The elegant, four-bedroom Villa Iskandar is a riverside sanctuary featuring contemporary architecture and Chinese-themed interiors against a gorgeous backdrop of towering jungle trees. Guests are looked after by a full team of staff, including a chef and personal butlers.
Close to the spectacular sea temple of Tanah Lot and the award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf course, Villa Iskandar is also within easy reach of the boutiques, bars and restaurants of buzzing Seminyak, just 13 kilometres away. The villa offers a truly beautiful setting for small weddings and events, and is perfect for those looking for a luxurious close-to-nature escape.
ABOUT VILLA ISKANDAR
Welcome to Villa Iskandar, our beautiful four-bedroom riverside home in South-west Bali; contemporary in design with a healthy dose of Chinoiserie adding the style and mysticism of the Orient into the mix. We chose this location for its natural beauty and rural charm and of course its proximity to the beach and the Nirwana Golf Course, while Seminyak’s good times and shopping are only a 13-kilometre drive away.
Each of our four bedrooms is tastefully decorated with antique Chinese furnishings and features hardwood floors, queen-size beds, ensuite bathrooms (two of which are semi-open-air), and views over the river. There are dining options for both formal indoor feasts and relaxed alfresco meals on the terrace. The focal point, however, is our 15-metre infinity edge pool that looks out over the river.
Built on three levels the villa hugs the riverbank and is surrounded by mature trees, which bring with them an abundance of shade and wildlife, where butterflies, singing insects, frogs and birds all congregate to fill the day with colour and song; a quintessential tropical holiday experience.
At Iskandar we offer you five-star 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 Iskandar shares a dedicated 400-square-metre wedding space, a driveway, parking area and staff service facilities with its neighbour Villa Atacaya. When the two villas are rented together they offer a 9-bedroom option for large groups of friends, extended families and wedding parties.
Spread across three levels, Villa Islandar comprises four bedrooms – one on the upper floor, two at garden level, and one by the riverside, complete with a spacious sundeck. Also on the top level is a living room open on two sides and with a front-facing balcony. As well as two guest bedrooms, a formal dining room and a kitchen make up the indoor space at ground level, while outside, the free-form swimming pool with its curved infinity edge overlooks the river below and is bordered by an ironwood sun deck and alfresco dining area.
Presiding over the beautiful surroundings from the top floor, Villa Iskandar’s master bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and decorated with Chinese artwork and antiques under a high-pitched ceiling. This splendid room has a glamorous ensuite bathroom and its own private balcony-deck furnished with an intimate dining table as well as a river-rock bathtub under the stars.
Guest bedroom one
Sitting adjacent to the dining room, this graceful bedroom opens directly out to the pool deck with views across to the jungle and riverbank beyond. It is furnished with Chinese art and antiques as well as a king-size bed atop hardwood floors, while the ensuite bathroom is distinguished by a walk-in shower from which guests can step onto a balcony with built-in seating.
Guest bedroom two
Resting at the very front of the property, this river-view room oozes sophistication and taste with dark hardwood floors, Chinese antique furnishings, a steeply pitched ceiling and a glamorous bathroom fitted with an oversized black bathtub for two. Sliding glass doors to the front and side of the king-sized bed lead to the pool and to a viewing deck above the river, complete with a dining table for two.
Riverside studio room
Villa Iskandar’s riverside studio bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase from the pool deck. The views from this room’s king-sized bed are of pure, raw nature. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a walk-in shower, while a precious feature is the deck right above the river with a double daybed looking across to the tall trees and jungle on the opposite bank.
Iskandar’s open-sided living room is on the villa’s uppermost floor, which makes it perfect for receptions, heralded by a fretwork Chinese-style screen and a Balinese gong. From the balcony at the front guests can survey the scene of the swimming pool and the sparkling river beyond. Adjacent to the living room is a pergola dripping with white-flowering thunbergia and surrounded on three sides by a fishpond with a bubbling urn as its centerpiece. Here, a small dining table and four chairs rests upon a wooden deck, which appears to float on a moat. A comfy sofa scattered with Chinese silk cushions, makes this a delightful space for watching movies on the 48-inch satellite channel TV and DVD player. A guest washroom is positioned to one side.
Villa Iskandar’s large dining room, furnished with a table for ten and decorated with elegant Chinese artwork and artefacts, offers the choice of a formal, air-conditioned dining experience (perfect for entertaining) or a more casual, open-air effect when the glass doors are folded open to the pool deck and the jungle view.
The ironwood pool deck is built around the curved contours of the 15-metre, infinity-edge swimming pool that looks out over the river valley. This magnificent outdoor area is furnished with sun loungers and an alfresco dining table for eight, and shaded by frangipani trees and tall fan palms, while a firebowl at the edge of the pool creates a romantic ambiance at night.
A spiral staircase winds down to a riverside deck, open to the sky and situated next to the studio bedroom. This magical spot is the perfect place to practice yoga or meditate to the murmur of the river.
- Capacity: 8 people (4 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds). 4 extra beds may be set up on request at additional charge.
- Living areas: Upstairs living/dining room; downstairs formal dining room and kitchen; indoor dining for 8; outdoor dining for 8; riverside deck with daybed.
- Pool: 15 x 5 metres.
- Staff: Villa manager; full-time chef ; butlers; garden/pool maintenance – (shared with Villa Atacaya); 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; surround-sound system; CD player; iPod dock.
- For families: Villa Iskandar 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).
- Weddings & events: Events for 30-50 people can be arranged in the villa, or up to 100 people in their specially built wedding/event area with prior notice.
- Additional facilities: Barbecue; diesel powered back-up generator; safety deposit box.
- Property area: 1,930sqm (land).
The personal chef at Villa Iskandar 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.
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 ISKANDAR
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 Iskandar 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 Iskandar 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 riverside or in the privacy of your own room 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 beside the river. 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.