There’s a cool theatricality about Villa Ombak Putih, a sensory experience that begins the moment you step through the teakwood doors into the sun-drenched courtyard. A reclining Ganesha (Hindu elephant god) guides guests over an expanse of water lapping aquamarine pebbles, past a phalanx of six goddess Saraswati statues through antique Balinese doors into the light-infused mezzanine of the main house. And the drama continues with first sight of the stunning 30m swimming pool stretching to infinity! The villa is aptly named after the white-crested waves that crash onto the volcanic sand metres beyond the perimeter walls. There are striking views of this wild surfers’ sea from the upper floor of the main villa (devoted entirely to the two master bedroom suites and shared living space), while the pounding surf lulls to sleep occupants of the three pavilions cocooned in the gardens uncoiling seawards. This spirited ocean setting is reflected throughout the villa in splashes of aqua on walls, plump cushions, and large photo canvases that stand out from the otherwise white palette. And the theme continues in decorative details like driftwood sculptures, antique oars, cowrie shell objets d’art and lampshades of pearlised shell.
Villa Ombak Putih pulls off the seemingly impossible task of being open, spacious and highly social (thanks to the huge sunken pool lounge with ironwood roof terrace and the open-plan living area area of the main house) while also according myriad private corners for those who want to slip away from the crowd. This makes it a fabulous party villa — ideal for groups of friends, large families, and for staging all kinds of away-from-it-all events. A sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa by day, at night the estate is transformed by ambient lighting into a world of romance and magic.
Invisible when you don’t need them but by your side the instant you do, the professionally trained, smartly uniformed staff panders to every whim, pouring a glass of iced water by the poolside or arranging an impromptu dance performance under the stars. Add to the mix a chef who has Ku De Ta on his CV and menus as fresh as his ingredients, and one is content to stay cosseted here for days. But for those who can tear themselves away, this lovely rural area offers beach and rice-field walks, and is only half an hour’s drive from Seminyak, and just a few minutes from Tanah Lot sea temple, and a world-class golf course.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Internet access|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Furniture||Double Beds (5)|
|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.
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.