Des Indes Villas comprises two stunning new villas quietly tucked away within Seminyak’s exclusive Laksmana Estate, moments from the surfing beach of Petitenget and some of Bali’s most iconic restaurants and bars. A fusion of Bali-style open living and contemporary Asian design, the two interlinking villas each have their own entrance, swimming pool and living area as well as air-conditioned bedrooms and bathrooms. They can be booked separately or together, offering the versatility of a two-, three- or five-bedroom villa vacation – well suited for multi-generation families or groups of friends who appreciate both space and privacy.
ABOUT DES INDES VILLAS
Named after Holland’s legendary Hotel Des Indes, this inter-connecting pair comprises two sets of vaulted pavilions arranged around inviting swimming pools and divided by a wall of double doors and pivoting plantation shutters that can be opened up when both villas are rented together or closed off for complete privacy.
A wealth of natural materials features in the design – teakwood-lined ceilings and floors, Palimanan stone reliefs, wall panels of padded linen, bathrooms of Italian marble. Every room is richly decorated with colonial-style furniture, prized antiques, precious Asian ceramics and artefacts, and oriental rugs. Among the more contemporary luxuries are top-range King Koil mattresses, crisp cotton bed-linen, and curved 47-inch TVs with satellite channels in every bedroom.
Pick up one of the many books lying around, and retreat to the antique daybed in Des Indes II or the poolside balé in Des Indes III. Take a siesta on a sun lounger then cool off in the pool. Take a leisurely stroll to Ku De Ta for sunset cocktails, and dine at La Lucciola across the road, or return to the villa for a gourmet meal created by your accomplished chef. Then retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of your spacious bedroom, sink into a petal-strewn bathtub and finally retire to your four-poster bed. Repeat the next day.
With the beach, boutiques, restaurants, bars and spas of Seminyak just moments away, families and groups of friends will find Des Indes Villas the perfect choice for their Bali vacation.
Accommodation at Des Indes III is in three adjoining pavilions arranged in an L-shape around the 16-metre swimming pool. The social heart of the villa is the huge open-sided living pavilion facing the length of the pool, across which is a large balé. To the right is the sleeping pavilion with two large bedroom suites opening onto the pool terrace. Tucked into the corner of the L is a two-storey building with seating area, bar, kitchen and guest washroom downstairs and, above, a third bedroom suite with a terrace. A wall of plantation shutters and three sets of doors separates Des Indes III from Des Indes II, which can be closed off for privacy or opened when both villas are rented together.
The huge fan-cooled open-sided living pavilion – its soaring teakwood-lined roof supported on massive teakwood pillars – is the villa’s social hub. Opening onto the swimming pool and surrounded on three sides by koi ponds dotted with islands of heliconia, this is Bali-style living at its best. Old-style cane sofas and planters chairs are arranged around coffee tables in two distinct seating areas, and ten guests may gather around the teak dining table in cushioned comfort.
On the other side of the pool is a large cushion-covered balé big enough for a crowd; sun-seekers will gravitate to the sun loungers set on the pool terrace.
Across the koi pond is a bar area with antique style seating and, behind the service bar, a very well-equipped kitchen with sophisticated coffee maker and wine fridge.
Des Indes III’s three bedrooms are spacious and handsomely designed, with high teakwood-lined vaulted ceilings, polished wood floors, and custom-designed display cabinets. They each feature a large four-poster bed, colonial-style furniture, oriental rugs, and striking art and artefacts – a rich visual counterpoint to the ultra-modern 47-inch curved TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. The upstairs bedroom has its own roof terrace while the two ground floor bedrooms open onto the pool terrace. All three feature fans and air-conditioning as well as a large air-conditioned marble bathroom with dressing area, bathtub, twin basins, and walk-in shower enclosure.
- Capacity: 6 adults (3 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds) plus 3 extra beds may be set up on request (additional charge applies).
- Living areas: Large fan-cooled open-sided living pavilion with two seating areas and dining table for 10; poolside balé with comfortable cushions; bar terrace with seating; well-equipped kitchen.
- Pool: 16m x4m.
- Staff: Villa manager; assistant manager; chef; cook; butlers/housekeeping; garden and pool staff; maintenance; security (night-time only at villa, 24-hour for estate). Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request.
- Communication: WiFi internet access; landline for local calls (international calls charged); mobile phone coverage; PABX system with connections in all rooms; printer and fax (on request).
- Entertainment: 47-inch curved TV with satellite channels and DVD players in all bedrooms; amplifier and Bose speakers in living pavilion; books and magazines.
- For families: Des Indes Villas makes a great villa choice for families. Equipment at the villa includes a baby cot and high chair. Many other items (including booster seat, baby bath and pool fence) can be supplied on request for a small additional charge.
- Spa: In-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by visiting spa therapists (extra cost applies).
- Transport: Des Indes Villas’ central Seminyak location means many attractions are within easy walking distance. If transport is required, the villa manager will happily call one of the island’s safe and reasonably priced metered taxis, or organise the hire of a car and driver.
- Additional facilities: Barbecue; back-up generator; safety deposit boxes; 2 massage beds.
- Property area: 658 sqm (land); 351 sqm (build).
Do take advantage of the skills of Des Indes Villas’ competent chef who is on hand to prepare daily breakfast (included in the rate), as well as lunch and dinner on request. Guests may choose from a reasonably priced menu of home-style Indonesian, Asian and Western dishes catering to all tastes – everything from spaghetti carbonara to spicy beef rendang. They can also arrange a barbecue of imported meats and fresh-from-the-sea fish. If guests have specific requests, the chef is more than happy to cook off-menu dishes as well as tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements. They may also prepare gourmet meals for up to 25 guests should you wish to host a dinner party while in residence. (Off-menu groceries and beverages will be charged at cost plus 10.5% tax and 5% service.)
Villa holidays are an excellent option for families, with access to your own private facilities and the freedom to use them whenever you want. Knowing that the kids can enjoy themselves 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.
Des Indes Villas is particularly suitable for a couple of families holidaying together, who can take both II and III to enjoy social time tempered by some extra private space. Those with toddlers will need to be vigilant, however, due to the unfenced swimming pools and ponds (though it is easy to keep an eye on children from the comfort of the living area).
The staff will make children feel as welcome as adults, and having these willing helpers on hand gives guests plenty of flexibility and freedom to do their own exploring beyond the villa grounds (full-time babysitting incurs a small extra cost).
Although the equipped kitchen allows you to prepare meals for fussy eaters or babies with ease, staff will be happy to do this for you – just talk through your requirements and meal schedules with the villa manager or chef and they will take care of the rest.
Don’t 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 a baby cot, highchair, car seat and games) 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.
THINGS TO DO
Des Indes Villas’ manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Chat to the staff too; many have been attached to the villa for some time and are a great source of insider information.
In the meantime, here’s a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.
- Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too: fine dining venues include Sarong, the famous Ku Dé Ta, Mama San, La Lucciola, Petitenget, Merah Putih, Sardine and Métis.
- It’s possible to walk the sands of Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach all the way to Kuta in the south, or north to Canggu. The beach is more popular with locals than tourists (not safe for swimming in most sections), but is a great spot for building sandcastles or to watch the sunset as you sip a cocktail from one of the many beachside bars.
- A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (11km) where a number of cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer. Note that the beach here is dark sand and the waters are better suited to surfing, having a pronounced swell and rip, rather than children’s swimming. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast is also a good sunset spot, or try the more casual café across the road; Old Man’s for alfresco all day dining
- Des Indes Villas is close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (16 km), although in peak season a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience. Visiting early in the morning (8-9am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
- Play a round at the unbelievably scenic Nirwana Bali Golf Course. Bordered by ocean and rice fields and just down from Tanah Lot sea temple, no wonder this championship-standard course (designed by golf legend, Greg Norman) is frequently voted number one in Asia.
- Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Balihas 16 water slides (including The Climax with its 360 degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.
- Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal in northern central Bali (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.