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Apartment | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Situated in the quiet fishing village of Ketewel on Bali’s east coast, 13km from Bali’s original beach resort town of Sanur and only a little further from the cultural centre of Ubud, Villa Samadhana is a hidden gem. If you’re looking for a new discovery on this much-visited island, bragging rights will be yours once you experience the authentic Bali lifestyle offered at this architectural showpiece. Designed by one of Asia’s most sought after architects, Villa Samadhana has the feel of a downsized Aman Resort. From the moment you arrive at the traditional Balinese entryway framed by dramatic limestone walls, staff are there to welcome you with helping hands and genuine smiles. A wooden bridge across koi ponds leads you up through expansive rolling lawns and manicured gardens. On the living room terrace a private butler stands sentinel with refreshing welcome drinks neatly presented in miniature pineapples. Perfect for extended families, friends travelling together or for the ultimate wedding celebration, the estate’s tropical gardens comprise 7,400 square metres and include many open areas suitable for large gatherings. Each one of the five bedrooms has access to a spa-like bathroom open to a tropical garden or water feature. A perfect mixture of open-air living areas and air-conditioned space provide the laid back sophisticated ambiance for which Bali is famous. For foodies, the commercial grade kitchen is fully appointed for the in-house chef to fulfil your culinary dreams. Pre-order from an extensive suggestion menu and the staff will shop for groceries (charged at cost), as well as anything else you may need. The villa caters to families with children of all ages: there’s a shallow pool for toddlers and the dining table can be set with child friendly tableware as well as a high chair if needed. Villa Samadhana is the perfect answer for visitors who want to be near the ocean, but don’t necessarily have to be on the beach. With stunning rice paddy and ocean views from both the master bedroom and swimming pool area, a consistent sea breeze cools the outdoor areas. For surfing enthusiasts, black-sand Pabean Beach is just a two-minute walk through the village and offers intermediate to advanced surf all year long.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (5)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
The Bali region
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.
If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali's tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali's south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.
In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali's famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.
Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.
Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.
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