We really enjoyed our stay at Vista Del Mar. It was relaxing and easy. The information provided by the owner was extremely helpful in choosing restaurants and finding services. Everything was perfect!
This magical villa in Candidasa is perfectly located just off the main road within walking distance to local shops and restaurants. This villa is very spacious compared to others places we have stayed in and very clean and tidy, but what really makes this place magical is the outside space. The gardens are beautiful and extremely well cared for. The pool is massive and gets all day sun. It also has a lovely seating area where you can chill out when you’ve had enough of the sun. Thanks to Ketut for the welcome drink which was amazing! and for looking after us. He was always really friendly, happy to chat but totally unobtrusive at the same time. Thanks for having us we absolutely loved our time here, the only regret is we only stayed for 3 nights. Next time we will be back for longer!
This was a great stop to mix up our trip around Bali. This magnificent villa is situated close to town but hidden away from the rest of the world once you walk in to the beautiful garden and close the gate. We traveled with our two children who loved the pool house, which they had to themselves giving us all space that you are not afforded in a hotel. One of the first impressions you get is the pride put into the garden and surrounds of the pool, if this does not make you feel relaxed, nothing will. The open plan of the living room and kitchen is great and perfect for entertaining, although we only used the kitchen for some breakfasts, as you are spoilt for choice for nearby warungs without going right into town. Ketut who looked after us was friendly and most helpful. While Vivienne was never far away with messages and helpful tips even though she was all the back in Oz. We will definitely be back
We stayed here for days 6-13 of our Bali trip
Our second time here in Candidasa and this time we chose a Villa located down a side road towards the end of Candidasa near Benthos Bali Diving
Vista Del Mar, is a fantastic 2 bed villa with pool, our teenage daughter liked the fact the second bedroom was in a separate building 20 feet from the main villa. The pool is a generous size and just the right depth (5ft) and gets the sun for nearly all of the day. A decent TV with enough satellite channels to pass time when you get rain showers, (as we did in a very unseasonal,y wet July) the kitchen and BBQ more than met our needs but we didn't really use much as eating out is such good value. Washing machine easy to use and very handy.
Vivienne the owner is excellent with quick responses to emails and queries and good local knowledge, Ketuk who comes in daily to clean and garden is a lovely lad.
We would definitely stay here again if we come back to Bali.
I used Benthos again, very professional and they start at 8.00am which often means you beat the crowds to the first dive of the day, and only 2 minutes walk from the villa.
I like the variation of Candidasa from the islands out front Mimpang & Tepekong with varied fish life including Mola Mola (if you're lucky) to the macro dives at Blue Lagoon and The Jetty. Must do are day trips to Manta Point, Crystal Bay and the lovely drifts at Ped are only half hour away at Padang Bai then its a quick 50 minute boat ride over.
Lots of places to eat, we generally breakfasted in the villa with fruit from the lovely lady at the shop near us and toast, the 'go to' places for lunch was the Coffee shop next door, great baguettes and Cap Cay - lunch for 3 including a drink coming in at circa 200k idr or our other favourite for similar money for lunch was the Hot Dog Shack
Evening meals we ate around this time, The Hungry Crocodile is still great but Ganesh just 5 minutes walk turning left out the villa was equally as good (2 courses and a drink for 3 typically 500k idr) Astawa opposite Benthos very nice, great prawns and satay.
For simplicity we were really taken with Boni, about another 5 minutes walk past Ganesh, go up the hill at the crossroads - simple food and just 250k for 2 courses and a drink for 3 of us, we ate there perhaps every other night
Places Visited from Candidasa
A must do while in Candidasa is a walk to the top of the (Bukit Gungan) the view is stunning over Candidasa and the sea beyond, all it costs is 5,000idr pp, they take your money at the bottom of the hill
Nice to see Tenganan but once you had seen one weaving shop etc. the rest were the same. Tirta Gannga Water Gardens (tip take some fish food for the massive fish) were nice and a good place for lunch overlooking the gardens but we felt Ujung Water Palace was better but as they are close you can easily do both back to back - in fact all these 3 make a good tour route for a day
White Water rafting at the elephant park, not very white water and pretty commercial but it was enjoyable as the scenery and bird life as you meandered down through the canyon was excellent
What a fantastic place this is. 2 bed roomed; each with en suite bathroom, villa just off the main road of Candidasa. Location is perfect for a relaxing stay. The bedrooms were large and comfy, lounge and well equipped kitchen enormous although we ate out and didn't actually use the facilities but they were all there. The pool is a prefect size for swimming lengths if you feel you need the exercise :D or just have a float around. Pool towels were provided. Immaculate gardens which are a delight to wander around.
There is a small cafe immediately next door where we had breakfast every day, great scrambled eggs! There is a guest book withing the villa which recommends lots of places to eat used by other guests along with helpful tips for tours as well. Do read it.
Ketut at the villa was wonderful, not intruding in any way and always greeted us with a bright good morning, or good evening when he arrived. Very little noise from the immediate area, and what there was sums up Bali life to T.
We really loved our stay at Vista Del Mar, a few words can't describe how wonderful it was. Thank you Vivienne for experience, we left the villa very much in love with it.