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Arnalaya Beach House sits right on the beach in a local village neighbourhood that contains several other luxury private villas. A couple of hundred metres in either direction along the beach will bring you to some beach bars and small restaurants, especially popular around sunset time. Check out Old Man’s restaurant, bar and live music venue a short walk up the beach to the north, as well as the well-known Echo Beach for daily barbecues and Sunday-night live music. If you are interested in learning to surf, High Tide Surf School (for kids and adults) is just a five-minute walk up the beach at Batu Bolong. Nelayan Beach, immediately in front of the villa, is also popular with surfers; watching them ride the waves is compelling viewing.
Canggu is actually a small fishing village, but has become the collective name for a number of villages (including Berawa, Tegal Gundul, Tiyingtukul, Pererenan, Nelayan, Babakan ) which,until very recently, could still be described as a sleepy coastal locale. It's now one of Bali's coolest districts.
Here, amongst the rice fields which extend all the way down to the beach, you will not only find some of the most luxurious private residences on the island, but also a great selection of eclectic restaurants, cafes, bakeries, boutiques and beach bars – especially along Jalan Batu Bolong, which runs right down to the beach. It is also an area that most surfers will know about, with reef swells that are larger than those you will find in Kuta further south. Swimming isn’t advisable however as the rips can be dangerous. Nearby sporting facilities include the Canggu Club (of which many holiday villas in the area include guest membership), offering social and leisure amenities, including a state-of-the art gym, a 25m swimming pool and a tennis and squash centre.
Along the coast to the north of Canggu is the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which was designed by Greg Norman and is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. Next to this is Pura Tanah Lot; a sea temple perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock and probably the most photographed sight in Bali. Sophisticated Seminyak, a few kilometres south of Canggu, lays claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, including Sarong, La Lucciola and Ku Dé Ta, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas and elegant boutiques.
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life’s more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours’ flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
Our review Overall Rating: 8.70
The staff are very professional and it was the talented chef himself who served our delicious meals, giving us an explanation of the magic he had worked in the kitchen on our behalf.
The bedrooms have a double set of blinds to keep out the morning sun, making it very tempting to sleep with the doors open, listening to the sound of the sea. With a three-man security team on the premises, you can rest perfectly at ease.
Don’t come here expecting to get any work done. A stay at Arnalaya Beach House is all about enjoying yourself – with a bit of tennis, a gym workout and a spa treatment thrown into the mix – while letting the ‘rhythm of the waves’ wash over you.
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Sleeping Capacity: 18
Resting upon 4,700-square-metres of terraced coconut-grove gardens that roll down towards the beach (separated by a wall) and encompass a 20m swimming pool, the property comprises a three-storey, two-storey, and single-storey building arranged around a grassy courtyard with timber decks wrapping the upper floors.
The main, three-storey building faces the garden and ocean with huge picture windows that look out in both directions. Two master suites are positioned on the top floor, the living and dining rooms are on the middle floor, and the professional kitchen occupies the ground floor. Two guest rooms are situated on the upper floor of the two-storey building, while the lower floor is home to another guest room, and a games room furnished with a large sofa facing the 60-inch TV, and featuring picture windows to the (international tournament standard) tennis court and courtyard.
Each bedroom is furnished with twin beds, all of which can be converted to kings (one guest bedroom also has an extra pull-down single bed), and equipped with a 40-inch TV, DVD player and iPod connection to Bose speakers. Each bathroom is fitted with a shower and bathtub.
The living and dining rooms are both air conditioned, but floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on two sides can also be opened to embrace the sea breezes, the rhythm of the waves and the sea views. The living room showcases natural materials and is furnished with sofas and funky bamboo armchairs. The dining room mirrors the living room, but is furnished with a teakwood table for 14 lit by large hanging lanterns and completed with teak and rattan chairs. Window blinds in all rooms can be dropped for privacy.
Positioned beside the pool is a large flat roofed balé pavilion, cooled by ceiling fans, floored with timber decking and furnished with built-in banquette seating and a dining table for 14. At one end is a staff service area with a kitchenette and a built-in barbecue grill.
The single storey building at the rear of the villa is home to a spa room, fitted with two massage beds, and a gym equipped with a cross trainer and adjoined by an ensuite bathroom. The gym can be cleverly and quickly converted to an extra bedroom with twin pull-down beds and two additional portable beds if required, making it a great option for a group of kids.