Villa Hansa has all the discerning comforts you’d expect of a deluxe holiday home – 18m infinity-edge pool monopolising pretty riverside gardens, stylish minimalist bathrooms, iPod and docking station, plasma-screen TV – and, as the owner’s are avid collectors of antiques, this contemporary Balinese property is littered with them, personally sourced from across the Indonesian archipelago. Rooms, including the striking, semi-open main pavilion and the four delightful guestrooms, house Javanese wood chests, rare Buddhist busts and vintage woven throws from Sumba. Yet there’s also a wonderful informality and relaxed calm about this 2007-built property – a reflection of the owners’ personalities. It starts with their belief that staff are a key component of the Hansa experience; the team of ten locally employed staff are endearingly friendly and welcoming, each making you feel like part of an extended Balinese family. Given the owners are also surfing enthusiasts it’s no coincidence that Villa Hansa is situated near to a string of surfing beaches along this beautiful south-west coastal strip – the nearest, Pererenan Beach, is 300m away – and a collection of forty or so surfboards is available for guest use. Spirituality and culture, though, is a core element at Villa Hansa with practically everywhere offering a ‘Zen moment': from the soothing sounds of the living area water-wall to a recurring Tibetan theme, including Tibetan prayer flags strung along the staircase and a stunning ceiling lantern in the living room. Each guestroom is named after a Hindu God and there’s a dedicated yoga room where, tellingly, you’ll find the only TV in the house. Even the full-time manager doubles as a spiritual guru! This eco-conscious villa emphasises healthy, natural food and wherever possible the two accomplished chefs use locally sourced, fresh organic produce for their excellent array of western and Asian dishes (which include ‘naughties’ like Indian curries and Mexican tacos!) Provisioning for meals is charged on guest account, although first-day breakfast is inclusive in the rates. If you can tear yourself away, take advantage of the seven-seater car and Made, the villa’s ‘in the know’ driver-guide. He can whisk you off to a host of fascinating destinations and, along with the rest of the lovely staff, help you have a truly memorable Bali sojourn.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 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||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|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.