Hidden away in the traditional Balinese village of Sogsogan, near Seseh, on Bali’s southwest coast, Villa Bangkuang rests within a coconut grove garden, unbroken by borders and fences, just a few hundred metres from a rugged surf beach.
Under the rustling of palm trees, serenaded by the hypnotic rhythm of the breaking waves, Villa Bangkuang offers a unique Bali experience within a luxury home. Gone are the towering walls that bar nature and encroach upon the soul. This grand seaside villa, consisting of two separate pavilions, opens to an unobstructed horizon of ocean, lush rice fields, coconut groves, and mountain views. One slight turn from the trodden path, the breath is captured by these unparalleled vistas.
Separated by a gurgling stream, the distance between the two pavilions offers privacy and gracious space for its four stylish bedrooms. Whether with a group of friends, couples or families, guests have the option to retreat and luxuriate in their senses. Nestled within the comfort of a small Balinese village, guests of all ages surrender to the care of the Villa´s professional and attentive staff. Pack lightly, for parents can rely upon the extremely child-oriented amenities and services. Families are instantly released from the hectic schedules of daily life, and parents can start to fully enjoy their precious time and surroundings.
The property was not built for business purposes; instead it is the realisation of a dream, a genuine home, lovingly designed to accommodate and fulfil the needs of a western family that has chosen to take holidays in Bali. Villa Bangkuang therefore merges the uniqueness of a comfortable private home with the indulgence of sumptuous vacation accommodation. Interior spaces display the idiosyncratic charm of an owner-decorated residence, imparting a restful, lived-in ambience from the very first day of occupancy.
The layout of the property utilises space, offering a captivating mix of luxury, recreation and privacy. Indeed, a group of eight people could stay here and still lose one other in the depths. Designed to blend with the environment and constructed with high quality local materials including creamy-white Palimanan stone, teak, bengkirai wood and ulin shingle, Villa Bangkuang combines traditional Balinese architectural elements with contemporary flair, counterpointing the lush external environment and presenting tropical living at its very best.
Villa Bangkuang is comprised of a main two-storey main building, an open-sided lounging and dining pavilion, and a separate two-bedroom guest pavilion. The style is calming, with a fresh cool décor; the modern fittings, fixtures and clean crisp design is harmonised with antique artifacts.
Flanked by ornamental ponds and guarded by a pair of griffin fountain-statues, the living pavilion overlooks the pool and is shaded from both the morning and afternoon sun. It is tastefully furnished with a dining table and chairs, seagrass sofas and ottomans. The comfort of the guests is ensured by yielding cushions and paddle ceiling fans. A hidden office-styled library is fitted with shelves and a desk. A compact, well-stocked bar and fully equipped, homely kitchen with glassless windows provides all the necessary dining and entertainment amenities.
There are four spacious air-conditioned bedrooms at Villa Bangkuang, each with an en-suite bathroom, a DVD player and a safe deposit box. The master suite, complete with full-length balcony, covers the whole of the upper floor, overlooking the garden and rice fields stretching infinitely towards the ocean. Characterised by a polished parquet floor and a soaring roof, the romantic bedroom is furnished with a king-size, four-poster bed swathed in snowy netting. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows slide open on three sides, presenting guests with the choice of air-conditioned comfort or a semi-alfresco sleeping experience, cooled by a ceiling fan and lulled by the distant sound of the waves. The room is equipped with a satellite channel TV and DVD player, and the large adjoining dressing area is fitted with wardrobes and storage space. The en-suite bathroom, with a sunken tub for two, twin washbasins and a standing raindrop shower, is bordered by glass walls, a small balcony and a thicket of trees, capturing the feeling of being in the jungle.
Downstairs, another spacious bedroom-suite proves to be an ideal space for kids, with a queen-size bed, sofa, TV/DVD, and a play area. Glass doors open into a pebbled courtyard bathroom, fitted with twin washbasins and rainshower, surrounded by tall trees and walls for privacy.
The guest pavilion is situated some distance from the main pavilion and pool, affording significant privacy. Two self-contained bedrooms, with king-size beds and open-air en-suite bathrooms, can accommodate four adults. Timber walls, window seats, lazy chairs and cushions create a cosy, chalet-like mood; glass doors open to a shared verandah, which literally overhangs the gently swaying fields of rice. Fly screens ensure bug-free nights, while the gorgeous bathrooms feature dreamy tubs, pebbled floors and rainshowers that are open to the sky.
The garden complements the native vegetation behind the pavilions and the dazzling rice fields to the front with a smooth, manicured lawn, where the 17 x 5 metre swimming pool appears to overflow into infinity. Sunloungers and shady umbrellas, together with an indulgent poolside bar, make this a very relaxing area in which to hang out. An old rudder from a traditional jukung fishing boat makes an interesting sculpture, while a flowering shrub adds a striking splash of colour. The coconut grove garden, dotted with frangipani blossoms, extends to a narrow brook, traversed by a wooden bridge, which separates the guest pavilion from the common area. A shaded platform, known as a ‘bale’ and used for lounging and chatting in a Balinese village, is here raised to new heights—treetop level, in fact. This elevated, thatched pavilion is open to cooling tropical breezes on the hottest of days, and affords a sweeping vista of the rice fields, mountains, and sea. In another corner of the garden a traditional ‘jineng’ rice barn presents the perfect spot for a pampering indulgent massage.
It is this abundance of space and natural beauty that makes Villa Bangkuang the perfect venue for weddings and small events; guests can spill out on to the smooth manicured lawns, which are also ideal for barbeques and Balinese cultural performances.??At night the villa takes on a different persona with cleverly arranged lighting softly illuminating the trees. As the chirruping cicadas finish their day shift, guests will be serenaded by a chorus of frog song. Numerous trails offer memorable walks and visitors will have the opportunity to witness time-honoured methods of agriculture before tasting the produce of the land.??Villa Bangkuang is an ideal choice for those looking for modern luxury in tranquil surroundings; an enchanting retreat where guests can enjoy a relaxing experience with personalised service. In fact, Villa Bangkuang will continue to enchant guests, and its magic will follow them, long after they’ve left the island.
Villa Bangkuang is supported by a cherished ‘family’ of friendly staff who fulfil their duties with enthusiasm and smiles. They are never intrusive, yet are always there to ensure that their guests experience a truly enjoyable stay in Bali. Their genuine enthusiasm, warmth, and service from the heart is charming, modest and unassuming.
The team is headed by a Kadek Santri, the villa manager. She is always on hand to oversee and coordinate the staff and property, and to assist guests during their stay. Mundri, the cook, is trained in the preparation of both local and international cuisine, and is responsible for all the market shopping, in accordance with the needs and the whims of the guests. Iluh fulfils the housekeeping duties while also taking care of the daily laundry. Wayan and Pak Agus are the night security guards. Their duties are to guard the villa to ensure your security and safety. Dewa is the gardener; he has looked after the gardens since the villa was first built. Finally, Komang is the pool attendant.
Baby-sitting and massage services and the facilities of a car and driver are also available on request at an extra charge. The team also includes an in-house concierge service; Kadek Edu, with her quiet efficiency and profound knowledge of the locale, is responsible for booking restaurants, organising tours, daytrips and ticketing. By getting to know this lovely group of people, guests will gain privileged insights into the traditions of rural Bali and the Balinese Hindu culture. ?
- Low Season USD $595
- High Season USD $695
- Peak Season USD $795
Low season January 15 – June 15, September 15 – December 15
High season June 15 – July 15, August 15 – September 15, Chinese New Year (8-15 Feb), Easter Week (29 March-5 April)
Peak Season July 15 – August 15, December 15 – January 15
Terms & Conditions
- Rate above is valid until 31 March 2013
- Max guests standing = 150 pax sitting dinner = up to 75 pax
- Function fee at one night villa rate
- Banjar fee between USD $350 – $500
- No fireworks allowed
- Minimum stay : 3 low, 5 high and 7 peak
- Prices are subject to 10% Tax and Service