Villa Mandalay 7

Set in a sea of terraced rice paddies that gradually slope down to the glimmering Indian Ocean, Villa Mandalay’s picture-perfect views provide a colourful glimpse into traditional life in the Balinese countryside.

Three contemporary Balinese-style pavilions are arranged around a 25-metre swimming pool, which forms a magnificent focal point to the villa. A rustic bamboo pavilion surrounded by water gardens at the end of the pool offers unobstructed views and makes a lovely setting for sunny breakfasts and candle-lit dinners. Living areas and bedrooms are adorned with an eclectic collection of Indonesian artwork including avian-themed paintings, carved wooden statues from Kalimantan, and ethnic artefacts.

With the option of renting either four, six or seven bedrooms Mandalay offers plenty of flexibility for groups of friends and for families; while the lush lawns and dramatic setting also make the villa an ideal venue for weddings of up to 250 guests.

Mandalay’s unique charms extend to a six-hole pitch and putt golf course set into lower gardens, a Finnish-style sauna overlooking a lotus pond, and a mezzanine-level home theatre with 62-inch satellite TV and DVD player.

A team of friendly and professional staff includes a talented chef who prepares meals from an extensive suggestion menu of Western and Asian dishes, with delicious Balinese-themed menus a specialty. A car and driver is also on hand should you wish to explore the island (extra charges apply).

Villa Mandalay is less than three kilometres from the traditional fishing village of Seseh, with its rugged volcanic-sand beach, and within a 10-minute drive of the picturesque sea temple at Tanah Lot, and Canggu – Bali’s favourite new place to see and be seen.

Location

Villa Mandalay boasts an unbeatable rural setting but is within a very easy (10 minute) drive of Canggu – Bali’s hottest and hippest new haunt. The villa looks across acres of rice fields, unchanged for centuries, and onwards to the glinting Indian Ocean, just 3km away. A scenic stroll or short drive will bring you to the black sands of Seseh Beach and the iconic Tanah Lot sea temple. As well as the many new cafés, beach bars, restaurants and boutiques of Canggu, cosmopolitan Seminyak is just 13km from the villa. A car and driver is available to guests at a reasonable daily rate.