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With its magnificent coastal setting, the Villa Angsoka experience is all about the ocean, which provides breathtaking views, a safe swimming area, and ample opportunities for snorkelling and fishing. As if the sea views weren’t enough, turning your back to the ocean presents a lush backdrop of coconut groves and banana plantations, with Mount Agung – the sacred realm of the Balinese gods – looming over the tree tops. The contemporary, tropical design of the villa incorporates three spacious double-storey pavilions sprawled across the seafront. Walls and floors of white stone and creamy terrazzo create a sense of cool freshness, blended with the warmth of wood shingle roofs and lime-washed recycled teak staircases, window and door frames. Immaculate lawns, a sparkling emerald sea, pale green batik furnishings and decorative turquoise wood carvings add colour and softness. Staff in bright uniforms are friendly, courteous, professional, and adept at anticipating every whim. Complimentary breakfasts are generous affairs, best enjoyed from the open-sided seafront bale (pavilion), while Indonesian and Western meals can be ordered from a fixed price lunch/dinner menu and prepared in the staff kitchen. There is also a well-equipped guest kitchen for those who wish to self cater, including a fridge stocked with juices, wines and beers (on guest account). The town of Candidasa is a mere three kilometres away with plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops to choose from. The villa is a good choice for groups and families (there is no railing on the seaside wall, so may not be ideal for toddlers), with a large comfortable space incorporating two separate dining areas, six well appointed bedrooms, generous infinity pool, gym, massage room and plenty of lounge areas furnished with daybeds, sofas and planters’ chairs, including a timber sun deck. There is no natural beach here, but a wide stretch of sand creates a man-made beach above the sea wall, from which steps lead directly into the ocean. Manager Nyoman is a keen surfer and happy to take guests to nearby breaks. He can also organise fishing, and beach trips, and visits to nearby dive and snorkelling sites. Boogie boards, snorkelling and fishing equipment are all complimentary. Angsoka is part of the Siri Mendira Beach Villas estate, with two adjacent four-bedroom villas (Villa Cempaka and Villa Bakung), making the property suitable for weddings and groups.
Villa Angsoka is set in the tranquil fishing village of Sengkidu, three kilometres from Candidasa, on Bali’s east coast. A lane shaded with banana plantations and coconut groves leads through the village, past temples, small shops selling soft drinks and snacks, and the occasional villa and small guesthouses with basic restaurant attached. A few hundred metres from the villa is the four-star Candi Beach Cottage Hotel, with a restaurant and bar, and beyond, near the main road is a sports field and banjar building where the Balinese village community meets. The sea in front of the villas, where you can see fish and patches of coral, is suitable for swimming and snorkelling.
The quiet seaside village of Candidasa boasts a rich heritage close to many of Bali's most important historical landmarks, ancient kingdoms and palaces, making it an excellent base to explore the region. This beautiful, undeveloped area is set in the Island’s eastern regency of Karangasem, well away from the excesses of mainstream tourism, with Mt Agung, Bali’s most sacred and mystical volcano, providing a dramatic backdrop to the scene.
There is a charming collection of restaurants and simple souvenir shops in Candidasa, as well as a few basic mini-marts. Close by is the 700-year-old walled village of Tenganan, where the residents practise a time-honoured lifestyle based around ritual and ceremony. The fortress-like village has become a living museum, and many of the houses also function as shops and workshops where expert craftsmen and women perform their centuries’ old skills.
The beach at Candidasa is sandy and golden, albeit narrow due to erosion. There is however, a beautiful beach known as Pasir Putih five kilometres to the east and snorkelling and diving off Candidasa is good with some excellent sites close to the shore and accessible by local boat. Within a few kilometres are two of Bali’s most prestigious resorts, Alila Manggis and the world famous Amankila. Padang Bai Harbour, the stepping off point for Lombok, is a further nine kilometres around the bay, and here you will find the Blue Lagoon, another superb snorkelling and dive site.
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: 8.90
Our stay at Villa Angsoka was imbued with a sense of smugness, this was a villa to be proud of! The views are mesmerising, holding us captive for hours at a time. Nature is generous here, using the sky and ocean as her canvas; treating us to misty pink-hued mornings, brilliant blue afternoon skies with low slung clouds bopping over the horizon, and views over the rocky hulk of neighbouring island, Penida, and the shadowy silhouette of Lombok in the distance. Dreamy days gently slipped by, with little to think about except whether to have pancakes or eggs for breakfast; swim in the ocean or the pool; take a trip to the beach, or stay at the villa. While built on a grand scale, the owners designed Angsoka with harmony and comfort in mind, creating a highly liveable space which is luxurious without being over the top. The collection of Indonesian curios and antiques is more homely than museum-like in nature, while simple sofas and chairs in all-weather rattan, suit the tropical beach location. We enjoyed watching local life unfurl around us, with fishermen heading off in their colourful jukung (fishing boats) or net fishing in the shallows, while easy strolls down the shady lane revealed cows meandering through the coconut groves and kids playing soccer. While there was no direct view of the sunset, dusk was still a beautiful time, bathing the villa and the ocean in a soft pink glow, and we always looked forward to the staff lighting the decorative fires at either end of the pool, punctuating the night sky with flames.
Sleeping Capacity: 12
The villa combines outdoor/indoor living spaces with wonderful views from every room. Water lilies line the entrance into the spacious open-sided, fan-cooled lounge pavilion with panoramic views over the pool and ocean. Here, a long wooden dining table seats 14, on either side of which are two generous built-in corner lounge suites with teal cushions and glass-topped coffee tables scattered with books and magazines. Alcoves are filled with curios, and additional sofas are arranged at the front. The guest kitchen opens onto the lounge, with black granite counters and timber cupboards stacked with everything you could possibly need to self cater. The softly lit TV lounge has a comfortable sofa, decent selection of books, and 42’-inch flat-screen Satellite TV, with CD, DVD player and iPod dock. The 20m infinity pool has 12 deck chairs shaded with umbrellas, and a large bale (pavilion) providing an additional 14-seat dining table. Six comfortable ensuite bedrooms are minimally adorned, with little to distract from the ocean views. Features common to master and guest bedrooms include air conditioning and ceiling fans, four-poster super king-size beds (200cm x 200cm), built in latticed timber wardrobes, varnished floor boards, glass sliding doors, creamy drapes and simple bedside tables and lamps. Contemporary bathrooms sport creamy, fresh colour schemes, and are equipped with rain shower, bathtub, extensive mirrors and modern fittings, including twin vanity units with rectangular counter-top sinks perched on black granite counters. The two large, equal-size master bedrooms occupy opposite wings on the second floor, with glass doors opening onto a spacious deck with built-in day beds. Each has a tall sloping ceiling of rattan and wood, and is furnished with wooden desk, chaise longue, soft luxurious mosquito net, and vibrant, turquoise-hued wood carvings. Walk-through wardrobes lead to spacious bathrooms with palm-grove views, sofa, indoor bathtub and open-air shower. The two smaller bedrooms upstairs in the main pavilion are perhaps most suitable for children or teenagers, with tables made from colourful wooden fishing boats and adornments of decorative animal-shaped money boxes. However, with king-size beds, outdoor daybeds and spectacular views, they are also appropriate for adults. Behind these bedrooms a small gym has a running machine, weights and Pilates ball, and a separate massage room has two professional massage beds. A masseuse is on call. Two downstairs bedrooms are set on either side of the main pavilion. Their bathrooms are fitted with built in cupboards, a courtyard bath tub and views of banana trees through the open panels, while private verandas are furnished with wooden planters’ chairs and have views over the lawn and sea.