Past all the hustle and bustle of Pelabuhan Ratu and the well-known resorts of the area there is this gem of a villa hidden away on a hill. We spent 4 nights at Villa Gamrang and it was simply wonderful. The villa is spacious and beautifully designed, with a keen eye for detail. Luxury and simplicity combined. All rooms, including the bathrooms, are really nice. Loved the semi-sunken bathtub. The view from the huge veranda (which sports two large daybeds, a swing and two dining tables) is amazing: ocean, mountains, way down a quiet beach, at night hundreds of little lights from the fishing boats bobbing on the waves.
A steep little path runs down from the garden to the beach. The beach is partly pebbles, but sandy near the water. The ocean can be quite rough as everywhere on the South coast of Java but you can definitely go for a dip. Or build zen-art with pebbles. Or just swim in the beautiful pool at the villa.
The staff is lovely and helpful, e.g. getting groceries and showing the way to different places.
They cooked Indonesian fare for us, including fresh fish and seafood (there is a bbq). Nothing was too spicy and the young children also liked the food. The fruits and vegetables from the local market were very fresh and delicious. We brought some particular food and drinks from Jakarta that are not available over there, such as brown bread, cheese, and wine etc.. You can also cook yourself, which is a pleasure since the kitchen is very nice and fully equiped.
It's the place for ultimate relaxation. Read a book, play a boardgame, do yoga, soak up some sun, enjoy the view, sip a drink, fall asleep to the sound of the waves, be zen. We will definitely brave the drive from Jakarta again for more of that.
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