Tucked away among the picturesque rice fields&rural; villages of Canggu in south west Bali, the 5bedroom, fully staffed East Residence and Spa is a palatial yet welcoming property, offering western comforts&contemporary; Indonesian style, infused w/ traditional Balinese touches.
Centre-stage within two acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds is a 20m infinity-edge pool, which seemingly drops away to a riverbank of rainforest foliage&waterfall.;
W/ its lovely outdoor relaxation areas, Zen-infused gardens&own; private spa, this residence offers guests a rejuvenating sanctuary, yet is only a short drive away from some of the islandâ...€™s finest surfing beaches&most; cosmopolitan enclave, Seminyak.
All 5 ensuite bedrooms feature generous-sized balconies to savour Cangguâ€™s rice fields&villa; gardens, while the detached Rainforest Cottage boasts a jungle-style, outdoor bathroom. The strikingly designed infinityedge pool offers another glorious spot for leisurely distractions.
The villa compound is reached by a driveway with garage (maximum parking four cars) and staff quarters on the right-hand side. On arrival, guests are led through an entrance of wooden doors, stone statues and an alang alang (Balinese thatch) roof, to a delightful koi-filled water feature and porch reception area.
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.
To the right of the gardens, almost submerged in a rainforest setting and near a scenic waterfall, rests â€˜Open Livingâ€™ â€“ the Balinese open-air lounge pavilion. Traditional touches include a rustic-style high ceiling, with bamboo blinds offering protection from the elements. This makes a gloriously peaceful spot for afternoon teas and sundowners as daylight fades through the trees. Seating includes sofas and a dining table accommodating eight. Adjoining here is a small kitchen plus an attached guest washroom; open-air, it comes discreetly framed by bamboo blinds. â€˜Open Livingâ€™ is ideal for informal gatherings, lunches and receptions; a simple barbecue is on-hand and a sound system runs to here and next-door neighbour, the spa.
Surrounded by rice fields and charming agricultural scenery, East Residence and Spa rests in Tumbak Bayuh, one of several villages in the district of Canggu â€“ a sleepy, but increasingly awakening, coastal locale. The immediate vicinity comprises mainly local community schools, temples, small restaurants&shops;, yet Baliâ€™s premier sports&social; club, the Canggu Club, is just five kilometres away, w/ international-standard dining&leisure; amenities. 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&you;â€™ll reach Seminyak, Baliâ€™s most fashionable&cosmopolitan; destination, crammed w/ chic boutiques&ship;&happening; bars and restaurants.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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