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Located 100 metres back from its namesake beach in the village of Seseh on Bali’s south-west coast, Seseh Beach Villa II sits directly behind Seseh Beach Villa I. Seseh is a traditional village that has a very strong sense of community and still retains the customs and culture of old Bali. There are no sophisticated facilities in the area, so activities will be limited to walks on the beach (it’s not very safe for swimming), or gentle hikes through the glorious rice fields. Alternatively, you can join in with some of the village activities, watch the temple processions, or befriend the staff and get invited to ceremonies. 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 cafés) and some basic local grocery stores. 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 spectacular and much photographed Tanah Lot sea temple awaits.
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: 7.70
After spending much of the day beside the pool, sunset proved to be the best time to head down to the beach for a wander along the sands and a paddle in the surf. There are no lifeguards here and the water can be a bit rough, so swimming is not recommended.
In the evenings, it was fun to gather around our own private bar for a pre-dinner drink. The chef here is a very talented man, and the Balinese and Indonesian specialties that came out of his kitchen were superb. Getting out of our incredibly comfortable bed in the morning was made easy in the knowledge that a hearty breakfast would soon be on the table.
Almira A, Indonesia Overall Rating: 1.00
Sleeping Capacity: 16
Seseh Beach Villa II presents a symmetrical two-storey main building with six bedrooms, including a kids’ bunk room, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Outside is an alfresco dining pavilion, a 14m pool, relaxation pavilion and garden with a large lawn space.
The villa is entered via the spacious air-conditioned living room with two comfortable sitting areas, one of which is oriented around a 65-inch TV/DVD player. At the opposite end is a bar flanked by high chairs. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a sheltered terrace overlooking the pool and garden can be opened fully for those who wish to embrace a tropical-style living experience.
The two master suites are situated upstairs, each offering a glimpse of the sea from its four-poster queen-size bed and adjoining balcony. The three guest bedrooms (two upstairs and one downstairs) are furnished with king-size beds – one of which can be converted to twins. Each bedroom has a dressing area and an air-conditioned ensuite bathroom with bathtub for two, and a walk-in monsoon shower. The downstairs guestroom also has an outdoor shower. Glass doors in the upstairs guestrooms open to a communal balcony, while the downstairs guestroom has a garden terrace. Also located on the ground floor of the villa, the air-conditioned kids’ room has been designed for both sleep and play. Beanbags fill the floor, while the walls are fitted with bunk beds for four; this room is adjoined by a terrace and an ensuite bathroom with a rainshower. All bedrooms, including the kids’ room, are equipped with a 39-inch satellite-channel TV.
The villa’s indoor dining room, furnished with a table for 14, is situated next to a fully equipped professional kitchen. Guests have the choice of dining in air-conditioned comfort or opening the glass doors to the garden.
Situated to one side of the pool, the dining pavilion, furnished with a table for 12, offers an informal semi-alfresco dining experience within the sound of the sea. Two washrooms are conveniently positioned behind.
The 14-metre swimming pool has a timber deck furnished with sunbeds and umbrellas, and is situated next to a large bale relaxation pavilion. Planted with flowering shrubs, trees and tall bamboo, the garden has a flat lawn ideal for weddings and events. A garden doorway links the property with Seseh Beach Villa I.