Petanque, pools (swimming and snooker) or pampering in the spa – you decide. Villa Indah Manis has been clearly set up with the family vacation in mind. There is plenty here to entertain the kids and much to relax the adults.
Upstairs is dominated by a 14m infinity pool pointing out to Jimbaran Bay, Kuta and far far beyond. Indoors extends seamlessly onto the outdoor entertaining area to maximise the views. The living space is open, eminently practical yet stylish - no television here. Sunsets can be enjoyed at the aptly named Sunset Bar. The adjacent kitchen is fully equipped but it’s unlikely that the in-house chef will allow you to let cooking get in the way of a good vacation.
For television head downstairs to the Maharaja home theatre room stuffed with board games, books and a movie box. There is even a Mah Jong set with instructions. Also downstairs is a tidy little open-sided spa with massage beds and a jacuzzi plunge pool. For the more strenuous there is a tiny but very functional gym. Pool table, darts, a bale (gazebo) for shade and a petanque pitch complete the lower ground floor entertainment.
Three pavilions house the four bedrooms, all with at least an ensuite shower. Named after flowers, the pavilions are pleasantly bedded into a Balinese garden bursting with bougainvillea, hibiscus, codiaeum, and ixora. Each air conditioned bedroom is tastefully colour-themed with strong oranges, purples and greens, and filled with furniture crafted from local woods. Bathrooms, although covered, have a pleasant outside garden feel. Adjoining villa Villa Bulan Madu, is a one-bedroom honeymoon suite and can be added to make a fifth bedroom (costs extra).
A staff of 13 are included with the villa - housekeepers, 24-hour security, cooks, waiters and gardeners/engineers under the guidance of a villa manager and assistant. Apart from the security team, the staff work from 7am to 11pm unless otherwise required. Their presence, or lack thereof, is entirely up to guests. Meals are selected from a suggestion menu and food is bought and prepared by the cook (on guest account). Spa services are available at extra cost and a complimentary driver and car is provided for up to eight hours per day (petrol extra).
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
|Access||Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.
The Bukit (which means 'hill' in Indonesian) is a 140-square-kilometre rugged limestone peninsula that dangles like a pendant upon a chain at the southern tip of Bali. Until recently, this windswept outcrop - revered by the Balinese who have built a series of temples around its perimeter, including the spectacular Pura Luhur Uluwatu - was home solely to seaweed farmers, fisherman and die-hard surfers. In recent years, however, it has reinvented itself to become the most upmarket destination on the island.
The Bukit now boasts some of Bali's most opulent destination villas, glamorous private estates, internationally-branded boutique hotels, and 'One of Asia's 5 Best Golf Courses' according to Fortune Magazine, making it the area of choice for discerning travellers and residents. Most development has taken place along the isthmus connecting The Bukit to the rest of Bali, with the beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches of Jimbaran to the west and Benoa Harbour to the east. Further along the coast to the east, are a string of resorts and hotels set along the pretty swimming beaches of Nusa Dua.
Despite recent development, The Bukit remains sparsely populated and has retained a desolate beauty. Its turquoise waters are the playground of migrating whales, and when the waves are calm and the tide is full, turtles and dugongs can be seen swimming close to the shore. The rocky landscape is dotted with wild flowers, manioc, prickly pear cactus, scarlet flowering flamboyants and fascinating kapok trees. The Bukit is also home to some of the most idyllic beaches in Bali; hidden sandy coves – a dream for both surfers and non-surfers alike (although not always safe for swimming). Even in the rainy season The Bukit is a reliable sun-trap.