Apartment | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Plentifully provided by the ocean and the sky, water plays an essential role in the spiritual lives of the Balinese Hindus and in the rice cultivation of the island. It's also the source of Villa Atacaya's architectural inspiration. From the water gardens on the villa's upper tier to the natural spring that wells up beside the courtyard, water is the predominant element. And from the infinity pool to the rice-field irrigation canal, which meanders past the river-rock soaking tub off the master bathroom before cascading into the scenic river at the property's outmost boundary, water flows supreme.
The majority of Bali's villas are dependent upon bore water from private wells, and when Atacaya was under construction, the water-borers discovered a natural spring, deep under the ground. The spring is now a significant feature of this holiday home, bubbling from a fountain into a sacred pond alongside a water temple, and providing an enchanting view from the alfresco dining area and two of the villa's five bedrooms.
White-walled structures, ironwood shingle roofs, indigenous stone, and gold, silver and copper-coloured slate finishes reflect the purity of the jungle setting and the beauty of the surroundings: the bamboo groves, the coconut palms and the towering mature trees. Guests will be lulled by the perpetual rush of the river and the sound of birdsong, and charmed by the sight of huge butterflies as well as fleeting glimpses of iridescent blue and turquoise kingfishers. Beside the river, a yoga platform and a balé bengong 'dreaming' pavilion (also the perfect spot for a massage), will take care of guests' spiritual needs.
Meanwhile, to satisfy more corporeal cravings, 'your wish is my command' butlers are on hand to keep gourmet delights and iced drinks flowing as dependably as the river. A suggestion menu is available (provisions at cost plus shopping charge) and the complimentary service of a car and driver is included for up to ten hours a day. Villa Atacaya can be rented in conjunction with the next-door, four-bedroom Villa Iskandar, jointly known as 'Nyanyi Riverside Villas', making this the perfect destination choice for large groups.
|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 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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