Villa Ylang Ylang rests in the quiet coastal village of Saba, in an area collectively known as Ketewel, within Bali’s eastern Gianyar Regency.
This eastern coastal region is an exceptionally wonderful part of the island – naturally beautiful, amazingly unspoilt and packed with cultural and scenic attractions.
Saba is the quintessianal Balinese village, distinctive with its stretches of emerald rice fields and coconut groves, dotted with a harmonious mix of unobtrusive foreign residences and local dwellings.
Villa Ylang Ylang’s gardens stretch down to Saba Beach, with a reminder Bali is a volcanic island, as its sands are shimmering black. The deserted stretch of beach offers unobstructed panoramas with stunning views across the Badung Strait and Nusa Penida, opposite, one of Bali’s smaller sister islands. And on a clear day, the silhouette of towering volcano, Mount Agung, is visible in the distance. Sunrises are a spectacular treat here, especially over Nusa Penida’s limestone cliffs.
[It’s worth noting that as Bali is also still a developing country, the beach is sometimes at the mercy of external influences and people’s disregard for the environment.]
A tidal river flows between the beach and villa; Peanut River alters its course with every changing season, so access to the beach requires crossing the river half of the year by way of a small boat provided by the villa.
With strong currents directly in front, it’s safer to swim in a protected bay area just five minutes westwards (or head south to the calm waters of nearby Sanur).
The offshore reef here is renowned for its surf breaks, and there’s excellent surfing to be had ten minutes in either direction of the villa: nearby Mascheti Beach has world-class surf breaks and hosts international surfing tournaments.
Saba is famous for its traditional Gamalan music, producing some of the finest Legong dancers on the island; private performances at the villa by young traditional dancing girls can be arranged. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the sea at nearby sacred Pura Segara sea temple; the main temple stands at the entrance to the road leading to Villa Ylang Ylang, where prayer blessings are performed daily.
The villa manager will typically 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. Invariably some of them will 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.
Leslie D, Australia
We were exceptionally impressed with the quality, expertise of the food - particularly with the efforts of Kadek the chef. The staff were very attentive and made us feel most welcome.
July 15th, 2019 - July 20th, 2019
Herman O, South Africa
Excellent! Awesome stay and food. What an experience, thank you all very much.
June 24th, 2019 - July 5th, 2019
Malini T, Malaysia
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Service was good throughout the day - especially with food and drinks. Excellent vanilla milk shakes! Good arrangement with the spa /massages - enjoyable and easy to book.
June 6th, 2019 - June 11th, 2019
Rene M, Austria
Best accommodation,Have enjoyed every minute, thank you.
May 4th, 2019 - May 16th, 2019
Gregoire R, Singapore
Thank you for making our stay with you in Bali so wonderful and memorable.You provide exceptionally attentive,respectful and discreet service.The beauty of the villa and its setting was only exceeded by your commitment to making our visit so thoroughly enjoyable.The meal were of professional quality and you were very accommodating to our requests.You are great ambassadors for Balinese culture and its people.
April 28th, 2019 - May 3rd, 2019
Andrew H, United Kingdom
A perfect stay.
April 9th, 2019 - April 18th, 2019
Sharon F, Singapore
Thank you for everyone. The staff are all amazing and the location superb.
March 1st, 2019 - March 5th, 2019
Mr. J, Indonesia
We would like to thank you and the staff for giving us such a lovely time here at the Ylang Ylang villa. We hope to see you again.
December 29th, 2018 - January 5th, 2019
Ming W, Australia
Thank you so much for your hospitality and amazing service during our stay. We will definitely miss seeing everyone. Zack will miss the attention for sure. Hopeful we will be back soon and Zack will be busy running around by then. Take care and see you all again soon.
October 13th, 2018 - October 20th, 2018
Amanda A, Australia
Our stay was first class,we had a wonderful experience.
October 8th, 2018 - October 12th, 2018
Gregory M, France
We want to say many thanks for your hospitality and your kindness. We spent an awesome holiday in Bali because of you, in this villa which is fantastic. We will remember it forever. Thank you for sharing a bit of you culture such as the little flowers and the Balinese dance. Further more, many thanks for the daily smiles - we appreciate it a lot. You cook very well too..excellence! Thank you for organizing both 30th birthdays. Terima kasih from all the french team.
September 24th, 2018 - October 1st, 2018
Danielle V, United Kingdom
Nice staff, especially Kadek - very professional.
August 13th, 2018 - August 20th, 2018
Danielle V, United Kingdom
Everything was amazing .Thank you very much.
June 20th, 2018 - June 26th, 2018
Adjeng A, Indonesia
Amazing stay, thank you to all staff.
June 17th, 2018 - June 20th, 2018
Reginald C, Singapore
Thank you to all the staff, very good food and we will be back.
June 13th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018
Danielle V, United Kingdom
We had the most amazing time, the villa was beautiful and the staff were absolutely fantastic. ALL of them they looked after us in every way - the food outstanding and the villa was always clean. We would give all the staff 10/10 they were even amazing with the babies. It was better than a 5* hotel and we will recommend it to all our friends - the driver and the massage people were also fantastic.
January 4th, 2018 - January 15th, 2018
Luke G, Singapore
Fantastic stay, Thank you to all staff.
September 18th, 2017 - September 20th, 2017
Danielle V, United Kingdom
We love our stay at Ylang Ylang, and the people especially the staff, Dewa and Kadek. I enjoyed so much the swimming pool and the beach was amazing. Thank you very much.
September 2nd, 2017 - September 8th, 2017
Ashok P, Singapore
Dewa and the team did an excellent job in servicing us every day. Excellence facilities and service.
August 29th, 2017 - September 2nd, 2017
Ndumiso M, Australia
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Absolutely fantastic.
August 17th, 2017 - August 27th, 2017
Manish G, Indonesia
Everything is great, fabulous stay. Surely come again. Thank you.
June 20th, 2017 - June 22nd, 2017
Kevin P, China
A magical place on the beach in Bali. Our fourth trip to Bali was the best simply because we stayed at this fabulous vacation villa. Arriving with two other couples we found ourselves in a magical spot with a staff that responded quickly to every request. Manager Dewa made every effort to make our stay memorable and he succeeded in every way. The guys planned a surprise ceremony to renew everyone's vows. Dewa made the planning and execution of the surprise flawless and very easy despite the long distance. From flowers to officiant, food to dancers, he and the staff did an amazing job. The chef was top notch creating any kind of cultural dish with ease. No meal was less than perfect. The butler and house staff were excellent and made sure we always had a drink in hand... We are returning ....soon.
October 1st, 2016 - October 8th, 2016
Mr. Xingquan Y, China
Everything was excellent ! The food, the staff, and the service. Thank you very much !! We will come back...
August 10th, 2016 - August 15th, 2016
Joy M, Singapore
We have returned from Bali and had a wonderful time. Dewa and the staff did a fantastic job. The food was excellent too. Thank you so much!!
June 8th, 2016 - June 12th, 2016
Tria S, Indonesia
Everything is excellent thank you very much.
April 21st, 2016 - April 23rd, 2016
Amanda F, Australia
We had an absolutely wonderful time. The food was AMAZING and the staff were so friendly, happy and caring. We can't not recommend The Ylang Ylang enough. What a wonderful, relaxing holiday escape.Thank you to all the lovely staff.
April 4th, 2016 - April 15th, 2016
Irma L, Indonesia
We all enjoyed a relaxing stay at The Ylang Ylang. The staff were excellent. especially Kadek, she cooks like we were at home.
November 2nd, 2015 - November 12th, 2015
Paul H, Singapore
Tempat yang menakjubkan! Villa yang indah, dengan kamar yang bagus, kolam renang yang bagus dan layanan yang sangat baik. Berharap untuk pergi kembali ke sana lagi, setidaknya sekali dalam hidup saya! Tenang, damai, indah dan sangat bersih. Saya merekomendasikan tempat ini. Cocok untuk keluarga, pasangan dan single, bahkan untuk orang yang mencari tempat spiritual di bali.
October 17th, 2015 - October 24th, 2015
Milda R, Philippines
Great food! Staff very friendly and helpful.
July 27th, 2015 - July 28th, 2015
Tina P, Austria
Great stay, excellent staff. Tip Top!
July 12th, 2015 - July 20th, 2015
Kate A, Australia
We enjoyed a relaxing stay at Ylang-Ylang. The staff were fantastic; nothing was too much trouble. The East Coast area offers an authentic Bali experience, with stunning scenery, away from the crowds. Highly recommended.
June 29th, 2015 - June 30th, 2015
Yenny L, Indonesia
All EXCELLENT. Thanks for everything!
April 11th, 2015 - April 14th, 2015
Rose R, Australia
Fantastic experience and superb service, thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We all loved it here and felt every detail was well looked after.
April 2nd, 2015 - April 7th, 2015
Ravindran Krishnan, Singapore
The Villa and most of all the staff running the place, ...I.e everyone of them were simply magnificent. I'm already planning global corporate events along with many other trip back. Fantastic Staff and the food was simply excellent..!!!! I'll recommend ylang ylang to all my friends and family....Cheers.
June 6th, 2014 - June 12th, 2014
Luisa McCluskey, Australia
In all the years I have been coming and staying in Bali. This has to be the best.The staff very always helpful and nothing was a bother. I had my daughters wedding there and all i can say is amazing.
May 3rd, 2014 - May 7th, 2014
We went on christmas holidays with 7 young chidren...it was almost perfect...the villa provide many diferent spaces to isolate and take some rest.the view and the beach ( very local and natural environment) are a daily entertainment... The staff is abolutely great...profesional, warm and flexible...nice people. Great holidays in a great place. Too much sculpture in the garden but it´s a question of style!
December 22nd, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
Kailey Furniss, United States
The Ylang Ylang was absolutely amazing. We stayed there with all of our immediate family for our wedding and we were all over joyed with our stay. We became a bit spoiled where now I don't know if I can ever stay anywhere else! It was perfect. The grounds were breathtaking, the staff was more than attentive and kind, the rooms were so comfortable and the food was incredible! The pictures can not do this villa justice. From the moment you turn on the road leading up you feel like you are going to a royal palace, and the feeling continues throughout your stay.
May 8th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013
Helen Chalmers, Australia
I did send an email to Adya to compliment on the sensational staff at the villa , not forgetting Harry the driver we had who showed and told us so much about Bali. Our stay was memorable beacuse of these wonderful people, caring and kind. The villa I would go back tomorrow to stay in . We all loved our time there and would recommend to all. It really was FANTASTIC in EVERY way.The food was delicious and I truly could not fault the service provision in any way.We WILL return !!! Peaceful, calm, tranquil and a paradise. Many Thanks to all
October 20th, 2012 - October 25th, 2012
Michelle Law, United States
Our family loved staying at Villa Ylang Ylang. The food was outstanding, the staff was amazing (this was our second villa we stayed while in Bali so we could tell the difference) and the villa itself was gorgeous.
October 15th, 2012 - October 19th, 2012
The villa was just perfect!! Its beautiful, clean, tidy, and very private. The staffs are nice and friendly also. I would love to stay there again for holiday.
September 13th, 2012 - September 17th, 2012
David Broughton, Australia
Ylang Ylang has it all. Great facilities, great staff and great location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the villa and could not have asked for a more ideal setting for our wedding.
June 27th, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
We loved our stay at the Ylang Ylang villa: contemporary design, beautiful swimming pool and amazing view. It was just great. Not to forget the very friendly and professional staff (including an amazing cook !! )
October 26th, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
The staff at the villa, especially Wayan and the kitchen staff, were very lovely and helpful. Service from them was excellent - they were always on standby and always took the initiative to ask if we needed anything. The chef's cooking was EXCELLENT! We asked for traditional balinese/ Indonesian food, and for it to be extra spicy, and we weren't disappointed! Absolutely fantastic, and the homemade sambals were to die for!!
September 30th, 2011 - October 3rd, 2011