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Situated just metres from the beach, Seseh Beach Villa is a contemporary-styled, five-bedroom holiday home overlooking the Indian Ocean. The property has been perfectly designed for indoor and outdoor living, with a 16.5 x 5-metre swimming pool, a rooftop sunset terrace, and both air-conditioned and semi-alfresco living and dining areas. Here, as well as being lulled by the sounds of the ocean and bathing under the stars, guests can enjoy sophisticated facilities, caring staff, delicious meals prepared by the in-house chef and the service of a car and driver. A traditional village setting offers the opportunity to witness daily rural life.
Seseh Beach Villa lies at the edge of the small seaside village of Seseh, separated from the dramatic black-sand beach and roaring ocean only by a tiny road and a creeper-covered sandbank. Along the beach road are a handful of other private villas and a walk through the village will take you past local homes, a couple of warungs (local cafes) and some basic local grocery stores. A hundred metres along the beach is Seseh temple where fascinating ceremonies are regularly held.
For shopping and nightlife, the villa’s driver is on hand to whisk guests to Seminyak, or to the ever-expanding restaurant scene in nearby Canggu, or to Tanah Lot, where the world-renowned Nirwana Bali golf course awaits, as well as the spectacular and much photographed 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.
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.
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Our review Overall Rating: 8.10
After a deep sleep in a super-comfortable four-poster bed in one of the upstairs Ocean Rooms, we drew back the curtains to get our bearings. The ocean looked as amazing as it had sounded the night before, and from below a cloudless sky the gardens and pool beckoned. Breakfast was a feast of fresh fruit, good coffee and freshly baked pastries – a great start to the day. Later we enjoyed a delicious chargrilled salmon salad, which confirmed the chef’s skills and had us eagerly anticipating our next meal. A chat with the friendly villa manager armed us with the information we needed to go on an exploratory walk around the village, which gave us some fascinating glimpses into rural Bali life. The beach is beautiful for walking and photos, but huge waves warned us away from the water.
We thought that the layout at Seseh Beach Villa – both inside and out – would work very well for both family holidaymakers and for wedding parties. Nearly all rooms face the gardens and ocean and the two bales at each end of the lovely long pool make gorgeous, breezy outdoor living areas. A second Seseh Beach Villa, situated immediately behind the first, will open next year, making this an even better wedding destination, with a total of 11 bedrooms across both villas.
Seseh’s rural location may not make it everyone’s cup of tea, but a complimentary car and driver make it easy to reach Canggu and Seminyak should you want to. Personally, we were very happy just to rest, relax and enjoy the villa.
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George & John, Singapore Overall Rating: 1.00
Tammy Brackstone And J, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
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Charlee R, Indonesia Overall Rating: 1.00
Kylie B, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
Esther Sharp And L, Australia Overall Rating: 1.00
Shannon J, United Kingdom Overall Rating: 9.80
Andy Lim, Singapore Overall Rating: 8.30
Nicole B, Canada Overall Rating: 9.40
Christopher Bogaars, Overall Rating: 8.30
Sleeping Capacity: 12
At Seseh Beach Villa, a thatched gateway opens to a pretty terraced garden, where wooden decking steps down to a goldfish pond and the villa’s main entrance. The villa’s rooms – almost all of which offer ocean views – are arranged in a symmetrical U-shape, with the living and dining room straddling two double-storey bedroom wings. Earthy tones, Asian ceramics and artefacts, a massive solid wood table (seats 12) and two deep, comfortable sofas define the living and dining room. Copper kettle lamps hang over a bar counter at one end and a 70-inch TV screen set into display shelving at the other.
All five of the villa’s ensuite bedrooms offer fans and air-conditioning, super-comfortable beds, soothing green-toned soft furnishings, desk space, 40-inch satellite channel TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. On the ground floor, Pool Rooms 1 and 2 are furnished with king-size beds that convert to twins, have furnished terraces, dressing areas and bathrooms with twin vanities, indoor and outdoor rain showers and large freestanding bathtubs in walled gardens.
Above the Pool Rooms, similarly sized Ocean Rooms 1 and 2 offer four-poster king-size beds under lofty alang-alang thatched roofs. The ensuites here have even larger outdoor bathing areas; pebble floored, sunny and private. Balconies at the front of both Ocean Rooms look out over the gardens, pool and pounding surf. Doors from both bathroom courtyards open onto the sunset terrace, furnished with all-weather rattan seating.
Tucked behind Ocean 2, the Garden Room is only very slightly smaller than the others. Although is lacks a view, this twin-bedded room does have a small furnished outdoor sitting area and an outdoor bathtub. Quiet and cosy, this is a good room for kids or grandparents.
Fire bowls, trickling water features and eight shaded sun loungers flank the 17x5m pool, which lies at the far side of the well-tended lawn. Book-ending the pool are fan-cooled balé pavilions – one housing comfortable rattan sofas arranged around a 60-inch TV (discreetly hidden behind carved teak screens), the other furnished with a 12-seater dining table for relaxed poolside meals. Two handy guest washrooms are tucked behind. These balés transform into a DJ area and bar for weddings and parties – where up to 150 guests can enjoy dinner under the stars.