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The golf course, along with this four-bedroomed, staffed villa, lies within a sprawling gated complex which includes the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort as well as a number of other private luxury residences (including Villa Arjuna, Villa Senja and Villa Ombak Nirwana). When not playing golf, guests have the option of spending days in the privacy of their villa sunbathing by the plunge pool, or enjoying the many leisure facilities available at the resort (extra charges apply). Villa staff will shop for you and cook dishes from a suggestion menu (provisions on guest account), or you can call the resort hotel for room service (24 hours). The Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort also has four restaurants to choose from should you wish to eat out.
Ocean and Golf is equipped with a golf buggy for guest use within the complex. It’s fun and easy to drive yourself or you can sit back and be chauffeured by the villa staff. The hotel lagoon pool is hidden behind the 13th tee only a 300m walk along the side of the fairway, and villa guests are also welcome to use the lap pool at the owner’s residence (100m). There’s certainly plenty here to keep children entertained – indeed the villa is well set up to accommodate families, with twin beds in one room.
The golf course and hotel restaurants provide breathtaking views of Tanah Lot temple; built on a rock stack in the ocean and dedicated to the sea spirits, this sacred Hindu temple romantically silhouettes as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
Ocean and Golf is located right beside the fairway at the 5-star Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. Apart from the golf course itself, facilities at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort include tennis, squash, gym, kids’ club, swimming pools, bars, restaurants, spa and a business centre (use of these facilities is at an extra charge). Guests can walk between the fairways to the cliff top only 50m away, the surf is great however swimming is not an option as the undercurrents are very strong. Sunbathing or walking on the beach here also involves a small risk from wayward golf balls!
Designed by Greg Norman, the beautiful 18-hole, par 72, championship-standard course is bordered by ocean and rice fields, and features dramatic, strategically positioned white sand bunkers, freshwater creeks and mature trees, making it one of the most visually spectacular courses in Asia. Three holes are played on cliffs with breathtaking views of the lndian Ocean, while the twelfth hole overlooks Tanah Lot sea temple.
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.
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Our review Overall Rating: 7.90
Even though you’re almost on the fairway of one of Asia’s best golf courses, you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy a stay at this villa. Private homes with beachfront locations are not in abundance on Bali’s south-west coast, which makes Ocean and Golf a particularly good find as well as being good value. There are few better spots to enjoy the famous Bali sunsets than from this villa’s breezy balcony.
Ocean and Golf incorporates the best of both worlds; a quiet and private residence which, for an additional daily fee per person, also has access to leisure facilities at the neighbouring 5-star resort – you can even order room service (although you do have your own cook who prepare meals from a suggestion menu charging only the cost of ingredients plus 20% service charge). However for guests who want to venture out to experience the shopping, restaurants and nightlife in town, this villa is a little remote (Seminyak, the popular entertainment hub, lies 23km south). We enjoyed walking around the sprawling grounds and whizzing from the villa to the hotel lobby in our golf buggy. The view of Tanah Lot temple from Cendana, one of the award-winning restaurants at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort, is magnificent – especially at sunset.
Ocean and Golf is an ideal base for a group of golfers or a golfer who wants to bring the family along. It is sensible for seniors – there are two downstairs bedrooms if steps are difficult to navigate. Whilst there is a twin bedroom for children upstairs and plenty of TV’s to go around. As long as they don’t wander onto the fairway, it is a very safe environment for kids, and the complimentary facilities at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort will keep children busy for weeks.
Sleeping Capacity: 8
Ocean and Golf’s build and furnishings are quite traditional and stately with teak wood furniture, marble floors and an abundance of Indonesian antiques throughout. The living and dining pavilion on the first floor is just the spot to enjoy the sea breeze on hot days. This thatch-roofed structure is open sided and houses a dining table (seats 8), along with two sofas around a coffee table, plus a scattering of easy chairs and even a professional massage table to one side. Across a walkway a small round table and chairs sits in front of two guest bedrooms with ocean views; one twin bedded and one with a four-poster queen-sized bed. A third, less spacious, guest bedroom, also with queen-sized bed, is tucked away on the ground floor. All three guest rooms have TV’s (two of which with large flat screens) and hotel-style marble ensuites (two with tubs and standing showers, one with shower only).
The master bedroom, situated below the living pavilion, is pleasantly spacious. Amongst teak furnishings and the netted, four-poster, king-sized bed, a rattan easy chair and stool provide a comfy spot to watch TV or look out through the sliding glass doors onto the garden patio. Here, a round wooden table (seats four) and two blue-cushioned sun loungers overlook the plunge pool, while a shady, raised balé houses two matching blue daybeds. An outdoor shower area connects to a back door into the spacious ensuite of the master bedroom, complete with his and hers vanities, a deep terrazzo bath and marbled standing shower. The villa's hub is found in a separate building across a small walkway flanked by ponds. Here, a collection of easy chairs and a large L-shaped sofa look onto a 46-inch flat-screen TV at one side of the room, whilst a glass-topped oval dining table (seats 8) takes centre stage at the other. A large, well-equipped kitchen opens onto the dining area through a wide serving hatch.