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Completed in November 2010, Jagaditha is elegant, simple, and immaculately presented; its build and landscaping complement its seaside situation and contrast wonderfully with the tumultuous sea views that can be enjoyed whether swimming, relaxing or dining. Each suite comes with its own private veranda or terrace, and benefits from a host of modern facilities including gorgeous bathrooms with huge rain showers. Comfort in the form of Ploh bedding and towels, thick King Koil mattresses and gorgeous natural amenities blends luxury with simplicity as uncluttered suites focus exclusively on providing the means to savour the serene sea views. The huge central living pavilion shares these views breezily and elegantly from a central position in the garden.
Jagaditha means ‘our world’ and certainly the 16-strong staff team, including your own chef, welcome you into theirs as they provide a discreet service, and carryout any request with ease. Experienced therapists from a renowned local spa can provide treatments in the dedicated spa room whilst further health benefits can be reaped from a visit to the villa’s own mini-gym. A huge wall-mounted TV with DVD player, Bose sound system and Nintendo Wii are further facilities to be found in an air conditioned lounge whose attached bathroom comes with a steam shower.
A car with driver is available to guests during their stay, plus complimentary membership of the Canggu Club where sports facilities, restaurants and a creche can be found. The property suits larger groups, and pairs of families holidaying together; its two twin rooms come with trundle beds, there’s a childrens’ food menu and a plethora of baby equipment available for use – monitors, bottle sterilisers, a baby bath, high chairs, a baby cot and toys.
Jagaditha is located at Cemagi Beach near Seseh on Bali’s south-west coast; a huge expanse of black volcanic sand that’s spectacular as the waves roll onto it at sunset. To the eastern end of the beach and perched on a rocky outcrop is a Hindu sea temple – Pura Bata Ngandang – that the villa overlooks. The beach is enlivened at sunset as locals gather near to the shoreline to take in the fiery red skies; black porous rocks roll up and down with the tide and the beach is an excellent place for enjoying a serene stroll or watching the surfers hard at play (though it’s not safe to swim here). Neighbouring Jagaditha are a handful of other private villas, some of which face the sea whilst others look over the expansive green paddy fields towards dramatic mountain views of the island’s interior. There are no international restaurants near Cemagi, but the good news for folks who want to immerse themselves in the customs and culture of old Bali is that the villagers of Seseh encourage and welcome congenial visitors. This is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside, and for those who want to engage with the local people and gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle.
About Seseh-Tanah Lot
A few kilometres to the north west of Canggu, a towering banyan—one of the ‘elders’ of the tree kingdom—heralds the turning to Seseh, a traditional beachside village approached via an avenue of coconut palms.
Seseh and the tiny neighbouring villages of Sogsogan and Cemagi still retain the customs and culture of old Bali. Here, you will see farmers in conical hats riding rusty old upright bicycles, as well as frequent, colourful processions to Seseh’s large beachside temple. There are no international restaurants here, but you might just see a barong (a high-spirited, benevolent beast representing the power of good; danced by two men inside an ornate costume) dancing on the street. The good news, for folks who want to immerse themselves in the customs and culture of old Bali, is that the villagers encourage and welcome congenial visitors. Although there are now many private rental villas in these three villages, they have seamlessly integrated without detracting from the simplicity and charm of the location. This is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside, and for those who want to engage with the local people and gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle.
A little further up the coast is Tanah Lot, famous for its dramatic and venerated sea temple, which is perched on a craggy wave-lashed rock at the edge of the glistening black shoreline. It is probably the most photographed sight in Bali, especially in the late afternoon when its splendid profile is silhouetted against the setting sun. The Tanah Lot locale is also home to a number of private villas due to presence of the 18-hole, 72-par, championship-standard Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which is frequently voted the number one golf course in Asia. This is, however, still a far-flung area with few facilities other than the souvenir stalls and simple eateries within the temple grounds, and three international restaurants within Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
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: 8.50
Enticing, uncomplicated and restorative; this is exactly how a beach property should be. The aesthetics of Jagaditha’s build, especially the gorgeous landscaping, felt perfectly in tune with the surroundings without cluttering or detracting from the serenity that this location brings. I loved how each bedroom enjoyed different outlooks that were equally appealing; the lily pond lapping onto three of the ground floor bedrooms was enchanting. Children especially will find lots to interest them here as there were frogs, dragonflies and fish galore, plus a flat lawn for letting off steam. A second dining area with shade-giving parasols to one side of the garden comes highly recommended for daytime dining as it beautifully overlooks the swimming pool, garden and sea and feels refreshingly informal. All outside areas come with Bose amplified sound that you can connect to your own iPod. The gym comes only with a rowing machine and a Power Plate, but if you’re feeling enthusiastic Jagaditha’s guests can use the fitness centre in the nearby Canggu Club in addition to the tennis courts, creche, restaurants and swimming pools. There’s a big staff team at Jagaditha and they do a great job. Fusion cuisine is on the menu and the chef comes recommended; we really enjoyed all of our meals.
Dayne Van Bree, Australia Overall Rating: 9.70
Sleeping Capacity: 12
Spread between a pair of two-storey buildings and a further two single-storey pavilions, each of Jagaditha’s suites enjoys an equally mesmerising outlook whether the gaze is across the delightful lily pond or out over the front lawn to the ocean beyond. Bedrooms – two twins and four king-size doubles – each come with four-poster beds, dressing areas, iPod docks and a private balcony or terrace furnished with lounge seating as well as gorgeous bathrooms featuring oversized tubs, 50cm-wide shower heads, twin sinks, locally made natural toiletries and open-to-the-sky courtyards.
The very central living and dining pavilion overlooks the garden and sea, and is immaculately furnished with a deep, antique, opium daybed, a collection of sofas and a rare one-piece teak dining table encircled by ten chairs. Ceiling fans descend from the high thatched roof whilst pendant lamps fall almost to the floor. A regal walkway takes you from this living area into a contemporary, beautifully fitted kitchen that’s furnished with everything for the modern cook, though with a chef included amongst the villa staff it’s quite likely that you’ll never need to use it.
Beside the kitchen is a pavilion housing an air conditioned lounge with a wall-mounted wide-screen satellite TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii opposite oversized sofas. To the far end of this room is an air conditioned gym with Power Plate and rowing machine whilst to the opposite end is a washroom with steam shower and courtyard garden with second shower open to the skies above.
To the other side of the kitchen is a pavilion that simply houses an air conditioned spa room with massage table and iPod dock where treatments, carried out by outsourced therapists, take place. To the far side of this building is a pool lounge that leads onto an alfresco dining table for eight beside a stacked stone wall where glorious views over the pool and sea can be enjoyed. On the opposite side of the garden is a sunset pavilion where, as its name suggests, you can relax and enjoy the colours of the sky at dusk.