Slung along a curve of pure white sand on Nusa Lembongan, a small tropical island just half an hour's boat ride from Sanur that moves to a different rhythm than mainland Bali (turn the clock back at least 30 years), is The property ; a completely private slice of paradise and castaway haven. This villa's rustic beach vibe – thatched roof and coconut-wood floors, driftwood lamps and safari-style canvas – invites you to shed your shoes at the door and ease instantaneously into laid-back island living.
But don't be deceived by the apparent simplicity; as you'll quickly discover, this is a barefoot-luxury villa brimming with contemporary comforts, cosseting staff and glamorous travel-themed designer flourishes (thanks to the refined aesthetic of the owner, an acclaimed fashion designer favoured by many a red-carpet celebrity). So expect artfully stacked vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, lavishly illustrated travel books, bespoke safari-style furniture, sumptuous bedding, state-of-the-art home entertainment system – quality in evidence everywhere. And that includes food: the villa's chef can whip up gourmet meals from a suggestion menu and is a dab hand at blisteringly delicious barbecues. (Alternatively you can cook for yourself, order take-outs from the beach club next door, or make a night of it in one of the many restaurants in Mushroom Bay. Daily breakfast is included in the villa rate.
While it's tempting just to lie back and enjoy the barefoot beachcomber life, those who prefer a more active holiday will appreciate the villa's open-sided buggy and bikes for exploring this fascinating island, as well as its private jukung (traditional outrigger) for snorkelling, fishing and floating picnics in the waters around Nusa Lembongan (extra charges apply).
With its five spacious double bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and private terraces or balconies, The property is perfect for families and friends seeking an away-from-it-all holiday where you can do as much or as little as you choose, crowd-free, accompanied by spectacular views, sea breezes, the sound of the ocean, and a taste of the good life.
The property is located on a small cove on the south-west shore of Nusa Lembongan – its pool deck opens directly onto a curved beach of fine white sand. From almost every room you can see the azure waves surging ashore and plumes of spray bursting skywards behind Devil's Tear, the limestone headland across the bay. On one side of the villa is the Sandy Bay Beach Club (conveniently, its restaurant, bar and spa is a hop and skip away) and, tucked along the cliff-top on the other side, are three or four (more modest) private villas and the popular Sunset Bar. Strong currents in the bay rule out swimming but a short 10-minute stroll south along the cliff-top path will bring you to Dream Beach with its safe swimming and a popular café.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (5)|