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Villa Indah Manis is a peaceful 5.5 bedroom retreat that can sleep up to 8 adults + 4 children. Complete with two swimming pools and a spa, it is operated along the lines of an intimate boutique hotel, and rests in a spectacular location upon ‘The Bukit’ – Bali’s southern peninsula. The property incorporates a completely self-contained 1-bedroom Honeymoon Suite with private pool, which can be rented independently.
Surrounded by forest and rural scenes, Villa Indah Manis commands breathtaking views spanning the Indian Ocean and the southernmost tip of the island all the way up the west coast past Jimbaran, the airport, Kuta and Canggu, and inland to Bedugul. On a clear day, the awesome vista takes in Mt Batu Karu together with the volcanoes of East Java. This beautiful area boasts some of the most idyllic beaches in Bali, including Balangan, Dreamland, Bingin and Padang Padang. These hidden, white sandy coves are great for both surfers and non-surfers alike.
Designed to maximise the views and catch the cool breezes even at the hottest time of year, the property offers a blend of air-conditioned comfort and tropical open-air living. It is composed of a series of pavilions, with a dramatic 14-metre lap pool, complemented by a flat green lawn, terraces ornamental ponds and water features. All of the bedrooms are equipped with safe deposit boxes and hairdryers, and additional TVs can be provided upon request.
The property is built to be functional, designed around weddings, parties and celebrations. A full service kitchen provides the facilities to cater for up to eighty guests, all of whom can be seated on the terrace. The main garden can accommodate the same number for a Champagne reception, and the open-air bar is also a suitable area for stand-up cocktails. The pool can be covered with a temporary platform to create a dance floor or a stage for a live band. The terrace and lawns are also perfect for dance performances, and barbeques, which are a specialty of the villa. The modern Balinese architecture makes use of local materials, such as white Palimanan stone, teakwood and sandwash, together with ‘sirap’ ironwood shingle for the roofs.
Approached via a wide paved driveway, guests enter the property to find a pathway lit by lanterns and lined with palm trees. The 13 x 6 metre Living & Dining Pavilion is the focal point and social hub of Villa Indah Manis, boasting a graceful shingle roof unobstructed by pillars, therefore giving it the appearance of a floating structure. Open on four sides with sliding glass doors at the front, which can be closed for protection against the elements, the pavilion is flanked by a lotus pond and serenaded by the mellow sound of water bubbling over ornamental urns. A stepping stone bridge marks the entrance, and the soaring roof is lined with bamboo. The pavilion is furnished with a modern dining table that can comfortably seat fourteen. The custom-made furnishings and accessories include three deeply-cushioned sofas, lazy chairs, sideboards, coffee tables, two impressive wrought iron chandeliers, ceiling fans and candelabra.
A stand-alone teakwood Bar rests at the edge of the pool terrace to one side of the Living & Dining Pavilion. This square Bar is characterised by an ‘alang alang’ thatched roof and furnished with ten high chairs. The slatted wooden sides have been cleverly designed to hide some discreet lighting, which means that the bar dramatically lights up at night.
The 16 x 4 metre, infinity-edge lap pool is lined with green Java stone, and appears to overflow into the forest below. At the far end, it is sensationally suspended eight metres above the ground and the water is 1.4 metres in depth. There is a 60-centimetre shallow end for kids, and this part of the pool is also very pleasant for sitting in. The terrazzo pool deck is furnished with stylish, high quality, lightweight metal sunloungers and Chinese-style sun parasols. Mini parasols are also to be found throughout the property for the use of guests. There are numerous relaxation areas, strategically positioned in the shade, so that guests will always find a private spot for peace and quiet.
The garden is planted with frangipani and flowering shrubs, and adorned with pots of bougainvillea and a carved frieze depicting characters from The Ramayana.
Two sets of steps lead down to a lower level, below the garden and swimming pool. This area houses a cosy snug known as The Maharajah Room. Decorated in rich reds and complemented by a comfortable built-in L-shaped sofa, silk cushions and framed textiles, the room is equipped with a TV, DVD and surround sound speakers. There is also a library of over 150 DVDs, a refrigerator, and an additional dining table for casual dining. Immediately outside is a special sandy area allocated for Pétanque – a game similar to boules. Unique Pétanque packages are a specialty of Villa Indah Manis. Additionally, kids, teenagers and adults will enjoy the games room complete with pool table located immediately underneath the swimming pool. A daybed is positioned beside the pool table, and there is also a dartboard.
Located to one side of the Maharajah Room is a study with a desk and Internet access. There is also a wine cellar, regulated at European cave temperature.
The Fitness Room, located between the Studio and the Spa, is equipped with a running machine, an exercise bike, a stepper, a rowing machine, light weights and wall mirrors.
The spa is positioned on the same level, on the far side of the games room. Here guests can enjoy beautiful views and blissful spa treatments including a complimentary massage on arrival. Flanked by sweet-scented frangipani trees, the spa boasts an open-sided, thatched massage pavilion, known as a ‘bale’, in addition to a Jacuzzi, a washroom and a fabulous bathtub for rose petal baths. The spa is equipped with a massage bed, and a chair and washbasin designed for the Indonesian ‘creambath’ – a special treatment for the hair that includes a conditioning scalp massage and moisturising hair crème together with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.
The semi open-air service kitchen is fully equipped with everything that the chef needs in order to prepare complimentary breakfasts and delicious meals selected ‘restaurant style’ from an enticing a la carte menu. Located behind the living and dining pavilion, with colourful tiles and wooden wall panels that can be closed or open, it is fitted with gleaming appliances, black marble worktops, and a large oven with a gas hob. This impressive kitchen is also a professional facility for outside caterers to prepare lavish feasts for weddings, parties and special functions. Additionally, it is the venue for Balinese cooking classes for the guests.
The Kamboja Bedroom is accessed by double Balinese doors. It features a marble floor under a soaring roof, and displays a bold use of colour. Air-conditioned, with the additional provision of a ceiling fan, it is attractively furnished with a king-size bed canopied with diaphanous drapes. There is also a TV and plenty of storage cupboards.
The en-suite bathroom is a stunning example of the romantic Bali style, an open-air bathroom dominated by a sparkling, terrazzo, circular bathtub, where guests can soak under an open sky and enjoy wonderful views of the ocean in complete privacy. It is particularly lovely at night. The air-conditioned indoor section of the bathroom is comprised of creamy white Palimanan stone walls and a marble floor, complemented by a Balinese statue and a terrazzo vanity unit topped with a sculptured washbasin. Glass bricks channel an abundance of natural light, and the toilet is hidden within an alcove.
Heralded by an ornamental pond and an ornately carved Palimanan stone frieze, the Jempiring Bedroom also features a marble floor under a soaring roof. It is air-conditioned, with the additional provision of a ceiling fan, and furnished with a twin beds (each sized 100cm x 100 cm) and 2 pull-out sofas that can be converted to 2 single beds. The en-suite garden bathroom is surrounded by walls; a striking feature is the glassless window, which frames a Balinese statue, and looks stunning at night. The Palimanan stone-walled bathroom is fitted with twin washbasins, a rainshower and a toilet tucked away in an alcove.
The Melati Room is designed for kids, and can sleep up to 2 kids on twin beds (each size 100 cm x 100 cm). This room can be rented solely, or together with the adjoining Alamanda Bedroom, which is furnished with a king-size bed. The Melati Room can also be used as a sitting room to complement the Alamanda Room. Both rooms are air-conditioned as well as being fitted with ceiling fans.
The adjoining open-air bathroom serves both the Melati and Alamanda Rooms, with separate doors leading into each room. It features twin washbasins in sculpted terrazzo, a glassless window showcasing a Balinese statue, orange cupboards, a rainshower, and an alcoved toilet.
The Cempaka Bedroom is located on an upper level, and accessed by an external flight of Palimanan stone steps. The adjoining wooden deck offers more eye-popping views, and is furnished with a daybed and a low opium table.
The air-conditioned bedroom is distinguished by a soaring roof and a coffee-coloured marble floor. It is furnished with a king-size opium bed, equipped with a ceiling fan, and it features a dressing area behind the bed.
The en-suite bathroom, also located upstairs, is characterised by slatted walls that allow the cool breezes to permeate. Blinds can be dropped at night for privacy. There is a rainshower, a washbasin, a large wall mirror and an alcoved toilet.
Bulan Madu is a direct translation of Honey Moon; this exquisite villa covers an area of 350 square metres, and is totally private with its own exclusive entrance flanked by elephant welcome statues. Guests staying here will benefit from all of the same 5-star services that are provided at Indah Manis. Upon arrival they will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and complimentary massage each in the Honeymoon Suite. Romantic candlelit dinners for two are a speciality of Bulan Madu.
The elevated living area is open on two sides, and cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans. It features a coffee-coloured marble floor, and is equipped with a TV, DVD, quality sound system and a mini refrigerator.
The air-conditioned bedroom, complete with ceiling fan, is accessed by sliding glass doors on two sides. The room is exquisitely decorated and furnished, and the enticing king-size bed is canopied in dreamy diaphanous drapes.
The en-suite sumptuous bathroom appears to float upon a moat; this open-air pavilion is supported by pillars and characterised by a splendid Palimanan stone bathtub big enough for two, together with a rainshower, and a floating vanity unit with a sculptured terrazzo washbasin, plus a toilet. A gold Buddha statue rests in an alcove, ceiling fans keep this area cool, and blinds can be dropped for absolute privacy.
The pretty garden boasts a thatched ‘bale’ relaxation pavilion, which is cushioned with a large covered mattress. It faces the sunset and presides over the 6 x 4 metre private swimming pool. The sea view is delightful both from here and also from the raised living area. The pool deck is furnished with sunloungers and a sun umbrella, and there is also a circular dining table together with chairs, positioned outside.
The staff quarters, laundry, and manager’s office are located at the back, leaving every room to enjoy the magnificent ocean view.
Guests who stay at this luxurious destination villa will have no need to leave the environs. Nevertheless, the Bukit Peninsula is surrounded by Bali’s best beaches, and within easy reach of all of the island’s main tourist attractions. It is just twenty minutes’ drive from the international airport and only thirty-five minutes’ drive from the endless shopping, vibrant nightlife and international restaurants of Kuta and Seminyak.
Bali Golf & Country Club, bordered by the Ocean at Nusa Dua and voted one of Asia’s top five golf courses, is a mere fifteen minute car journey away. Other easily accessible sporting amenities include tennis facilities, horseback riding, dive schools, sailing cruises and much more. A car and driver is available on request at an additional charge.
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