Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Positioned where it is, Villa Atas Ombak – meaning 'Villa on Top of the Waves' – is perfectly named. She has stood sentinel over this stretch of Bali's south-western coastline since the mid-90s, combining tradition and 100-odd metres of beachfront, to create a sprawling estate of grandeur. Overflowing with charm, its architecture and decor understated and its huge garden strewn with frangipanis, fig trees and coconut palms, this is a property with plenty of elbow room. Indeed, it's the largest private villa of its kind this close to Seminyak's designer boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. Villa Atas Ombak was one of the pioneers of top-end destination villas in Bali and, despite the encroaching northwards sprawl, it remains as peaceful and undisturbed as when ground was first broken.
Characterised by high-pitched alang-alang thatched roofs, garden bathrooms and open living spaces with terrazzo floors, Atas Ombak presents separate pavilions in the classical Bali style. It sleeps ten and is a stellar place for nuptials or large gatherings, with ample play areas for a classroom-worth of kids, and multiple chill-out spots for the adults. They certainly don't build them like this anymore. Well, where would anyone find the space for a start? Atas Ombak is loud, but the only sounds are of the wind and the waves, which give zero cause for complaint: it is always breezy and it is always cool. In fact, being in this wondrous setting, stroked by the warm westerly trade winds that carry the mysteries of the Indies across the sea, will simply blow you away.
The coastline view is magnificent, with at least 120 degrees of the 180-degree view being taken up by the ocean. This leaves virtually nothing to interrupt the emptying of your mind, except of course the arrival time of your next cold beer as you lounge beside the 18m stone-lined pool, but even that is taken care of by the nothing-is-too-much-trouble staff, including a full-time chef and villa manager. They have had years to get it right. Groceries will be purchased on your behalf (on guest account), and a suggestion menu is provided to help you plan your meals.
|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|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (5)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
The Bali/Lesser Sunda Islands 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 northwest of Kuta, Seminyak is a hip and happening district which has long been the lure of bohemians and jetsetters. This is Bali's late-night party land, laying claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, including Ku Dé Ta, Living Room, Hu'u, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis and Sardine. Seminyak also boasts a plethora of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, sumptuous spas and fashionable boutiques. Seminyak Beach is the place where the local and expat communities gather every evening at sunset. A playground of the rich, the famous and the bon vivants, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious accommodation of Seminyak draws a sophisticated crowd of 'beautiful people', especially Europeans. Nearby sporting facilities include the Canggu Club (of which many holiday villas in the area include guest membership), offering social and leisure amenities, including a state-of-the art gym, a 25m swimming pool and a tennis and squash centre. For horse lovers, the Umalas Equestrian Centre is nearby, and Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia – lies about 20km up the coast beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot. Seminyak is also convenient for all of Bali's main shops, shopping malls, Waterbom Park, and many tourist attractions.