At the entrance to Villa Joss, luxuriant trailing vines frame a long, covered walkway creating a jungle-like atmosphere. This impression is strengthened by the sound of water trickling from two serene Buddha sculptures, one sitting gracefully at the end of the walkway and the other reclining languidly by the swimming pool. The lawned garden surrounding the villa features an array of frangipani trees and scattered pots of lotus – very pretty when in bloom.
Inside, the sense of calm is sustained thanks to carefully selected materials such as natural-coloured marble on the floors, an extensive use of teak, and silvery-grey shingle tiles on the living pavilions' deeply vaulted roofs. Huge, floor-to-ceiling, fold-back glass doors let the garden in and fill the villa with light. Four ensuite bedrooms (three doubles and a twin), all overlooking the 16m pool, make this villa ideal for extended families and groups.
Built in 2010 Villa Joss is named after the owner's daughter Jocelyn, who also has a painting by a renowned local artist dedicated to her in the Joss Suite. Throughout, distinctive Balinese art adds a splash of colour to the villa which otherwise is decorated a very neutral but soothing palette of creams and browns.
For those seeking stimulation of a more technological kind, the villa has an abundance of big-screen TVs and, if music is your thing, tune into the Bose sound system which is wired throughout the common areas of the villa. There's also a small collection of books and board games available, as well as complimentary WiFi access.
Villa Joss has a full complement of friendly and attentive staff. If you feel that cooking is not for you then make full use of the villa's chef, but if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Jamie Oliver the staff will be more than happy to grocery shop for you (on guest account) and then the kitchen is all yours! Evening barbeques by the pool preceded by sundowners in the jacuzzi? Why not?
In its traditional residential setting, with the beach nearby and sophisticated Seminyak within a short drive, Joss is very definitely a family-friendly villa; ideal for those wanting to get away from it all, but not too far away.
|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, 5 bathrooms of which 5 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.
A few kilometres north west of Kuta, Seminyak is a hip and happening district which has long been the lure of bohemians and jetsetters. This is Bali's late-night party land, laying claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants and beach clubs on the island, including Ku Dé Ta, Potato Head, Mozaic, Cocoon, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis and Sardine. Seminyak also boasts a plethora of chic cocktail bars, sumptuous spas and fashionable boutiques.
Seminyak Beach is the place where the local and expat communities gather every evening at sunset. A playground of the rich, the famous and the bon vivants, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious accommodation of Seminyak draws a sophisticated crowd of 'beautiful people', especially Europeans.
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. For horse lovers, three riding stables are located at nearby Canggu – Kuda P, Tarukan, and Bali Equestrian Centre. Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia – lies about 20km up the coast beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot. Seminyak is also convenient for all of Bali's main shops, shopping malls, Waterbom Park, and many tourist attractions.