Surya Damai, or ‘Peaceful Sun’ as it translates, is a name perfectly chosen for this enchanting Bali villa. Sunlight dapples through mature palms and flame trees lining 60m of river frontage with emerald rice terraces beyond in the tranquil village of Umalas. Gentle breezes and the soft tinkling of water create an overwhelming sense of calm and well-being enhanced by the smiling ever attentive Balinese staff.
Traditional tropical materials have been used in creating the villa, which was designed very much as a family home to be lived in and enjoyed – comfortable, practical and immediately welcoming. Alang alang thatch roofs, hard wood decks and local stone is used alongside polished cream terrazzo floors and carved wooden panelling, all of a very high quality and immaculately maintained. Individually selected furniture, artwork and artefacts create character adding to the understated comfortable elegance.
The villa is centred around a large open-sided living pavilion overlooking the natural stone infinity-edge pool and well tended gardens. Meandering cut-stone pathways lead to individual dining and bedroom pavilions set close enough to be sociable (and in the case of families within easy sight and earshot) but with clever terracing and well planted gardens that also allow privacy.
The villa’s five bedrooms sleep up to 14 people and boasts sufficient creature comforts to keep a group this size happy: from cable television and surround-sound stereo systems to table tennis and even its own full size tennis court.
Should you wish to venture out of this idyllic setting, a seven-seater car and driver is available to guests (petrol extra) and you are only a short drive from the popular neighbourhoods of Legian and Seminyak which offer an endless selection of colourful shopping, dining and nightlife options; villa staff are happy to make recommendations and reservations. Alternatively, the villa has an in-house cook, a well equipped kitchen and a fairly extensive menu, including children’s meals, so you won’t go hungry. The staff will also shop and prepare meals at your request with no charge other than the price of ingredients and of course you are welcome cook your own meals if you wish.
|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.
Located between Seminyak and Canggu, the area known as Kerobokan, which includes Umalas village and Banjar Semer, is conveniently close to Seminyak's trendy restaurants and designer boutiques, yet is promoted as the peaceful option because these flat plains still encompass acres of rice fields and distant mountain views.
Development, however, is happening fast, and this group of rural villages is now home to numerous rental villas and private residences, with plenty of cheap 'n cheerful Western-style cafes cropping up in the most unexpected of places, offering surprisingly good food and home/villa delivery services. Although there are very few shops as yet, there are a number of local supermarkets, bakeries, garden centres, simple spas and fitness centres, as well as three riding stables at nearby Canggu – Kuda P, Tarukan, and Bali Equestrian Centre. Visitors will also find ATM machines and reliable taxi services. The main road leading north of Seminyak to Kerobokan is lined with furniture stores and workshops offering “antiques made to order”.