About the property
- Villa3229 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
3 bed/3 bath villa close to yoga retreats and beaches
VILLA TUKAD was built in 2004 as a unique private villa in a very special location on the edge of a village, next to a river and rice fields. The location is perfect for those seeking a taste of local Balinese culture away from the traffic and noise of the main tourist areas. The villa blends traditional Balinese architecture with other Asian, Western and Moorish designs. The expanding tourist areas of Canggu and Batu Bolong Beach are 10-15 mins away. Here you can find many boutiques, cafes, bars, patisseries, organic markets and supermarkets catering to all possible needs.
UNLIKE many purpose built holiday villas in Bali, Villa Tukad is very spacious (3 beds, 3 baths, AV Projector lounge, office, verandah, second lounge and two garden pavilions. It has been carefully furnished by the owners, a retired English professor and his wife for whom this is home for half the year.
ULTIMATE relaxation on SEVEN sofas/daybeds, and massage beds. In house massages can be arranged, and there is plenty of space for yoga etc.
The VERANDA with dining table and day bed, overlooks secluded pool and spectacular tropical GARDENS, which extend more than 50 metres down to the river and contains 2 pavilions. There are water features, stone carvings and shrines, and an infinity pool (10 X 4 metres) surrounded by palms, giant ferns, orchids and bougainvillea.
The VILLAGE location puts you in touch with local temples, ceremonies and rice fields, but the villa is only 10 mins from Batu Bolong (Canggu BEACH).
LOCAL DINING options include, Indonesian, Thai, Asian Fusion, Italian, Raw Food, Vegan, French cuisine, Japanese and sea food barbecues at the beach.
SEMINYAK has bigger and more stylish resorts and music venues (40 mins)
SEE PHOTO GALLERY FOR VILLA TUKAD (this property) and our Wooden Lake House at Candi Kuning (nr. BEDUGUL) at www.villatukad.smugmug.com
SATISFIED CUSTOMERS: Villa Tukad has been wowing guests from all over the world since 2004. The guest book and 5 star reviews show that guests are especially happy with the location, amazing atmosphere, the pool and gardens and especially the staff. Our full-time cook has a reportoire of Western and Asian dishes and is used to cooking for special diets.
See reviews for guest comments.
Our guests come from the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Italy and the US - the staff speak English, and manage to communicate with guests from most countries.
TWO-CENTRED HOLIDAY: Visitors wanting to see more of the island can combine a stay at VILLA TUKAD with our WOODEN LAKESIDE VILLA in Bedugul - www.homeaway.co.uk/85226. Here you can take advantage of the cool, fresh air to trek in the rain forest, cross the lakes on traditional wooden canoes, visit the botanical gardens, see where coffee, cloves and spices come from and explore, remote temples and volcanoes. You can also use this property as a base for exploring North Bali.
If you are interested in GOLF, then the Lake House gives you immediate access one of the most picturesque golf courses in Asia. The Handara Koseido Country Club is a spectacular course in the crater of a volcano.
Villa Tukad and the Bedugul property is NON-PROFIT MAKING, with all rental proceeds going to staff, the village, the temple, the government and local suppliers.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Paul Smethurst
Retired English professor and his wife who divide their time between their homes in Bali and Dorset, England.
Paul Smethurst purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Paul Smethurst chose North Kuta
Villa Tukad is far enough from the bustle of Bali's tourist resorts to provide a RELAXING experience of Balinese village life. It is very secure, with high walls containing the fabulous, lush and colourful gardens. It has all the luxuries and more than double the space of most holiday villas in the same price range. The property comes with the best STAFF you could hope for. They have been with us for 14 years now. There are now dozens of restaurants, shops and sites within a short drive, so for us it is in the perfect position, secluded, connected with 'real' Bali, but not far from the beaches, some really excellent cafes and restaurants, supermarkets and shops.
What makes this Villa unique
Guests and friends who have stayed at Villa Tukad remind us how special the place is. Unlike the sometimes soulless and ubiquitous 'luxury tropical villas' all over Asia, this was built with love and care for the owners' comfort, not to maximize profit. Villa Tukad affects people and many keep coming back. One guest from Australia has been 5 times now, and says he is addicted to the charm and the atmosphere of the place. Another unique benefit is our star cook Desak, who is able to conjure western and Asian dishes with consummate ease. The other staff are also loyal, charming and utterly trustworthy. As well as sharing our home, you are also close to one of the best new tourist areas at Canggu, which doesn't (yet) suffer from the taint of overly touristy and over-developed Kuta. Canggu is still small-scale, has organic markets, yoga and wellness centres and surf schools.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
All we can say OUTSTANDING!!
It had been a wonderful vacation. The house, the garden, the staff, everything like in paradise. Special thanks to Desak for her fantastic cuisine (specially her chicken curry) and to Kiki organizing all our trips, coordinating with our driver Ketut and giving us ideas about good restaurants.
We will come back again and can highly recommend Villa Tukat
Luz and Mike from Portugal
Absolutely woubderful stay! Kind caring staff, beautiful villa and peaceful garden!
Our stay at the villa for our honeymoon was perfect from the beginning to the end. The staff were so kind and friendly, there when you needed but so quiet that it felt like it was just the two of us! The food we had cooked in the morning and evening was incredible, we had traditional food and it was cooked to perfection and has changed our food pallets! The garden was beautiful, so peaceful and restful, the pool was lovely to cool off in and the veranda was comfortable to read books and be calm. The housekeepers and gardeners kept the villa and gardens clean and homely for us and offered advice and help when going out with taxis and exciting places to visit.
The villa itself was also beautiful and we felt like we were in a little haven the whole time.
Bali was also beautiful, such a different culture and it was a wonderful experience. We went to the temples, the monkey forest, the safari park rode elephants, gitgit waterfall, la lucchiola, had massages in the villa and went to echo beach ... but be careful to walk the right way to old man from echo beach! Our taxi drivers were so caring, offered friendly advice and knowledge and kept us safe. We would 1000% recommend this villa and all the wonderful staff who gave us knowledge about their home, looked after us and fed us wonderful food! Kiki was amazing and so friendly to work with helping us to organise the whole trip. Paul the owner also has been so easy to talk to and helped us with our booking and planning the honeymoon! Soooo brilliant! Dina the dog also was so sweet and protected the villa. Thank you so much for an unforgettable honeymoon!
My wife and I, our son, his wife and their two children ages 6 and 9 spent a remarkable week in March of 2016 in this stunning villa!!! The pool, gardens and villa are 5 star!!! The staff were very helpful, welcoming, friendly, amazing cooks, and smiling all of the time!!! We had a hired driver the full time so many adventures were explored from going to beaches, zoo, shopping, dining out, sight seeing, temple touring, water park and so much more!!! The pictures on VRBO dont tell the beauty of the villa.....it's spectacular...the art work and beautiful gardens are lovely! We enjoyed massages in the privacy of our villa!!! We would definitely give this place a gold medal and recommend it to everyone!! We hope to return!!!!!
We just spend a week at Villa Tukad and what a wonderful time we had. The villa itself is big and spacious, beautifully maintained inside and out. The gardens are speculator and a lovely pool. The staff were amazing and nothing was to hard or too much trouble. We had great customer service from the owner with communication and ease of booking. The food was brilliant, just order off the selection of in-house menu the day before and the staff will do the shopping and prepare the meal for a very small fee. It is about 15 mins from a great beach (Echo Beach) and we decided to rent motor scooters to get there and back each day. The staff can also organise a driver to do this. We had numerous massages which was an additional small fee ($10 each) at the villa as well. There were 6 adults and two children (8 &14) in our group. Thank you again for a wonderful place to call home for the week and I would highly recommend the villa.
A lovely first Bali experience
We arrived in April and my immediate thoughts when I saw the villa, were that I had not booked enough time there, we had only booked 5 nights and as the villa is so spectacular I would have liked more time. The gardens are fabulous and the rural location is very peaceful. The villa itself is very well suited to our needs, lots of areas to just relax and laze about. The pool is great and deeper than it looks, very refreshing. All the rooms were large and well maintained. The staff at the villa were all fabulous, korman cooked nice breakfast in the morning, Katut keeps the gardens clean, and Nopi keeps an eye out at night. Desak the cook, cooks the most wonderful meals using local produce. We just let Desak surprise us with our meals, and they were all scrumptious, but there is a menu to choose from too. Eating in the villa was very cost effective, and is restaurant quality, if not better!
The trip to Seminyak was not too long being 35 mins , and Ubud in about an hour. Our driver Roy was fantastic, very cheerful and chatty and always punctual. My bali experience at Villa Tukad has been very memorable and we will definitely be visiting again, for longer next time :)
We had a fantastic stay at the Villa Tukad, the house and the garden were excellent.
What makes this villa really special are the staff, from Budi picking you up from the airport, Koman making breakfast and the wonderful Desak making lunch and dinner.
This is all done at cost, you agree what you'd like to eat, give Desak some funds she keeps an account book with all the receipts, she then buys and cooks the food as little or as much as you want.
My partner is Indonesian and thought the food was so good we took some home (specially prepared by Desak)
This is the best kept secret of the villa!
The villa is in a rural location and we did debated if we should stay in a similar location to where we have in the past or to try somewhere new. We were so pleased that we did, it was so peaceful and a taxi only costs £5 (60000 IRP) to Seminyak and the night life but you can leave it all behind and come back to the peace and quiet of the villa.
We very much liked that the villa is in a village and is in keeping with the other houses. It fits in and doesn't stand out like some of the other villas you'll see being built elsewhere in Bali.
We were also able to hold a birthday party for my 45th with some of our friend who live here and some who visiting. My partner along with Kiki the villa manager arranged food and drinks and extra staff and Kiki also bought a wonderful flower arrangement as a gift from the villa staff
The owner Paul was very helpful throughout our email communications and replies very quickly.
If you stay at the Villa Tukad you will have a great time, highly recommended.
Budi & Andrew - London UK
VILLA TUKAD is close to local beaches (Batu Bolong and Echo Beach) and a short drive from dozens of bars and restaurants including those at Canggu/Batu Bolong. Local restaurants have also opened recently offering Indonesian, Asian and Western food. Many other options for dining and designer shopping in Seminyak about 30 mins drive.
The villa is secluded with complete privacy and security. The veranda looks out over exclusive terraced tropical gardens dropping down to a river in a deep valley skirted by tall, exotic trees. There are many nearby bakeries, local shops and markets (10 mins) and western supermarkets (20 mins).
The staff can shop for all your food and drink requirements if you like. Echo Beach has cafe/restaurant and bar open all day, and seafood barbecue. Temples in the village have traditional music and ceremonies.
We can arrange a car and driver to take you on short trips to the beach/shops or longer sightseeing trips - the price ranges from GBP3 for a short trip to GBP30 for a full day island tour (incl. petrol). Alternatively, you we can arrange for self-drive cars and scooters to be brought to the villa. Airport transfers are inlcuded in the rental price.
You can cycle to the local beaches (20-30 mins) or out into the the traditional villages and rice terraces. (Walking to the beach is not recommended). There is a golf, spa resort and sports club at Tanah Lot (15 min), and Ubud, the major cultural centre of Bali is 45 min by car across countryside.
Unlike many Bali villas, Villa Tukad is away from the main traffic bottlenecks of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta. It is easy to cycle, drive or walk from the villa through picturesque lanes.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: our full time villa manager and staff can help you to find local cultural activities, and can arrange MASSAGE and SPA TREATMENTS in the villa.
SURFING for beginners and experts can be arranged at Batu Bolong Beach and Echo Beach at Canggu (15 mins).
DIVING trips can be arranged at North and South Bali sites, and we can arrange DAY TOURS to any of the cultural sites in Bali, Safari Park etc., or onward travel to Lombok, Gilli Islands etc. The nearby Nirwana resort offers sports activities and a comprehensive spa - day or weekly membership can easily be obtained.
HORSE RIDING on the beach at Canggu is only ten minutes away.
If you are interested in learning to play the GAMALAN or in BALINESE cooking, we can arrange for someone to come to the villa.
For YOGA and PILATES, just ask the villa manager to arrange - we also have the SAMADI Yoga Retreat nearby. This runs daily classes for all levels.
WEDDINGS and HONEYMOONS are popular at this villa - it is a special place for any celebration with the staff helping organise everything for you, for no extra charge. Because it is so private and the gardens are so special, many guests have found this a very SPIRITUAL place and a place of HEALING.
Whatever your plans, make sure you spend at least one full day doing nothing but relaxing by the pool, gardens, verandah, and let the staff look after you, or send them away and have it all to yourself!
CRAFTS: you can see many local crafts in the villages - stone and wood carving, pottery, painting etc.
NIGHTLIFE, LIVE MUSIC, BARS and DISCO: you might be surprised how sophisticated the night life is in Bali. Its not Ibiza, but it has its share of vibrant contemporary places to check out. The beach roads of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta have a selection of nightspots, and there are less sophisticated live music venues on the beach at Canggu (10 mins).
GOLF: The Pan Pacific Nirwana golf club offers one of the best golf courses in Asia. Overlooking Tanah Lot temple and the Indian Ocean, this Greg Norman designed course is incredibly picturesque.
TEMPLES: Two of the most important temples in Bali are with an easy 20 minute drive: TANAH LOT is on a rocky promontory and often viewed at sunset. MENGWI temple is visited more by local people than by tourists, but it is the most important temple in the region and you will not be hassled by people trying to sell you things. There are some artists with studios near the temple, but this is not a major tourist site.
One of recommended drivers can take you on FULL DAY sightseeing tours, rates are inclusive of petrol, driver's food etc. You can visit anywhere in Bali from the villa in a ONE DAY tour, and be back in time for a lovely dinner cooked by our highly commended cook.
FOR A TWO CENTRE HOLIDAY, consider combining a week at Villa Tukad with one at our 3 bed/ 2 bath lakeside cabin in the mountains overlooking Lake Bratan (Bedugul). You will appreciate the fresh mountain air and the cooler temperatures for a change, and can use this as a base for exploring the many attractions of North Bali.
SEE MORE PHOTOS of Villa Tukad and the Lakeside house, and the surrounding areas at www.villatukad.smugmug.com
Additional pricing information
A DISCOUNT OF 20% IS GIVEN IF THERE ARE ONLY 2 GUESTS STAYING MAY-OCTOBER and CHRISTMAS 10% AT OTHER TIMES A SURCHARGE of 25% of the booking fee WILL APPLY IF MORE GUESTS STAY THAN WERE ORIGINALLY STATED ON THE BOOKING (this sometimes happens when guests invite their friends back for dinner and to stay the night, making a lot of extra work for the staff.