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The clue is in the name… Numerous adjectives have been used to describe Bali sunsets – legendary, spectacular and brilliant are merely a tease. In the late afternoon, between 6.15 and 6.45pm depending on the time of year, a large red orb descends slowly to the western horizon; radiant light casts pink and golden reflections on the water, while clouds might move across the sky as if to draw the curtains on another day. Gathering to watch the sun kiss the horizon and then swiftly vanish from the sight is a daily ritual in Bali, and Villa Sunset offers front-row views of its namesake, across the calm waters of a secluded bay.
This three-bedroom villa is positioned on the sheltered Benoa Bay side of Tanjung Benoa, overlooking the five-kilometre-long tidal estuary, replete with birdlife and bordered by mangrove forests and a mud-sand shoreline, with Bali’s main seaport, Benoa Harbour, located on the northern tip. Here, white walls and natural wood, local stonework and a tasteful décor set the scene beside an alluring 17-metre swimming pool that reaches out to greet the tide. In addition to its contemporary architecture, comfy furnishings, and colourful artwork, the villa also offers the choice of indoor or semi-outdoor living areas; all of the air-conditioned rooms have glass doors that open wide to invite the cool sea breezes inside.
Modest enough to make a family feel very much at home, Villa Sunset is staffed by a discreet, thoughtful team who will leave guests to their own devices yet appear within a moment if summoned. A cooked daily breakfast is included in the price. For other meals, a suggestion menu is available and a chef can be hired at extra cost.
Finally, how often do you come across a villa with a speedboat for guest use, moored at its own private jetty at the bottom of the garden? There is a nominal hourly rate but for this you get a captain and a whole lot of adventure. If you prefer to stay on dry land, a car and driver is at your service at no additional cost. And then there are the sunsets…
Villa Sunset is one of five villas in the Puri Tirta enclave, the others being Villas Alamanda, Cantik, Selamanya and Cempaka. Immediately to the front of the villa is a floating jetty, a small sandy beach, mangroves and the shallow waters of Benoa Bay. At high tide the villa’s speedboat can be launched and the kayaks can be used to tour the bay. At low tide it’s possible to go for long walks over the sand flats up to the tip of the peninsula where there are various resorts, restaurants and access to the local villages.
About Nusa Dua-Tanjung Benoa
Situated on the eastern side of Bali’s Bukit Peninsular, the island’s southernmost landmass, Nusa Dua presents a ribbon-wrapped package, complemented by an air of gentility and order. An enormous split gate of carved stone marks the entrance to this tourist enclave of wide paved lanes and manicured gardens, white-sand beaches, restaurants, a shopping mall, a conference centre and one the island’s most popular golf courses – The Bali Golf and Country Club – to support its five-star resorts. The enclave is guarded by the twin islets of Nusa Dua – the name literally means ‘two islands’ – connected to the coast by two temple-topped sand spits. A six-kilometre seafront promenade links the beaches and is perfect for early morning strolls or bicycle rides. A notable attraction in the area is the Pasifika Museum which showcases artwork from Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Most restaurants in Nusa Dua are hotel-based. In contrast, the neighbouring cape of Tanjung Benoa presents history, colour and a busy vibe. This slender, five-kilometre-long peninsula, juts into the bay north of Nusa Dua, pointing like a finger towards Benoa Harbour. The village of Benoa, on the tip of this peninsula, was once a bustling trading port, and many Chinese and Bugis descendants of these traders still live in the area. The backstreets are a rabbit warren of alleys pocketed with small shops, Balinese temples crafted from carved limestone, a mosque, an ancient Chinese Buddhist temple and a traditional open-air market, while the beach is home to water sports operators and many restaurants, including the upmarket Bumbu Bali, serving Balinese cusine. A major, Japanese-funded, beach restoration project at Tanjung Benoa has resulted in the construction of a series of attractive, crescent-shaped, stone piers, complete with open-sided gazebos capped with red-tiled roofs.
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: 7.90
We know that the Nusa Dua/Tanjung Benoa area has a reputation as a holiday destination that suits all tastes: from sun-worshippers whose aim is to remain as horizontal as possible for as long as possible, to adrenaline freaks who care only for the thrill of a jet ski engine between their legs, a parachute strapped to their back, or being towed on an inflatable rubber contraption behind a speedboat at Mach 1.
We kind of fit into both groups but we don’t like spending too much time surrounded by hordes of others who do the same and that’s why it was beyond good to find Villa Sunset on the sleepy side of Benoa Harbour. We felt like we had the whole of Bali to ourselves (apart from at high tide when the jet skis came calling for an hour or so) but on a low tide the silence is deafening.
We loved it. For a couple of hours we could jump on said jet skis and get our adrenaline fix but afterwards it was straight back to the pool for some serious atrophy time. So little to do and so much time within which to do it!
One thing not to miss is a kayak trip around the bay and the mangroves (the villa has four for guest use) and, at least once, rent the resident speedboat for a spin around the harbour – early morning is best when all the birds are waking up and the sun is not yet hot. Also, go for a wander along the sand on low tide and visit one of the turtle hatcheries just up the beach. If you have kids they will love it – especially having a photo taken with a nine-foot python draped around their necks.
Claudia S, Germany Overall Rating: 9.50
Sleeping Capacity: 6
Villa Sunset comprises a main building with three air-conditioned bedrooms and a living and dining area with integrated kitchen, all of which are positioned on the ground floor with the exception of the master bedroom, which is on the upper floor.
The marble-floored living and dining room presents cushioned sofas arranged around a coffee table to take in the glorious vista. The room is fitted with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a large, flat-screen TV, DVD player and music system. A dining table for eight is positioned beside the glass doors that open to the pool deck offering a semi-alfresco dining experience. More glass doors on the far side of the living area reveal a small courtyard featuring a stone Buddha in front of a water cascade. The small kitchen is equipped with a four-burner gas hob, fridge, kettle, utensils, and a good range of tableware and glassware.
The two ground-floor bedrooms are positioned on either side of the living space and mirror each other in size. One has twin beds and the other a king-size bed. Both have glass doors opening onto individual terraces furnished with chairs, adjacent to the pool deck. The ensuite bathrooms have dressing areas, bathtubs, indoor showers and outdoor showers open to the sky. At the top of a flight of stairs, the master bedroom (furnished with a four-poster queen-size bed) rests under a soaring roof along with a balcony looking out over the pool and garden against the fabulous backdrop of Benoa Bay and the distant Nusa Dua. The ensuite bathroom has a dressing area and two walk-in monsoon showers – one situated indoors and one positioned outdoors surrounded by walls for privacy.
Outside, guarded by a gaily-painted Balinese door, which coordinates with the blues and greens of the sea and the sky, is a pretty walled garden with a flat lawn fringed by frangipanis and palms. Centre stage is the 17-metre pool, flanked by a cold-water jacuzzi and stone pool deck furnished with loungers and umbrellas. A shingle-roofed bale bengong ‘daydreaming’ gazebo sits in prime position close to water’s edge, complete with an antique daybed. Also poolside is an open-sided living pavilion – a lovely spot for afternoon snacks or cocktails, outfitted with a sofa, two armchairs and a low table.