Enjoying a tranquil village setting along Bali’s south-west coast, Sakova Villa 182 is a much-loved family home that’s given years of joy to its owners. This stylish yet utterly casual hideaway welcomes with a 12 m swimming pool, an extensive array of relaxing indoor–outdoor living and dining areas and a team of delightful, long-term staff who are almost part of the family. Set within lush tropical gardens and surrounded by rice fields and farming communities, Sakova Villa 182 is a ten-minute stroll from Canggu Beach, renowned for its excellent surfing and spectacular sunsets, and only a few kilometers from the shops and restaurants of sophisticated Seminyak. Set within private tropical gardens, Sakova Villa 182 is western-style in design, comprising three, yellow-hued buildings topped with tiled roofing. Quality materials, including teak, distressed woods, marble and Palimanan stone are used throughout. The ground floor of the central, double-storey building houses a large, open-sided living and dining area, TV room, kitchen and bathroom. On the upper floor, three bedrooms and an outdoor dining patio are accessed via a teakwood staircase. To the left of the main building and accessed via a garden patio stands a single-storey detached wing aptly named ‘the garden room’, containing bedroom number four. A separate wooden staircase to the right of the living and dining area leads to an extra bedroom (without ensuite bathroom), known as the ‘lumbung’ room – its distinctive curved roof a clue to the traditional touches that lie within. All three buildings face the swimming pool which is surrounded by a large stone deck edged by lush foliage.
-Bedrooms Two and Three
-Bedroom Four – The Garden room
•Living, Dining, Kitchen and TV rooms
•Garden, Pool and Bale
The pretty, natural stone, 6 x 12 m swimming pool dominates the garden to the rear of the villa; its submerged ledge just made for sunset drinks. A generous stone pool deck is furnished with five rattan sun-loungers. To the right, four woven rattan pod chairs and a large table are stunningly illuminated at night by a spherical lantern resembling a golden moon.
At the pool’s opposite end stands a thatched balé stacked with comfy cushions – a gloriously peaceful spot for reading and siestas – while along the sides of the villa, yet more outdoor sitting areas can be found. The gardens feature lawns dissected with stone steps and edged by lush, tropical flora, such as banana plants and tall palm fronds, encircled by a combination of stone walls and bamboo fencing.
The amiable villa manager is an excellent source of useful information and a dab hand at organizing whatever is required on behalf of villa guests. He speaks good English and goes out of his way to make sure guests have a wonderful stay at Sakova Villa 182. However, with the utmost discretion, he is only around when he’s needed!
-Head housekeeper and cook
Having worked at Sakova Villa 182 since it opened in 1990, Wayan is not only an extremely capable cook and housekeeper, but also something of a lovable motherly figure. While Wayan has been rustling up marvelous food in the family kitchen for years, she still likes to update her broad culinary skills with regular cookery lessons.
Two of the villa’s three housekeepers, also double as cooks, assisting the chef in the kitchen.
-One maintenance man
Duties also extend to daily maintenance of the pool and attending to the lovely gardens.
-Two security guards
Two security guards stationed outside the property and working a 6pm to 6am shift
Sakova Villa 182 is located on a small lane straddling two beach roads. A pleasant stroll of less than ten minutes along either road brings you to Canggu Beach. The road to the left (Jalan Batu Balong) takes you to Canggu Beach ‘proper,’ frequented mostly by locals, especially at dusk, and providing only simple food outlets. However, just before you reach the beach, you’ll find the divine Hotel Tugu, one of Bali’s most celebrated hotels, with excellent restaurants and a fascinating and charming bar area. The road to the right of Sakova Villa 182 (Jalan Batu Mejan) leads to Echo Beach, a long-time surfer’s haunt that increasingly caters to visitors with spas, boutiques and a diverse range of eateries. A circular walk – particularly lovely at sunrise or sunset – takes you along the beach and past an ancient temple built from coral where Hindu ceremonies invariably spill out onto the beach.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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