Surya Damai, or ‘Peaceful Sun’ as it translates, is a name perfectly chosen for this enchanting Bali villa. Sunlight dapples through mature palms and flame trees lining 60m of river frontage with emerald rice terraces beyond in the tranquil village of Umalas. Gentle breezes and the soft tinkling of water create an overwhelming sense of calm and well-being enhanced by the smiling ever attentive Balinese staff.
Traditional tropical materials have been used in creating the villa, which was designed very much as a family home to be lived in and enjoyed – comfortable, practical and immediately welcoming. Alang alang thatch roofs, hard wood decks and local stone is used alongside polished cream terrazzo floors and carved wooden panelling, all of a very high quality and immaculately maintained. Individually selected furniture, artwork and artefacts create character adding to the understated comfortable elegance.
The villa is centred around a large open-sided living pavilion overlooking the natural stone infinity-edge pool and well tended gardens. Meandering cut-stone pathways lead to individual dining and bedroom pavilions set close enough to be sociable (and in the case of families within easy sight and earshot) but with clever terracing and well planted gardens that also allow privacy.
The villa’s five bedrooms sleep up to 14 people and boasts sufficient creature comforts to keep a group this size happy: from cable television and surround-sound stereo systems to table tennis and even its own full size tennis court.
Should you wish to venture out of this idyllic setting, a seven-seater car and driver is available to guests (petrol extra) and you are only a short drive from the popular neighbourhoods of Legian and Seminyak which offer an endless selection of colourful shopping, dining and nightlife options; villa staff are happy to make recommendations and reservations. Alternatively, the villa has an in-house cook, a well equipped kitchen and a fairly extensive menu, including children’s meals, so you won’t go hungry. The staff will also shop and prepare meals at your request with no charge other than the price of ingredients and of course you are welcome cook your own meals if you wish.
Additional Features: Charcoal Grill, Linens provided, Car, Garage, Air-con (Bedrooms), Crib, Coffee Machine, Tumble Dryer, Ceiling Fans, Generator, Hairdryers, High Chairs, Hotplates, Internet (WiFi), iPod Dock/Speakers, Iron/Board, Equipped Kitchen, Laundry Service, Food Menu, Microwave, Oven/Hotplates, Swimming Pool Toys, Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress), Safe, CD Player/Stereo System, Pool (access), Table Tennis, Tennis Court, Home Theatre System, Toiletries, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Washing Machine, Main Dining (12 persons), Driver (8 hours), Security, Service Staff, Shopper, Manager, Masseuse/Spa Therapist, Chef/Cook (All meals), Babysitter, Housekeeping (Full time)
Location Type: Body and soul, Bring the relatives, Executive escape, Kid friendly, Gastronomic delights, Fair share for groups, Sensible for seniors, Room with a view