We have stayed in many villas all over the island yet the 4 bedroom family-luxe Sea Shanty in Jimbaran is by far our favourite. The villa itself is so well designed and is both stylish yet incredibly family friendly and safe too - the clever Australian owners, who are a family with three young children of their own, really have thought of everything!
Our girls enjoyed playing & sleeping in the upstairs kids room complete with bunkbeds, chalkboard, toys and books and of course the resident Mr Octopus mural in the childrens ensuite was a huge hit. The kids body lotions, shampoos and even bubble bath are a thoughtful and welcome touch.
Upstairs there is also the main master bedroom, which is just stunning with its own balcony and massive ensuite bathroom, and is very close to the kids room.
Downstairs are a further two bedrooms both with king beds and ensuites, so in total the villa comfortably sleeps 6 adults and 4 kids, plus there is the option of two extra childrens beds which can be added to the bunk room as well as cots for the littlest guests.
We spent a lot of time playing or picnicing on the spacious lawn, enjoying the totem tennis and Throw Down picnic rugs that are provided. And of course also made good use of the refreshing pool and all the pool toys.
A pool fence is also available if needed as are Boogie boards for the little groms to take down to the beach.
The poolside Bale is a nice shady spot for Mum or Dad to relax with a book and a coconut and still keep an eye on the little water-babes in the pool.
When the kids needed some chill out time out of the sun, they would find a shady spot and set up camp on the beanbags with their books, or head upstairs to the TV room and watch one of the kids DVD’s that are provided.
The wonderful staff - husband and wife team Lina and Supri are true treasures... Linas beautiful smile, warm, welcoming and helpful nature combined with her fabulous cooking are all simply the best! Nothing was ever too much trouble and they both have such a gracious manner and soulful charm as they go about their tasks.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate however Lina and Supri are on hand all day to prepare lunch, dinner and snacks too for just the cost of groceries plus a small service fee.
We loved waking up to the smell of coffee and the breakfast table set and ready for our morning feast of pancakes or crepes, muesli, bacon, eggs, toast and tomatoes and always a colourful platter of fresh tropical fruit too. The little ones will enjoy their very special teddy bear pancakes too!
We have enjoyed many a dinner prepared by Lina and Supri too - delicious candlelit family dinners and Indonesian BBQ feasts with fresh fish and prawns, Lina’s famous Beef Rendang, mie goreng, nasi goreng and chicken satay for the kids along with many other tasty local dishes including my favourite vegetarian dish Urap. All finished off with a platter of fresh tropical fruit, sticky black rice pudding served with coconut cream, and ice-cream for the kiddos - delicous!
The location really couldn’t be any better! The villa is just 100 metres from Jimbaran beach which is a fantastic safe beach for kids to swim or learn to surf.
We loved being able to simply pop down to the beach in just a couple of minutes for an early morning walk and a swim, a sunset drink and a splash and of course some BBQ corn on the cob from one of the carts as a tasty pre-dinner snack.
Just around the corner is Grocer & Grind for a coffee or juice, a bite to eat for lunch, or pizza for dinner.
Right next door is a Pre-School and across the lane is a High School. We enjoyed waking up hearing the childrens laughter and chatter, and loved the sweet smiles and waves from the little ones next door. It all just adds to the overall friendly, relaxed, kid-friendly vibe at the Sea Shanty.
We have adored all of our relaxing escapes (three times and counting!) at this special family villa and highly recommend it to other families - it would be perfect for two families to share or a special multi-generational holiday with the grandparents too.
Terima Kasih Sea Shanty - We can’t wait to visit again!
Love the Little Bali Love family xx
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