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Apartment | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
As Crowded House sang, “God can’t stand Beelzebub, cos he looks so good in black,” and never has a reason for appearance envy been so polished. Dramatic and moody, with a Chinese-Japanese twist, Mahatma House is a lavish, five-bedroom villa, indeed dressed all in black; its dark walls reflecting the perfect symmetry of an architect’s dream. Linked by a garden door, Mahatma is the mirror image in design, and the opposite in colour, of its virgin-white sister, Villa Matahari.
The villa reveals reflective surfaces throughout, literally from the ground up; the swimming pool, fish ponds, mirrored walls, tinted windows and the highly-polished black concrete floors all conspire and illude to double the space, and yet the space that actually exists is already huge.
With a main building flanked by a pair of two-storey wings, and two standalone guest suites on the far side of the garden, Mahatma’s presence is replicated in the still waters of its 18m swimming pool along with an abundance of relaxation areas, both social and private. Four out of the five bedrooms have private outdoor sitting areas while more communal seating is arranged in front of a 49-inch flat-screen, satellite channel TV downstairs . Two dining areas top it all off with a formal table for ten and a low slung Japanese-style dining experience for six.
Standing as a dominant feature at the far end of the garden – and mimicking the impressive volcanic-rock water wall that greets guests upon arrival at the villa – is a vertical rock garden encrusted with moss and ferns, reminiscent of a mature riverbank. Directly beneath this, contemporary comfort meets nature with an alfresco sitting area that overlooks the pool and provides a day camp for all.
A full-time cook is on hand to prepare local and Western dishes from a suggestion menu. The housekeeping team will do the provisioning and keep receipts for guest reference.
Mahatma and Matahari can be rented together, presenting accommodation for up to 18 people: perfect for weddings and other special events. In brooding partnership with its neighbouring ‘bride’ in white (which is the more appropriate shade for nuptials after all), Mahatma’s cool black suit is the ideal outfit for nocturnal groover-and-shaker happenings.
|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|
About this location
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.
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.
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Calendar last updated:27 Feb 2015
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