Once upon a time, beachside land in Bali was readily available and considerably more affordable than it is now. In those days, ‘Bali style’ was charming and romantic; design concepts were inspired by classical Balinese architecture, materials were limited to what was obtainable locally, and the creativity and culture of the island was embraced through stone carvings, wood carvings and artwork. Nature did the rest.
Nowadays, when coveted oceanfront land becomes available it is promptly snatched up for multi-million dollar homes or hotels that often sanitise and take the fun out of the experience with a few too many Western id...eals and interpretations on Bali style. This is not the case, however, at the beautiful Villa Sungai Tinggi, a rare seaside abode that leaves ostentation at the door and cherishes the authenticity of Balinese architecture and design.
The name means ‘High River’ and this magical four-bedroom property rests in the arm of a small lagoon, at the point where the river meets the sea. Yes, the beach is at the end of the vast coconut-and-palm-strewn garden, as is the enchanting, two-bedroom Villa Sungai Laut which can be hired together with Sungai Tinggi or on its own. Sungai Tinggi is characterised by coralline-limestone walls, thatched roofs, and an open-sided living pavilion fashioned after a traditional Balinese wantilan, or village meeting hall. Palimanan stone-carved friezes depict scenes from daily life and Hindu mythology, while water – a predominant element in the spiritual landscape of Bali – is ever-present in fountains, fish-filled lily ponds and the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Throw in some sunny open-air bathrooms, romantic four-poster beds, a smattering of Balinese antiques, artwork, textiles, intricately-carved doors, and moss-encrusted statues, and you’ll be under the spell of time-honoured Bali style.
Sungai Tinggi presents oodles of outdoor space – including a (shared) tennis court. Flowering dune-vines and pandanas border the lagoon, diffusing the offshore winds and providing a wild and woolly buffer to the sand. Coconut palms fill the sky, while cool crisp grass serves underfoot upon a little pathway to the beach.
Perfect for groups or family holidays, Sungai Tinggi is serviced by a full-time team of staff including a very capable cook, who will also take care of the grocery shopping (on guest account). This is a place where you can leave your shoes at the door. Talk about bliss!Read more
Villa Sungai Tinggi is located in the village of Pererenan in the Canggu area, next to the windswept beach, which is famous among surfers for its powerful breaks. There is a strong current here, however, so swimming is not recommended. In the immediate vicinity are two or three other villas, rice fields, the river estuary, a temple and the general buzz of Balinese village life. There are no shops in the village apart from a few small local stores selling only the very basics, but there are two cafés beside the beach, both of which are popular with surfers. Ombak Café does a great selection of Western and Indonesian favourites along with a seafood barbecue, all served on the first floor vantage point.
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Left on 05/22/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | SharonP
So glad we found this fantastic Villa, was really perfect for us in every way. Thankyou to the beautiful staff that looked after us so well. Food was amazing, especially the BBQ king prawns. Everything about our stay was perfect. Thankyou for making our holiday the very best. I would highly recommend.
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