“Extraordinary, laid-back luxury hideaway: just 4 large beachside villas with eclectic décor, private pools, fab organic food and a charismatic host”
There are just 4 large 2-storey Balinese style thatched villas, each with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, very spacious dining and living areas, and a kitchen. Each is set in an acre of garden fronting the seashore with an antique beachfront rice barn; sit here to relax, meditate or just gaze out and watch the evening fishermen try their luck across the coral reefs. You also get 2 discreet and smiley staff, its own pool and an open-air pavilion where you can dine in private should you wish.
Diana, an interior designer, has furnished the villas with items collected from her travels. Think uncluttered authentic chic with intricately carved wooden doors, white linen drapes held back with silk ties, antique day beds and four-poster beds, colourful batik cushions (her own design), bathroom sinks made of giant clamshells, trinkets and emblems of an elephant theme. All this magically produces a stylish yet lived-in atmosphere, you feel as if you have returned to visit an old haunt. Standard features include mosquito nets, air conditioning, iPod docks and huge open air bathrooms - beautiful.
Villa Senyum and Villa Sepi both have 2 bedrooms - one master bedroom with attached shower room upstairs and an additional double/twin bedroom downstairs with outdoor bathroom. Villa Senyum can sleep an additional 2 people on extra beds in the living area. Villa Senang (sleeps 6) follows a very similar setup with an upstairs master bedroom and 2 twin/double bedrooms downstairs. Villa Santai (sleeps 2) is the honeymoon villa and is the most private; picture elegant black and white checks, gold and silver threads, dark red, black and cream ikats from the east of the island.
You may be staying in your own villa, but there's no need for tiresome self-catering. The only time we ventured into our kitchen was to grab a cold drink from the fridge. Food at Puri Ganesha is simple but seriously delicious and very reasonably priced compared to the other hotels we checked out in Bali. Diana serves only fish and poultry (no red meat), and uses organic local produce. They can also cater for all kinds of dietary needs, such as raw, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan and even nightshade-free. Water comes from the nearby springs of Sanggalngit.
Breakfast (included) is served whenever you want - the table in your open air pavilion is set up with fruit salad and fresh coffee. Staff ask the night before if you want anything special: we chose banana pancakes, watermelon juice and soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers.
Don't miss out on lunch - Diana's salads are legendary. Our Nicoise salad made with fresh tuna, washed down with a glass of chilled white wine and served poolside was exceptional. A few hours later we were offered fresh ginger tea from an elephant tea pot and indulgent lemon crumble cake.
Dinner can be served in the privacy of your villa but we preferred to wander over to the intimate and convivial open-air restaurant in the main house. If you wish to socialise with Diana and the other guests, here is the place to do it. There is a small but carefully chosen selection of dishes on offer (the menu changes daily) along with a few good wines and some lethal cocktails. We tried the chilled gazpacho (Bali style), aromatic Thai green chicken curry, giant prawns steamed in banana leaves, and swordfish with pesto on garlic mash - all utterly delicious. We also loved the vanilla and orange crème brûlée.
The privacy and intimacy of Puri Ganesha lends itself well for children: there are plenty of grounds and beach front to explore. Beyond the villas, boating trips, snorkelling and other trips will appeal to older children. We think it best suits those aged 4 and above.
There is no additional charge for children sharing with parents or for a baby cot to be put in the villa.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Book whatever suits you best: a 2-bed villa sleeping 4 (Senyum or Sepi), a 3-bed villa sleeping 6 (Senang) or the honeymoon villa if you have a small child who can sleep in a cot (Santai).
Complimentary babysitting is available
Baby cots are available
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There’s a fab children’s menu with not a burger or French fry in sight; organic baby food is freshly made to order. Order in the restaurant, have room service, in villa dining with a personal chef or eat out. The hotel doesn't serve any red meat, deep fried food, coke or similar
It's a long way from the airport unless you take the helicopter (25 mins) - but it's worth it! The pools are unfenced