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Villa Sungai, Bali

The Villa Sungai experience: a luxurious, secluded, five-star resort overlooking the Penet river and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest.

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By the pool at Villa Sungai.

On an adventurous whim, we decide to forgo the offer of transport from the airport to the villa and make our own way there instead. A few wrong turns later and we are in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in Bali, driving past palm trees and paddy fields that glow in the afternoon sun. There are hints that here at last we have discovered that mythical ‘real Bali’ that we have so often heard mentioned before by local expats.

Eventually, in a roundabout fashion, we somehow happen upon our destination, Cepaka village. There are no signposts, but some locals guide us off the road to where we find the spirit wall behind a Balinese gateway, on which are engraved the words ‘Villa Sungai’. But there is still no villa visible to us and, walking closer, the reason soon becomes apparent; we are standing at the edge of a steep rainforest valley. Steps cut into the side lead downwards into the lush green from which peep the thatched roofs of the villa. As we stand there wondering what awaits us below, Made comes up to greet us, amused that we have actually managed to find our way there…albeit an hour or two behind schedule.

The setting is stunning and as we descend into the valley we are enveloped by the sounds of the forest. We are shown the three bedrooms, each with a four-poster bed and indoor-outdoor bathroom replete with Aveda products. The ceilings are high, and the off-white floors and walls and whitewashed woodwork create a soothing and spacious feel.

Made, we are soon to discover, is our very own Jeeves for the weekend. He instantly memorises everyone’s name before introducing us to the rest of his team. Drinks appear while our luggage is looked after. The service is smooth, swift, and as we are to discover over the course of our stay, entirely flexible to our needs. A couple of friends drop by unexpectedly: no problem, as if by magic there are two extra places set at the dinner table. Someone decides late in the evening that they would like to take a trip down to Seminyak; no problem, a smiling Kadek is enlisted to transport them. Another guest has a hankering to sample some local nasi goreng at an ungodly hour of the night, and again the response is “we are here to serve every need”.

And every need was certainly satisfied; fresh and delicious food and drinks (charged only at the cost of ingredients), attentive yet inobtrusive service, and a beautiful secluded location, utterly insulated from mundane cares and traffic noises. The perfect break from the city rush. (JR)

Villa Sungai is located in Desa Cepaka, 15 minutes drive from Tanah Lot and approximately 30 minutes from Seminyak. For further information see www.bali-villasungai.com.

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3 comments for “Villa Sungai, Bali”

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  2. That place looks amazing! Though I bet a stay there would be very expensive as well.

    Posted by Tropical Gift | October 16, 2009, 8:03 am
  3. Hi Pamela,

    We have been captivated! From the moment Made collected us from our Villa until the moment he delivered us safely back again, we were totally entranced.

    With the combination of the understated elegance of Villa Sungai, the beautiful surroundings and a balmy evening we were transported into another world, and of course Made and the team who made our evening so special.

    It was truly the highlight of our holiday, so a big thank you for arranging the dinner and cocktails (which were delicious!) and letting us share your piece of Bali for the evening.

    Please rest assured we will be recommending Villa Sungai at every opportunity – even though we really would like to keep it a secret!!

    Posted by pamela hayes | November 27, 2009, 4:30 am

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