Villa Hansa has all the discerning comforts you’d expect of a deluxe holiday home – 18m infinity-edge pool monopolising pretty riverside gardens, stylish minimalist bathrooms, iPod and docking station, plasma-screen TV – and, as the owner’s are avid collectors of antiques, this contemporary Balinese property is littered with them, personally sourced from across the Indonesian archipelago. Rooms, including the striking, semi-open main pavilion and the four delightful guestrooms, house Javanese wood chests, rare Buddhist busts and vintage woven throws from Sumba.
Yet there’s also a wonderful informality and relaxed calm about this 2007-built property – a reflection of the owners’ personalities. It starts with their belief that staff are a key component of the Hansa experience; the team of ten locally employed staff are endearingly friendly and welcoming, each making you feel like part of an extended Balinese family. Given the owners are also surfing enthusiasts it’s no coincidence that Villa Hansa is situated near to a string of surfing beaches along this beautiful south-west coastal strip – the nearest, Pererenan Beach, is 300m away – and a collection of forty or so surfboards is available for guest use.
Spirituality and culture, though, is a core element at Villa Hansa with practically everywhere offering a ‘Zen moment': from the soothing sounds of the living area water-wall to a recurring Tibetan theme, including Tibetan prayer flags strung along the staircase and a stunning ceiling lantern in the living room. Each guestroom is named after a Hindu God and there’s a dedicated yoga room where, tellingly, you’ll find the only TV in the house. Even the full-time manager doubles as a spiritual guru!
This eco-conscious villa emphasises healthy, natural food and wherever possible the two accomplished chefs use locally sourced, fresh organic produce for their excellent array of western and Asian dishes (which include ‘naughties’ like Indian curries and Mexican tacos!) Provisioning for meals is charged on guest account, although first-day breakfast is inclusive in the rates.
If you can tear yourself away, take advantage of the seven-seater car and Made, the villa’s ‘in the know’ driver-guide. He can whisk you off to a host of fascinating destinations and, along with the rest of the lovely staff, help you have a truly memorable Bali sojourn.
Additional Features: Air-con, Linens provided, Games, Car, Garage, Tumble Dryer, DVD Library, DVD Player, Ceiling Fans, Fax, Hotplates, IDD, Internet (WiFi), iPod, iPod Dock/Speakers, Iron/Board, Jacuzzi, Equipped Kitchen, Laundry Service, Laundry Service, Book Selection, Food Menu, Oven/Hotplates, Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress), Safe, Pool (access), Home Theatre System, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Washing Machine, Main Dining (10 persons), Driver (8 hours), Security, Manager, Garden, Housekeeping (Full time), Chef/Cook (All meals)
Location Type: Beach in ten, Bring the relatives, Eco aware, Gastronomic delights, Going for golf, Fair share for groups, The great outdoors, Sensible for seniors, Room with a view