Apartment | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Only 12km from the bright lights of Seminyak, Villa Mandalay is about as isolated as town-junkies could ever want – a blissful six-bedroom retreat wrapped in rurality. From its standpoint on an elevated salient of land, the views of the garden, the countryside, the distant ocean and the Bukit Peninsula are truly magnificent, with rice fields extending from the edge of the property all the way down to the sea and stretching almost as far on either side, offering not so much a glimpse, but a full-throttle trip down the Bali agricultural highway.
The grand hall and all of the bedrooms are on ground level in a U-shape surrounding a 25m pool. This tempting stretch of water forms the nucleus of the property, flowing towards an alfresco lounging and dining deck under a rustic bamboo canopy, flanked by mirrored fish ponds, and enveloped by cool breezes. Descend to a lower level and practice your golf strokes on a six-hole putting green or escape with your thoughts into a balé bengong ‘dreaming pavilion’ in a far corner of the garden. Alternatively, indulge in the warmth and chill of a hidden sauna and plunge pool, be pampered with a massage in the spa treatment room, or ascend to an air conditioned home theatre.
Mandalay must be one of the quietest villas in Bali, stunningly illuminated after sunset by three firebowls, which frame the pool, bringing a primal energy to the nightscape. Down-lighting inside the house keeps this atmosphere alive, while off into the distance a big river of darkness is punctuated by a scattering of village lights and the glow of fishing boats on the horizon.
A walk through the villa’s interior reveals colour, whimsy, and a series of striking canvasses and wooden statues from Kalimantan, showcasing the avian pantheon of the archipelago from cockatoos to birds of paradise, alongside Hindu deities and Buddha carvings to remind you of where you are in the world. But with such serene views, together with the wonderfully-friendly and diligent Balinese staff, how could you possibly forget!
Villa Mandalay is ideal for families and large groups of friends, with the attentive services of 24-hour butlers and an excellent chef (provisions on guest account). Villa rates include car and driver for up to ten hours a day (petrol extra).
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (7)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
The Bali/Lesser Sunda Islands region
Bali is Indonesia's most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life's more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours' flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
A few kilometres to the north west of Canggu, a towering banyan—one of the 'elders' of the tree kingdom—heralds the turning to Seseh, a traditional beachside village approached via an avenue of coconut palms.
Seseh and the tiny neighbouring villages of Sogsogan and Cemagi still retain the customs and culture of old Bali. Here, you will see farmers in conical hats riding rusty old upright bicycles, as well as frequent, colourful processions to Seseh's large beachside temple. There are no international restaurants here, but you might just see a barong (a high-spirited, benevolent beast representing the power of good; danced by two men inside an ornate costume) dancing on the street. The good news, for folks who want to immerse themselves in the customs and culture of old Bali, is that the villagers encourage and welcome congenial visitors. Although there are now many private rental villas in these three villages, they have seamlessly integrated without detracting from the simplicity and charm of the location. This is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside, and for those who want to engage with the local people and gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle.
A little further up the coast is Tanah Lot, famous for its dramatic and venerated sea temple, which is perched on a craggy wave-lashed rock at the edge of the glistening black shoreline. It is probably the most photographed sight in Bali, especially in the late afternoon when its splendid profile is silhouetted against the setting sun. The Tanah Lot locale is also home to a number of private villas due to presence of the 18-hole, 72-par, championship-standard Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. This is, however, still a far-flung area with few facilities other than the souvenir stalls and simple eateries within the temple grounds, and three international restaurants within Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
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