Tucked modestly between the east-coast tourist towns of Sanur and Candidasa lies an area of outstanding natural beauty that many fondly refer to as the ‘real Bali’.
Collectively known as Ketewel, it includes a number of traditional fishing villages which are considered the cultural birthplace of Bali’s famous Legong dance.
Only a 40-minute drive from the airport, Ketewel is fast becoming a favourite among families and visitors who prefer its rural tranquillity over the hubbub of nearby beach towns.
Along with gorgeous terraced rice fields, endless tobacco plantations and exotic banana groves, Ketewel is blessed with spellbinding views that extend south towards Sanur and Nusa Dua, across the ocean to the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and inland towards the mountains of East Bali, including the sacred Mount Agung.
The stunning beachfront and rural locations of our Ketewel luxury villas, along with their sumptuous infinity pools and lush tropical gardens, provide the perfect setting for living the Bali dream. Socialise in stylishly designed living areas and relax in elegant ensuite bedrooms, while a full contingent of professional staff looks after you with that famous Balinese charm.
The easiest way to explore Ketewel is by walking or cycling along the many lanes and rural rice-field walkways, and the dramatic, black-volcanic-sand coastline is great for surfing, fishing and beachcombing.
Nearby Sukawati is famous for its arts and crafts market, while the Bali Zoo and the Bali Bird Park are a mere 15-minute drive away and offer wonderful day excursions for the whole family.
For those who are a little more adventurous and don’t mind getting wet, we highly recommend a trip to Beji Guwang – a spectacular hidden canyon which can be explored during Bali’s dry season with a guide.
Although there are a few local cafés (‘warungs’) in Ketewel which serve decent fare, we’d suggest making the 20-minute journey to nearby Sanur if you’d like a wider restaurant choice. This popular and laid-back beach town also offers plenty of evening activities.
With their idyllic setting and elegant architecture, our luxury villas in Ketewel represent tropical living at its very best. They are the perfect choice for anyone looking for a rural Bali-experience but still within easy reach of some charming beach towns and Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud, just half an hour’s drive to the north.