From the moment you cross the threshold of Villa Belong Dua, you will be embraced by the tradition, history and culture of Bali. This charming, unpretentious dwelling offers a sweet taste of Balinese village life, combined with all of the five-star creature comforts of international tourism; super-soft king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, a home theatre and a chef who would be comfortable in any kitchen anywhere in the world.
The design of this stylish and up-market holiday villa blends perfectly with the architecture of the nearby temple and community meeting hall. The property is set in the heart of a working Balinese village, and consequently you will experience the sights and sounds of village life; roosters crowing, children laughing, and men and women gossiping about their neighbours.
Although the villa isn’t very old, the traditional architecture and artefacts celebrate the heritage of the island, incorporating the symbolic elements of Balinese Hinduism and daily life. The name Belong Dua means ‘two water vessels’, and indeed there are two large stone water carriers at the villa: one in the garden and another in one of the bathrooms. A series of stand-alone pavilions are positioned in accordance with an ancient and complex set of rules, while the interiors are contemporary, stylish and romantic.
The wonderful garden features mature trees, velvety lawns, a fruit and herb garden, and through the clever use of natural river stone for the swimming pool the owners have created a remarkable reproduction of a royal bathing pool. Add to this the antique <i>balé gede</i> pavilion from Bali’s royal Gianyar Regency – originally used for Balinese ceremonies such as the <i>Potong Gigi</i> (tooth filing ceremony) – and it could be a royal Balinese household.
The nearest quality restaurants are a 20-minute-plus drive away so you will more than likely spend some time eating at the villa. The staff are well trained for this and can whip up the most amazing dishes in a flash. There is a grocery system in place so guests are advised to make their selections in the morning so the staff can go to the market. The villa is suitable for one or two couples, or a small family of four who relish the idea of experiencing the culture of a Balinese village community.
Additional Features: Charcoal Grill, Linens provided, Bicycles, Games, Garage, Main Dining (6 persons), DVD Library, DVD Player, Electronic Games (On Request), Ceiling Fans, Generator, Hairdryers, High Chairs, Hotplates, IDD, Internet (WiFi), iPod, iPod Dock/Speakers, Iron/Board, Equipped Kitchen, Book Selection, Food Menu, Microwave, Oven/Hotplates, Swimming Pool Toys (On Request), Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress) (On Request), Safe, Air-con (Bedrooms), Crib, Massage Beds, CD Player/Stereo System, Pool (access), Home Theatre System, Toiletries, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Washing Machine, Masseuse/Spa Therapist, Babysitter, Security (Night time only), Service Staff, Manager, Garden, Housekeeping (Full time), Chef/Cook (All meals)
Location Type: Beach in ten, Body and soul, Going for golf, Fair share for groups, The great outdoors, Romantic retreats, Sensible for seniors