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Villa Markisa is a collection of elegant bungalows set along the Tulamben beachfront. Just a short boat ride to the Liberty Wreck and with the famous Seraya Secrets dive site just off its beach, this resort is perfectly placed to explore the area’s famous diving. With its reputation for stellar hospitality, Villa Markisa expertly strikes a balance between five-star service, privacy, and Balinese charm - all with world-class diving at its doorstep!
With a beachfront location and top-of-the-line dive centre, Villa Markisa offers easy access to the exciting underwater exploration Tulamben is known to deliver. Its own house reef, “Seraya’s Secret,” is just steps from guest villas, while the resort-owned speedboats are on standby for guests to tour all the other local sites just offshore, including the famous USS Liberty Wreck. All divers receive a personal guide throughout the duration of their stay, who are each well-trained to learn divers’ preferences and plan each dive in a customized way. This personalization doesn’t end there - guests can schedule their dives flexibly, often beating the crowds to popular sites and maximizing their holiday time.
Out of the water, guests have full access to the beautifully landscaped resort grounds, including a seaside infinity pool and Jacuzzi, two resort spas, and pavilion-style dining area for all meals included throughout the stay. Just off the property, guests can check out the small fishing village of Tulamben beneath the sacred Mount Agung - Bali’s tallest and most holy volcano. Resort staff happily assist guests in engaging with all the area has to offer, like mountain climbing or trekking trips, and tours of the local rice paddy fields and village markets.
This spacious, private villa makes for the surface interval of dreams. Located steps away from the beach, Villa Sonea opens up from the personal garden into a lofted lounge, with a private terrace and garden bathroom just off the main room. Following a day of exploring land and sea, retire to two en-suite bedrooms, air-conditioned and fitted with premium quality king-size beds, and full of the bright ambient light of a Balinese sunrise.
Just off the pristine Tulamben shoreline, each of the three spacious bungalows are set among rich landscaping to guarantee privacy within your own Balinese paradise. Each air-conditioned bungalow is wrapped with windows and designed with attention to detail, equipped with one premium quality queen-sized bed and a built-in daybed for added flexibility. Guests can also enjoy a cosy private terrace to take in sunrise views, and secluded garden space with luxurious outdoor shower facilities.
Inspired with a taste for modern luxury, this stunning space overlooks the property, complete with palm tree-studded pool and ocean views from the bedroom’s private balcony veranda. Situated on the top floor of the resort’s central villa, guests retreat to a premium quality king-size bed framed by high ceilings and windows to flood the air-conditioned bungalow with a natural light. Refresh in beautifully appointed bathroom facilities including a personal spa Jacuzzi to unwind after a day of diving.
Beloved for its poolside lanai-style terrace with easy access to all resort facilities, this air-conditioned room is housed within the resort’s central villa. It features a premium quality king-size bed with unobstructed ocean views directly from sunrise over the Bali Sea, right from the comfort of your sheets. The en-suite bathroom is bright and modern, immaculately maintained with tasteful Balinese décor.
This budget-friendly room is quaint and comfortable, located within the central villa next to the pool and resort facilities, with a private entrance for a cosy retreat after a day of activities. The air-conditioned room is fitted with a premium-quality queen size bed, private bathroom facilities, and elegantly furnished in the authentic Balinese teak style.
Villa Markisa’s private bungalows and villas are housed within a stunning garden landscape, framing a seaside infinity pool, Jacuzzi and sunbeds overlooking the beach. Just next to the pool guests dine in a pavillion-style restaurant featuring a-la-carte lunches and buffet dinners of both local specialties and international fare - with attention given to any dietary restrictions and preferences. All meals are included with each booking, sourced from local produce sustainably prepared, and with chefs known to regularly tweak the menus to offer up the best cuisine.
The in-house dive centre caters to both scuba divers and snorkelers, the resort’s experienced guides happy to introduce all levels to the incredible underwater world of Tulamben. On site are also two full service spas, and a multi-language library stocked with with identification books of local marine life - where the resort owners will host expert-led discussions, workshops, and films for guests highlighting local marine life. For those post-dive debriefings, there is also a beautiful oceanfront bar stocked with both local and imported spirits, beers, and wines.
Villa Markisa’s in-house dive centre extends its five-star luxury service to the reef. Dive trips have a reputation for running smoothly and efficiently, and guests are able to schedule their dives easily and flexibly around their holiday schedule. Guests are paired with a dive guide for the duration of their stay, who will customize and plan each dive to exceed expectations – whether that is ensuring the comfort of new divers, expertly finding a rare species on a diver’s wish list, or helping photographers get that perfect shot.
All rooms in the resort are equipped with facilities for washing and storing underwater photography equipment as well, and the guides are skilled in recommending Nitrox gas as appropriate for dive plans. Don’t miss “Seraya’s Secret,” Villa Markisa’s own house reef that drops right off the volcanic sand slopes of its private beach, known as a local playground for photographers and macrolife lovers - 600 species of nudibranchs have been documented on this site alone! A range of other dive sites, including deep walls, drift reefs, and the bucket-list-worthy USS Liberty Wreck, are just a five to ten minute speedboat ride away, the whole experience made light and comfortable by the attentive and engaging staff.
The owners of Villa Markisa are passionate about marine life and its conservation, and elements of eco-consciousness are woven throughout the ethos of the resort. The resort operations have all but scrapped plastic, supporting the local movement toward a plastic-free Bali. By swapping out single-use plastics for sustainable options like stainless steel water bottles and glass straws, Villa Markisa not only reduces its own plastic footprint significantly, but stewards that message onward to its guests. Responsible business practices, like gardening with sustainable techniques that limit runoff, sourcing food locally, prioritizing organic products throughout its operations, and recycling water where possible, all contribute to the culture of conservation at Villa Markisa.
This spirit circulates among the staff at Villa Markisa, who together celebrate the sustainable character of Tulamben, passing on their love for marine life and its conservation among all of their divers and snorkelers. The dive guides’ expansive knowledge is infectious, with divers exiting the water each dive with a greater understanding of and love for the complexity of these fragile, unique ecosystems just off shore.