Villas like 320 are few and far between. This enchanting, traditionally inspired family home is a travel destination in itself, set within a vast 2.7-hectare estate that boasts over 100 metres of absolute beach frontage looking onto one of Canggu’s renowned surf breaks.
Villa 320 was designed by long-term Bali residents as a spacious and comfortable family home. Created in the style of a traditional Balinese compound, the villa comprises a series of living and sleeping pavilions oriented for optimum privacy as well as for the glorious ocean views. The liberal use of local materials – exotic hardwood and terrazzo floors, coral-limestone walls and vaulted alang–alang thatched roofs – is testimony to the owners’ passion for Bali, as is their stunning collection of museum-quality art and artefacts that contribute to the villa’s unique character and charm.
This appreciation for the local environment extends to the villa’s magnificent tropical gardens, which make a dream setting for a tropical wedding celebration. Soft rolling lawns dotted with fragrant frangipanis and swaying coconut palms hug the landscape’s natural contours, while a free-form 18-metre infinity swimming pool blends seamlessly with the ocean stretching to the horizon. A circular deck provides ringside seats for viewing Bali’s spectacular sunsets, and a traditional thatched balé decorated in black and white check makes an inviting respite from the sun. Work on your serve at the tennis court, arrange for a soothing massage in your room, or gather for cocktails in the impressive living pavilion. With such a choice of social and private space, Villa 320 is perfect for families or groups of friends.
Villa 320’s friendly staff pride themselves in taking good care of their guests, love children, and have a wicked sense of humour. From cooking delicious Balinese meals to preparing your canopied bed at night and running your rose–petal bath, they will ensure your stay at Villa 320 is truly memorable in every detail. And should you wish to explore beyond the villa, a car and driver are at your disposal for sightseeing, shopping and adventure.
Villa 320 has been designed to optimize its extraordinary beachfront setting and ocean views. A large open-sided living pavilion fashioned after a traditional Balinese wantilan (village meeting hall) forms the villa’s central hub. To the left is the master bedroom pavilion, with separate study (which doubles as an additional bedroom). To the right, a two-storey building contains three guest bedrooms and a lounge (which can also be converted to a bedroom). Set well back from the living and dining pavilions is a chef’s kitchen and staff service area. In between, a path leads to the full-size tennis court (shared with a neighboring villa).
All living areas and bedrooms overlook the lush gardens, 18-metre swimming pool and sundeck, and the sloping lawns leading to the beach and ocean.
The huge open-sided wantilan-style living pavilion is Villa 320’s social hub. Cooled by ceiling fans and sea breezes, it accords guests spectacular views across the garden towards the ocean from a variety of seating areas set on cream terrazzo floors under a soaring two-tiered roof. Huge sofas-provide comfortable space for lounging. A magnificent Saurwood table seats 14 for formal dining, while a smaller breakfast table provides a more intimate space for four and the coconut-shell bar is the perfect setting for sundowners and cookery demonstrations.
From the living pavilion a covered boardwalk leads to the villa’s kitchen – well equipped and beautifully decorated with a design palette of cream terrazzo and lime-washed teak.
Incorporated within the master bedroom pavilion is the TV lounge (which can be converted to an extra bedroom for two with attached shower room if required) handsomely furnished, with shelves of books and fascinating artefacts adorning every surface, this room makes an ideal retreat for a quiet read, or for watching a movie on the flat-screen TV, which is artfully concealed within an antique Indonesian cabinet.
The upper floor lounge above the guest bedrooms is blessed with panoramic ocean views. Its wide windows can be flung open to catch the sea breeze or closed for air-conditioned comfort, while rattan chairs and a huge daybed make this a comfortable retreat at any time of the day. This room can also be converted to a bedroom if required.
320’s owners have lavished much love and attention into creating the villa’s lush landscaped gardens; fishponds with bubbling water features, fragrant frangipanis and tropical coconut palms all mix harmoniously with the surrounding natural environment. From the living pavilion, manicured lawns of Japanese grass roll towards the beach, and the natural green-stone pool – free-form in design – is perfect for refreshing dips. Sun seekers will enjoy lounging on the poolside deck and the garden balé is just the spot for sea-breeze-cooled siestas. As night falls, dinner can be served at the poolside table under a canopy of stars.
320’s master bedroom is spectacular. Here, an exquisite collection of antiques and artefacts vie for attention with the ocean view beyond the private terrace. From behind the four-poster king-size bed, a Buddha statue casts its protective eyes over sleeping guests, while armchairs around a small round table provide a cosy spot for morning coffee. Hidden behind traditional carved doors is a dressing area. Equally impressive in size and décor is the garden bathroom, with open-air shower, twin washbasins and a circular terrazzo bathtub for two.
Three guest bedrooms
Villa 320’s three guest bedrooms feature whitewashed four-poster king-size beds, draped in mosquito netting and dressed with crisp white linen and batik cushions that contrast nicely against the Bengkirai wood floor. The two downstairs rooms open onto the garden, while the upstairs bedroom opens onto a terrace with panoramic ocean views. Each comes with an iPod dock, air-conditioning and ceiling fan. All three ensuite bathrooms are individually designed – one with a sunken terrazzo tub, one with an alfresco shower, and the upstairs bathroom with a shower looking out over rice-fields.
Two optional bedrooms
If extra space is required, an additional two rooms can be converted to bedrooms to sleep another four guests (for a small additional charge).
Services & Features
· Villa manager
· Security guards
· Masseuse and babysitter on request
· Pool 18m x 5m
· Wifi internet access
· Landline for local calls
· Satellite TVs
· DVD players
· Stereo system with iPod dock in living pavilion
· iPod docks in all bedrooms
· DVD library
· Book library
· Board games
· Tennis court (shared)
· Billiard table
· 4 Mountain bikes
· High chair
· Baby cot
· Back up generator
Villa 320 is blessed with a sublime beachfront location near the rural village of Pererenan on Bali’s south-west coast. Here guests can take a leisurely sunset stroll along the quiet beach, surf on one of the island’s best breaks, or admire the fishermen in their brightly coloured jungles hauling in the daily catch. In this traditional rural setting, where daily offerings at the village temple and meticulous tending of rice fields are the norm, guests are privy to a real slice of local Bali life.
However, should the bright city lights beckon, the upmarket restaurants, bars and shops of cosmopolitan Seminyak are just a 30-minute drive away.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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