Expectation builds during the approach to Villa Kinara, along a narrow high-walled lane in one of Seminyak’s most sought-after areas. Grand entrances allow glimpses of some equally grand residences and neighbours include The Oberoi Hotel and Bali’s most famous nightspot, Ku De Ta.
Those expectations are more than lived up to on entering the villa’s beautifully kept grounds. Stepping stones across a richly planted garden lead to a vast, open-plan and open-sided lounge, bar and dining area where a lofty wooden ceiling is supported by impressively stout columns of teakwood, and super-size custom-made furniture beckons. The use of natural materials – golden teak, pale creamy Javanese stone, cool grey slate and the dramatic black volcanic rock of the water wall at one end of the 14 x 5m pool – coupled with the sound of gently flowing water, creates a calm and serene atmosphere at Villa Kinara.
Accommodation is arranged over a pair of two-storey buildings that face each other across the pool and courtyard garden planted with ancient frangipani and kelapa sawit (oil palm). Wide balconies are furnished with deeply cushioned daybeds and cozily arranged tables and chairs, while doors and windows feature louvred shutters which not only offer shade and allow the air to flow, but also heighten the charming colonial style of the villa. Kinara’s six spacious bedrooms all have top-quality king-size beds (two of which are convertible to twins) and are tastefully decorated and furnished. All have pleasant ensuite bathrooms, some of which are semi-outdoors.
Kinara’s team of 14 staff is shared with next door neighbour, , and include a chef, service staff and a cheerful villa manager. Meals can be selected from a menu or specially requested and all food and beverages are charged to guests at cost price. Large TVs and a pool table positioned at the heart of the living area provide entertainment for those happy to stay home, but Seminyak’s many restaurants bars and boutiques are close at hand for guests inclined to venture beyond the sanctuary of the villa.
Additional Features: Linens provided, Garage, CD Library, Air-con (Bedrooms), Crib, Computer (On Request), Generator, Hairdryers, High Chairs, Internet (WiFi), Equipped Kitchen, Laundry Service (Extra), Book Selection, Main Dining (12 persons), DVD Library, DVD Player, Ceiling Fans, Microwave, Oven/Hotplates, Printer (On Request), Safe, Snooker/Pool Table, CD Player/Stereo System, Pool (access), Toiletries, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Wine Fridge, Service Staff, Shopper, Garden, Manager, Masseuse/Spa Therapist (Extra), Chef/Cook (All meals), Babysitter (Extra), Housekeeping (Full time)
Location Type: Beach in ten, Body and soul, Bring the relatives, Beach in ten, Child friendly, City Scene, Party, Fair share for groups, Sensible for seniors, Walk into town