It is said that green is soothing for the soul, so with its glorious location in a sea of verdant rice fields, your stay at Villa Mandalay promises to be a serene one.
The villa’s tranquil setting is enhanced by a perfectly balanced contemporary design, with 25 metres of green-stone-tiled swimming pool creating a magnificent focal point. Buildings of creamy stone, with ironwood shingle roofs and rich dark timber accents, provide luxurious living and sleeping areas for up to 14 people. An enchanting bamboo pavilion set in water gardens grants unobstructed views and creates an atmospheric setting for casual breakfasts, sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners. Tropical gardens filled with frangipani, cala lilies and heliconia add swathes of colour, while lively fish ponds complement the tropical scenery.
Indonesian artwork adorns the villa, with a strong avian-theme reflected in Balinese paintings, and colourful carved wooden statues from Kalimantan, alongside elaborate friezes and a fascinating display of ethnic artefacts.
Golf enthusiasts will love the six-tee ‘pitch and putt’ golf course set into the lower gardens, and the villa’s proximity to the multi-award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf Course, which hugs the rocky coastline, offering stunning views over the venerated sea temple of Tanah Lot. Those wanting to relax can take a leisurely stroll to the glistening black-sand beach at Seseh, soak up the warmth of the Finnish-style sauna, or enjoy a soothing massage in the garden bale (pavilion) provided by a skilled therapist from a reputable local spa.
Friendly staff include a talented chef who prepares Western and Asian meals from an a la carte menu, as well as sumptuous Balinese-style feasts. A complimentary car and driver is also on hand to whisk you away to island attractions, such as white water rafting, the galleries and ornate Hindu temples of Ubud, or a world-class shopping and dining experience in Seminyak.
A stepping-stone path leads across a flourishing lily pond to the entrance of the villa, whose symmetrical design creates a tasteful and elegant space, with single storey contemporary Balinese-style pavilions arranged in a U-shape around a long rectangular swimming pool. Four guest bedrooms lie in pairs on each side of the pool, while the two masters flank the main living and dining area. Stairs lead to a lower garden and a studio bedroom adjacent to the sauna overlooking the ‘pitch and putt’ golf lawns.
All bedrooms are air conditioned, with ceiling fans, king-size beds furnished with crisp white linens and flat-screen TV’s with DVD players. Walk-through dressing rooms lead to stately ensuite bathrooms tiled in grey andesite stone, with twin vanities (except for the studio), statue-filled alcoves and customised amenities.
Two generously sized master bedrooms flank the living room, identical but for their artwork. Ceilings are gracefully tiered and softly illuminated in the evenings, long wooden desks nestle in window alcoves with garden outlooks, and each has a timber deck encircled by hedges and flower boxes, and furnished with a table, chairs and daybed. Large bathrooms include separate his-and-hers vanities and oversize terrazzo bathtubs.
Four guest bedrooms are arranged around the swimming pool, opening directly onto timber decking. Additional glass doors lead to fringing gardens at the back. The front two rooms have views over the lush rice fields, and are fitted with attractive window seats from which to enjoy them. The other two rooms have window alcoves with built-in desks overlooking tropical gardens.
Off the lower garden, the studio is the smallest and most private of the bedrooms and has an enchanting timber deck, furnished with sun loungers, set on a thriving lotus pond. The bathroom is tiled in gleaming Indian stone, with a single vanity and walk-in shower. This room is adjacent to the sauna.
The villa’s entrance is dominated by a large Palimanan-stone frieze flanked by elegant Javanese statues, leading to the fan-cooled living and dining area with its wooden floors, soaring ceiling and evocative Indonesian artwork. A glass-topped dining table seats 12, with an additional small table seating four. Large alcoves on either side have built-in sofas upholstered in earthy hues, and coffee tables strewn with magazines. A bar area at the back is equipped with an iPod dock and surround-sound system, while ethnic artefacts are displayed against a red feature wall. A guest washroom lies to one side and on the other is a kitchen equipped with everything required to cook up a storm. The steep sloping rattan ceilings of the mezzanine level create an atmospheric air-conditioned space for reclining on mattresses and cushions, and watching the 61-inch TV and movies with surround sound. Shelves are filled with DVD’s and novels.
Steps lead down from the living room to the 25-metre swimming pool tiled in green stone and surrounded by sun loungers shaded by stylish parasols. Walk along the timber deck to the atmospheric bamboo pavilion set in water gardens flourishing with brightly hued cala lilies and colourful fish. Furnished with slatted timber dining table, eight chairs, and comfortable rattan lounge suite, the pavilion has panoramic views stretching to the sea. Descending to the lower level, the aroma of cedar wood awaits in a full-sized Finnish-style sauna with lovely garden outlook, and a separate shower room.
The whole property is ringed with flourishing foliage, from frangipani to palms, and birds of paradise flowers. The six-tee ‘pitch and putt’ golf course is laid out on perfectly manicured lawns but gives the sensation of being right in the middle of the rice fields. A small thatched bale (pavilion) in the corner of the garden is a place for rest and respite.
Location: Munggu Village, Tanah Lot, south-west Bali.
Capacity:14 people (7 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds). Up to 2 extra beds available on request charged at US$50++ per night for adults, and US$35++ per night for children.
Living areas:Living/dining pavilion; home theatre room; indoor dining for 16; outdoor dining for 12.
Pool: 25 x 6 metres.
Staff:Villa manager; private chef; housekeeping; security and driver. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request. Extra charges apply.
Dining:Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
Communication: WiFi internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage.
Entertainment:Satellite TV; DVD player; surround-sound system; CD player; iPod cables.
For children:Villa Mandalay is well equipped for families. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; car seat (on request); DVDs; and board games.
Weddings & events: Events for up to 250 people can be arranged at the villa with prior notice.
Additional facilities: Barbecue; back-up generator; safety deposit boxes: six-tee ‘pitch and putt’ golf; sauna.
Property area:1200sqm (villa). 5000sqm (land).