I'm so glad found this place and took the risk of heading to an area of Bali we know so little about.
Puri Ganesha is a beautiful set of villas in a suitably beautiful location.
The experience was amazing from the get go. With a car to pick us up from Canggu, it was a long and slow drive but it gave us plenty of time to get a feel for the real Bali and the gorgeous landscapes of the island. It was also a pleasure to spend the time with our driver Gede, who had excellent English and was friendly and knowledgeable. There was also a Baliense picnic packed for us which we enjoyed with Gede sitting in an old fishing bale overlooking the calm Java Sea. Being able to stop and take photos at the interesting spots was also great.
Arriving at the villa mid afternoon we were quickly shown straight to our gorgeous villa. We stayed in the Senyum, which is a huge 2 bedroom+ villa set a wonderful green garden, private pool and a private 'bale' that overlooks Pemuteran Beach. The main bedroom up a spiral staircase is large, the bed big and comfy and has great views across the garden to the beach. A great place to watch the most amazing sunrises. The connecting bathroom is pretty and adequate, but the downstairs bathroom is particularly lovely and big, partly outdoor with outdoor shower and a bath the size of a paddling pool.
Diana, the owner, introduced herself and was always on hand in the office to see to anything we needed, trips to temples, info about snorkelling in the area, advice and suggestions for local walks and also, more importantly the meals served in villa or at the restaurant.
We originally picked Puri Ganesha after doing some research into the best accomodation in Bali that cater to vegan dietary requirements, and we really did hit the jackpot. Diana was the first raw/vegan pioneer in Southeast Asia from 2005 and cooked and promoted vegan and raw food in some of the best hotels in the region. All we had to do was mention our diet to her and our preference in sampling veganised versions of local dishes and we were sorted for the duration of her stay. Diana came up with delicious and varied Balinese meals for the 5 days we stayed. But if you are not vegan there are also many, many options available.
We had two friendly and helpful staff, Wayan and Komang, in villa who were always happy to assist with anything we needed and served our breakfast, lunch and dinners at our al fresco dining table.
The location of the villas on the outskirts on Pemuteran town is a very different Bali to the south east most people know. Even in peak season there are few tourists and has a secluded, laid back village vibe. It seems a lot dryer than in the south east and on the coast there is a lovely cooling breeze.
The locals are friendly and always greet you with a 'halo' and a smile. the walk to the local temple of Pura Batu Kursi took us through the local streets and farms and was an absolute delight to see life for the locals away from the tourist traps.
Pemuteran Beach although quiet has plenty of beach side cafes and restaurants, dive outlets and picturesque selfie spots. You can walk 4 to 5km up and down the beach with Puri Ganesha being down the quieter end.
I really can not recommend Puri Ganesha Homes By The Beach and Pemuteran enough you are looking for the 'other' Bali with luxury and great food shown in.