Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The Shamira (formerly Villa Shambala) is a beautiful story that unfolds in chapters. Unique doesn't come close to describing this place – not so much built as evolved over time, piece by piece, to become the exquisitely eclectic home-away-from-home that it is today. The owners lived in The Shamira for many years, and after their children had grown up they moved on and turned it into a holiday rental villa. Guests can feel the spirit of their happy lives in every room through the photos on the walls and the huge variety of books and music on the shelves.
Walking into the rambling villa through the shady garden, you will be spellbound by the seemingly never-ending softly-lit niches and alcoves. This is a haven to explore and then chill-out in, with 13 different sitting areas, both indoors and out; from the bale (relaxation pavilion) beside the pool, to the rooftop terrace, to the cushioned sofas dotted around the living and dining space. There's plenty to read, including a huge collection of National Geographic, and even a full set of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The garden is mature and overflowing with greenery, potted plants and splashes of colour, dominated by a large swimming pool. Antique furnishings, tasteful objets d'art and white orchids fill the rooms, enhanced by shell sculptures that hang from the rafters and serve as an audible reminder of the cool breeze blowing.
The Shamira is serviced by a 'family' of loyal staff including an excellent cook, housekeepers, and security. There is a suggestion menu, and the food and beverage shopping will be done for you by the staff (all groceries on guest account).
With four romantic bedrooms and four bathrooms, this delightful home is perfect for families with children of any age: teens will find the place much to their liking thanks to the separate upstairs bedroom and the plethora of hidey-holes in which to escape from the oldies. Groups of friends will also take pleasure in The Shamira's amazing variety.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|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.
Canggu is actually a small fishing village, but has become the collective name for a number of villages (including Berawa, Tegal Gundul, Tiyingtukul, Pererenan, Nelayan, Babakan ) which, despite lying within a developing area, can still be described as a sleepy coastal locale. Here, amongst the rice fields which extend all the way down to the beach, you will find some of the most luxurious private residences on Bali. It is also an area that most surfers will know about, with reef swells that are larger than those you will find in Kuta further south. Swimming isn't advisable however as the rips can be dangerous. Nearby sporting facilities include the Canggu Club (of which many holiday villas in the area include guest membership), offering social and leisure amenities, including a state-of-the art gym, a 25m swimming pool and a tennis and squash centre. Along the coast to the north of Canggu is the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which was designed by Greg Norman and is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. Next to this is Pura Tanah Lot; a sea temple perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock and probably the most photographed sight in Bali. Sophisticated Seminyak, a few kilometres south of Canggu, lays claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, including Sarong, La Lucciola and Ku Dé Ta, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas and elegant boutiques.