Villa | 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 including a private spa, five-bedroomed Lataliana I is perfect for large groups, events and weddings, especially when rented in conjunction with the adjacent two-bedroomed Lataliana II.
Centrally located in trendy Seminyak, the villa has access to everything one could possible need, and is only 500m in a straight line from the sweeping Seminyak Beach. Right across the road are the Mesarai riding stables, some hotels, and a pathway that leads directly down to the sand, putting you slap dab in the middle of a slew of funky beach shacks selling good food and cold beer, and hosting the occasional party. From here it is only about 500m south along the sand to Double Six beach, Cocoon Beachclub, and a great choice of casual beach restaurants, and about a kilometre north along the sand to the fashionable and expensive Ku Dé Ta and Potato Head with their restaurants and beachclub facilities.
The five-star Anantara Hotel with its rooftop sunset lounge, and the fabulous Chez Gado Gado fine dining restaurant are also situated beachside only 500m from the villa. Up the road away from the beach is the infamous Dhyana Pura Street (also known as Jalan Abimanyu) with a few destination spas and some very 'flamboyant' bars and clubs where the energy is high most nights of the week. Drag shows are a specialty.
|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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (5)|