Welcome to The Istana
A mind-blowing cliff-top setting, breathtaking ocean views, serene architecture and superb staff have propelled the Istana to prominence among the world’s most remarkable destination villas.
Located on The Bukit Peninsula in south Bali, minutes from the revered sea temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, The Istana is designed for lavish entertaining and is in much demand for weddings and large family gatherings. There’s extravagant living and dining space (both formal and informal), a massive independent master suite with pool, four generous guestroom suites, a dedicated children’s wing, games room, media room, spa and magnificent cliff-edge balé across the lawn from the 32-metre infinity pool.
ABOUT THE ISTANA
With its dream location high above the Indian Ocean on a Bali cliff-top, The Istana is regarded by many as the ultimate luxury villa, and has won the hearts of the world’s most discerning travellers.
‘Istana’ means palace in Indonesian, and The Istana is truly palatial in every sense: in its profuse living space, in the symmetrical elegance of its architecture, in its stunning interior design, and in the impeccable service provided by its staff. Indeed, one can be forgiven for feeling like royalty in this sublime setting where attention to detail is second to none and every wish is fulfilled.
The views are beyond spectacular. On a clear day Bali’s necklace of volcanoes to the north are visible on the horizon, while 60 metres below, world-class surf breaks attract seasoned wave riders. The sky blazes with fiery oranges and pinks as the sun sets on a perfect day, and when darkness deepens the sea sparkles with a latticework of lights from the fishing boats of Jimbaran Bay.
It is little wonder that the Istana is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Bali; celebrated for its cliff-top ceremonies, candlelit poolside dinners, and dance floor under the stars. Adding to the romance is the secluded master suite, which has its own private pool and is positioned well away from the four guest bedrooms in the main villa.
The space and facilities at The Istana have huge family appeal. When not cavorting in the 32-metre infinity pool, kids will be thrilled to have the run of their own special wing, where a games room is equipped with pool table, Wii and PS3, and every night is sleepover night in the four-bedded bunk room. Parents can play too – a couples’ massage at the spa perhaps, followed by sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner to rival the best of Bali’s restaurants, capped with a Cognac and Cuban cigar.
Such is The Istana’s magic that many guests choose not to stray far. But for those few who do have the urge to explore, Suluban Beach is only a five-minute walk away, and a seven-seat chauffeur driven car is on stand-by to whisk guests across the isthmus to Seminyak or further afield into Bali’s rural and cultural heart.
The Istana’s neatly symmetrical, ‘H’-shaped main building looks out towards the 32-metre pool, the lawn and the ocean beyond the cliff edge. At the heart of this building is a living room surrounded by koi ponds, and flanked by a formal dining room to one side and a media room to the other. Beyond these rooms are two identical wings, each housing an ocean-view and a garden-view guest suite.
The very private master suite, with its own swimming pool and sun deck, lies to the north of the main building in a separate pavilion facing the ocean and cliff-edge balé. Steps lead between the master and main building to the villa’s private spa, the games room and the children’s wing. The Istana’s professional kitchen, complete with its own herb garden is tucked discreetly to the rear of the villa.
The Istana offers five spacious bedroom suites – each an oasis of calm. Below vaulted timber ceilings, king-size beds are set on ‘carpets’ of creamy terrazzo bordered by warm teakwood. Behind the beds, walls of Palimanan stone are embellished with carved wood reliefs and antique batik and silk panels, while tribal artefacts are inset on recessed shelves. A soothingly neutral palette enhances the sense of space, and there’s a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fans for cooling.
The master suite is nothing short of spectacular: a palatial bedroom pavilion with huge bathroom, sun terrace and 8 x 4-metre swimming pool. The extraordinary ocean vista unfolds beyond a wall of glass opening onto a private veranda with daybed; even the 42-inch TV plays second fiddle to the view, retreating discreetly into a console to free the line of sight from the bed. The enormous ensuite is a cream terrazzo haven with sunken bathtub, twin granite basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.
The sound of the surf and the scent of the sea escort the stunning views that flood into the two ocean suites. With the wide glass doors flung back guests can ease themselves from slumber to pool shallows in a heartbeat. Mirroring the light and airy bedrooms are large ensuite bathrooms with double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and steps up to a terrazzo tub for a rather regal bathing experience.
Enjoying all the space and splendour of the ocean suites, the peaceful garden suites swap the sea view for 42-inch plasma TVs and DVD players with Bose surround-sound, and enjoy a private walled sunbathing area. The ensuite bathrooms have double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, a raised terrazzo tub and daybed.
Children’s bunk room
In the children’s wing to the back of the villa is a room with ensuite bathroom with four bunk beds.
Lying at the heart of The Istana is the living room. This highly sociable space is open on two sides and features a black marble cocktail bar and silk-cushion-covered contemporary seating arranged in a U-shape around a huge coffee table – all oriented towards the ocean view. Walls feature panels of tropical wood carved with ancient tales of Ramayana, and prized ethnic artefacts are artfully dotted around the space.
The Istana’s formal dining room is a delightful setting for gourmet meals and dinner parties, served at a stately teakwood table for 12. The interior is handsomely decorated, with a wall of Thai silk panels, an antique hand-woven songket and an eclectic collection of oceanic curios. Looking out onto stellar ocean views, glass doors can be closed for air-conditioned comfort or thrown open for sea-breeze-cooled dining.
In this decadent home-theatre-with-a-killer-view, villa guests can lounge in comfort before the 92-inch projector screen with Bose surround-sound for a full-on immersive experience. Automatic black-out blinds veil or reveal the ocean and garden beyond at the touch of a button, and the butler is on hand to serve movie snacks.
Kids of all ages will love the games room, with its full-size pool table, library of books, board games and toys, and L-shaped sofas defining a video games section complete with PS3 and Wii supported by Bose sound system.
While the living room may be the heart of the Istana, the cliff-edge balé is unquestionably its soul. Here, guests can celebrate a spectacular Bali sunset with cocktails in the comfortable sitting area before enjoying a sumptuous seafood feast at the sunken dining table set in front of a monolithic slab of granite that forms the bar and barbecue station.
- Location: Uluwatu, The Bukit, south Bali, Indonesia.
- Capacity: 10 adults (5 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds) plus kids’ wing with bunk bedroom for 4 children.
- Living areas: Living room with bar area; media room; formal dining room for 12; cliff-edge balé with lounge seating, dining for 10 and barbecue; games room; poolside sundeck.
- Pool: Main pool 32m x 5m. Master suite pool 8m x 4m.
- Staff: Villa manager; assistant manager; butlers; chef and cooks; housekeepers; gardeners; security; spa therapists; drivers; engineers. Babysitters available on request.
- Dining: An extensive priced menu of Balinese, Indonesian, Japanese, western, vegetarian and children’s dishes; cocktails, wines and spirits, liqueurs and cigars; special and dietary requests accommodated; dinner parties can be catered.
- Communication: Telephones, bar and bedrooms plus in-house phone system; WiFi internet access and fax.
- Entertainment: Satellite TVs and DVD players in media room, master suite, 2 guestrooms and games/kids’ wing; extensive DVD library; Bose surround-sound systems in living pavilion and games room.
- For families: Dedicated kids’ wing includes a games room with table tennis, pool table, Wii, PS3, TV/DVD and toys, plus a kids’ bedroom with 4 bunk beds.
- Spa: The Istana Spa offers exclusive in-house treatments; a yoga instructor is available for private sessions.
- Transport: Included in the rental is a chauffeured car for up to 7 guests, for up to 8 hours a day.
- Weddings and events: The Istana is a wedding venue par excellence, comfortably catering for up to 150 guests.
- Additional facilities: Barbecue; in-room safes; 100% generator back-up.
- Property area: 1,000sqm (villa), 4,000sqm (land).
A pivotal part of The Istana experience is the cuisine – as awesome as the extraordinary setting in which it is so gracefully served. The villa’s exceptional dining service is considered to be on a par with – or better than – Bali’s best restaurants, which explains why many guests choose to dine in every night.
There’s an extensive priced menu available throughout the day, and a series of specialty menus requiring a day’s notice. The culinary adventure starts at breakfast time when the wide choice includes the delicious ‘Istana Breakfast’ (fruit, bakery basket with home-made preserves, and eggs benedict with Tasmanian salmon or Parma ham). For lunch, try something from the ‘Food of the Bukit’ menu (gado gado, beef rendang or Balinese curried chicken); or sushi and sashimi, shabu-shabu salad or beef teriyaki from the Japanese menu. For dinner, how about cosmopolitan cocktails at sunset followed by a barbecue of the freshest seafood sourced from Jimbaran fish market by the chef? There’s also an excellent drinks menu with a choice of wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktails. And to top it off, there’s even a cigar menu.
Of course, the chefs are also more than happy to tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements, and are able to prepare gourmet meals for up to 25 guests should you wish to host a dinner party while in residence.
The family friendly advantages of a villa holiday are many, including access to your own private facilities and 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.
The Istana is a fantastic villa for children, who will delight in having their own wing with games room complete with pool table, ping pong table, media corner with TV, PS3 and Wii, and loads of DVDs, toys, board games and books…even a dressing up box! The bunk room makes a great place for sleepovers.
Villa staff will make children feel as welcome as adults, and the special kids’ menu is bound to appeal to all tastes: homemade chicken nuggets and fries are popular, as are the crispy fish fingers made with coral trout and Japanese breadcrumbs. The kitchen staff will also prepare personal favourites and special dishes for fussy eaters – 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, 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.
One tempting reason to tear yourself away from the view is the Istana’s dedicated spa – a gloriously discreet haven with couples’ massage room and separate hair/nails station designed for the exclusive use of villa guests. A highly experienced therapist is in attendance daily to offer massage, body scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair treatments. Here’s a sample of what’s on the menu:
BODY SCRUB/EXFOLIATION TREATMENTS
Enjoy the goodness of a green tea scrub specially created from The Istana Spa. This scrub uses jojoba nut granules and is gently massaged into the skin to remove dead cells and reveal silky soft skin beneath. It will linger on the skin and will leave you feeling refreshed and zesty. This treatment will finish with a refreshing shower.
HERBAL PACK /THE ISTANA SIGNATURE MASSAGE
Wild ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime, clove, tamarind, lemongrass and eucalyptus are blended and heated for a warm, aromatic healing massage.
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.
As Bali’s most spectacular destination villa, The Istana is in demand for events of all kinds, from formal dinners for 25 to special celebrations for 150. As a romantic wedding venue, it’s in a class of its own; couples from all over the world have chosen to start married life in this stunning cliff-top setting, exchanging vows on the lawn while the ocean sparkles far below and the setting sun ushers in a night of candle-lit celebration. The Istana’s polished staff happily works with the best of Bali’s events professionals, and offers years of expertise and experience in hosting events that create memories to last a lifetime.
No packages are offered by the villa. Each event is unique and tailored to our clients’ requests. Contact us for more information.
Maximum people sitting: 100
Maximum people standing: 150