Positioned where it is, Villa Atas Ombak – meaning ‘Villa on Top of the Waves’ – is perfectly named. She has stood sentinel over this stretch of Bali’s south-western coastline since the mid-90s, combining tradition and 100-odd metres of beachfront, to create a sprawling estate of grandeur. Overflowing with charm, its architecture and decor understated and its huge garden strewn with frangipanis, fig trees and coconut palms, this is a property with plenty of elbow room. Indeed, it’s the largest private villa of its kind this close to Seminyak’s designer boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. Villa Atas Ombak was one of the pioneers of top-end destination villas in Bali and, despite the encroaching northwards sprawl, it remains as peaceful and undisturbed as when ground was first broken.
Characterised by high-pitched alang-alang thatched roofs, garden bathrooms and open living spaces with terrazzo floors, Atas Ombak presents separate pavilions in the classical Bali style. It sleeps ten and is a stellar place for nuptials or large gatherings, with ample play areas for a classroom-worth of kids, and multiple chill-out spots for the adults. They certainly don’t build them like this anymore. Well, where would anyone find the space for a start? Atas Ombak is loud, but the only sounds are of the wind and the waves, which give zero cause for complaint: it is always breezy and it is always cool. In fact, being in this wondrous setting, stroked by the warm westerly trade winds that carry the mysteries of the Indies across the sea, will simply blow you away.
The coastline view is magnificent, with at least 120 degrees of the 180-degree view being taken up by the ocean. This leaves virtually nothing to interrupt the emptying of your mind, except of course the arrival time of your next cold beer as you lounge beside the 18m stone-lined pool, but even that is taken care of by the nothing-is-too-much-trouble staff, including a full-time chef and villa manager. They have had years to get it right. Groceries will be purchased on your behalf (on guest account), and a suggestion menu is provided to help you plan your meals.
Additional Features: Main Dining (10 persons), Dish Washer, DVD Library, Ceiling Fans, Fax, Generator, Golf Clubs, Hairdryers, High Chairs, IDD, Internet (WiFi), iPod Dock/Speakers, Iron/Board, Equipped Kitchen, Laundry Service, Book Selection, Charcoal Grill, Linens provided, Garage, CD Library, Air-con, Crib, Coffee Machine, Food Menu, Microwave, Oven/Hotplates, Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress), Safe, CD Player/Stereo System, Pool (access), Home Theatre System, Toiletries, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Washing Machine, Wine Fridge, Wine List, Massage Beds, Masseuse/Spa Therapist, Security, Service Staff, Shopper, Chef/Cook (All meals), Babysitter, Housekeeping (Full time), Manager
Location Type: Beachfront, Body and soul, Bring the relatives, Kid friendly, Fair share for groups, Party pads, Sensible for seniors, Room with a view, Perfect for weddings