Bali with Kids - Guidebook

Villa Manuk, a Little Eco Paradise


This small eco resort is a hidden gem in the foothills of the Northern hills above Singaraja. Just on the edge of the village of Manuksesa, Villa Manuk comprises two villas with two separate bedrooms each, one downstairs and another upstairs.  Families can book a complete villa or have an extra bed in the downstairs room. The rooms have outside bathrooms with showers and a terrace to sit and enjoy the stunning view onto the rice fields and the surrounding mountains. A refreshing spring water swimming pool sits in the middle of the garden. Relaxing on the lounge chairs, absorbing the peaceful environment is perfect to recharge your batteries. Delicious and copious meals are taken in the open-air bale (pavilion) where you can admire the amazing colours of sunset over the hills. The garden has a wide variety of beautiful plants and trees. Villa Manuk is paradise for families wanting to stay in a traditional part of Bali, unspoiled from tourism.

Activities in the area revolve around the discovery of the beautiful and varied countryside. The most popular hike takes you to Sekumpul waterfalls where, after walking down 300 steps, you can admire the waterfalls and swim in the natural pool. The rice fields and the countryside surrounding the village are also worth exploring on foot. Two bicycles are available for rent if you are not afraid of steep hills. Villa Manuk can also organise day trips to the coast, Mt Batur, the Bali Barat National Park and other highlights.

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The owners are a Balinese-German couple, strongly committed to helping the local community. All the staff comes from the village and the children in need can benefit from funding from the Villa Manuk Children’s Project to pay for their school fees. These children must attend regular seminars to learn about environmental and farming issues, English classes or special fun days. The Children’s Project only exists thanks to donations. This couple also runs the popular Warung Baboo Pemaron in Lovina, where guests can try delicious Balinese dishes or attend a cooking class.

The food is very reasonably priced and guests can choose from menu meals, a full board formula or can even use the kitchen facilities and the fridge to prepare their own meals. Meals are free for children below 3 years old and half price below 12 years old. You will need to ask for precise directions and phone number to find Villa Manuk as there are no signs and or, alternatively the manager Made Robot can organise transport.