The villa is located at the north coast of Bali, about 10 minutes drive from Lovina center, the tourist town known for the dolphins you can see here every morning at sunrise.
The surroundings provide ample scope for exploring, discovery and activities. Beautiful beaches, terraced rice-fields, plantations, mountains, temples and some nice villages and towns are close by. You will find wonderful snorkeling and diving sites and also one of the finest golf courses in Asia that is just an hour’s drive away. More and more people are discovering this still pristine, unspoiled and authentic North Bali.
Actually Lovina is not a place but an area that consists of some small villages. Pemaron, Anturan, Tukad, Mungga, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus. Lovina offers good tourist facilities without any hectic of southern Bali. The “center” of Lovina, Kalibukbuk, 10 minutes to drive by car or scooter, is the most interesting part for tourists. Here you will find nice restaurants and cafes with live music. In general prices in Lovina are reasonable. The centre actually consists of two streets, which run parallel to each other. At the ends you will find on the south side the main road around the island and on the northern side the sea. On the main streets and the beach there are several hotels, restaurants, small shops, a market, a supermarket and even a bakery. If you want; this bakery delivers fresh bread every morning for breakfast!
Lovina also has a number of Western-oriented physicians with a very good reputation. In the center of Lovina you will find an ATM (bank) where you are able to withdraw money.
RESTAURANTS IN LOVINA
Fantastic restaurant along the beautiful rice fields. Asian food: east meets west! You will be picked up and brought back to the villa!
SPICE BEACH CLUB
Do you like a nice romantic evening on the Bali seaside with excellent service and fantastic food? Go to Spice Beach Club in Lovina. When booking you will receive a 10% discount by saying “Villa Bayu!” Also here you will be picked up and brought back to the villa.
BUDA BAKERY & RESTO
Restaurant with beautiful views from the first floor. Delicious oven fresh sandwiches, as you might expect served with healthy juices. You can also go here for a delicious dinner (also Italian food).
Located on Lovina Beach, a simple restaurant with open kitchen, where three women are doing their best to prepare delicious food. Both the Nasi Campur special as the mixed grill is a must! Sometimes it might be busy so you will have to wait for a spot!
Enjoy the famous organic restaurant and luxury boutique hotel located in the hills behind Damai Lovina. The restaurant gets its fresh products from the hotel’s organic farm and local fishing fleet. You can also go here for Spa, Yoga and meditation.
A top choice seafood restaurant just outside Lovina. Here you can relax on the seaside and enjoy an affordable party.
Thai cuisine in this elegant two-level restaurant in one of the streets in the center; it’s excellent. The menu is extensive and authentic and staff is very gentle.
A great addition for Lovina; This authentic Japanese restaurant has an experienced sushi chef cook. The decor of the restaurant is simple but certainly adequate.
Zen Resort Bali
In Serririt you can pamper yourself with culinary dishes and massages.
Lovina, however, is the most renowned for its dolphins which you can see every morning before dawn during a boat trip. Early in the morning many fisherman with on board tourists are leaving Lovina to look for the dolphins. Due to the large population of shrimp at this particularly coastline you will find here year round many dolphins. The chance that you see these animals is 80%. The boat can be surrounded by dozens of dolphins jumping and playing. It is usually sufficient to make an arrangement with a fisherman 1 day in advance. The tour is very worthwhile and takes over two hours. In the Melka Hotel, just outside Lovina, you have also the opportunity to actually swim with dolphins..
Snorkeling and diving
The Balinese sea near Lovina offers several places for great snorkeling and diving. Because of the shallow and calm sea, you will have a good view of the tropical fish. Again, you can ask a fisherman to take you to the most beautiful places to snorkel, which you are most likely to find east of Lovina.
Certainly worthwhile is a snorkeling trip to Menjangan Island (1 hour ride from the villa). Around the island you will find many colorful fish and coral and this snorkeling site is also very convenient for children as you can start snorkeling directly from the shore of the island.
For divers this is also the place to be! There are a number of PADI diving schools in Lovina, including a 5 star PADI school called Bali Spice Dive. Experienced dive masters know exactly where and when you have to be to enjoy the best dives, like on the reef of the Island of Menjangan or at Tulamben on the East coast of Bali to dive to the famous American war wreck U.S. Liberty. If you book a dive trip with Spice Dive they will pick you up at your villa. For more information please browse to www.balispicedive.com
Singaraja was once the capital of Bali and is still the largest city in North Bali. Still, you can explore different districts where Dutch settlers used to live and work.
In Singaraja at the large supermarket Hardy’s you will find all you need for your daily shopping. The city is about 20 minutes drive from your villa.
Singaraja is home to the Gedong Kirtya library. Here you will find the famous Lontar Manuscripts and lots of Balinese literature and books on the colonial period. In the port of Singaraja you can still find old warehouses from the days of Dutch colonization. There is also an authentic Chinese temple.
In Singaraja you will also find a number of department stores, hospitals, pharmacies, banks and a large market.
In the hills of Banjar, about 15 minutes away from your villa, the Buddhist monastery, Brahma Vihara Arama, is located. This is the only Buddhist monastery in Bali. The monastery is spread over several layers and has special walls and rooms for prayer. It is also known as the small Borobodur. Some Balinese Buddhist monks inhabit the monastery. From the hill on which the monastery is located, you have a beautiful view of the area and the sea. A visit to the monastery is easy to combine with the hot springs of Air Panas.
Near the villa are several waterfalls. Approximately 30 minutes south of Singaraja is the most spectacular waterfall of Bali, the Git Git waterfall. A path of about 1 km with a variety of souvenir shops leads you past a coffee and a vanilla plantation to the 60-metre-high waterfall. Once you have arrived at the waterfall, you can enjoy the sounds of the water splashing downwards.
We have made a selection of the most attractive places for sightseeing in Bali, like the temples of Pura Ulun Danau Bratan and Pura Besakih (the mother temple) and the Bali Barat National Park in Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. We also have provided a complete overview of all activities in the vicinity of the villa like snorkeling, diving, golfing and hiking.
Near the monastery, you will find the famous hot springs of Air Panas. These “hot springs” are located in the hills of the village of Banjar and are surrounded by beautiful scenery. The 38° C hot sulphurous source ends at eight carved dragonheads. The sulphurous water has a healing effect on skin diseases.