Enjoying a tranquil village setting along Bali’s south-west coast, four-bedroomed Villa Shamira is a much-loved family home that’s given years of joy to its owners. This stylish yet utterly casual hideaway welcomes with a 12m swimming pool, an extensive array of relaxing indoor–outdoor living and dining areas and a team of delightful, long-term staff who are almost part of the family.
Set within lush tropical gardens and surrounded by rice fields and farming communities, Villa Shamira is a ten-minute stroll from Canggu Beach, renowned for its excellent surfing and spectacular sunsets, and only a few kilometres from the shops and restaurants of sophisticated Seminyak.
Villa Shamira is located on a small lane straddling two beach roads. A pleasant stroll of under ten minutes along either road brings you to Canggu Beach. The road to the left (Jalan Batu Balong) takes you to Canggu Beach ‘proper,’ frequented mostly by locals, especially at dusk, and providing only simple food outlets. However, just before you reach the beach, you’ll find the divine Hotel Tugu, one of Bali’s most celebrated hotels, with excellent restaurants and a fascinating and charming bar area.
The road to the right of Villa Shamira (Jalan Batu Mejan) leads to Echo Beach, a long-time surfer’s haunt that increasingly caters to visitors with spas, boutiques and a diverse range of eateries. A circular walk – particularly lovely at sunrise or sunset – takes you along the beach and past an ancient temple where Hindu ceremonies invariably spill out onto the beach.
Set within private tropical gardens, Villa Shamira is western-style in design, comprising three, yellow-hued buildings topped with tiled roofing. Quality materials, including teak, distressed woods, marble and Palimanan stone are used throughout.
The ground floor of the central, double-storey building houses a large, open-sided living and dining area, TV room, kitchen and bathroom. On the upper floor, three bedrooms and an outdoor dining patio are accessed via a teakwood staircase.
To the left of the main building and accessed via a garden patio stands a single-storey detached wing aptly named the garden room, containing bedroom number four. A separate wooden staircase to the right of the living and dining area leads to an extra bedroom (without ensuite bathroom), known as the lumbung room – its distinctive curved roof a clue to the traditional touches that lie within.
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