Villa Sungai Bali is a distinguished luxury villa with the sophistication, inclusions and full service of the finest hotel, but with the privacy and exclusivity of a private residence. This isn’t one of a complex of villas, not a villa within a hotel, but a truly private “one-off”. Bali has a number of beautiful private villas, but this is one of the best. Imagine five star resort service, then imagine that service all to yourself in a villa with the amenities of a top hotel, that’s villa Sungai. Set in a tranquil country village in the island’s south-west, yet just 30 minutes from action-packed Seminyak Beach, Villa Sungai is the stylish way to do Bali.
This is a destination for all senses, the exclusive Villa Sungai in Bali’s undiscovered southwest offers a rare, bespoke experience that combines contemporary style and intimate luxury with an authentic Balinese environment. Near the village of Cepaka where a brace of other upmarket and luxurious villas have also sprung up away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Denpasar, this villa hugs the cliff a amid palm and bamboo above the Penet river. Walk down the steep steps and through the double wooden doors and you are in your own private pavilioned world.
Sungai is divided into two parts: Villa Sungai, which has three large en-suite bedrooms overlooking an18m infinity pool and a spacious dining/relaxation area; and Sungai Gold, a separate, smaller space housing three bedrooms also with its own infinity pool and dining/living pavilion. The main difference between the three rooms of Villa Sungai is that one room, the master, has a much larger outdoor bathroom where you can bathe or shower under the stars. All the rooms are lovely and light, with large four poster beds, mosquito nets, TV and preloaded iPods. At the newly re-worked and enhanced Sungai Gold the 3 bedrooms have separate dressing rooms and fabulous bathrooms. Book the three-suite flagship Sungai, the three-suite ‘Owner’s Villa’ Sungai Gold next door, or take over both [Sungai Platinum] for the ultimate glam escape.
There’s privacy and there’s also a lush tropical scenery, not to mention three pavilion style bedrooms adrift in clouds of mosquito nets and inside/out bathrooms, but it’s the anytime/anywhere style service courtesy of the discreetly dedicated staff that will max the pleasure principle of your holiday. Rooms are service twice a day, the bathrooms have Chopard amenities, and staff bring you drinks by the pool. A dining table in the open pool pavilion can seat fourteen so this is the perfect place to invite others to share your personal paradise for dinner or a cocktail party, especially as the villa has a team of full time chefs.
It’s available for exclusive-hire only, with a 24-hour butler, chefs, chauffeurs and a team of staff to spoil you. Perfect for families or groups of friends, and for the ultimate glamorous house party or event (seats 30 guests under cover, 50 cocktail) with all bedrooms opening to the pool deck that overlooks the river and jungle beyond.
Villa Sungai is aptly named, thanks to its location on the banks of a river in the Canggu area. Although hidden deep in the heart of authentic Bali, Villa Sungai is only a short drive from the bustle of Legian and Seminyak. Sungai is a small enclosed estate in the village of Cepaka, south west Bali, 40 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes’ drive from the surfing beaches at Canggu. Outside the hotel gates are acres of green rice paddy fields where the local farmers make their living.
Not only since Julia Robert´s acting role in “Eat, Pray, Love”, Bali has become one of the most popular luxury travel regions in the Indian Ocean. Starting a new day with a yoga session by the beach, followed by a swim in the pool, mouthwatering food for dinner and a relaxed sundowner at a bar nearby, this is what holidays in paradise feel like. As in the famous movie, Bali is a destination that makes you fall in love, if not with a person, it will be with the island.
In Bali you will find a splash of colour and a piece of heaven. It’s the point where two worlds collide: the world of spirits, demons, temples and legends, and the world of designer boutiques, mixologists and celebrity chefs. Go for Bali’s diverse landscapes: uncrowded beaches from sootiest black to sugar gold; dark gullies cradling rapidly-flowing streams; bright hillsides carved into perilously narrow cake tiers; forest wildernesses; volcanoes that pierce the clouds. From the volcanic mountains down to the surf-lapped shoreline, the Tabanan Regency in Bali’s picturesque west reveals hidden gems. Away from the island’s well-beaten tourist trails, you get a sense of the real Bali. Decide how you want to experience and explore it. Whether the aim is to better understand indigenous cultures and the local community, or to appreciate the splendour of the region’s flora and fauna, Bali is the perfect destination for an amazing vacation.
Their staff are both everywhere and nowhere
They have the talent for somehow materialising at just the right moment to present you with another cup of ginger tea, or perhaps the kaffir and lemongrass infused signature cocktail.The villa manager, Made, having met you at the airport, will help you plan your daily itinerary, make reservations in the best-known restaurants, or in some of the more unusual and unique, and can arrange a wide variety of custom Bali adventures, from white water rafting to bicycle riding or even to Balinese dance lessons. Also the VIP airport butler service will offer you a fast tracks through the airport processes and delivers you to your cooled chauffeured vehicle.
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Uluwatu Temple: a Balinese spiritual pillar
Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali‘s spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in the island’s western shores. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances. Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple’s appeal.
Without a doubt, what makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau above the waves of the Indian Ocean. “Ulu” means the top or the tip and watu means a stone or a rock in Balinese. Several archaeological remains found here prove the temple to be of megalithic origin, dating back to around the 10th century. A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.
Special City Guide: Bali
The combination of the warmth of the people, the beauty of the land, a rich culture and spectacular beaches, with the possibility of surfing and diving, contribute significantly to this record. Bali’s reputation as Indonesia’s most popular destination is well deserved. Surrounded by the Sea of Bali and the Indian Ocean, the island attracts people from all over the world in search of peaceful holidaymaking, exciting nightlife, and more. Nowhere else in South East Asia can match with its combination of history and culture, beautiful beaches, lush tropical scenery, people, chic and traditional hotels, private villas, spas, stylish bars and restaurants.
Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are dynamic and busy day and night, with a high concentration of shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars. Kuta is perhaps best known for its surfing, sunsets, and nightlife. While nearby Legian is a hotspot for hip hotels and gourmet dining. For the hippest visitors and locals, Kerobokan is the place to see and be seen. Seminyak is one of the trendiest spots on the island, with a gamut of specialized boutiques, interior décor stores, and upscale bars and restaurants. Some of the best international cuisine can be sampled here alongside a youthful fashionable set than makes this a vibrant and exciting area, recently a lot of chic restaurants opened, making the island an important center for the traditional local cuisine. Architecturally you can enjoy the interesting temples Muslims and go into yourself in a countless festivals to increase a full calendar of events.