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Opened at the turn of the twenty first century by the current owners, Villa Sungai was created to offer guests a more personal, bespoke hotel experience than had been previously available in Bali in a private villa. A place where any one of the twelve staff members will recognize a guest on sight, know their name and special food and beverage requests, and be able to provide a full concierge service including arranging restaurant and in-house spa bookings or offering advice on where to go for those spur of the moment outings.
Here contemporary style meets classic character for the ultimate in 5 star ‘exclusive-use only’ luxury Bali villas. Guests can immerse themselves in an island escape cocooned in a tranquil, local style and contemporary sophistication. Positioned just inland on the fashionable west coast near Canggu, Villa Sungai Bali has everything you expect from the finest hotels, with the added bonus of exclusivity.
Sungai’s private world of tranquillity and indulgence lies in the midst of the traditional village of Cepaka. Village and villa sit within the most dramatic setting of the volcanoes of Bali, with emerald terraces of rice, tropical forests and ancient temples all around.
Villa Sungai features off-white terrazzo, traditional Balinese thatched roofing and vast ceilings. Extravagant netted over-sized four-poster beds in all the three rooms, exotic indoor and outdoor bathrooms with luxury Chopard and bespoke bathroom goodies. European double baths and tapware, imported mattresses, pure white Egyptian cotton sheets, thick white cotton bath sheets and enormous Ploh pillows. All the rooms are also air conditioned however the doors can also be left open to enjoy a deep sleep with the freshest breeze drifting over you.
The cultural benefits of staying within a beautiful traditional village are compelling. The packaging of culture is inevitable with mass tourism, and in Bali, visitors typically encounter it through carefully choreographed performances. However you won’t find anything staged in this authentic village. But that doesn’t mean guests won’t witness a temple ceremony or an even more intimate rite of passage in someone’s home. It really just depends on what’s happening that day.
THINGS TO DO
There is a wealth of cultural and natural wonders to see and guests have the opportunity to be shown around the rice fields by the manager MADE, including a visit for children to the local primary school, and maybe even a visit to his own family temple and compound. MADE’s knowledge of the village and island is laced with folk wisdom passed down through the generations.
The Balinese take the mundane and elevate it to a celebration, giving thanks for every aspect of their life. The amazing thing about being in Bali is that guests feel part of the culture and can’t help but be caught up in the spirit.
Guests usually stay between seven and fourteen days, and range from couples to families, single travellers and groups, all looking to enjoy the spectacular peace that such a solitary and breathtaking location can offer.
With Villa Sungai having guests returning multiple times and booking future stays during their visits, means that Villa Sungai is challenged to continually refresh the product so repeat guests are always surprised when they arrive.
ADDRESS: CEPAKA, CANGGU, BALI, INDONESIA
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +61 400233468 (reservations)