Tucked away among the picturesque rice fields and rural villages of Canggu in south west Bali, the five bedroom, fully staffed Sakova Villa 124 and Spa is a palatial yet welcoming property, offering western comforts and contemporary Indonesian style, infused with traditional Balinese touches. Centre-stage within two acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds is a 20 m infinity-edge pool, which seemingly drops away to a riverbank of rainforest foliage and waterfall. With its lovely outdoor relaxation areas, Zen-infused gardens and own private spa, this residence offers guests a rejuvenating sanctuary.
Sakova Villa 124 and S...pa comprises a main, two-storey building and a one-bedroom Rainforest Cottage resting among the gardens. Completed 2008, the property is in immaculate condition; its facilities and appliances gleaming new. With whitewashed walls, natural breezes and plenty of sunlight streaming in, a light and airy ambience prevails.
The heart of this home away from home is the open plan living-dining room which leads to two adjoining kitchens, a TV room, office and two guest washrooms. A solid wood staircase rises to the upper floor and four of the villa’s five ensuite bedrooms.
The four bedrooms in the main building, including the master bedroom, are equally spaced off the first floor landing, affording some privacy. A fifth bedroom rests separately in Rainforest Cottage.
All five bedrooms feature air conditioning (no ceiling fans), king-sized beds and fine white cotton bedding. Bathrooms are contemporary and stylish, with glass cubicle showers, while furniture is high quality, modern Indonesian. Delightful traditional touches include high bamboo-and grass-roofed ceilings, bathroom amenities stored in Balinese offerings boxes and Indonesian art works adorning the walls. In total, the villa sleeps ten adult guests, but provides a baby cot (foldable) and extra rollaway bed.
• Living areas
Through the villa’s main entrance, comprising traditional-style, hand crafted wood doors; the living dining room is an expansive, oblong-shaped area offering contemporary style yet informality and comfort. Encircled by glass doors and sheer white curtains, this open-plan room lets in plenty of natural light, while the central sofa section is the perfect vantage point for the infinity-edge pool just outside. On the right-hand side is a large antique wooden dining table (protected by a glass top) seating ten. The generous-sized open-plan guest (dry) kitchen, just behind, is bordered by a raised counter of solid Borneo wood and within, features granite counter tops. Well-equipped and well-stocked, the kitchen boasts an Italian oven, five-ring cooker (electricity and gas) and large refrigerator. Behind a partition are the staff (wet) kitchen and walk-in pantry, plus a discreetly positioned guest washroom.
• Full-time manager
Manager Agung Yudana Putra, known as Raka, is in charge of overall villa operations and staffing. Raka is on call to meet individual expectations and preferences and generally welcomes guests at the airport or villa.
Made (pronounced Mar-day) is in charge of the market shopping and preparation of guest meals. She is highly proficient in cooking a wide selection of Indonesian and international meals.
• Two housekeepers
Both housekeepers are fully trained and are responsible for housekeeping, laundry and helping in the kitchen at mealtimes. They are on-hand to cater to guests’ needs throughout the day.
• Three gardeners
The gardening team tends the grounds daily and is responsible for maintenance of the swimming pool and deck area.
• Three security guards
The property’s security is maintained 24 hours a day with three guards on rotating shifts. CCTVs are also in operation.
• Two spa therapists
Fully trained to international standards, two off-site therapists are on-call during the day (with a
minimum of one hour’s notice) to provide a selection of spa treatments. Appointments are arranged via the manager.
Sakova Villa 124 and Spa guests have exclusive use of the spa. The private pavilion beside a lush rainforest and riverbank setting makes a glorious spot to experience traditional Balinese and Indonesian treatments.
Surrounded by rice fields and charming agricultural scenery, Sakova Villa 124 and Spa rests in Tumbak Bayuh, one of several villages in the district of Canggu – a sleepy, but increasingly awakening, coastal locale. A string of wildly beautiful beaches renowned for their surf are within a ten to 15-minute drive of the villa, including the legendary Echo Beach. Drive eight kilometers south of Tumbak Bayuh and you’ll reach Seminyak, Bali’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan destination, crammed with chic boutiques and hip and happening bars and restaurants.Read more
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