Even before the popularity of the book/movie Eat Pray Love, Bali has always been famous for tourists because of the warm friendly vibe of the Balinese locals, the stunning temples surrounded by nature, iconic beaches, rice paddles and volcanic mountains with several waterfalls. The richness of culture consisting of exotic rituals and ceremonies from the old generations gives an added charm attracting foreigners who visit this island. The crowd of Bali usually consists of yoga addicts, hipsters, solo travelers who seek divine interventions, retirees who want to live a more peaceful island life and beach bum surfers (usually from Australia) who crowd Double Six beach for that perfectly stoke moments.
If you haven’t been here, a week isn’t enough to enjoy Bali as it is amazingly a huge island to explore to. In order to get the most of your vacation, I suggest to stay in Bali for a month or 2 and you’d be able to explore each 19 destinations. I have made a list of this because I will definitely be back and visit each of these places. I still have 15 more to explore and I do hope Ill squeeze some free time to do this.
I will blog about my Bali trip in segments. I’ll start with my review of the Villa Karisa. It is a total upmarket boutique hotel that caters for mostly Westerners who frequent the island.
Located in the most accessible and upscale part of Bali, Seminyak is typically the best convenient location for me because for one, it is not as crowded as Kuta (that area near the airport) and second, it’s near everything you can think of. A few minutes walk and you’d find several money changers, spas, arts and crafts shop, restaurants (from fancy to casual dining) party clubs and bars, mini marts, supermarkets (Bintang Supermarket) and of course, the Double Six beach!
Villa Karisa’s theme is both modern and traditional. It’s pretty evident with it’s unique architecture combining a minimalist aesthetic design and a hint of Javanese touch on it. I noticed a few antique furniture which adds to the charm of the place.
The pool is stunning with a nice relaxing view of the garden and the whole of the villa. It’s pretty quiet and serene ambiance with an amazing tropical weather. I decided to spend some of my idle moments here especially after finding out that Double Six is usually crowded.
There are 6 types of rooms at Villa Karisa. For couples, they have a Deluxe Double Room with a king size or a queen size bed with a rustic looking type interior. Beds have a pretty traditional mosquito net (see photos on their website below) For families, the Premium Double Room is perfect
for 4 to 5 persons with a large King size bed with mosquito net or 2 twin bed size beds without mosquito net (upon availability), an open en-suite terrazzo bathroom and shower. with a TV and high speed internet.
Shiva Room is for those who want to have more privacy away from the other hotel rooms. It’s a small antique themed Gladak (Javanese house) with a modern twist but retaining the original Javanese rural house style.
It features a private entrance with a small wooden porch, big windows, an outdoor Balinese style bathroom with bathtub and shower, a king size bed with a mosquito net, and flat screen TV. and high speed internet.
Another interesting room here is the Joglo. The Joglo has great old charm and comfort, it is furnished with antique art objects, has a beautiful front porch with comfortable sofas facing the pool. It has 1 large room with a semi outdoor Balinese bathroom featuring both a terrazzo bathtub and a separate shower, sprawling king size bed, mosquito net, large flat screen TV, fridge, mini bar and safety box.
Remaining rooms are the Premium Deluxe Room which is quite similar to the Double Deluxe Room and the Two Bedrooms Apartment for families who plan to stay for more than a month.
One interesting to note in this place is that Villa Karisa also has an upscale hostel catered to the young millenials that usually consists of backpackers, exchange students and solo travelers aiming for a more budget friendly place to stay with a touch of hipster vibe. I will do a separate review on that one.
Villa Karisa is strategically located near the heart of Seminyak and is a walking distance from the famous Double Six Beach, The Potato Head Beach Club and all other bars and restaurants near the area. If you want a Balinese massage, you won’t need to look for it because you’d see them everywhere believe me. When I had to look for one, I didn’t know that there’s a massage and Balinese spa only a few meters from the villa! I got mine for only 100k IDR. A steal already.
Experience Bali like a boss on a vacay!
Check out Villa Karisa
100 X Jalan Drupadi Seminyak – Bali 80361
I felt my soul was touched in Bali. Like seriously speaking. I can probably live here for good.