So central and yet so serene. Villa San is about as close as you can get to the heart of Bali’s cultural capital of Ubud – just a five minute walk from the Royal Palace and some of the towns best restaurants and galleries – yet when you leave the dusty street and walk into the peaceful tropical garden compound, the hustle and bustle of the outside world vanishes in an instant.
Sleeping twelve guests in three pairs of bedroom suites (the master suite having its own TV lounge in between the twin and king-bedded rooms), Villa San appears to have been designed with families in mind, but its layout also works well for groups of friends and couples, with all rooms having plenty of space and spanking new (2011) luxurious bathrooms. A good choice of living areas, including an entertainment room with home theatre, an air-conditioned glass-walled playroom brimming with toys and games and a large comfortable balé pavilion at the far end of the 25m lap pool, means there’s a place for everyone.
Villa San’s owners are regular visitors and their presence and style is evident in the room space, walls and even floors (beautiful and colourful rugs in the bedrooms) which have been adorned with a delightfully eclectic collection of artwork, sculpture and handicrafts from both Asia and Africa. (See if you can identify the subjects of the captivating wood sculpture above the TV in the entertainment room.)
It’s clear that the large team of staff at Villa San want you to enjoy your holiday too. The chef has trained in Europe and can turn his hand to an impressive range of cuisine – from Japanese to Mexican – preparing meals for up to 20 people (provisions are on guest account). If you want to cook up your own storm however, the open-plan, well equipped guest kitchen is socially situated next to the living area and there is someone to shop for you.
Unless being near the beach is a holiday pre-requisite, Villa San ticks all the boxes for a luxury villa getaway, perfectly positioned as a base from which families and friends can explore the rich culture and captivating countryside of Bali.
|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, 8 bathrooms of which 8 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.
Ubud is Bali's cultural hub, a royal village situated at the confluence of two rivers on the southern edge of the Balinese heartland. A haven for local and foreign artists since the 1930s, it is now a conglomeration of villages and the island's centre for fine arts and cultural performances, attracting art collectors, connoisseurs, writers, mystics, and people who are actively involved in art, anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism and alternative healing.
Ubud is the seat of the Sukawati Royal Family; the palace is centrally located and open to the public, while in the surrounding villages visitors can watch the island's most accomplished painters, stonemasons, woodcarvers, mask makers and silversmiths at work. As well as numerous shops, galleries, studios and a market, Ubud even has its own sacred monkey forest. Restaurants are plentiful, but nightlife is limited with the majority of places closing around midnight.
Ubud is the perfect area to use as a base when visiting Bali, the town is surrounded by most of the attributes that entice people to this exceptionally beautiful island – emerald rice terraces, traditional art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, and breathtaking river gorges. In fact, the Sayan Ridge is home to some of the best hotels in the world. Ubud's central location makes it very easy to get to the mountains and all of the major tourist attractions. It also has a cooler, fresher and generally more pleasant climate than the southern coastal regions.