Occupying a gently sloping piece of land carpeted in soft grass, fringed by tropical greenery and with an ocean view, Semarapura is a sociable villa that pool lovers, pamper pusses, sun (and sunset) seekers will adore. Comprising a well-designed series of living, dining and sleeping pavilions that make the best of the spacious gardens, this is a great villa not only for an extended family or a group of friends, but also as a setting for special events*; its popularity as a venue arises from it being beautifully photogenic, very private and refreshingly serene. The balé (gazebo) at the top of the garden is notable not only for its cushioned views of the sun descending over the horizon at dusk, silhouetting the Hindu temple that sits upon rocks jutting out to sea just beyond the villa, but also as a tranquil haven for a massage or other pampering treat.
Semarapura’s five expansive bedrooms are scattered throughout the tropical garden. Each enjoys privacy and, although all are similarly sized and facilitated, the master bedroom is slightly more indulgent and includes a private deck with sunken jacuzzi tub. The large, free-form swimming pool with twin shallow sections takes pride of place beside a lush green lawn which sprawls around the front of a wide timber deck that’s littered with sun loungers topped with towels, sun hats and lotions, and encircled by tranquil reflection pools. A bar standing at one end of the swimming pool heightens the sociability of the pool area whilst inbuilt Bose speakers provide entertainment from morning until night. A media room leads off from the pool deck and here you can play a game of pool, pick a book from the library or curl up in front of the TV to watch a movie in air conditioned splendour.
The villa is fully-staffed and, to make up for its slightly out-of-the-way (although incredibly scenic and tranquil) coastal location close to Seseh, a seven-seater car with driver is available to guests for up to ten hours a day with the only cost being for petrol. Although there are a couple of good chefs to cook meals for you from a suggestion menu (provisions on guest account), you can also use the excellent fully-equipped sea-view kitchen yourself should you prefer.
*[Note: The villa has proven a very popular venue for weddings and parties but has had to scale back the number of functions it handles due to sensitivities of the neighbourhood, do check with us first if you wish to hold a function here.]
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 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||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (5)|
|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 to the north west of Canggu, a towering banyan—one of the 'elders' of the tree kingdom—heralds the turning to Seseh, a traditional beachside village approached via an avenue of coconut palms.
Seseh and the tiny neighbouring villages of Sogsogan and Cemagi still retain the customs and culture of old Bali. Here, you will see farmers in conical hats riding rusty old upright bicycles, as well as frequent, colourful processions to Seseh's large beachside temple. There are no international restaurants here, but you might just see a barong (a high-spirited, benevolent beast representing the power of good; danced by two men inside an ornate costume) dancing on the street. The good news, for folks who want to immerse themselves in the customs and culture of old Bali, is that the villagers encourage and welcome congenial visitors. Although there are now many private rental villas in these three villages, they have seamlessly integrated without detracting from the simplicity and charm of the location. This is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside, and for those who want to engage with the local people and gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle.
A little further up the coast is Tanah Lot, famous for its dramatic and venerated sea temple, which is perched on a craggy wave-lashed rock at the edge of the glistening black shoreline. It is probably the most photographed sight in Bali, especially in the late afternoon when its splendid profile is silhouetted against the setting sun. The Tanah Lot locale is also home to a number of private villas due to presence of the 18-hole, 72-par, championship-standard Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. This is, however, still a far-flung area with few facilities other than the souvenir stalls and simple eateries within the temple grounds, and three international restaurants within Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.