One of the two Nyanyi Riverside Villas sitting alongside a jungle-fringed river near the spectacular sea temple of Tanah Lot, the five-bedroom, five-star Villa Atacaya offers a peaceful, back-to-nature retreat to holidaymakers looking for an escape from life’s day-to-day madness.
Spread over three levels, with a pretty garden courtyard and 15-metre riverside swimming pool, the villa is fully staffed and includes the services of a car and driver (at a special rate). Each of the five ensuite bedrooms presents differing views of nature at its best, while the communal spaces provide a superb choice of indoor and outdoor, formal and relaxed, dining and living options. Great for families or groups of friends.
ABOUT VILLA ATACAYA
Welcome to Villa Atacaya, our secluded, riverside retreat in south-west Bali, where you will find contemporary architecture, five spacious bedrooms, and an abundance of natural beauty, just 13 kilometres from the bright lights, shops, restaurants and nightlife of Seminyak, and only a few minutes’ drive from one of the best golf courses in Asia.
We built our home into the contours of the valley, and it is blessed with a spellbinding view of the jungle-fringed river. This is a nature lovers’ paradise; a place where you will see kingfishers, enjoy birdsong during the day and be lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of running water. We think you’ll appreciate the choice of indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, the glamorous bathrooms, the alfresco bar and the splendid 15-metre swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the river valley. The architectural design integrates natural water features including a pond fed by a holy spring and a creek that flows into the river. Sleek structures, ironwood-shingle roofs and eye-catching stone fittings and finishes – such as the bright white acid-marble terrace, the metallic slate bathrooms, and the river-rock bathtubs – reflect the ambiance of the location and the purity of the gorgeous surroundings.
Villa Atacaya is complemented by sophisticated facilities and superb service from a full team of caring staff including a manager, butlers and a chef, so that that you will have no real need to go out for meals or entertainment, although we do provide the services of a car and driver for up to eight hours a day at a special rate should you wish to explore beyond the villa.
Villa Atacaya shares a dedicated 400-square-metre wedding space, a driveway, parking area and staff service facilities with its neighbour Villa Iskandar. When the two villas are rented together they offer a 9-bedroom option for large groups of friends, extended families and wedding parties.
The three-tiered Villa Atacaya is entered on its top level via an open-sided living and dining room that lies adjacent to a self-contained kitchen. On the middle tier is a pretty garden courtyard with an outdoor dining area and covered lounge flanked by a bar and a small, air-conditioned TV room. The courtyard is bordered by a 15-metre pool overlooking the river, and four of the five bedrooms are also housed on this level. From here, a spiral staircase winds down to a riverside yoga deck, a bale, and the studio bedroom.
The queen-bedded, orange-hued master bedroom is large and airy, with soaring wood ceilings. Two sets of sliding glass doors lead out to the pool and the garden courtyard with its jungle views. Colourful carved Balinese doors open to a private water garden where a huge river-rock bathtub rests under the sky alongside a rushing creek fed by a holy spring.
Guest bedroom one
Themed in a deep red, this ground floor room, with its queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom, opens out onto the pool terrace. What gives this room its edge is its access to a pond fed by a holy spring and backed by a plant-strewn wall, which creates the magical feel of a forest stream.
Guest bedrooms two and three
These two bedrooms are almost identical, with hardwood floors, queen-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms that exude class and comfort. Where they differ is in their colour schemes and their views. One room is themed in blue and looks out to the grotto-like holy pond, while the second is aquamarine-themed with a delightful window seat and a stunning river and jungle view from the bed. Both are accessed from the pool terrace.
Resting riverside, directly below guest bedroom three, this yellow-themed room is the most private of all and arguably has the best view. Glass doors at the front open out to a waterside garden overlooking the river and the towering trees on its far bank.
Atacaya’s main living and dining room is on the villa’s uppermost tier, flanked by a water garden and a rock wall festooned with orchids and tree ferns. This room also provides guests with their first glimpse of the beautiful river valley view. With open sides and a lofty alang-alang thatched roof, this fan-cooled space offers a semi-indoor dining option with a table for 12 conveniently situated next to a self-contained kitchen, and a small sitting area to one side of the dining table.
Down at ground level is a covered, open-air sitting space with a bar at one end and an air-conditioned TV room at the other. Wide sliding doors to the TV room can be opened onto the sitting area to create one big sociable space. Outside in the garden, a glass-topped table set upon white marble paving stones, provides dining for 12 under the stars. As night falls, staff light a firebowl at the edge of the lawn, which throws dancing shadows around the courtyard.
At the far side of the garden courtyard, the 15-metre swimming pool appears to overflow into the river valley. As you cool off at the pool’s edge you might just see the iridescent blue flash of a kingfisher as it swoops over the water.
A spiral staircase winds down to a riverside deck. This is the perfect place to practice yoga or meditate to the murmur of the river. Also on this level is a bale relaxation pavilion – just the spot for a massage.
- Capacity: 10 people (5 ensuite bedrooms with queen-size beds); extra beds available on request charged at US$35++ per night for adults, and US$25++ per night for children.
- Living areas: Upper level living and dining; TV room; open-sided bar and lounge; outdoor dining for 12; riverside terrace with daybed; relaxation balé; yoga deck.
- Pool: 15 x 4 metres.
- Staff: Villa manager; full-time chef; butlers; garden/pool maintenance (all shared with Villa Iskandar); security. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request for a small additional cost.
- Dining: Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
- Communication: WiFi internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage.
- Entertainment: Satellite TV; DVD player; Bose surround-sound system; CD player; iPod dock.
- For families: Villa Atacaya is well equipped for families. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; DVDs; pool toys.
- Spa: In-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies).
- Transport: A seven-seater car with driver is available for up to eight hour use at a special daily rate of US$ 25++ (petrol and additional hours at extra cost).
- Additional facilities: Barbecue; diesel powered back-up generator; safety deposit box.
- Property area: 1,450sqm.
The personal chef at Villa Atacaya is at your service to prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The villa offers an extensive suggestion menu of delicious home-style meals featuring Asian and international dishes to cater to all tastes, with an excellent selection of vegetarian and children’s options. The chef is also more than happy to tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements. A stay is not complete without sampling some local dishes such as pepes ikan (fish steamed in banana leaf), satay ayam (chicken satay on bamboo skewers) or pisang goreng (fried banana) served with ice cream.
For all meals 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 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 or with a minimum of five hours in advance.
FAMILIES AT VILLA ATACAYA
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.
Villa Atacaya is a great villa for families with older children: those with toddlers will need to be vigilant, however, due to the villa’s riverside location, steep staircases and numerous fish ponds and water features.
The team of friendly staff at Villa Atacaya 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 happily 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. Pancakes by the pool for breakfast? Toasties for tea? No problem. The chef can customise all meals to suit children’s taste buds.
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 and a car seat) 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.
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 your own room, or ideally in the riverside bale pavilion, 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 in the riverside bale. 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.