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Perched on the edge of the cliff face, the almond-shaped infinity-edge swimming pool stands at the interface between the terrestrial and the ethereal. With double sun loungers and a spectacularly situated seven-seater balé bengong (relaxation pavilion) providing shade and comfort for the horizontally inclined, guests are likely to spend the lion’s share of their time here. Meanwhile, butlers ferry cold drinks and snacks to sustain them on their quest for paradise.
Three hundred and fifty six steps leads down to a bijoux beach house set just above the sand. This one-bedroom suite has a small fitness room–yoga studio beneath, as well as its own private plunge pool and sun deck. Those occupying this beachside idyll need not be put off by that 356-stairway back up to heaven, for the newly installed inclinator lift will whisk weary souls up and down in a jiffy. Below the property is one of Bali’s best white-sand beaches; fringed by a coral reef it is perfect for swimming on a high tide and great for exploring when the water’s out. Kids will be in paradise.
Bidadari has a very capable and friendly team of staff to handle your every request: the villa manager lives just beyond the property and the butlers and security team are on shift 24/7. The chef – who also conducts cookery classes for guests – prepares a complimentary breakfast, and other meals can be chosen from a selection menu (with groceries on guest account). A car and driver are also included, so the villa’s off-the-beaten-track location is never a problem. Bidadari is a great escape for friends, couples or families who love to explore the beach or simply stare off into the wild blue yonder.
Bidadari Cliffside Estate is perched on a 120m-high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean in the southern-most part of Nusa Dua, bordering The Bukit Peninsula. immediately below the villa is a lovely white-sand beach. Although the nearest shops and resort restaurants of Nusa Dua are a few kilometres away, there are some small family-owned warungs and convenience stores nearby selling very basic supplies.
About Nusa Dua-Tanjung Benoa
Situated on the eastern side of Bali’s Bukit Peninsular, the island’s southernmost landmass, Nusa Dua presents a ribbon-wrapped package, complemented by an air of gentility and order. An enormous split gate of carved stone marks the entrance to this tourist enclave of wide paved lanes and manicured gardens, white-sand beaches, restaurants, a shopping mall, a conference centre and one the island’s most popular golf courses – The Bali Golf and Country Club – to support its five-star resorts. The enclave is guarded by the twin islets of Nusa Dua – the name literally means ‘two islands’ – connected to the coast by two temple-topped sand spits. A six-kilometre seafront promenade links the beaches and is perfect for early morning strolls or bicycle rides. A notable attraction in the area is the Pasifika Museum which showcases artwork from Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Most restaurants in Nusa Dua are hotel-based. In contrast, the neighbouring cape of Tanjung Benoa presents history, colour and a busy vibe. This slender, five-kilometre-long peninsula, juts into the bay north of Nusa Dua, pointing like a finger towards Benoa Harbour. The village of Benoa, on the tip of this peninsula, was once a bustling trading port, and many Chinese and Bugis descendants of these traders still live in the area. The backstreets are a rabbit warren of alleys pocketed with small shops, Balinese temples crafted from carved limestone, a mosque, an ancient Chinese Buddhist temple and a traditional open-air market, while the beach is home to water sports operators and many restaurants, including the upmarket Bumbu Bali, serving Balinese cusine. A major, Japanese-funded, beach restoration project at Tanjung Benoa has resulted in the construction of a series of attractive, crescent-shaped, stone piers, complete with open-sided gazebos capped with red-tiled roofs.
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: 8.00
Remote but perfectly formed, this villa is a great recipe for a pure getaway; just for you and the people you have chosen to spend your holiday with – as it should be. Depending on how far you have travelled to get here, Bali may feel like the end of the Earth so, having come this far, why not drive the extra few kilometres to be right on the edge of it all at Bidadari. We welcomed the isolation and lack of modern distractions like boutiques and bars. Staying ‘at home’ all day and all night was a delight as we chilled out, looked after by a tremendous staff, who were always on hand to top up an empty glass or empty tummy. The home theatre has a lovely large telly and a decent DVD collection, but as good as it was it couldn’t compete with the heavenly views. We highly recommend waking early for sunrise; not only a spectacular show of nature but also an inspiring way to start another beautiful Bali day.
The chef prepared a lunch for us of fish cooked with turmeric and coconut, prawns grilled on the BBQ with garlic and lime, and some traditional Balinese salads, which was all superb. And at dinner time, he massaged a leg of New Zealand lamb to perfection over the barbecue’s naked flames. Sitting down to eat, we felt like characters out of a Goldilocks story because the oversized chairs were large enough to seat the largest of bears. Everything in this villa was brand spanking new and of the highest quality, and all the soft furnishings were super-comfy – we slept like angels.
Sleeping Capacity: 8
Bidadari is a spacious villa with lofty rooms and lots of floor-to-ceiling glass providing optimum views and plenty of natural light. Entrance is through a large antique wooden door which leads into a lush, walled courtyard garden brimming with water features and an abundance of tropical flora. Large stone Buddha’s provide a chilled vibe to the surroundings.
From the grand, open-fronted, double-height foyer a ‘floating’ staircase ascends to the first floor; home to the TV room and the two large master bedrooms (each over 100sqm). All are linked by a wraparound viewing deck that extends in each direction like an angel’s wings. From here the ocean views are superb. A plump and comfy dangle-your-feet sofa stretches the length of the TV room facing a 42-inch flat-screen TV, music system, and shelves of books. The master suites mirror each other with king-size beds that gaze out over the ocean and horseshoe-shaped counters which cleverly reveal unfolding vanities. Through screen doors are his ‘n’ her walk-in wardrobes and ensuites with showers and outdoor stone bathtubs.
A third ensuite bedroom with queen-size bed is located downstairs adjoining the garden and dining room. The bathroom, which doubles as a guest washroom, is fitted with rain shower. Inside the expansive downstairs living area, sits a large ten-seater lounge suite and a long dining table with oversized chairs. The area is Japanese-inspired with cherry coloured wood latticed into the ceiling, along with similar wood-panelled screen windows up on the first-floor landing. Tall walls finished in textured beige granite complement the vanilla caramel marble flooring throughout – the grand scale of these elements are an art form unto themselves, and the few select pieces of artwork placed throughout the room finish the picture perfectly. The well-equipped kitchen follows the textured beige colour scheme with a large island, walk-in pantry and a hefty range of kitchen hardware to play with. Large glass doors lead out to the pool and surrounding deck. Sun loungers and a shaded and cushioned balé bengong sit on the edge of the cliff.
A stand-alone, two-storey, wooden beach house is located down the cliff side, immediately above the beach, and accessed by stairs or inclinator lift. It houses bedroom number four and features a small gym–yoga studio on the lower floor. Wood-panelled windows slide open to let the breeze flow through and to reveal yet more glorious sea views, while a queen-size bed, kitchenette and ensuite with rain shower complete the comfort. A deck fans out to the side with terraced sunbathing spots and a plunge pool. A lockable gate provides access to the white-sand beach below.