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A rare find along Bali’s south-west coast, this unique six-bedroom home, comprises a four-bedroom main villa, which can be rented alone, and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse located in a quiet corner of the grounds. Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa enjoys 100 metres of private beach frontage on almost 12,000 sqm of lush gardens, and makes an idyllic wedding venue.
The villa is beautifully designed and blends harmoniously with the natural environment. Coupled with the infectious smiles of the warm and friendly staff, and the amazing cuisine prepared by the dedicated in-house chef, it’s no wonder guests are captivated by Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa’s appeal and authenticity.
Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa is located in the village of Pererenan in the Canggu area, next to the windswept beach, which is famous among surfers for its powerful breaks. There is a strong current here, however, so swimming is not recommended. In the immediate vicinity are two or three other villas , rice fields, the river estuary, a temple and the general buzz of Balinese village life. There are no shops in the village apart from a few small local stores selling only the very basics, but there are two cafés beside the beach, both of which are popular with surfers. Ombak Café does a great selection of Western and Indonesian favourites along with a seafood barbecue, all served on the first floor vantage point.
A twenty-minute walk along the sand (or 4km by road) will bring you to Echo Beach with its multitude of beachfront eateries, including The Beach House, which offers indoor and outdoor seating, and an extensive international menu, together with a daily barbecue of fresh fish, lobster, giant prawns, clams, steaks, kebabs etc. Live music takes place here on Sunday evenings, starting at around sunset. There is a huge choice of fine dining, as well as mid-range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak (10km). Seminyak is also home to numerous designer boutiques. For horse riders, the Kuda P stables are just 3km away, while one of the most dramatic and venerated temples in Bali, Pura Tanah Lot, is 10km ride.
Canggu has become the collective name for a number of villages (including Berawa, Tegal Gundul, Tiyingtukul, Pererenan, Nelayan and Babakan), which, until very recently, could still be described as a sleepy coastal locale. It's now one of Bali's coolest districts.
Here, amongst the rice fields which extend all the way down to the beach, you will not only find some of the most luxurious private residences on the island, but also a great selection of eclectic restaurants, cafes, bakeries, boutiques and beach bars – especially along Jalan Batu Bolong, which runs right down to the beach. Popular spots include Finns Beach Club, Old Mans, La Laguna, The Lawn and Ji @ Bale Sutra.
Canggu is also an area that most surfers will know about, with reef swells that are larger than those you will find further south in Kuta and Seminyak. Swimming isn’t advisable however as the rips can be dangerous, but there are plenty of other things to do from horseback riding to cooking classes. Finns Recreation Club (for which many holiday villas in the area include guest membership) offers social and leisure amenities, including Splash waterpark, Bounce trampoline centre, Strike bowling, a state-of-the art gym, a 25m swimming pool and a tennis and squash centre.
Along the coast to the north of Canggu is Pura Tanah Lot; a sea temple perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock and probably the most photographed sight in Bali. Sophisticated Seminyak, a few kilometres south of Canggu, lays claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, including Sarong, La Lucciola and Ku Dé Ta, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas and elegant boutiques.
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: 8.20
Our stay at this villa was blissful. We enjoyed the comfortable informality, not only of the staff but also the layout of the villa and garden. The staff were keen to please; they indulged us with delicious home-cooked goodies, freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices and service that came from their hearts. The swimming pool is free-form and fun but also long (and deep) enough to do as many laps as you deem appropriate. We lazed in the garden balé and hung out poolside until just before sunset, when we headed upstairs to have a couple of beers and a game of pool in the open air lounge. The west coast of Bali is renowned for its magnificent sunsets, and this lounge has to be one of the best places to watch it happen.
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Sleeping Capacity: 14
After entering the villa and traversing a pond flanked by a pair of bubbling water features, guests will find themselves in the open-sided living and dining pavilion, with its lofty two-tiered thatched roof and terrazzo floor. The room is furnished with a dining table for 14, a small table for four, and a sitting area with three sofas grouped around a coffee table. (A separate building by the entrance houses the gleaming white kitchen where the villa chef whips up wonderful meals). On one side of the living pavilion is a lounge room, guest shower room and the master suite whilst on the other is a two-storey building housing three ensuite guest bedrooms and a delightful upper-floor lounge.
Each of these air conditioned bedrooms faces the garden and is fitted with parquet floors and furnished with a king-size bed, oriental rugs, lovingly-collected antiques, classic artwork, colourful antique wall panels, artefacts and local textiles, complemented by fresh flowers galore. Three of the bathrooms are equipped with oversized circular or sunken terrazzo soaking tubs, all have standing monsoon showers, four extend into the open-air, and all are exceedingly romantic. The outsides of the buildings are clad with random rock limestone and hand-carved stone murals, and this is a feature that continues within the bathrooms. The cosy air-conditioned media room offers sofas, a TV/DVD player, a desk and a library of books and movies, and attaches to a bathroom. Finally, the upstairs lounge enjoys stunning sea views and is furnished with comfortable chairs and a huge daybed set around coffee tables before a TV/DVD player.
At the river’s edge, a short stroll from the main house, is a private and romantic two-bedroom teak guesthouse with plunge pool. The king and twin bedrooms here are equally sized and share a bathroom huge circular bathtub and monsoon shower. Sofas in the spacious lounge face a 42-inch TV, DVD player and music system, and on three sides sliding doors open onto a veranda furnished with rattan chairs. Beyond, is an alfresco dining table for six.
The villa’s garden features smooth rolling lawns dotted with frangipani trees and palms, and a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool bordered by a timber deck furnished with chairs and sun loungers. A gamelan of three stone musicians rests under a tree, and a thatched pavilion presents a huge, deeply-cushioned daybed. It is the view, however, that will stop guests in their tracks. The garden becomes a jungle of pandanas and beach convolvulus as it rolls down to a river, and ahead rises to a buff, immediately beyond which is a rugged surf beach and the Indian Ocean.