Absorb the energy and be soothed by the serenity of the Island of Gods in exotic splendour at Villa Asmara. This enchanting rural sanctuary overlooks the rice fields and rugged shores of the sleepy village of Cemagi that worships its very own sea temple, Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus.
Itís hard not to fall in love with Villa Asmara. Named after the ancient Sanskrit word for love, guests will be captured by the villaís spell from the moment they enter its doors. Perhaps itís the large wise Buddha gazing across the gorgeous green-stone swimming pool, or the sound of crashing waves in the distance, or the exotic tropical gardens, but one thing is for sure: you canít help but feel the warm and positive energy that embraces this villa.
The four air-conditioned bedrooms have fantastic pool views and are tastefully decorated with Javanese antiques. Ceiling fans provide an alternative cooling option (except Master Suite 1) and all four rooms feature deluxe ensuite bathrooms.
Master Suite 1
With incredible views through the palm trees to the ocean and across the terraced rice fields to the peaks of magical Mount Batukaru, this upstairs master suite is accessed from the games room. It features polished teak floors and a queen-size bed with wooden bed head, suede panels and a Javanese oil painting beautifully displayed in the centre. Large cupboards provide ample hanging space while black and mustard cushions contrast beautifully against crisp white linens. Guests will find it hard to resist the jacuzzi bath, from where they can watch rice farmers tending to their fields as clouds sweep over the distant mountains.
Master Suite 2
Designed for those seeking extra privacy, the second master suite is the perfect romantic hideaway with its traditional alang-alang roof, polished teak floors and luxurious bathroom.
Featuring an exquisite Javanese writing chair and dresser, this king-bedded room also has a wooden bed head with suede panels and an oil painting displayed in the centre. A dark red feature wall provides a window seat should guests wish to curl up with a good book, and glass sliding doors open to a veranda overlooking the pool.Bathing is an absolute treat in the impressive bathroom featuring twin basins, indoor shower and jacuzzi bathtub with windows that open out to a secluded garden. An open-air shower is is also provided for those wishing to bathe beneath the stars.
Guest Rooms 3 and 4
These two gorgeous guest rooms sit side by side under an ironwood roof. Cream tiled floors and glass sliding doors open onto a veranda overlooking the pool. Both rooms feature whitewashed teak furniture including a four-poster king-size bed draped with mosquito netting and an antique-style settee. Beautiful burnt-orange and mustard-yellow silk furnishings differentiate the two. The semi-open bathrooms with overhead showers are enclosed within small gardens.
Lounge, Dining and Kitchen
The open-sided lounge area with its soft cream arches is perfect for family and friends to enjoy a drink before dinner. A large red L-shaped sofa and an antique Javanese daybed beckon guests to recline in style as they are cooled by ceiling fans or the gentle ocean breeze.
Come dinner time the eight-seater solid teak dining table is ideal for enjoying a home cooked meal prepared by the chef in the nearby kitchen. For those that wish to cater for themselves, the kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, black granite worktops and a four-seater marble dining table for casual dining.
Games and Media Room
Above the lounge is the games room, with a glass balustrade to optimise views of the pool, ocean, rice fields and mountains. Enjoy a game of billiards here at dusk – a comfortable sofa is provided for onlookers. For card or poker enthusiasts, a small glass-top table with four chairs conveniently awaits.
Keep climbing and you will reach the air-conditioned media room. This is the ultimate den, with Bose sound system, huge plasma-screen satellite TV and DVD player. Kick back on the comfortable brown suede sofa and watch your favourite flick, or simply gaze out to sea across the palms trees from the cute balcony.
Feel like a body scrub or massage? Just ask Villa Asmara’s friendly staff to bring the spa to you! Villa Asmara can recommend deluxe treatments carried out in the privacy of your own villa by fully trained spa therapists.
A driver and car (seating up to six passengers) is available to villa guests for eight hours a day (excluding petrol). Rates also include airport transfers. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to ask the villa manager to call one of the island’s safe, metered taxis for cheap and reliable after-hours or additional transport requirements.
Villa Asmara is situated on Bali’s south-west coast, just beyond the sleepy village of Cemagi. The glistening black volcanic-sand shores and rocky outcrops are also home to the small, but picturesque sea temple of Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus.
This is the perfect environment to take a stroll or bike ride through the surrounding rice fields and experience the traditional Balinese way of life; you are bound to witness a village ceremony or two as you explore.
Despite its rural setting, the villa is only 30 minutes’ drive from the many restaurants and shops of cosmopolitan Seminyak. World famous Echo Beach is also within easy reach (10 minutes by car), where guests can enjoy the laidback surfer vibe, an ice-cold beer and some incredible sunsets.
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