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Getting to Villa Babar incorporates a delightful journey through traditional villages, via quiet country roads, wooded valleys, causeways across rivers and, finally, a simple track that winds through the swaying fields of rice.
Upon arrival, your senses will be awakened by the purity, spirit and timelessness of an extraordinary landscape. You will be greeted by welcoming Balinese smiles, the fragrance of tropical flowers and the constant sound of the waves.
The two-storey villa is characterised by white Yogya stone walls, cream terrazzo tiled floors, limewashed timbers, and a colonnaded walkway on either side, on both ground and upper floor levels. A single-storey guest wing, linked to the main building, presents two guestrooms and a media room. The style is modern and minimalist, cleverly blending sophisticated elegance with the ambience of the setting. The architectural concept reveals comfort and simplicity, while the interiors unobtrusively introduce natural materials, fabrics, and colours. There isn’t anything ostentatious about this villa; the chic simplicity ensures that nothing detracts from the incredible view.
|US$ 1,925 – US$ 2,310
The awesome vista takes in Bali’s chain of volcanoes from the mighty Mt Agung in the east, to Mt Pohen, Mt Sangkiang and Mt Batukau – the island’s second highest volcano – which rises from its foothills just 20 kilometres away, and majestically stands guard over Villa Babar. On the seaward side is a windswept beach of glistening black sand, and a coastal panorama that extends all the way down to Uluwatu on Bali’s southwestern tip. On a clear day you can see Java; to the east you can watch the sunrise behind Mt Agung and, to the west, the sunsets are amazing.
The villa is entered via an impressive open-air living room, complete with a soaring roof and an upper gallery on either side. Ocean breezes keep this welcoming living space delightfully fresh and cool.
It is simply furnished with large and comfortable cream sofas, ottomans, and a pair of carved coffee tables from Timor, together with a primitive Timorese wooden statue. A floating Yogya stone staircase leads to the upper floor, and a colourful framed patchwork of painted wood brings a splash of colour to the wall. This tropical room is open on two sides – on the seaward side is the garden, swimming pool and the ocean, while on the inland side is an ornamental pond presided over by a ‘floating’ 2.5-metre-high Buddha statue. Beyond the statue is an infinite vista of ricefields, unbroken by borders and fences, stretching as far as the eye can see. In another direction, a line of palm tress and jungle follows the path of a river.
The open plan dining room adjoins the feature kitchen, and has sliding glass doors on three sides, designed to be opened for a semi alfresco dining experience or closed when it becomes too breezy. A teak dining table, complete with stool seating, can accommodate up to 18 guests. With fabulous views of the garden, swimming pool and ocean, the dining room is complemented by mood lighting at night, and serenaded constantly by the rhythmic crashing of the waves on the beach below.
Open plan and adjacent to the dining room, Villa Babar’s immaculate, designer kitchen reveals a discriminating taste for functional beauty and cutting-edge style. It is fully equipped with an imported oven and five-burner hob, a double-door refrigerator, a built-in wine cellar and wine fridge, a cappuccino/espresso machine, a microwave, and everything else that the chef needs in order to prepare delicious meals in accordance with your whims. This bright and airy kitchen is further enhanced by a sliding glass door at the far end overlooking the ricefields. A wet kitchen is tucked away out of sight at the back, linked by a hatch.
Entered from the open-air living space via antique double doors from Java, the spacious lounge features three sets of sliding glass doors on two sides, which maximise the views and allow for the cross ventilation of sea breezes. Alternatively, these doors can be closed for air-conditioned comfort. Furnished with an L-shaped segmented sofa, ottomans and a coffee table handcrafted from coffee wood, the room is equipped with a sophisticated Harman/Kardon music system presenting surround sound with seven speakers and a wide choice of music. There is also a billiard table and a selection of books and games to keep you entertained. A fitted shelf unit showcases some fascinating Indonesian artefacts including stone carvings and wooden statues, in addition to some tribal shields from Irian Jaya.
The media room is positioned in the single storey wing, with views of the mountains and ricefields. This spacious home theatre is equipped with a big, flat screen, satellite-channel TV and DVD player, as well as a library of books, DVDs and a computer for guest use with Broadband internet access.
There are gardens on all sides of the villa, including the Ganesha garden, and the Sumba garden, which is distinguished by a cluster of enchanting statues from Sumba. The entrance garden showcases an ornamental pond, presided over by a towering Buddha statue. The front garden is dominated by the swimming pool and a helipad rests to one side, for guests who choose to arrive in style with a thrilling helicopter ride along Bali’s dramatic coastline. The garden is just footsteps away from the beach on an elevated buff, 13 metres above sea level. The beach is good for surfing although the strong currents make it dangerous for swimming. A walk along the beach at sunset is delightful.
The Swimming Pool
The enticing 27 x 11 meter swimming pool is ideal for swimming laps, it is curved on one side, following the contours of the terraced garden, and there is a shelf at the inner edge, which is a nice place for relaxing in cool shallow water.
Each bedroom is equipped with a safe deposit box and an iPod dock, and each has an ensuite bathroom. All bedrooms are blessed with magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and gardens, or the mountains and ricefields, or – in the case of the master bedroom – a panoramic vista in all directions. While all of the bedrooms feature white walls and simple furnishings, each portrays a theme inspired by the Indonesian culture. Wherever you choose to sleep, the melody of the waves will lull you to sleep.
6 Unique Bedrooms
Babar is the master bedroom, characterised by glass doors on two sides, enabling access from both sides of the building. It features a Yogya stone floor under a soaring roof with open beams. It is furnished with a kingsize bed, which is fitted with a deep mattress resting on a base of antique ironwood planks. There is also hanging space, a fitted sideboard, wooden statues from Kalimantan, and a desk next to a wide window, overlooking the ricefields and Mt Batukau. There is a broad sunny terrace at the front of this room, offering wonderful views of the coastline and the night sky. Accessed by glass doors, the ensuite bathroom is light and airy, long and spacious, with picture windows positioned on three sides to maximise the stunning views. The bathroom is fitted with double washbasins, mirrors, a toilet, and double rainshowers.
Toraja The Toraja guestroom is located on the upper floor overlooking the ocean. Accessed via sliding glass doors, it features a soaring roof and is furnished with a kingsize bed, oriented towards the sea. There is also a pair of funky stone pebble lamps, artefacts from Toraja in Sulawesi, and a dressing area and hanging space behind the bed. The adjoining sunny, open-air bathroom is bordered by Yogya stone walls for privacy, yet still offers views of the ricefields and mountains. It is fitted with a bathtub for two in a cream terrazzo surround, twin washbasins, a large wall mirror and a toilet, all sheltered from the elements by an overhanging roof. There is also a raindrop shower open to the sky, complete with a handheld shower, a black pebble floor with stepping stones, and a fringe of yellow irises.
Asmat The Asmat guestroom is located on the ground floor facing the ocean and a pretty corner of the garden with a collection of stone statues from Sumba. The room features glass doors on three sides. It is furnished with a kingsize bed, coffee wood lamps, a colourful painting, and a shelf and storage unit immediately behind the bed. The adjoining garden bathroom is fitted with a bathtub for two with a huge, cream terrazzo surround, twin ceramic washbasins, a walk-in raindrop shower with the additional provision of a handheld shower, carved wall mirrors and a toilet hidden behind a low louvre door. The private garden features a small lawn, planted with torch ginger, shrubs and palms.
Dayak The Dayak guestroom is a spacious family room on the upper floor facing the ocean. It furnished with two kingsize beds and features hanging and storage space, and two sets of sliding glass doors at the front. The room is decorated with artefacts from the Borneo’s legendary headhunters, the Dayak tribesmen, who inhabit Kalimantan’s deep interior highlands. The ensuite bathroom is the same as the bathroom adjoining the Toraja guestroom.
Agung The Agung guestroom is located in the single-storey wing with views of the mountains and ricefields. It is furnished with twin beds that can be pushed together, and features built-in hanging space in one corner and storage shelves behind the bed. It is named after Mt Agung, Bali’s highest and most sacred volcano, which can be seen from this bedroom on clear days, especially in the mornings and evenings. A painting of the mountain adorns one wall. Sliding glass doors open to the gardens on two sides of the room. The pretty garden bathroom is fitted with twin washbasins, a toilet and a raindrop shower that is open to the stars. The garden is planted with an ancient frangipani tree.
Ganesha The Ganesha twin-bedded guestroom and ensuite bathroom is located in the single storey wing with views of the mountains and ricefields, and its a mirror version of the Agung guestroom. It is named after the Ganesha Statue in the adjoining garden. Ganesha is the elephant headed Hindu God of making things happen and the remover of obstacles.
Sunny ground floor bathrooms are open to private walled gardens planted with flowering shrubs and palms, while upstairs guest bathrooms are open to the sky, bordered by stone walls for privacy and blessed with views of the mountains and rice fields. Each bathroom is fitted with a walk-in raindrop shower with the additional provision of a handheld shower, carved wall mirrors and twin washbasins; three boast dreamy oversized bathtubs. The master bathroom is characterised by picture windows, stunning views and double walk-in rainshowers.
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