A steep driveway, reminiscent of a winding street in a Mediterranean hillside village, brings you to the entrance of this exceptional villa. From here an elevator ascends three floors carrying you to a large open lobby where you are confronted by Bali in her full, majestic, awesome glory. Welcome to The Longhouse! With its spectacular vantage point on a hill above Jimbaran, this unusually long, three-storey house just soaks up the view. From every room – and from the 60sqm infinity pool, which appears to overflow into the extraordinary scene – Bali’s southern plains are laid out before you like a map upon a dashboard. The narrow isthmus that links the Bukit Peninsula with the rest of the island is clearly visible, with ocean on both sides, extending north past the crescent-shaped Jimbaran Bay along the sunset coast before reaching inland. On a clear day you can see Bali’s chain of volcanoes, from the mighty Mt Agung to the serene Mt Batukaru, stretching towards the distant mountains of East Java. Both sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from here, and watching distant planes take off and land on the airport runway, which juts out to sea a few kilometres away, can be a unique and mesmerising pastime. Each bedroom at The Longhouse showcases a lovingly compiled collection of arts, crafts and motifs from the Indonesian islands of Java, Lombok, Sumatra, Sumba and Bali. Combine all of this with gym facilities, a spa room, a home theatre with a Karaoke machine, and the unobtrusive service of a team of gentle, efficient staff - including a chef who will personally select the freshest seafood from the excellent local fish market to provide you with a Jimbaran-Bay-style feast (food is on guest account) - and you’ll find yourself at the pinnacle of sophisticated elegance and world-class comfort. Ideal for groups of friends or family groups of all ages (the villa will sleep up to 14) The Longhouse, and its captivating setting, is sure to have you promising you’ll soon be back.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 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||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (6)|
|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.
Jimbaran lies on the western side of Bali's narrow isthmus, a sweeping bay that curves for five kilometres from the southern side of the airport to the bushy headland that is the home of the Four Seasons Resort and the start of The Bukit peninsula.
In spite of the many five-star developments in the area, Jimbaran Beach remains unspoilt and tranquil, the pace is still unhurried, the atmosphere relaxed and the sand soft and golden. The entrance to the bay is blocked by an unbroken coral reef, so although the calm water is not suitable for surfing, it is a safe haven for swimming. During the daytime it attracts guests from the nearby resorts, together with the occasional windsurfer. In the late afternoons, Balinese families come down to the beach. Kids paddle in the shallows and build sandcastles that are more reminiscent of miniature Taj Mahals than of Norman fortresses. Ice cream pedlars cruise for custom on pushbikes, dogs gambol through the sand, young men play football with makeshift goalposts, and the delectable smell of grilled sweet corn blended with charcoal smoke emanates from food trolleys parked at the water's edge.
The magnificent crescent bay is west facing, so at sunset the beach becomes the scene of a daily ritual as hundreds of visitors take their ringside seats at the plethora of seafood warungs; these simple beachside cafes run virtually the length of the bay and serve up the catch of the day.