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To the north of Atas Ombak is a river and to the front, of course, is the ocean. There is a smattering of other villas in the immediate area, but Atas Ombak is so well screened by natural boundaries that you don’t know they are there. There’s a selection of laid-back beach shacks and cafés just along the beach serving great fish ‘n chips, pasta and seafood, as well as Indonesian dishes. Cross over the river and you’ll find the charming Warung Kayuputih, a simple restaurant with tables that spill out into the garden (great for watching the sunset). This sweeping stretch of beach is popular with surfers but the currents are strong. The beach area to the left (south) of Atas Ombak is patrolled by lifeguards, so if you choose to swim, make sure you follow the rules and enter the water only between the red and yellow flags.
A few kilometres north west of Kuta, Seminyak is a hip and happening district which has long been the lure of bohemians and jetsetters. This is Bali’s late-night party land, laying claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants and beach clubs on the island, including Ku Dé Ta, Potato Head, Mozaic, Cocoon, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis and Sardine. Seminyak also boasts a plethora of chic cocktail bars, sumptuous spas and fashionable boutiques.
Seminyak Beach is the place where the local and expat communities gather every evening at sunset. A playground of the rich, the famous and the bon vivants, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious accommodation of Seminyak draws a sophisticated crowd of ‘beautiful people’, especially Europeans.
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. For horse lovers, three riding stables are located at nearby Canggu – Kuda P, Tarukan, and Bali Equestrian Centre. Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia – lies about 20km up the coast beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot. Seminyak is also convenient for all of Bali’s main shops, shopping malls, Waterbom Park, and many tourist attractions.
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: 8.30
We loved Villa Atas Ombak. It’s big – nay grand – and majestic with a location that just can’t be found for love nor money these days. On arrival, we had to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren’t dreaming. This is the kind of place where you really come to relax and do nothing. And when we say ‘do nothing’ we mean just that, especially with the beach being on the front doorstep.
In the competitive world of luxury rental villas, it is often the staff that really makes a difference, and at Villa Atas Ombak they are definitely ‘on the ball’. Before we even knew we were thirsty, the housekeeper was strolling out to the lawn to see what we wanted to drink.
Should you feel like exploring beyond the villa grounds (and believe us, you may not!) there is a handful of local restaurants just a few hundred metres up the beach which make for an unpretentious, casual lunch or sunset drinks – so casual you don’t even need to change out of your swimmers. We didn’t! For guests who like to jog or amble along the sand, the distance to Kuta is a good challenge (with a taxi back of course).
EV Overall Rating: 9.30
Jacqueline Mackay, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
LM, Australia Overall Rating: 8.90
The staff were very friendly and very helpful. They were certainly an asset to the whole experience.
We would definitely come back , if and when we return to Bali.
Susan Smith, Australia Overall Rating: 9.00
SS, Singapore Overall Rating: 7.20
RD Overall Rating: 8.90
HM, Australia Overall Rating: 8.40
Garry N, United Kingdom Overall Rating: 8.40
Sally B, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
Chris H, Australia Overall Rating: 9.60
Kerrie Ryan, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
Cristina Wilkinson, United Kingdom Overall Rating: 9.80
Louise R, United Kingdom Overall Rating: 8.80
Geoff H, Indonesia Overall Rating: 8.80
Penelope R, Australia Overall Rating: 9.20
Sonja Felix Overall Rating: 8.70
Jodie Crawford-Fish, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
Amanda B, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
Tanya Swift, Australia Overall Rating: 9.70
Dwi Devine ., Indonesia Overall Rating: 10.00
Barlow Andrew, Overall Rating: 8.00
eric Z, Australia Overall Rating: 10.00
MK, China Overall Rating: 9.60
We stayed at Atas Ombak with our family for a week. We also held our wedding there, which was organized by another brilliant company ( Desyana at Bali Wedding Butler) Between the Atas Ombak Team and Desyana both our stay and wedding was the best day of our life. All of our guests and family said it was the best wedding they have ever been to.
Hendra and the staff from the villa were wonderful and any request we had was never a problem. The food was great and the cooks are flexible, lovely people.
A dream come true
JD, Australia Overall Rating: 8.50
MS, Singapore Overall Rating: 9.00
EM Overall Rating: 10.00
TI Overall Rating: 8.10
SS, Australia Overall Rating: 9.80
Hendra ensured that the Villa ran like clockwork but entirely to our requirements. Your chef and kitchen staff could easily have been trained at, or headhunted from, any of the very fine restaurants we visited in Seminak, namely Sarong, Metis and Sardine.
We would not hesitate to recommend the Villa to others, and have already done so.
CA Overall Rating: 10.00
JL, Australia Overall Rating: 9.80
Wendy Cheung, Hong Kong Overall Rating: 8.90
Sleeping Capacity: 15
Atas Ombak comprises a main two-storey building, a vast, thatched pavilion – perfect for entertaining, and a two-bedroom guest pavilion, set within 6000sqm of tree-studded beachfront gardens. Guests are greeted in a splendid entrance hall – open on two sides, and sparsely furnished with only a dining table for ten, in order to maintain its grandeur. A fan-cooled TV room is linked to the hall by sliding wooden doors, and furnished with a white leather sofa and an antique cabinet housing a large flat-screen TV, DVD player, and a collection of books. A covered walkway traverses an enchanting lily pond to a commercial kitchen abundant in stainless steel.
The open-sided entertainment pavilion rests between the main building and the pool. Capped with a soaring thatched roof supported by rotund white pillars, this classic building functions as a living room, furnished with oversized bamboo sofas piled high with blue and white cushions; additionally a colonial-style round marble table offers just the spot for breakfast.
There are five bedrooms at Atas Ombak, three in the main building (two of which, including the master, are on ground level) and two in the contemporary-styled timber and glass-walled guest pavilion, which is positioned well away from the main house facing the ocean. Equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, all of the bedrooms are furnished with king-size beds (one of which converts to twins). Each has an integrated dressing area and glass doors that open to a sheltered balcony or terrace, affording gorgeous views.
The ensuite bathrooms in the main building have sculptured terrazzo washbasins and walk-in showers, with the two on the ground floor extending into open courtyards where guests’ privacy is protected by creeper-clad walls and mature trees. The master bathroom features a sunken bathtub, and the master bedroom is equipped with a TV. Both of the chic indoor-outdoor bathrooms in the guest pavilion are decorated with mosaic tiles and fitted with black polished-concrete soaking tubs and vanity units; their rain showers open to the sky.
The oceanfront pool is ideal for swimming laps, while also providing a shallow section for lazing; it is flanked by sunbeds, umbrellas, and a relaxation balé with a raised cushioned platform.