Authentic Bali is written all over the five-bedroomed Arsana Estate. The drive to the villa, through lush green paddies with farmers hard at work, ducks waddling down the narrow winding roads, and elaborate woven penjors (bamboo decorations) lining village streets along the way, epitomises why you should visit this glorious island with its natural beauty and calming way of life.
The villa itself is tucked away in the tiny-but-ever-so-pretty village of Nyambu some 20km from the gridlock traffic of Seminyak and 15km from the iconic Tanah Lot sea temple and its neighbouring, world-class golf course. A bamboo tunnel creates a natural entrance at the end of which the villa, built along a set of grassed terraces with a raw tropical jungle backdrop, reveals its very private self. Set on three tiers The Arsana Estate has been designed to capture its location, from the stunning volcano-lined horizon to the meandering river running at the foot of the valley. The bedroom pavilions enjoy the views while the living areas open to the tree tops and the pool, sun deck, drinks bar and barbecue pit overlook the river.
Designed for self-contained family holidays, the villa comes with entertainment rooms – media and billiards/games – relaxation balés for massages (extra charge), an 18m infinity pool with shallow section, internet, DVDs and an experienced staff of 16, available 24 hours a day to handle everything from grocery shopping (on guest account), to serving evening cocktails, to acting as tour guides at the nearby village. They are as likely to whisk you off to a local festival as to conjure up a magical dinner party. And they are as comfortable looking after a couple of families as they are with managing a wedding for 60 (the setting is stunning). For those who need some action – a trip to the beach, the kids to Treetops Adventure Park, or shopping in Ubud – there is a car and driver on standby. Do enjoy the journey though; it’s a privilege to experience such an authentic part of Bali.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 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 (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.
Tabanan has a 30-kilometre-long coastline, which presents isolated coves and rocky outcrops and is famous for its surf beaches, including Medewi and Balian, offering the longest point breaks in Bali. (The drawbacks if you're not a surfer are the sometimes-three-metre-high waves and the undertows). The beaches are sloping and lovely to walk along; covered with black sand which is regarded for its curative, therapeutic properties and especially helpful for arthritis.
The Regency is known as Bali's 'rice bowl' – the most agriculturally productive region on the island, with rice fields stretching from the coast to as high as 700 metres above sea level, where the terraces are reminiscent of amphitheatres. Besides rice, there are crops of coconuts, coffee, cacao, spices and tropical fruits. This area is also home to Mount Batukau (2276m), the higher slopes of which are alpine, with mountain streams, ferns, wildflowers, creepers and orchids, as well as the rare, black, leaf-eating monkey, the kijang (small forest deer), large butterflies and moths, flying lizards, the landak (porcupine) and the lubak (mongoose). It is also a bird watchers' paradise, habitat of the Bali black eagle.
There are no western-style shops or bars in this area, and restaurants serving international cuisine are few and far between, mainly adjoined to the region's limited number of small and remote hotels.