Verdant landscapes, rolling hills and endless rice terraces characterise Bali’s Tabanan region. This off-the-beaten-track area is nature-rich and rife with discoveries to be made. Ancient temples, towering mountains and even a UNESCO World Heritage Site are all part of this lush territory. Deserted beaches abound, offering fabulous surf, minus the jostling crowds.
The Tantalizing Tabanan Tour
Our Elite Concierge has curated a spectacular tour of Tabanan, offered gratis to guests staying in select villas in the region. Take a trip down the path less trodden, where adventure and the pleasure of seeking out the new take centre stage. We give you a guided tour through astounding greenery that will take your breath away. Drive all the way up steep hills to the highest peaks, to experience the best views and the most wondrous sights. “Holiday time is precious as well as limited, so we want to ensure guests embarking on our curated tours really get to experience the best the region has to offer,” says Andy Grant, Elite Havens’ Head of Concierge.
Marvel at Batukaru Temple
A private vehicle with your own personal guide will pick you up from your villa and take you to the Batukaru Temple. Situated at the foot of Mount Batukaru, the temple also has a freshwater spring in the main courtyard that serves as a water source for prayers and ceremonies. As a special gesture from Elite Havens, you may experience a spiritual water blessing at the temple.
Since the 11th century, Balinese Hindus have considered the mysterious site sacred. Often misty due to its elevation, it has an altitude of 2,270m above sea level, the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung. It is surrounded by natural forests and is equally perfect for breathing in spirituality and blessings, as it is for Instagram-worthy photo ops. “With the most stunning scenery, for me the regency of Tabanan gives a true sense of authentic, rural Bali,” adds Andy.
Explore Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are one of the tour’s highlights. The paddies fall in a rush, down steep hills, and are surrounded by troughs of water. The area is a draw for the athletically-inclined, who can bicycle or trek through. Jatiluwah uses the Subak system of natural, non-mechanised irrigation, which has been used in Bali since 600 AD.
Enjoy Bamboo Restaurant
Enjoy a decadent lunch at Bamboo amidst magical surroundings. An experience not open to the general public, delicious and authentic Indonesian fare is served buffet-style at the restaurant. “Bamboo Restaurant is a personal favourite and a hidden treasure we discovered recently,” reveals Andy. Work off that meal with a walk in the rice paddies. Soak in the moment, breathe in the air, and take a photograph to remember it by.
Gaze in Awe at Taman Ayun
Another temple, the Mengwi Water Temple, also known as the Taman Ayun, is part of the dazzling Tabanan tour. Tropical gardens surround man-made lotus-filled waterways and beautiful pavilions. The shrines and pagodas, built by the King of Mengwi in 1634, are a sight to behold. Is it any wonder then, that the name ‘Taman Ayun’ means ‘beautiful garden’? “Pura Batukaru and Taman Ayun are both very special temples to visit, not only visually, but also for the feelings they evoke,” says Andy.
After a long day exploring green Bali and its historical sites, the car drops you off, back to the luxury of your private villa.
To avail this offer, book for 4 nights any time in June for stays from 21st June to 31st August 2019. Terms and conditions apply. Pick one of our select villas in Tabanan or Canggu, a hip and happening part of town. You can also stay in an elegant villa Umalas-Kerobokan or chic Seminyak, right in the heart of Bali. Seseh Tanah Lot in the west is another spectacular area to stay in.