Bounded by coconut trees, endless rice fields and deserted Indian Ocean beach, Sakova Villa 229 is the star of the show, an outstanding six-bedroom destination villa. Hidden within a culturally-drenched village along Bali’s south-east coast, this contemporary-Asian residence oozes luxury and glamour, with interiors revealing exquisite tastes and sophisticated facilities for discerning guests, including a 15-metre pool, gym and home-theatre. The secluded beachfront setting overlooking the Badung Strait, together with the villa’s suitability for yoga, spa and indulgent relaxation, further contribute to a retreat of absolute calm and well-being, adhering to Sakova Villa 229’s lifestyle concept of ‘passionate serenity’. Flanking the 15-metre pool and deck, the symmetrical right and left wings of Sakova Villa 229 present six bedrooms. Elegant and luxuriously appointed, the spacious bedrooms all feature stone floors and high ceilings lined with split rattan, and are equipped with telephone, alarm clock, iPod dock, CD player and mini-safe. They are kept cool with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, aided by patio doors which welcome in the sea breeze. Interiors are sumptuous with cream walls and brown, beige and gold color schemes, plus canopied beds, tasteful modern art pieces and contemporary furniture. Soft furnishings feature the finest quality silks. Indulgent ensuite bathrooms generally feature black stone floors and hand-carved stone freezes, supplied with hairdryers, weighing scales, honey-comb cotton robes and customized bathroom products. As part of their evening ‘turn-down’ service, staff set the mood with Ylang Ylang oils wafting from oil burners and life poems deposited on pillows.
- King Bedrooms
Furthest away from the main pavilion and closest to the beach, the two luxurious master suites face each other across the pool. Similar in style, both come furnished with a king-size, contemporary, four-poster bed, vanity area and silk upholstered couch. Their lavish bathrooms feature generous-sized sunken bathtubs, room-size walk-in rain shower, his n’ hers washbasins and, beyond, a small courtyard with modern glass sculptures contrasting with traditional-style Balinese water statue and pool. At the opposite end, a terraced area features comfy cushioned outdoor furniture (with encircling silk drapes for privacy) and a relaxing private plunge pool, looking out over the sea.
- Queen Bedrooms
Next to the master suites are two Queen bedrooms featuring queen-size four-poster beds. Wood and glass sliding doors.
- Junior Bedrooms
• Living, Dining and Kitchen
• Theatre Room
• Pool and Garden
- Full-time Manager
- One Cook
- Four Villa Attendants
- One Gardener & Pool Attendant
- Three Security Guards
Sakova Villa 229 rests in the quiet coastal village of Saba, in an area collectively known as Ketewel, within Bali’s eastern Gianyar Regency. This eastern coastal region is an exceptionally wonderful part of the island – naturally beautiful, amazingly unspoilt and packed with cultural and scenic attractions. Saba is the quintessianal Balinese village, distinctive with its stretches of emerald rice fields and coconut groves, dotted with a harmonious mix of unobtrusive foreign residences and local dwellings. Sakova Villa 229’s gardens stretch down to Saba Beach, Its shimmering black sanda a reminder of Bali ‘s volcanic heritage. The deserted stretch of beach offers unobstructed panoramas with stunning views across the Badung Strait and Nusa Penida, (one of Bali’s smaller sister islands). And on a clear day, the silhouette of towering volcano, Mount Agung, is visible in the distance. Sunrises are a spectacular treat here, especially over Nusa Penida’s limestone cliffs. A tidal river flows between the beach and villa; Peanut River alters its course with every changing season, so access to the beach requires crossing the river half of the year by way of a small boat provided by the villa.
It’s safer to swim in a protected bay area just five minutes westwards ( or head south to the calm waters of nearby Sanur). The offshore reef here is renowned for its surf breaks, and there’s excellent surfing to be had ten minutes in either direction of the villa: nearby Mascheti Beach has world-class surf breaks and hosts international surfing tournaments. Private performances can be arranged at the villa; private performances at the villa by young traditional dancing girls can be arranged. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the sea at nearby sacred Pura Segara sea temple; Purification ceremonies are held at the nearby Pura Segara sea temple, and prayer blessings are performed daily at the main temple situated at the entrance to the road leading to Sakova Villa 229.
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