Villa Mako celebrates history, rejoices in eclecticism and revels in romance. If you're into colour, antiques and rustic charm, then this three-bedroom holiday home will make you go 'WOW!' From its recycled teakwood floors, time-honoured stained glass doors and louvered shutters, to its spectacular high wooden ceilings, Villa Mako captures the nostalgic architectural heritage of the Dutch colonial era. Oozing with visual texture, objets trouvés, antique furnishings and lush fabrics, the sensual interiors express the owners' love of Indonesia.
Designed by a Dutch architect, the authentic colonial style presents a rich and creative combination of two cultures. It's easy to be transported to a bygone era while gazing at the beautiful Balinese landscape and enjoying a pot of Earl Grey tea on your bedroom terrace or sitting in the magnificent hall, gin & tonic in hand, waiting for dinner to be served. Yet, at the same time, this rural idyll is all about modern comforts – its beautiful feature kitchen, cosy media room and stylish sunlit bathrooms will bring you right back to the 21st century.
And then there's the garden! Imagine a stairway through an avenue of tree ferns, leading down to the swimming pool at the far side of a velvety lawn, punctuated with sweet-scented frangipanis and coconut palms. This family-oriented villa considers the safety of small children with a gated fence that separates the building from the pool. Youngsters are further considered with toys, Playstation 2, and a library of children's books and DVDs. Additionally, four bicycles are provided, two for adults and two for kids.
Located in a traditional village, Villa Mako also honours local culture; staff are happy to escort guests to Balinese Hindu ceremonies at the nearby temple, and the cook loves to prepare Balinese feasts. Villa Mako operates a grocery system on guest account with dishes chosen from a selection menu and customised according to requirements; the staff will happily do the provisioning for all meals at no additional cost. Indeed, guests rave about Villa Mako's home-cooked delights, all of which contribute to that previously-mentioned extra special WOW factor!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
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.