Villa Iskandar - Upstairs deck

The Locale

Villa Iskandar is situated in a jungle-fringed river gorge close to the village of Beraban in Bali’s Tabanan regency, which is known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ due to its vast terraced rice fields. This quaint village bordering a river is a rare example of a traditional Balinese community barely touched by tourism and the rapid development to the south of the island. Villa guests are accorded a privileged insight into the agricultural, religious and daily life of the friendly villagers. Just four kilometres away is the famed Tanah Lot sea temple. The nearest surf beaches, including Echo Beach, are about eight kilometres from the villa.

Distances

Tanah Lot Temple
5 km
Canggu
11 km
Kerobokan
12 km
Seminyak
14 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
22 km
Kuta
22 km
Mt. Batukaru
29 km
Ubud
37 km
Villa Iskandar - Riverside

Things to Do

Villa Iskandar’s manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life

In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.

Villa Iskandar is close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (4km), although in peak season a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience. Visiting early in the morning (8-9am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.

A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (8km) where a number of cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer. Note that the beach here is dark volcanic sand and the waters are better suited to surfing, having a pronounced swell and rip, rather than children’s swimming.

Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast from Echo Beach is also a good sunset spot, or try the more casual cafe across the road; Old Man’s for alfresco all day dining.

Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave (13km). Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too: fine dining venues include Sarong, the famous Ku Dé Ta, Mama San, Merah Putih, Petitenget, La Lucciola, Sardine and Métis.

Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. You may wish to visit the breathtaking panorama of the Jatiluwih rice terraces (40km), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 for its preservation of traditional Balinese farming techniques. At a height of 850m above sea level, the view here is one of the finest imaginable. Alternatively, head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal in northern central Bali (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.

The most exclusive Bali trekking tour promises breath-taking vistas and heart-warming encounters while supporting sustainable social change in the once-forgotten villages of Muntigunung. Elite Havens is a proud partner of Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise.

Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Bali has 16 water slides (including The Climax with its 360 degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.

Guest Reviews

  • January 7th, 2019 - January 19th, 2019

    Thank you Suka for all your support with our stay and thank you to all the staff who provided the excellent service. Food was also delicious. What an incredible location and beautiful villa to enjoy our business retreat. Congratulations to all the staff for making my visit so welcoming comfortable and memorable.

    Luke H, Australia
  • November 1st, 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

    lovely and friendly staff, thank you to all.

    Patrice D, Singapore
  • August 7th, 2018 - August 21st, 2018

    Thanks to the perfect team, our vacation was perfect. We recommend strongly this team and especially our wonderful cook - Ngurah, we love the food. The staff took care of us. Thank you also to Made - our driver. Many many thanks for the stay in this great village! Perfect team, perfect place, perfect food. Thank you for the fantastic service and care from your wonderful team.

    Camille de V, France
  • June 13th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018

    Good job! We enjoyed our time over here. Hope to be back really soon.

    Kelvin L, Singapore
  • April 26th, 2018 - April 30th, 2018

    Thank you for a fabulous time, we will be back.

    Tania B, Australia
  • August 2nd, 2017 - August 8th, 2017

    I love the house. Best people, best food in town! Open the restaurant! The place and the service is 100% incredible. The staff is amazing. World class Chef. Thank you for this incredible holidays.

    Juliana G, Spain
  • July 1st, 2017 - July 8th, 2017

    Thank you for a fantastic experience here in Bali. Your friendliness and warmth have made a beautiful villa even more wonderful! Thank you for your kind service and lovely meals - LOVE the nasi goreng! We're had a wonderful holiday.

    Sitara F, Australia
  • January 8th, 2017 - January 18th, 2017

    We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the entire Villa Iskandar team for making our stay here in Bali such a memorable and enjoyable experience. The level of service has been exemplary. The meals have been delicious and generous. Your genuine warmth and hospitality have made our holiday truly wonderful and memorable. Thank you all for an Amazing time!

    Chris H, Australia
  • December 17th, 2016 - December 27th, 2016

    A big thank you from the our family for making our holiday a memorable one!

    Heeg, Indonesia
  • April 29th, 2016 - May 2nd, 2016

    We would like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone throughout our stay. The villa is so beautiful and all your staff are so friendly. Thank you for arranging every details especially during that night we celebrated our mother's 62 birthday. It was wonderful and memorable. Well done Iskandar Bali for your 5 star services.

    Raymond B, Singapore
  • March 18th, 2016 - March 21st, 2016

    Many thanks for the warm hospitality throughout our stay.

    Djohan L, Indonesia
  • January 19th, 2016 - January 28th, 2016

    The villa is exactly as advertised on website. I would certainly stay here again. I would have no hesitation in recommending Villa Iskandar to other guests.

    Ray Micallef, Malta
  • September 4th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014

    We very much enjoyed our stay at Villa Iskandar, we rented both Iskandar and Atacaya which were right next to each other and great for group bookings. It was very peaceful, relaxing and great to get out of the busy areas of Seminyak for a few days and see the real Bali. The service was outstanding as staff were always willing to help and create the most enjoyable experience possible. We would love to visit the villa again!

    Jordan S,
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