Ombak Laut means ‘Ocean Wave’ and it’s really quite inconceivable that this villa could have been named otherwise. The ocean first speaks its welcome as you enter the charming Balinese stone gateway, but by the time you reach the thatch-roofed living pavilion at the end of the gently descending stone path – crossing luscious landscaped gardens and trickling water features on your way – the full majesty of the ocean is revealed, and the welcome is positively roared.
The wildness of this part of Bali’s south-western coastline is enthralling: craggy black rocks, glistening black sand, thundering waves, dramatically poised sea temples and sweeping views – both across the ocean and back towards the volcanic landscape of the island’s backbone. And yet the gentleness of the surrounding rice-paddies, cow pastures and unspoiled traditional villages bring a calming balance to Ombak Laut and the small community of private villas scattered along this stretch of coastline. This is a place to see, hear and breathe the essence of Bali.
The villa is thoughtfully laid out to maximise privacy and position. Most of the bedrooms occupy their own pavilions spread throughout the gardens, the huge guest suite housed in a grand Javanese Gladak (antique timber) house set quite apart from the others opposite the tennis court and next to a second, tear-drop shaped swimming pool. Meals can be enjoyed either in the semi-enclosed dining pavilion or outside by the 18 x 5m green-stone pool, while the TV room/study and the large games and music room (with billiard table and grand piano!) provide escape from the tropical sun if needed.
Ombak Laut’s Singapore-based owners spend a lot of time here, and there’s a ‘family home’ atmosphere about the villa and among the staff team, led by long-time and very capable manager, Wayan. An eclectic suggestion menu of Western and Indonesian fare includes mysteriously named dishes such as ‘Flubb Wabb & Pinky Doo’, all available for only the cost of the ingredients, and prepared by the villa’s experienced chef.
Although Ombak Laut is only 10 minutes away from the spectacularly situated Nirwana Bali Golf Course and 30-minutes from sophisticated Seminyak, the call of the ocean waves is hard to ignore, and this is a hard place to leave.
|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||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.
A few kilometres to the north west of Canggu, a towering banyan—one of the 'elders' of the tree kingdom—heralds the turning to Seseh, a traditional beachside village approached via an avenue of coconut palms.
Seseh and the tiny neighbouring villages of Sogsogan and Cemagi still retain the customs and culture of old Bali. Here, you will see farmers in conical hats riding rusty old upright bicycles, as well as frequent, colourful processions to Seseh's large beachside temple. There are no international restaurants here, but you might just see a barong (a high-spirited, benevolent beast representing the power of good; danced by two men inside an ornate costume) dancing on the street. The good news, for folks who want to immerse themselves in the customs and culture of old Bali, is that the villagers encourage and welcome congenial visitors. Although there are now many private rental villas in these three villages, they have seamlessly integrated without detracting from the simplicity and charm of the location. This is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside, and for those who want to engage with the local people and gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle.
A little further up the coast is Tanah Lot, famous for its dramatic and venerated sea temple, which is perched on a craggy wave-lashed rock at the edge of the glistening black shoreline. It is probably the most photographed sight in Bali, especially in the late afternoon when its splendid profile is silhouetted against the setting sun. The Tanah Lot locale is also home to a number of private villas due to presence of the 18-hole, 72-par, championship-standard Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. This is, however, still a far-flung area with few facilities other than the souvenir stalls and simple eateries within the temple grounds, and three international restaurants within Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.