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A Storybook Luxury Villa In Bali, Indonesia

May 21st, 2008 · 10 Comments

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I know I said in a past post that it was the pork that made me hop a plane to Bali, but that is only half-true. The other reason was Villa Naga Maya.

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After the very intensive planning process that went into my Egypt adventure, I decided I wanted a trip that required nothing more from me than I land on the tarmac with a smile and a backpack. That I would actually land with a smile and a backpack and a wedding dress came later, but originally I just wanted a warm locale where I could write.

The South Pacific immediately came to mind. I hopped on Vacation Rental By Owner and started to snoop. There were surprisingly very few rentals available on the islands, so I expanded my search. And that’s when I saw the photos of the Villa Naga Maya property in Legian, Bali, Indonesia.

It looked Seussian, magical and high-end without being pretentious. It looked like everything I’d imagined Bali should be and so I inquired about availability. Two days later, I was at the bank wiring the first half of my deposit. (They thankfully now take credit card payment)

For the next few months, every time I got frustrated with the 9-5, I would log onto the website and click through the photo gallery and dream of my impending vacation. I did worry that the actual property would not live up to the professional photographs, but those fears were put aside as soon as I arrived.

Villa Naga Maya appears as a yummy chocolate Easter egg nestled in cellophane grass a few steps down a cobblestone alley (called a ‘gang’ in Bali). Arriving after sunset, my first thought was “Holy shit, I’m going to get mugged by a gang along a gang.” But about 5 seconds after being in the country, you realize it’s just too hot outside for such shenanigans.

I never once felt unsafe walking around my neighborhood even at night and being such a small community, people came to know me and watch out for me. Especially the Villa Naga Maya property owner, Merrick. When Travel Boyfriend came to town, he said, “Wow, it looks like you’ve got a nice group to rely on here. I don’t feel so nervous for you being alone.”

Over the course of the month, the staff of Villa Naga Maya took excellent care of me. My villa was always impeccably cleaned. My clothes were washed promptly and cheaply (although one time, Travel Boyfriend received a pair of mystery underwear by mistake). The grounds were lush and magnificent. The pool the perfect temperature. The sun chairs contoured for maximum relaxation. It didn’t take long for me to imagine this was home and I was surrounded by friends. One day, Merrick even took me on a trip around Denpasar where I ate goat satay and bought bootlegged DVDs.

In hindsight, I might have chosen to hop around the island a bit more instead of staying at one place the whole time. Although I did do a few overnight trips to Ubud and Amed, that meant paying twice in essence since I booked the villa for the entire month.

But, I looked at it as rent money and the sidetrips as the typical weekend getaways I’d partake of in the States anyway. All in all, my stay was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Villa Naga Maya to other Betties looking to visit Bali. It lived up to my expectations and then some and I hope that one day, in the not-too-distant future, I will return.

Travel Betty Basics

Villa Naga Maya
Jl. Werkudara Gg. Arjuna 7B
Legian, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone/Fax: +62 361 763387
Rates: $80-200 per 2-bedroom villa depending on season and length of stay 

Tags: Bali · Lodging

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  • 10 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Christine Gilbert // May 22, 2008 at 5:09 pm

      Wow that place looks amazing. How could you ever leave?

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    • 2 Travel Betty // May 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Christine! The only reason I DID leave was because Travel Boyfriend had already flown home. But even with that, I was tempted ;)

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    • 4 Nomadic Matt // May 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm

      yeah I would have stayed too.

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    • 5 Debo Hobo // May 28, 2008 at 9:26 am

      I love reading your travel stories. We are getting married in April 09 and I want to go to Bali your article may just be the ammo I needed to convince the fiancé. Thanks :)

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    • 6 Billigflug // Sep 29, 2008 at 5:05 am

      This looks like a so awesome place to stay and relax. Betty you should think about working in a travel-agency, your reviews are just great. I am already searching for a great offer for this venue. Maybe will meet there next year in August?

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    • 7 Travel Betty // Oct 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm

      Debo, I wanna know if you were able to talk your fiance into Bali??!

      Thanks for the kind words, Billigflug. My dream in elementary school was to become a travel agent and “own ten offices.” Not sure what I meant by that last part, but it sure sounded like success to me. Maybe some day!

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    • 8 amanda // Dec 31, 2008 at 10:42 pm

      A month …… I’m dying to do a whole month, but I know that when traveling alone I usually can’t last more than 2 weeks. I’ve traveled with a boyfriend in the past and wish his travel budget was bigger this year ( he’s in real estate, so I’m sure you can imagine his travel budget … or lack thereof ). I want to do a month !

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    • 9 Amanda, traveling wedding photographer // Sep 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

      I am getting closer to the Bali trip. Would you mind if I asked what you paid for the month at that place? It looks awesome.

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    • 10 Travel Betty // Sep 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      I believe for the month I paid around $2000-2500. Don’t remember exactly, but I definitely thought it was worth it. I know you can find cheaper, but you’d have to go there and haggle in person and it might not be as nice. Have a blast!

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