Villa Lulito is an elegant colonial retreat located at the pulsing heart of chic Seminyak just moments away from Petitenget beach on Bali’s sunset coast. This fully staffed villa sets a stylish tone as a tropical getaway for families or groups. Four white plantation-style pavilions border a 15-metre azure pool that forms an outstanding centrepiece for a small soiree. The two-level sleeping pavilion houses four luxurious bedrooms while three sleek open living areas provide a collection of zones to chill, engage or play. Chose between formal feasts in the smart dining area or casual alfresco meals at the dining table nestled within the villa’s lush gardens.
ABOUT VILLA LULITO
As you approach Villa Lulito via the sophisticated shopping and dining enclave of Oberoi, rubbing shoulders with iconic Bali landmarks including the super-cool Ku De Ta and the elegant hotel after which the area is named, it is obvious that the villa can lay claim to an exclusive and coveted location. And once beyond the threshold of this luxurious villa oasis, Australian interior designer Stuart Membery’s tribute to Ralph Lauren’s polished Caribbean style is also pleasingly obvious: everything from the beautifully hand-rendered walls along the drive and the majestic custom-made Aegean blue doorway, to the soft-cushioned rattan chairs, white shutters and maritime motifs coupled with exposed timber beam ceilings and hurricane lamps, evokes refined empire. Think Montego Bay meets Bali.
Families, couples or friends will adore soaking up the charm of this 2011-built residence, which has four generous ensuite bedrooms, including a delightful kids room with four bunks and the option to add another king-size bed (extra charge), and plenty of living space. Two bedrooms flank the villa’s double entranceway and face the pool, while above them two more suites open onto a long balcony overlooking the azure water, which is lit at night by neon blue lights creating a mesmerising aquatic art piece. Relax into one of several comfortable living rooms that meander through the pavilions and include a quiet alcove with plush sofas for watching TV, perusing the library, listening to music or enjoying an aperitif. Landscape gardener Bruce Johnson created a kaleidoscope of tropical gardens that fringe the pavilions.
A dedicated staff team provides five-star service and expertly prepare gourmet delights to be served in one of three dining areas from casual in the gleaming kitchen to a timelessly set table for eight in the formal dining room. Everything is at your fingertips, including massage beds that are just waiting for a therapist to be called to deliver expert treatments.
Step outside and you are at the centre of Bali’s best shopping district, with hip cafes, fabulous nightclubs and fine restaurants to chose from. One of the island’s most important Hindu temples and glorious Seminyak beach are just a stroll away. Breathe in the sea air and get your holiday rocking from this perfectly placed villa.
Villa Lulito’s double entranceway opens to a reception flanked by two bedrooms and sets the stage for the grand colonial open living room across the glittering pool. Above the entrance two further bedrooms are reached via a long breezy balcony. Wander along the poolside to the fully equipped kitchen pavilion – a wonderful place for a casual breakfast. Adjacent is an alfresco dining area that leads to the main living pavilion with its polished formal dining space, chic and comfortable sitting room plus an entertainment zone. At the far end of the pool is a graceful garden pavilion with daybeds and decorative touches creating beautiful tableaus everywhere the gaze falls.
A two-storey pavilion houses all four ensuite, air-conditioned and fan-cooled bedrooms at Villa Lulito – two at pool level and two on the floor above, accessed from a long, white, covered balcony. Plantation shutters, rattan trunks and lush potted palms create a serene environment that is perfect for holiday downtime.
Master suite - The upper-floor master suite is furnished with a luxurious, netted, four-poster king-size bed with internal LED reading lights and feather-light linen. A soft chair provides a quiet corner to take in the view of the pool or watch a DVD in privacy, and a freestanding bathtub features in the adjoining air-conditioned bathroom that’s also fitted with a separate shower. This room easily converts to a family suite by sliding open the double doors in the dressing area to connect with the adjacent children’s room.
Children’s room - All in white, four netted, custom-made bunk beds bedeck an entire wall of this gorgeous room, which also offers the option of an additional queen-size bed or twin beds (on request and at extra charge). Draws, shelves, ladders and bags of space create a fabulous play area for little ones to safely enjoy. Fun touches include brightly coloured cushions, plush dinosaur laundry baskets and packed bookshelves. The adjacent bathroom has a separate shower and WC plus child steps for the sink and vanity.
Guest bedrooms - These mirror image ground-level bedrooms capture the essence of the colonies with large rattan and leather travel trunks set at the base of bamboo four-poster king-size beds. Crisp white finishes create a gentle ambiance and high levels of comfort. Ensuite bathrooms with large round mirrors and rain showers complete the scene. Double doors open directly onto the terrace by the pool with scattered loungers and comfortable cushioned chairs at the ready for total relaxation.
Three open-fronted colonial-style living pavilions overlook the pool at the heart of Villa Lulito. The fan cooled kitchen and casual dining pavilion is light and airy and home to a breakfast table for eight people and a comfortable lounge with a large coffee table.
An alfresco dining table in a corner of the tropical garden makes the perfect venue for a barbecue lunch beneath lush palms. Sun loungers circle the 15-metre pool on three sides and a basket of pool toys will keep the children happy. The stunning white garden pavilion sings a song to lure you onto its plush daybeds. Immerse yourself in this uber-chic chill zone for a languid afternoon nap while the whispering overhead fans keep the heat at bay.
The main event is the grand living pavilion; home to a formal dining area for eight people. The Bose sound system will fill the air with musical accompaniment as you sink into the softly cushioned sofas and admire the historic prints that grace the walls.
- Location - Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia.
- Capacity - 8 adults OR 6 adults and 4 children (4 ensuite bedrooms with three king-size beds and four single bunks). A queen-size bed can be added to the bunk room to accommodate 2 adults. When children also occupy this room there will be an extra charge.
- Living areas - Living/dining pavilion; kitchen/dining pavilion; garden pavilion lounge; outdoor dining for 8; indoor dining for 8.
- Pool - 14.7 x 7.6 metres.
- Staff - Villa manager; private chef and assistant cook; housekeeping; service staff and security. Additional staff including babysitters, masseuses are available on request, at additional cost.
- Dining - Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated including special diets.
- Communication - WiFi Internet access; mobile phone coverage.
- Entertainment - Satellite TV; DVD player; Bose sound system; iPod dock.
- For families - Villa Lulito is very well equipped for families. Facilities include: designer bunk room for 4; baby cot; books; DVDs; games and some pool toys.
- Spa - In-villa treatments from a comprehensive spa menu can be arranged.
- Transport - The villa’s central Seminyak location means that many attractions are within easy walking distance. If additional transport is required, the villa manager will arrange for a private car or metered taxi service, at additional cost.
- Additional facilities - Barbecue; diesel powered back-up generator; safety deposit boxes.
- Property area - 800sqm (villa). 1,000sqm (land).
DINING AT VILLA LULITO
Dining at Villa Lulito is in the expert hands of a private chef and assistant cook from breakfast to dinner time. A suggestion menu of restaurant-quality Asian and Western meals caters to all tastes and offers a range of vegetarian and children’s options. Traditional Balinese and Indonesian dishes can be tailored to your tastebuds, from mild and mellow to hot and spicy.
The team will also prepare cuisine to respect religious, medical and other dietary restrictions. Don’t miss the divine nasi campur that showcases several of Bali’s most loved culinary treats, the tasty vegetable and shredded coconut salad called urab, or the irresistible dessert of pancakes stuffed with palm sugar and coconut morsels. Villa Lulito is known for its chef’s excellent barbecues, which use the highest quality meats and seafood acquired daily from the freshest local sources.
Groceries and beverages are charged at market price (plus a 20% handling fee which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate). Guests are requested to provide cash for groceries in advance, and the staff will keep the receipts for reference. To fully enjoy the kitchen, aim to plan your meals a day ahead.
FAMILIES AT VILLA LULITO
Holidaying in a villa that’s as family friendly as Lulito is a dream come true. The freedom to wake, dine and play when mood – or hunger – strikes without being chained to resort kitchen, bar or pool opening hours is just one of the bonuses. Kids are free to play within the safe confines of the villa without parents having to worry about them disturbing other guests.
The Balinese are known for their love of children and extended families, and staff at Villa Lulito will greet kids and grannies alike with open hearts and experienced practical hands. Endless snacks, cut fruit, cold drinks, afternoon tea and even specially baked treats will be delivered from the fully equipped kitchen (which guests are also welcome to use themselves if they wish to prepare food for babies or extra-fussy toddlers – although the kitchen staff will be happy to take this on).
As well as the gorgeous double bunkroom which kids are bound to love, Villa Lulito is packed with games, books and pool toys. There is an excellent DVD library for the little ones and a baby cot is also at the ready. If you need other items of children’s equipment let us know beforehand and they can be arranged for your arrival. Villa Lulito is also only a short stroll from the sweeping sands of Seminyak beach and is dangerously close to one of Bali’s most celebrated ice-cream cafes!
SPA AT VILLA LULITO
Chilling out is the name of the game at Villa Lulito, and you’ll find a choice of perfect places for a massage or spa treatment among the villa’s pavilions and gardens or by the pool. Just have a word with your villa manager, who will be pleased to arrange for a professional therapist to administer to you at the villa. Here’s a taster of what you’ll find on the spa menu:
Massage - Release built up tension with a traditional Balinese massage. 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 - Foot reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet corresponding to every part of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes tension is relieved and circulation improved leaving you feeling balanced.
Body scrub - 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.
Manicure/pedicure - 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.