuel can be arranged at US$25% + 15,5% government tax and service charge*
- Cook is inclusive and will help with shopping, preparing and cooking. Guests pay all ingredients plus small, additional fee to cover cook’s fuel
*Additional fees apply