Once in a while you stay at a place in Bali that is so perfect you dream that it’s your very own house and you never have to leave. This is exactly how I felt when we stayed at Villa Joju in Canggu recently. I don’t want to gush about it too much, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do so hold on to your hats…
We were welcomed by the gorgeous Ayu when we arrived at the villa. She is the villa manager and showed us around and got us settled. The villa is also fully staffed all day and has security from 11pm until 7am. All the staff were lovely and very helpful with the kids.
Villa Joju is a – bedroom villa with 4 en suite bathrooms and one extra downstairs toilet. The incredible kids bedroom can sleep 6 kids in bunks and is only accessible through the master bedroom on the 2nd floor. Sliding doors separate the rooms.
An entertainment room, massive kitchen, dining room, balcony seating spaces, conversation pit, and large garden area with a private pool are all yours while you’re staying at the villa.
Tall ceilings, a beautiful wooden staircase and huge glass doors that open the whole area out to the outdoor space are beautifully designed to make the space as big and cool as possible.
What Makes Villa Joju so Perfect for Families?
Villa Joju was designed by a family for families. The amount of detail that has gone into every single part of the villa is mind blowing. The villa is big but the open plan layout makes it easy to watch the kids from just about anywhere. This means when they are in the garden or pool, you have lots of choices of where to chill because they are always in sight.
The kids’ room is every child’s dream. From the gruffalo and jungle murals on the walls, to the books, toys, stuffed animals and games, our kids were 100% happy. It’s also great that they are right there next door and can’t sneak out.
They have everything you could possibly need for babies and kids. Complimentary travel cot, high chairs, breast pump & milk storage, stair gate, sterilizer, baby bath products, potty seats, stools and food prep are all available.
For safety a pool fence can be installed before you arrive. Nannies are also available for booking with an extra charge if you need more hands or just some time to relax or go out.
The staff is also ready with kids entertainment like slime making and other crafts. Our kids absolutely loved this because slime is banned in my house. They also set up an Easter egg hunt for the kids while we were out as we were staying Easter weekend.
They also loved having movies on Netflix, Apple TV etc. for when the adults got boring and wanted to chat in the evening.
There is a bouncy castle and a fish pond with fish that nibble your toes. Enough said…
The Location and Getting Around
Villa Joju is located just off Jalan Pantai Berawa in Canggu. This area is one of the hottest areas in Bali right now and is attracting more and more families all the time.
From the airport it should take about 40 minutes to an hour, but this depends on traffic. Airport transfers are complimentary, but we drove ourselves down from Ubud in around 40 minutes on quiet roads.
There are shops and cafes along Jl. Pantai Berawa, a mini mart just a minute up the road and supermarkets close by, but the road here isn’t great for walking, especially with kids. However, the beach is just a few minutes away by car and it’s easier to walk around closer to the beach.
There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants and plenty of play areas really close to Villa Joju. Despite not wanting to leave the villa at all, we went to Tamora Gallery for a play, Berawa’s Kitchen for food and a bit more playing, and also the beach to run around.
Batu Bolong Beach is just about 15 minutes away depending on traffic, and it’s about a 25 minute run to Seminyak.
Villa Joju has a driver available (at extra cost) so booking transport is easy.
Eating and Drinking
Villa Joju has a full kitchen and also a chef if you’d like meals cooked for you. Breakfast is included but you can also order for other meals in advance off a very comprehensive menu.
Our breakfasts were excellent. We all chose eggs, bacon, toast, fresh fruit, and the kids had pancakes. The perfect way to start the morning. We also had dinner on the second night and were blown away by how delicious everything was.
Of course you have the option to use the kitchen yourself or just keep a stock of snacks and drinks. The staff is happy to go out and shop for you if you, like us, can’t drag yourself away from the villa.
We had an amazing meal cooked for us on our second night. The food was fantastic, everyone got what they wanted, and we ate outside, which was such a wonderful thing to be able to do together.
Outside the villa choices for food and drink are pretty much endless in Canggu. Some of the most kid-friendly spots are The Joglo, La Casita, Parachute, Tamora Gallery, and Milk & Madu. These are places parents can actually enjoy their food while the kids play. They also have great food for kids and adults.
Even More Reasons to Love Villa Joju
– Finn’s Recreation Club member cards are available. This means discounts for food and drink and entry to Cubby House Kids Club, Splash Water Park, Bounce Trampoline Centre, Strike Bowling and Finn’s Beach Club.
– For even larger groups 4-bedroom Villa Joju Alit can also be rented and is connected by a door to Villa Joju.
– The attention to detail is exceptional. Each room has a different colour theme and is beautifully decorated.
If I was asked to list my top 5 villas for families in Bali Villa Joju would without a doubt be in my top 3. I was more comfortable and felt more at home than I have done in just about every other villa we’ve stayed in and I’m pretty sure I can speak for the kids as well.