The approach to Villa Ylang Ylang is breathtaking – large wooden gates open onto an expansive black cobbled turning circle surrounded by walls covered in rich green creepers. At the centre is an imposing black chalice fountain. Six Balinese maidens line the entrance wall with cascading waters jugs filling a fishpond. Enter through the tall black gateposts and ahead is the main house with its 11-metre-high atrium. Towering cream-coloured colonnades support the vast rattan-lined roof. Floor-to-ceiling wood doors fold back to reveal a superb 15m swimming pool and the beach beyond. Black and white stone terraces mirror the dark black sands of the beach and the breaking surf of the crashing waves. Rich gold furnishings, brown drapes and dark wood trim enhance a rather regal ambiance.
The black, white and gold theme runs throughout The Ylang Ylang from the deck and balés (gazebos) by the beach through the two beachfront master suites (each complete with an open-air cold-water jacuzzi), through to the two queen bedrooms and their respective connecting twin rooms (all ensuite) to the kitchen and study/entertainment room stuffed with DVDs. White sculptures dotted around the manicured lawns and white terrace pebbles offset black sun loungers and matching umbrellas. Gold curtains and cushions lift black and white marble floors throughout, and meals might be served on gold plates by staff decked out in Oriental-style black jackets.
For the meals themselves, a suggestion menu offers a range of gourmet dishes including Asian, Italian, fusion and healthy options. The chef is happy to take your requests and will undertake the shopping on guest account for the cost of the ingredients + 20%. Other members of the staff team of ten include maids, butlers and 24-hour security, all under the direction of a villa manager. The villa also provides airport transfers, with additional use of the car and driver charged to guests.
|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.
If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali's tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali's south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.
In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali's famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.
Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.
Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.