VILLA PANGI GITA - Rural Bali Hillside and River View
Villa Pangi Gita gently flows down a terraced hillside to the tranquil, ‘singing’ Pangi River that meanders through the sleepy rural village of Pererenan. Designed by the architects of the renowned Four Seasons Hotel, this immaculate villa combines classic architecture with modern luxury and tropical landscaped gardens to create a truly standout property which houses an impressive collection of Asian antiques.
Respectful of the Balinese culture and local environment, lush terraced gardens rich with foliage and exotic blooms slope down to the river, enveloping traditional-style living and sleeping pavilions that feature polished teak and terrazzo floors, vaulted ceilings, iron-wood shingle roofs, and large glass doors that open out to the emerald green surrounds. The owner’s impressive collection of Asian antiques and superior furnishings presents a unique sense of style and demonstrates the love and commitment that has gone into making this three-bedroom villa extra special.
The villa flows with spaces for guests to unwind and relax too, from the generous open-sided living pavilion cooled by ceiling fans, to the air-conditioned study with its large satellite TV and DVD player, or the traditional balé (relaxation gazebo) that overlooks the stunning free-form swimming pool by the river’s edge.
At the top of the villa compound, nearest the entrance, two guest bedrooms feature polished wood floors, vaulted ceilings and queen-size four-poster beds. Both rooms have large Balinese-style garden bathrooms enclosed by lichen-covered walls. Here guests can bathe au naturel under the rain shower or soak in the bathtub set within a teak surround.
The guest bedrooms are air conditioned and fitted with ceiling fans. Each is equipped with a TV screen and DVD player, and opens onto a shady veranda furnished with a daybed and reading chair. In one of the rooms a roll-away single bed provides extra sleeping space.
The air-conditioned master bedroom lies at the lower end of the garden, close to the river and the pool, and is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway. The bedroom features a delicately carved queen-size four poster bed, polished teak floors, vaulted ceilings and large glass doors that open onto a stone terrace furnished with table and chairs – just the spot for a lazy breakfast. Furnishings include a comfortable planter’s chair and a wood cabinet housing a TV, DVD player and music system. Behind the sleeping area is a very large dressing room with generous storage space.
Carved teak doors slide open to reveal a huge air-conditioned bathroom tastefully finished with polished cream terrazzo floors, his-and-hers vanities, a tiled double bathtub, massage table and walk-in shower. A special feature of this majestic bathroom is the secluded timber balcony, accessed via glass doors, which makes a perfect setting for a massage or spa treatment.
Presiding over the gardens at the centre of the villa compound the open-sided living pavilion with its lofty two-tier roof, coconut wood pillars and cool cream terrazzo floors, makes an ideal base for entertaining and relaxing. A large Buddha statue flanked by vases of tropical flowers casts its eye over the white-cushioned lounge where guests can lie back, cooled by ceiling fans, and take in the natural setting or admire the owner’s collection of antiques.
To one side of the living pavilion is a cosy air-conditioned study, featuring a large flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. A wall of bookshelves holds a good selection of books, games and puzzles as well as an extensive CD and DVD collection. In front of the study a fish pond is fed by water from decorative stone spouts carved in the image of the barong – a lion-like mythical Balinese character.
Stepping stones cross the fish pond to a handsome dining pavilion where a gleaming teak table seats up to eight guests. Although the dining pavilion offers the option of air-conditioning, three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows can be flung open to appreciate the songs of the river and the birdlife, the fragrances of the garden and views over the villa’s temple towards the pool. A notable feature here is the antique wooden panelling that separates the dining room from the adjacent kitchen with its marble breakfast bar and bar stools.
Pangi Gita’s garden provides a sensory experience like no other: the twittering birds, brightly coloured heliconias, darting dragonflies, fragrant frangipanis, tinkling fish ponds, river rapids, delicate temple offerings and farmers tending their crops in the neighbouring rice fields, combine to create the sights, sounds and smells of the real Bali. And to taste the real Bali you need go no further than the villa kitchen.
One of the best places to absorb the ambiance is alongside the green-stone pool, where the garden meets the river bank. Sun loungers shaded by bright red umbrellas and a thatched poolside balé offer a choice of spots for rest and relaxation . Those craving a bit of quiet ‘me’ time should seek out the single recliner on the wooden deck half way up the gardens, overlooking the river rapids.
- Capacity : 6 adults and 2 children (3 bedrooms with queen-size beds). Roll-away bed and extra mattress available for children.
- Living Areas Open-sided living pavilion; dining pavilion; air-conditioned study; poolside balé.
- Pool: 15m, free-form.
- Staff: Villa manager; cook; 2 villa attendants; gardener and pool attendant; 3 security guards. Masseuse and babysitter on request.
- Dining : Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s menu. Requests accommodated (including special diets).Communication
- WiFi : internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage; computer; printer.EntertainmentSatellite TV and DVD player in study; TV screen and DVD/CD players in all bedrooms.
- For Families : Villa Pangi Gita is suitable for families with babies and older children, though presents some challenges for inquisitive toddlers (and their parents) because of the many steps and water features. In-house facilities include a baby cot; high chair; table tennis and kids DVDs.
- Transport : A driver and car (seating up to six passengers) is available for 8 hours daily at a rate of USD$25++/day (excluding petrol; extra hours at additional cost).
- Property Area 2,100sqm (land); 600sqm (villa).
Our experienced in-house chef is at your service to prepare delicious home-style meals throughout the day. Villa Pangi Gita offers a suggestion menu featuring a wide variety of Asian and international dishes to cater to all tastes, with an excellent selection of vegetarian options.
Enjoying a fresh fruit juice and delicious cooked breakfast as the morning sun lights up Pangi Gita’s enchanting garden, is a great way to start your day. And be sure to sample some of the local Balinese delicacies such as pepes ikan (fish wrapped in banana leaf) or babi guling (suckling pig) during your stay. If you have specific requests, the chef is more than happy to tailor meals accordingly and accommodate any special dietary requirements.
Groceries and beverages are charged at market price (plus a 20% handling fee which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate). You will be requested to provide grocery money in advance, and the staff will do the shopping and keep the receipts for reference. To make the most of the kitchen and give staff time to shop, it is a good idea to plan meals the evening before.
FAMILIES AT VILLA PANGI GITA
Villa holidays are a great choice for families who like to keep their own schedule and do their own thing, and Pangi Gita is ideal for those with older children. Kids will love the jungly, lagoon-style swimming pool alongside the river and are sure to enjoy stretching out on the big sofas in the study to watch a movie, or challenge each other to a game or two of table tennis. The villa is less suitable for families with toddlers because of the many water features, ponds and staircases, although play pens and pool safety fences can be organised for a small extra charge. In-villa facilities include a baby cot and high chair, but if you need any other kids equipment, we can hire most things on your behalf with a little advance notice.
The villa’s team of friendly 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). The chef is happy to tailor the villa menu to include all the usual children’s favourites and although you are welcome to prepare meals for fussy eaters or babies in the villa kitchen, the staff will be happy to do this for you – just let the villa manager know your requirements and schedules and the rest will be taken care of.