This splendid five-bedroom villa occupies a gorgeous two-hectare estate which flows down a terraced hillside in the rural hinterland of southwest Bali. The Arsana Estate provides the perfect setting for weddings, events and spiritual retreats, or quite simply for families or groups looking for a close-to-nature playground in which to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s more crowded tourist centres. At this very self-contained villa there is no real need to venture out at all, but a visit to the nearby village – one of the prettiest in Bali – or a bicycle ride along the tiny roads, past farmers tending their rice fields, should not be missed.
The Arsana Estate blends its exceptional location with outstanding facilities, including swimming pools, a games room, home theatre, fully stocked bars and dedicated massage areas. These are complemented by top levels of service from an exceptional team of staff headed by a knowledgeable villa manager and including an experienced, talented chef and a driver.
ABOUT THE ARSANA ESTATE
Arsana means ‘flow’ in Sanskrit, and not only does the villa’s name aptly describe the Sungi River that meanders past its lower boundary, but also the way The Arsana Estate’s individual bedroom and living pavilions cascade down the hillside into a valley of birdsong. Scores of eye-catching butterfly and bird species, including kingfishers, flit through the expansive terraced gardens and trees throughout the day, while the cicadas and frogs take over the nightshift with their chirping melodies and bass notes. Indeed, water features large at The Arsana Estate, where ponds, water walls, waterfalls, and an 18 x 8-metre swimming pool with a separate children’s section will refresh, relax and delight villa guests.
The villa’s sleek modern structures, with their ironwood shingle roofs and abundance of glass, reflect the ambiance of the location and the purity of the natural surroundings, while the interiors are characterised with a bold use of colour and super-comfortable furnishings. A fully stocked bar with red lanterns and matching cushioned bar stools is an obvious focal point, as is the home theatre and games room complete with a pool table. Valuable and renowned artworks line much of what solid wall space there is, while the front facade of the living pavilion is an abstract notion of floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that remain open to the elements. The villa’s five double bedroom suites (all contain annexes suitable for children), each housed in its own private stand-alone pavilion, are spread leisurely across the terraces of the estate.
Fully outfitted for families, with a profusion of kids’ toys, plus games and activities for adults too! This stunning sanctuary with its team of personal butlers, housekeepers and chefs, offers guests nothing but pleasure and relaxation.
The contemporary Bali style architecture at The Arsana Estate incorporates Feng Shui, spiritual, symbolic and Western spacial elements, as well as bold colour-themed interior design aesthetics, surrounded by the ever-present embrace of the jungle and river. Approached via an enchanting courtyard, an avenue of palms and a dramatic, four-metre-wide stairway, the main U-shaped pavilion presides over the gardens and swimming pool. Here, a grand entrance hall is flanked by two wings with an open-air terrace in-between. One wing comprises a living area, bar and TV room, and the other presents a dining room, feature kitchen and a games room. The living and dining spaces are wrapped in glass doors and windows that can be opened up for a semi-alfresco experience. The swimming pool, pool lounge and massage rooms are positioned on a lower level and linked by a waterfall from the terrace above. The five bedrooms are leisurely spread throughout the grounds, housed in stand-alone pavilions.
This yellow-themed, fully air-conditioned suite is ideal for a family; comprising a master bedroom with king-size bed, dressing area and bathroom, a TV room equipped with satellite-channel TV/DVD player and furnished with a daybed and a glass-walled study. An additional room is furnished with a daybed that also converts to a small double bed or two single beds suitable for children, while an open-air sunken lounge at the front provides a private place to relax upon a huge cushioned sofa while enjoying views of the gardens and river valley.
Bordered by a fish-filled lily pond and guarded by a serene Buddha statue, the master bathroom is fitted with a sunken tub and walk-in monsoon shower. Glass doors fold open to create an alfresco bathing experience.
The three guest suites are furnished with king-size beds, one of which can be converted into twins. Each suite is housed within a self-contained pavilion with windows on two sides that open to the view, and a covered terrace at the front furnished with armchairs. Each suite follows a cheery colour theme in blue, green, or red – with soft furnishings and high quality artwork in coordinating hues.
The Orange Room, with its own bathroom, is attached to the red guest suite. It also has twin beds which can be combined to create a king. This room also has three sets of bunk beds, making it suitable for up to 6 children in total, or a large family.
All suites are equipped with cable TVs and DVD players and incorporate huge daybeds set within a window recess. Positioned between the sleeping area and the bathroom of each suite is a dressing room with twin wash basins, large wall mirrors, storage and hanging space. Each cream terrazzo ensuite is identical to the master bathroom in configuration and outlook.
Living room and bar
The living area overlooks the pool from the upper level of the main pavilion. Glass doors open out onto a terrace and a big red sofa provides an abundance of comfortable seating around a coffee table. Adjacent to the living area is a well-stocked cocktail bar stylishly crafted in black granite and ideal for parties and other special events. The bar is complemented by six red bar stools, red lanterns and ceiling-mounted speakers.
A self-contained home theatre is situated in the same wing as the living area. This cozy-yet-spacious air-conditioned room is wired for surround-sound and fully equipped with a 60-inch satellite-channel TV, a DVD player with a good selection of movies for both adults and children and Wii. Presenting an olive green colour scheme, this delightful family room is furnished with a segmented sofa and beanbags.
Dining room and breakfast pergola
The dining area is situated opposite the living area and bar in the main pavilion. Here, a glass-topped table for 12 is flanked by royal-blue-cushioned dining chairs. Adjacent, but outdoors, is a breakfast area with a terracotta tiled floor sheltered by a pergola roof dripping in white-flowering thunbergia. Furnished with a table for ten, this is a great spot to start the day.
Fashioned in terrazzo and stainless steel, The Arsana’s feature kitchen presents wall units in a chic shade of French navy and a four-burner hob. A fully equipped service kitchen is located behind here, out of sight. The kitchen’s L-shaped bar counter serves as an alternative venue for breakfast and seats eight guests on funky white stools.
The air-conditioned, self-contained games room is characterised by a blue décor, and equipped with a pool table and a cupboard full of board games. Two big blue armchairs and some high stools are positioned next to a bar-shelf and a large wall mirror. A guest washroom is conveniently situated off this room.
- Capacity: 10 adults and 6 kids (4 ensuite bedrooms: 4 king-size beds, one of which is convertible to twin beds and 1 kids room: 6 single beds in 3 bunks with a twin that converts to king). 2 extra beds may be set up on guest request at additional charge.
- Living Areas: Living room; dining room with table for 12; kitchen with breakfast bar; drinks bar; games room; home theatre; two poolside massage balés; outdoor dining for 10; poolside lounge with bar; riverside balé, sunset balé; TV room in master suite; study in master suite.
- Pool: Main pool 18 x 8m; kids’ pool 4 x 4m (60cm deep).
- Staff: Villa manager; chef; cook, butlers, housekeepers; gardeners; 1 pool attendant & maintenance man; 5 security guards; masseuse and babysitter on request (at extra charge).
- Communication: IDD telephone; complementary WiFi internet access.
- Entertainment: Flat-screen 60-inch satellite channel TV and DVD player in home theatre; 32-inch satellite-channel TV and DVD player in each suite; iPod docks.
- For families: Trampoline; basketball hoop; flat lawn with football goal; pool toys; Nintendo; Wii; books and toys; high chairs and cots.
- Events: Superb venue for weddings and events of up to 80 (standing/cocktail) or 60 (seated) guests.
- Transport: One car with driver for up to 8 hours at a special rate of US$ 25++/day (excluding petrol).
- Additional facilities: 3 bicycles; fully stocked bar and safety deposit boxes.
- Property Area: 2 hectares.
Our Chef at Arsana Estate is definitely the jewel in our crown. His previous appointments include Executive Chef at the world-renowned 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel, as well as winner of numerous Master Chef Awards in Indonesia and Asia. Guests are encouraged to speak with him with regards meal options, specific dietary requirements and any special requests they may have during their stay. The villa offers a suggestion menu (featuring Indonesian and International dishes) to make ordering easier, but we hope that guests do take advantage of our highly skilled and talented Chef, who brings with him a myriad of dishes from all over the world.
Being in Bali, this is a good opportunity to try favourite Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice) Mie Goreng (fried noodles), or Soto Ayam (spicy chicken soup), as well as Nasi Campur – the everyday Balinese meal that can be customised to suit the occasion. Nasi Campur is comprised of rice and a selection of vegetables, meat or fish and other accompaniments that might include egg, tofu, and the fried soybean cakes known as ‘tempe’. Another ‘must try’ is Rendang Daging – a famous Indonesian delicacy created from succulent chunks of beef stewed in coconut cream and spices.
Salads include squid with green mango; grilled prawn with pomelo and apple, and Caesar with grilled chicken, while other Western dishes on the menu include hamburgers, pizzas, pasta, and delights such as grilled tenderloin with asparagus and oyster sauce, or rolled chicken breast stuffed with emmental cheese and cream mushroom sauce. Tapas and snacks include traditional Indonesian Tahu Isi – stuffed tofu, and chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce. Dessert specialities such as watermelon granite with vanilla yogurt, and jackfruit fritters with pineapple sauce (made from estate-grown fruit), are not to be missed. Beverages include freshly squeezed fruit juices, spirits, wines and cocktails.
FAMILIES AT THE ARSANA ESTATE
Villa holidays are an excellent option for families, and the owners of The Arsana Estate have three young children, so the villa has evolved around their needs. Family-friendly advantages of villa stays include having access to your own private facilities, such as a swimming pool, living space and gardens, and having the freedom to use them whenever you want. Knowing that the kids can run around happily, independently and safely, without you having to worry about other guests, is a real plus – and one that means parents are certain to have a more relaxed holiday too.
As well as offering plenty of space for children to let off steam, including a large flat lawn complete with football goal, The Arsana Estate has a kids’ pool adjoining the main swimming pool; a children’s play area with a trampoline and basketball hoop; three bicycles; extensions to the master suite and one of the guest suites incorporating kids’ sleeping areas; two self-contained TV Rooms with DVD players; Nintendo Wii, and a library of kids’ DVDs. Additionally, there is a dedicated games room with a cupboards full of board games, toys and children’s books. The villa’s fifth bedroom makes a great kids ‘dormitory’ and chill-out room, sleeping up to eight and equipped with electronic games (PS3 and Wii) plus a TV and DVD player.
The Arsana Estate’s team of friendly staff will make your children feel as welcome as adults – whether it’s playing indoor or outdoor games (football, badminton or basketball), escorting them on nature walks within the grounds, or including them as guests at a village ceremony. Having these willing helpers on hand also gives you plenty of flexibility and freedom to do your own exploring beyond the villa.
Although equipped kitchens allow you to prepare meals for fussy eaters or babies with ease, staff will happily to do this for you – just talk through your requirements and meal schedules with the villa manager or chef/cook and they will take care of the rest. Spaghetti in the sunset balé at six? Poolside pancakes for breakfast? No problem.
Neither do you have to worry about packing all that cumbersome kids’ equipment for your stay. Just let us know what you need, and anything we don’t have in-house (villa facilities include baby cots, highchairs, car seats and much more) we can hire on your behalf (click here to see list of available hire items).
And when the excitement of exploring the villa starts to wear off, check out our Things to do page; there’s plenty in the area to keep all the family amused throughout the holiday.
To get the best out of the kitchen, it is a good idea to plan meals the evening before or over breakfast so that the staff can arrange deliveries or do the shopping in a timely fashion during the day. All groceries and beverages are charged at cost price plus a 20% handling fee which is subject to service charge and government tax. Guests will be requested to provide a float for groceries in advance with the amount dependent on the number of guests. Staff will shop and keep the receipts for your reference.
Feel like a body scrub or massage? Just ask our staff to bring the spa to you! We can recommend deluxe treatments carried out in the privacy of The Arsana Estate by fully trained therapists from a reputable local spa (extra charges will apply).
Here’s a sample of what’s on the menu:
Release built up tension with a traditional Balinese massage. Using a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure and aromatherapy oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and energy around your body, you will feel totally relaxed in no time.
Foot reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes tension is relieved and circulation improved leaving you feeling balanced.
A full body scrub will exfoliate and hydrate your skin leaving it soft and smooth. A rejuvenating scrub combines an abrasive material such as salt, coffee, rice bran or pecan hulls with essential oils to remove any impurities and make your skin glow.
Our hands and feet work hard for us every day but rarely get the attention they deserve. Treat them to a manicure or pedicure, which usually comes with the added bonus of a quick hand or foot massage.
Fitness and Yoga
Yoga teachers and fitness trainers can be arranged to attend guests for private sessions at the villa (extra fees apply).