Villa Kubu – Luxury Seminyak Bali Villa Hotel & Spa
Things to Do in Bali, Seminyak – Villa Kubu
- Villa Kubu offers a half-day cooking class (with or without early morning visit to the fresh produce market) where guests can learn the secrets of many much-loved traditional Balinese family recipes. The class includes breakfast and lunch and a fascinating insight into the island’s exotic cuisine. View all Villa Kubu cooking video.
- Bali is renowned as one of the great surfing meccas of the world, offering over 20 top-quality breaks. The peak surf season is April through October when the southeast trade winds blow offshore and the full force of the solid southern ocean swells hit the reefs around Kuta, Nusa Dua, and the Bukit Peninsula. For novices and surfers of intermediate ability, there are plenty of mellow beachbreaks and with a little bit of local knowledge, it is still possible to find great surf with only a small to moderate crowd. There is a well-managed surf school on Seminyak Beach, offering adults and children the opportunity to experience the thrill of the waves, while learning board handling, surf etiquette and safety, with an emphasis on the importance of respecting and protecting the coral reefs.
- Bali is the ideal location for learning to dive or diving for pleasure among some of the world’s finest tropical reefs. The water is warm and the marine life is abundant. Reputable dive schools, dive resorts and operators offer facilities, equipment and tuition for every PADI course from beginners’ discovery dives to the highest recreational level. With a great choice of easy and challenging world-class sites, PADI specialty courses include drift dive, night dive, deep dive, and underwater photographer. Cool programmes for kids are available too, the PADI ‘Bubblemakers’ programme offers pure underwater adventure, with lots of fun and games for kids of 8 -12.
- Use the villa’s bicycles to explore the beach board walk, which runs all the way from Gado Gado Restaurant to Legian, and stop off at one of the many cute beach warungs (cafés) for lunch or a snack, or to cool off with a cold drink. From Lata Liana, you can cut through to the beach and the boardwalk via a pathway, which leads past Masari Riding Stables.
- If you’ve always dreamed of horse riding on the beach, now’s your chance. Horse riding tours can be arranged at Masari Stables (just 200m from Lata Liana), where there is a good selection of well-trained horses with varying temperaments, energies and sizes to suit all ages and levels of experience.
- Villa Kubu encourages guests to experience traditional Balinese culture. Ask reception to check the Hindu calendar and one of our guides can accompany you to a local ceremony in the village temple or perhaps further afield on a half or full-day tour to explore the life and landscapes of Bali.
- Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart, is renowned as a centre for fine art, dance and music, and is well worth a visit. You can’t help but feel the natural spirituality and energy emanating from this fascinating town.
- Raya Kerobokan, only minutes away, is an excellent place to browse for antiques and collectables similar to those found throughout Villa Kubu.
- If you’ve always dreamed of galloping along a beach or riding through villages bordered by rice fields, now’s your chance. The well-run Bali Equestrian Centre is located fifteen minutes from the villa and can arrange horse riding tours, as well as childrens’ riding lessons.
- Gym enthusiasts should head to 3V Fitness, with its state-of-the-art gym, just a few minutes’ walk away.
- Catch a wave, or several, at some of Bali’s best surfing beaches, all within easy access. Legian and Kuta beaches are just a 600m stroll or motorbike ride away and in prime position for Bali’s legendary sunsets. Or travel further to the famous white sand beaches of Padang Padang, Jimbaran or Geger near Nusa Dua.
- Make the de rigueur pilgrimage to sacred Pura Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s biggest tourist magnets. Perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock, this ancient sea temple is best savoured at sunset; be sure to receive a blessing from the Hindu Priests.
- Alternatively, view Tanah Lot from the 12th hole of Nirwana Bali Golf Course. Bordered by ocean and rice fields just down from the sea temple, no wonder this championship-standard course (designed by golf legend, Greg Norman) is frequently voted number one in Asia.
- Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hotfoot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave within walking distance from Villa Kubu. Here you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, global-inspired restaurants, chic boutiques and hipper-than-thou bars and restaurants – including much hyped, Ku Dé Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, SOS Anantara, Coccoon and others such as La Lucciola, Metis, Sardine and Sarong.
- Drive westwards to explore the unchartered West Bali region, where the charming Tabanan Regency reveals terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities – treasures that Bali is famed for.
- For a day of culture and dramatic landscapes, drive to the mountain town of Bedugul. From here, explore three volcanic lakes, including Beratan, with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Kids of all ages love the water slides and rides at Waterbom. Their new ride, Climax, is not for the faint hearted, but so much fun.