Once upon a time, beachside land in Bali was readily available and considerably more affordable than it is now. In those days, ‘Bali style’ was charming and romantic; design concepts were inspired by classical Balinese architecture, materials were limited to what was obtainable locally, and the creativity and culture of the island was embraced through stone carvings, wood carvings and artwork. Nature did the rest.
Nowadays, when coveted oceanfront land becomes available it is promptly snatched up for multi-million dollar homes or hotels that often sanitise and take the fun out of the experience with a few too many Western ideals and interpretations on Bali style. This is not the case, however, at the beautiful Villa Sungai Tinggi, a rare seaside abode that leaves ostentation at the door and cherishes the authenticity of Balinese architecture and design.
The name means ‘High River’ and this magical four-bedroom property rests in the arm of a small lagoon, at the point where the river meets the sea. Yes, the beach is at the end of the vast coconut-and-palm-strewn garden, as is the enchanting, two-bedroom Villa Sungai Laut which can be hired together with Sungai Tinggi or on its own. Sungai Tinggi is characterised by coralline-limestone walls, thatched roofs, and an open-sided living pavilion fashioned after a traditional Balinese wantilan, or village meeting hall. Palimanan stone-carved friezes depict scenes from daily life and Hindu mythology, while water – a predominant element in the spiritual landscape of Bali – is ever-present in fountains, fish-filled lily ponds and the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Throw in some sunny open-air bathrooms, romantic four-poster beds, a smattering of Balinese antiques, artwork, textiles, intricately-carved doors, and moss-encrusted statues, and you’ll be under the spell of time-honoured Bali style.
Sungai Tinggi presents oodles of outdoor space – including a (shared) tennis court. Flowering dune-vines and pandanas border the lagoon, diffusing the offshore winds and providing a wild and woolly buffer to the sand. Coconut palms fill the sky, while cool crisp grass serves underfoot upon a little pathway to the beach.
Perfect for groups or family holidays, Sungai Tinggi is serviced by a full-time team of staff including a very capable cook, who will also take care of the grocery shopping (on guest account). This is a place where you can leave your shoes at the door. Talk about bliss!
|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.
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.