When to Come?
Guests visit Villa Champa all through the year. In Bali there is nominally a wet season (November to March) and a dry season (April to October). The dry season clearly has less rain, but while in the wet season there can be an occasional storm. The Bukit(where Villa Champa is located) receives far less rain than central area around Ubud and normally the worst you will suffer is a short shower in the afternoon. On the plus side in the wet season the sea is warmer and the land is greener, and the diving is unaffected.
Visas for Bali
Visas are available on arrival for almost all Western and Asian nationals for free now (although some nationalities still require visas in advance or have to pay for "Visa on Arrival" so please check before you arrive in Bali the website to check is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Indonesia. Bali airport is new and a joy to go through these days, and so there is no need for any special arrangements. There are ATMs and Bureau de Change on the way out of the arrivals hall, as well as a selection of Duty Free shops with very over-priced wine, beer and spirits.
Once you exit customs, the driver from Villa Champa will be there waiting for you with a sign (if you have arranged an airport transfer through us) and will take you to your vehicle and help you with your luggage.
Money in Bali
The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah. There are cash points all over Bali now, and also at the airport as well so it is easy to withdraw cash Rupiah when you need it. If you are bringing cash, most major currencies are accepted, but the best exchange rates are for cash USD and to a lesser extent cash AUD. There are unscrupulous cash dealers in Bali, and the golden rule is that if a rate looks far too good there probably is a good reason for that. Best and safest way to get cash though is to withdraw it from a cash point or to use credit cards that are widely accepted as well. At Villa Champa however we are only able to accept payment in cash Rupiah.
Children are welcome at Villa Champa. Villa Champa has an excellent pool fence and also has stair gates, and other potential fall hazards blocked off with fences. We have all facilities needed for infants (such as high chairs and cots) and also provide a free babysitting service and kids meals.
The staff of Villa Champa are well used to looking after children and are available throughout the day to provide whatever assistance you require.
Under normal circumstances security is not a concern in Bali. The Balinese people are Hindu, and are honest and peaceable. Crime is relatively minor, even in tourist hot spots such as Kuta and the overwhelming majority of tourists that visit Bali have a wonderful time and never have any security concerns at all.
Villa Champa is a particularly secure villa. It is located in a quiet back street, and the staff live both on site at the gatehouse at the entry to the villa (which is away from the villa area where guests sleep) and also at the buildings just behind Villa Champa as well. All rooms are lockable, and there are safety boxes in all bedrooms as well.
How to get here?
Directions to Bali
Bali lies about 2.5 hours flight away from Singapore or the same from Perth in Australia. The capital of Bali is Denpasar, and there are many flights to Denpasar (DPS) from Australia, most European cities, the US West Coast and Japan primarily via Singapore, Hong Kong and Guam (from the US). Several large carriers fly to Bali such as Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, KLM as well many other large european carriers. Direct flights from cities in Asia and Australia to Bali are increasingly easy and cheap thanks to the arrival of a number of budget airlines such as Air Asia (Malaysia and Thailand), Valuair (Singapore) and Jetstar & Virgin (Australia & New Zealand). Further afield there are even direct flights from Moscow (with Transaero) and from Japan (with Jalways). Most tickets can be booked over the internet without a problem.
Directions to Villa Champa
From Denpasar (Bali) Airport follow the airport road out of the airport until you reach a huge roundabout. Take the third exit heading south towards Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. Follow the dual carriageway for a few miles past turn-offs for Jimbaran, until you come to a large junction, where you want to turn right between Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds. Follow this road for a few miles until it comes to an end at a T-junction, where you turn left and go up the hill.
Follow this road up the hill, past the shops and restaurants and GWK - the Balinese Cultural Centre, until you reach a large cross-roads with a statue in the middle of the road at Nirmala Supermarket, where you turn right towards Balangan Beach. After about 100m you will come to a very narrow "Gang" (a small alley or sidestreet). This is Jalan Pantai Balangan Gang 1, and is signposted. Enter this Gang and take the first small road to the left. Follow this small road as it goes down the hill and turning right and then left. Before the end of this road there is a turning to the right that goes steeply downhill (there is a small sign for Villa Champa on the wall here - but it is easy to miss). Take this turn down the hill, and turn right at the end where you will find Villa Champa.