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Indonesia » Bali » Sanur-Ketewel » Puri Nirwana Beachfront Residence
Situated absolutely beachfront in the tiny, traditional Balinese village of Cucukan on Bali’s south-east coast, this exquisite, six-bedroom villa – which blends Mediterranean, Moroccan and Dutch-colonial design with the added bonus of enough space for a small army of friends and family – is a rare find indeed. With two TV lounges, two living rooms, three (indoor and outdoor) dining areas and a huge garden, there are plenty of private spots to sneak off to when the mood hits. A pool table, a sandpit, loads of toys and a wading pool will keep the youngsters happy, and then, of course, there’s a sweeping rugged black volcanic-sand beach offering beautiful views and long walks.
What’s more, Puri Nirwana is the only villa in Bali specifically designed to accommodate guests with disabilities. Each floor has wide passageways, doorways, flat surfaces and huge bathrooms that are easily accessible for wheelchairs. The house even has an elevator for easy movement between floors; a unique facility in Bali villas. Four of the king-bedded rooms are also equipped with queen-sized trundle beds underneath the main bed-frame, allowing eight kids to join the fray, while an additional king-size bed is situated in the upstairs living room.
Another rare asset is the onsite spa, which is on a par with the indulgent facilities you might find at a boutique hotel. Open to the public (with huge discounts for Puri Nirwana guests) and staffed full-time by professional therapists, the spa is eclectic, sumptuous, colourful and undoubtedly romantic.
A large contingent of staff, including a chef and manager, are on hand to ensure smooth sailing everyday, while a nine-seater car and driver is available (inclusive of villa rate) to ferry guests to the many attractions of south-east Bali and beyond. An extensive suggestion menu is available with provisions purchased by the chef and charged at cost price plus a percentage service fee.
Being one of the few villas in Bali that can handle up to 22 guests (14 adults and eight kids), Puri Nirwana is perfect for weddings and family reunions. Smaller groups will also love its space, style and elegance, making it a villa for all reasons and all seasons.
Puri Nirwana sits right on the beach in the tiny, traditional Balinese village of Cucukan on the island’s south-east coast. There’s not much by way of facilities immediately surrounding the villa apart from several small stalls selling cold drinks and local snacks on the beach itself. There are some temples in the neighbourhood and a stroll along the narrow lane or the beach will bring you into contact with the Balinese and give you some good insight into how they live their day-to-day lives. A 15-minute walk away and across the busy Sunrise highway is the Bali Safari and Marine Park, a great day out for the family with all kinds of animals and live performances. Best to make use of the villa’s complementary car and driver, however, just to ensure that you arrive safely.
If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali’s tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali’s south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.
In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali’s famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.
Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.
Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.
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: 9.00
We visited Puri Nirwana as two couples on a weekend getaway and we loved every minute of it. What a privilege to experience such a beautifully designed architectural masterpiece. The colourful quirky art (the work of the owner) on every wall became a major conversation topic during our stay. There are few distractions apart from eating, reading and swimming, leaving ample time for the mind to attain the heavenly goal of Nirwana. Furthering our quest for total relaxation we took advantage of the spa by having massages and treatments whenever the mood took us. Guests at the villa are only charged for the tax and service elements of the (already low) treatment price. We all agreed this was a very nice touch indeed.
It‘s easy to get lost at the rambling Puri Nirwana, but that’s all part of its charm. The staff are very friendly, full of smiles and as discreet as the day is long. A chef is on to prepare goodies from an extensive menu and there are freshly baked cookies available all day long too! A five-star gourmet chef can be hired on request should a special occasion call for it. The sunrises over Cucukan Beach are sensational, and we were mesmerised by the spectacular coastline, island and mountain views.
Hennyta S, Indonesia Overall Rating: 8.60
Sleeping Capacity: 20
Guests enter the two-storey villa through an open-air lounge into a reception hall adorned with glass lanterns. This leads into the living room, which is furnished with large sofas and fitted with folding doors into the garden. The dining room, next door, presents a massive table, crafted from the largest single piece of timber in Bali; it seats 24 diners and requires as many men to lift it! Adjacent is a large, air-conditioned room with satellite-channel TV/DVD player and pool table, and on the far side is a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Four of the six, air-conditioned bedrooms are identical (two downstairs, two upstairs) and named after the colours of their ornate ceilings. Each has a king-size bed with a queen-size trundle bed underneath and a splendid ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and free-standing tub for two. The master bedroom (ground floor) has a four-poster king bed and ensuite bathroom that acts as an additional spa facility and is suitable for disabled guests with walk-in shower, bathtub, twin washbasins, hair-washing basin and massage bed.
The smallest bedroom is the Seaview room, with a carved four-poster bed from the eastern isles, picture windows, and glass doors that open to a charming balcony with white wrought iron furniture and a stunning ocean view. This room is upstairs and shares a shower-room with the adjacent lounge, which is a delightful, breezy room with white shutters, a soaring roof with ornately-carved beams, 180-degree-views and a horseshoe-shaped sofa for 12 that hugs the windows. The lounge is also equipped with a bar and a dining table for six. On the other side of the bar is a semi-open-air sitting corner with satellite-channel TV/ DVD. A four-poster, king-size bed in the upstairs lounge makes it an optional seventh bedroom.
Expansive gardens wrap around the villa, fronted with a glass wall to ensure a full view of the ocean. An alfresco dining pergola draped in passionfruit offers a table for ten next to the large swimming pool, while the kids’ playground and spa are situated in separate sections of the garden. The spa is gorgeous; housed in an antique, wooden joglo building, it is equipped with twin massage beds and an open-air bathroom with a copper bathtub and jacuzzi.