Five-bedroom Bendega Nui and three-bedroom Bendega Rato can each be rented separately, together, or with the one-bedroom pavilion that sits between the two in a walled garden and with a plunge pool of its own, to create a total of nine bedrooms.
Bendega Nui has been carefully designed to maximize its 3,900 square metres of land amidst the rice terraces of Canggu. The villa is entered via gates that slide open to reveal a two-metre-high black-stone Buddha head serenely welcoming visitors to the property. The entry courtyard provides ample room for parking and is dotted with frangipani, oil palms, jasmine, yuccas and African tulip trees. Guests walk over sandstone steps across a large koi-filled pond to the main entrance doors.
The villa buildings form an ‘H’, with the main living and sleeping accommodation in the middle, and two of the five bedrooms, the pool pavilion and the staff quarters forming the four prongs of the H. This pleasing symmetry is carried through to many elements within the villa, including the 11 x 11-metre swimming pool, which is bordered by a large sunny garden and overlooks the rice fields.
Four of the bedrooms at Bendega Nui have lovely open views across the luxuriant rice fields of Canggu, while the large and very private fifth bedroom has sliding doors opening onto a private garden area. The villa can accommodate 10 adults in three king-bedded rooms and two twin rooms (which can both convert to king-bedded rooms). There is capacity to add three more foldaway beds for children if required, and a privately enclosed one-bedroom suite between Bendega Nui and neighbouring Bendega Rato creates an optional sixth bedroom. All bedrooms are air conditioned, generously sized, tastefully furnished, and have ensuite bathrooms.
Two sets of tall sliding doors open to reveal a spectacular open-air, double-height sitting room facing the gardens, pool and rice fields. This fan-cooled space, which seats 12, is simply but stylishly furnished with two oversized black teak sofas and armchairs set around matching coffee tables. The black upholstery is brought to life with vibrant contrasting green and orange patterned scatter cushions.
Along the back wall of the sitting room, an ancient canoe has been topped with glass and transformed into a 6m-long table; a stunning centrepiece for a buffet dinner. Above the canoe, a set of antique carved panels are framed against a wall of golden sandstone. A galleried walkway runs above the sitting area providing another opportunity to enjoy the views.
Dining and kitchen
To the right of the sitting room, glass doors lead into the wooden-floored, dining room, showcasing a massive, five-metre-long solid Merbau dining table that seats up to 20 people. More glass doors open onto the garden at the front, while a large mirror is set in an antique door frame at the far end of the room. A charming glass-fronted cabinet houses glassware and crockery next to a door leading through to the kitchen.
The kitchen at Bendega Nui reflects the owners’ love of cooking. This fully fitted, air-conditioned room has such appeal that it’s almost tempting to give the chef a day off! Dark wood cabinets, cream-colored Corian work tops and glass splash-backs create clean lines, while a large central island ensures plenty of work space.
The chef’s biggest delight is the range of equipment available to him here – including an extra large oven, a Jura Impressa coffee machine, waffle-maker, Cuisinart panini toaster, ice cream maker and dishwasher, to name but a few. The kitchen is also equipped with two large fridges, and a freezer and wine fridge in the pantry. Just outside is a custom-built pizza oven.
Library and games room
In the comfortable library and adjoining games room, a set of floor-to-ceiling shelves contains numerous books on Bali and Indonesia as well as more popular holiday reading. The library has a 50-inch flat-screen television with DVD player and more than 50 international satellite channels. An L-shaped sofa and two floral print chairs offer plenty of comfort in front of the TV.
The games room is almost completely surrounded by glass and can be opened up to the gardens on three sides. Bar stools and easy chairs provide seating for spectators around the full-sized pool table and there’s a wide selection of other games available too. Opposite the games room is a delightful guest washroom. Finished in warm Indian Sandstone, and furnished with an antique cabinet, this washroom opens into a pretty walled garden.
The 11 x 11-metre stone-tiled infinity-edged swimming pool overlooks the rice fields. As well as being large enough for some serious swimming, the pool is perfectly positioned for sunset cocktails, which can be enjoyed from the wide stone shelves set into the pool at just the right depth.
Next to the pool a breezy open-sided pavilion is furnished with a huge built-in daybed and a table for up to 10 people. This is a great place to congregate at the start of the day for a ‘come-as-you-please’ breakfast. A handy kitchenette with a water cooler, bar fridge and sink is concealed neatly behind louvered doors and around the corner is a guest changing room with toilet and shower.
To the far side of the lawn, perched over a koi pond, is a peaceful relaxation balé. furnished with a comfortable daybed, floor cushions and two petrified-wood stools.
Bendega Rato has been carefully designed to maximise its 1,700-square metres of land amidst the rice terraces of Canggu. The villa is entered through two large Javanese antique teak doors. Guests step across a pond to the villa’s living and dining areas, with a view of the garden and swimming pool.
The villa’s main pavilion forms a rough L-shape with the living and sleeping accommodation spread across the length of the two-storey building. The 18 x 5-metre swimming pool runs parallel to the living and dining areas, with the master bedroom pavilion at one end and the pool pavilion at the other.
Bendega Rato can accommodate six people in three king-bedded rooms in the main villa, and a separate master suite with its own plunge pool and balé is available to create a fourth double room on request. There is also capacity to add three foldaway beds for children if required. All bedrooms are generously sized, tastefully furnished, and have ensuite bathrooms and outdoor balconies or sitting areas
Living and dining
Bendega Rato has a spacious, vaulted, open-plan living and dining area. Three sets of glass doors open the room up to the outside with views of the garden and pool. The sitting room, which seats 12, is simply but very stylishly furnished with two oversized black teak sofas and armchairs set around coffee tables. Upholstery is brought to life with vibrant black and white patterned scatter cushions.
In the dining area is a spectacular black teak table also seating 12. The room is furnished with some charming antiques pieces, including a rice chest, a large glass cabinet and, mounted on the double-height wall, an ornately carved antique ‘rice house’.
Downstairs adjoining the living area is an air-conditioned media room with a 55-inch flat-screen television, Apple TV, blue-ray DVD player and a Sonos music system.
At one end of the pool is a spacious open pavilion furnished with a large daybed, antique bar and alfresco dining table with seating for 10. Relax poolside on one of the waterproof bean bags as you listen to music from the integrated Sonos music system.
Sunset terrace and rooftop balé
Capture the magical Bali sunsets from the rooftop sundeck and enjoy a cocktail on the comfortable daybed in the balé. The sundeck can be accessed either through one of the bedrooms or by a separate staircase.
Bendega Nui Max. Occupancy: 10 people
Bendega Rato Max. Occupancy: 6 people
Bendega One Bedroom Pavilion Max. Occupancy: 2 people