Lataliana I (5BR)
Apartment | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
It’s easy to create a sense of place in a hurry by filling your Bali villa with ancient Indonesian curios, but in reality, tall trees are the most honest antiques. Old, weathered and wise they stand silently for decades, watching the world turn, while knowing and seeing more than we ever could in a thousand lifetimes. Lataliana means ‘tall trees’ in Sanskrit, and this exciting five-bedroom property celebrates the presence and shade of majestic figs, a 30-year-old baobab ‘upside down tree’, and several spectacular flame trees that drop their fiery scarlet petals like hot coals.
In common with the trees that dot the gardens, this central Seminyak villa is designed as a living, breathing, organic whole. From the ornately-carved joglo wedding pavilion to the bright gold, glass Celtic spiral window, Lataliana I is a well-planned architectural delight, a tasteful and timeless work of beauty. In their quest for furnishings, the owners thought well outside the square by recycling the timbers of a century-old, wooden, Indonesian sailing ship. The well-weathered stories ingrained within the ship’s deck, prow, stern, bulkheads and rum barrels have been transformed into couches, beds, chairs, tables, vanity units and cabinets, following the natural curves of the wood. These beauties are complemented by twisted door handles, fashioned from namesake liana Tarzan vines.
Water features large at Lataliana I with fish ponds and a 25m free-form swimming pool, with shallow shelves and an old mill stone that takes centre stage with its fountain focal point. At night, blue LEDs light up the water with subtlety and invitation.
The owners are experienced hoteliers so they know the business inside out. A full complement of professional staff includes a five-star kitchen team that turns out food fit for a king from a priced villa menu, and a crew of personal butlers, who underwent training at Bali’s prestigious Four Seasons Resort. Expansive and luxurious, with ample facilities, five-bedroomed Lataliana I is perfect for large groups, events and weddings, especially when rented in conjunction with the adjacent two-bedroomed Lataliana II.
|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||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 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 north west 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 and beach clubs on the island, including Ku Dé Ta, Potato Head, Mozaic, Cocoon, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis and Sardine. Seminyak also boasts a plethora of chic cocktail bars, 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, three riding stables are located at nearby Canggu – Kuda P, Tarukan, and Bali Equestrian Centre. 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.
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