With panoramic views over luxuriant rice paddies stretching all the way to the Indian Ocean, Villa Mandalay provides a lavish, exotic hideaway on Bali’s scenic south-west coast, only a few minutes’ drive from Tanah Lot’s dramatic sea temple and award-winning golf course. With the option of renting either four, six or seven bedrooms, this spacious villa provides ample space for families and groups of friends. Sweeping lawns fringed by lush tropical gardens framing a picturesque backdrop also make Villa Mandalay ideal for wedding parties. Highlights include a 25-metre swimming pool, fun ‘pitch and putt’ golf course, sauna and a friendly and professional staff team including a personal chef who is master of an extensive suggestion menu.
ABOUT VILLA MANDALAY
It is said that green is soothing for the soul, so with its glorious location overlooking acres of emerald rice fields stretching to the tropical turquoise ocean beyond, a stay at Villa Mandalay promises to be a serene one.
The villa’s tranquil setting is enhanced by a perfectly balanced contemporary design, with 25 metres of green-stone-tiled swimming pool creating a magnificent focal point. Buildings of creamy stone, with ironwood shingle roofs and rich dark timber accents, provide luxurious living and sleeping areas for up to 14 people. An enchanting bamboo pavilion ‘floating’ on a water garden grants unobstructed views and creates an atmospheric setting for casual breakfasts, sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners. Gorgeous gardens filled with frangipani, calla lilies and heliconia add swathes of colour, while lively fish ponds complement the tropical scenery.
Indonesian artwork adorns the villa, with a strong avian-theme reflected in Balinese paintings, and colourful carved wooden statues from Kalimantan, alongside elaborate friezes and a fascinating display of ethnic artefacts.
Golf enthusiasts will love the six-tee ‘pitch and putt’ golf course set into the lower gardens, and the villa’s proximity to the multi-award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf Course, which hugs the rocky coastline and offers stunning views over the venerated sea temple of Tanah Lot. Those wanting to relax can take a leisurely stroll along the glistening black-sand beach at Seseh, soak up the warmth of the Finnish-style sauna, or enjoy a soothing massage in the garden bale (pavilion) provided by a skilled therapist from a reputable local spa.
Friendly staff include a talented chef who prepares Western and Asian meals from a comprehensive suggestion menu, as well as sumptuous Balinese-style feasts. A car and driver is also on hand (additional charge) to whisk you away to island attractions such as the sunset bars and restaurants of nearby Echo Beach, the galleries and ornate Hindu temples of Ubud, or a world-class shopping and dining experience in Seminyak.
A stepping-stone path leads across a flourishing lily pond to the entrance of Villa Mandalay, whose symmetrical design creates a tasteful and elegant ambiance. Single storey contemporary Balinese-style pavilions are arranged in a U-shape around a long rectangular swimming pool, with two guest bedrooms bordering each side and the two master suites flanking the main living and dining area. Stairs lead down to a studio bedroom adjacent to the sauna overlooking the ‘pitch and putt’ golf lawns.
All bedrooms are air conditioned, with ceiling fans, king-size beds furnished with crisp white linens and flat-screen TV’s with DVD players. Walk-through dressing rooms lead to stately ensuite bathrooms tiled in grey andesite stone, with twin vanities (except for the studio), statue-filled alcoves and customised amenities.
Master bedrooms - Two generously sized master bedrooms flank the living room, identical but for their artwork. Ceilings are gracefully tiered and softly illuminated in the evenings, long wooden desks nestle in window alcoves with garden outlooks, and each has a timber deck encircled by hedges and flower boxes, and furnished with a table, chairs and daybed. Large bathrooms include separate his-and-hers vanities and oversize terrazzo bathtubs.
Guest bedrooms - Villa Mandalay’s four guest bedrooms are arranged around the swimming pool, opening onto timber decking at the front and to gardens at the back, via sets of glass doors. Two of the rooms have views over the lush rice fields, and are fitted with attractive window seats from which to enjoy them. The other two rooms have window alcoves with built-in desks overlooking tropical gardens.
Studio bedroom - Tucked away below the main villa, at garden level, the studio is the most private of the bedrooms (although slightly smaller than the others) and has an enchanting timber deck, furnished with sun loungers, set on a thriving lotus pond. The bathroom is tiled in gleaming Indian stone, with a single vanity and walk-in shower. This room is adjacent to the sauna.
Indoor Living - The villa’s entrance is dominated by a large Palimanan stone frieze flanked by elegant Javanese statues, leading to the fan-cooled living and dining pavilion with its wooden floors, soaring ceiling and evocative Indonesian artwork. A glass-topped dining table seats 12, with an additional small table seating four. Large alcoves on either side have built-in sofas upholstered in earthy hues, and coffee tables strewn with magazines. A bar at the back is equipped with an iPod dock and surround-sound system, while ethnic artefacts are displayed against a red feature wall. A guest washroom lies to one side and on the other is a kitchen equipped with everything required to cook up a storm. The steep sloping rattan ceilings of the mezzanine media room create an atmospheric air-conditioned space for reclining on mattresses and cushions, and watching the 62-inch TV and movies with surround-sound. Shelves are filled with DVD’s and novels.
Outdoor Living - Steps lead down from the living room to the 25-metre swimming pool tiled in green stone and surrounded by sun loungers shaded by stylish parasols. Walk along the timber deck to the atmospheric bamboo bale pavilion set in water gardens flourishing with brightly hued calla lilies and colourful fish. Furnished with a dining table, eight chairs, and comfortable rattan lounge suite, the bale offers stunning rice-terrace views stretching towards the ocean. Descending to the lower level and adjacent to the studio bedroom, the aroma of cedar wood awaits in a full-sized Finnish-style sauna with lovely garden outlook, and a separate shower room.
The whole property is ringed with flourishing foliage, from frangipani to palms, and birds of paradise flowers. The six-tee pitch and putt golf course is laid out on perfectly manicured lawns but gives the sensation of being right in the middle of the rice fields. A thatched bale (pavilion) at the far side of the garden provides a place for peaceful respite.
- Location - Munggu village, Tanah Lot, south-west Bali, Indonesia.
- Capacity - Up to 14 people (7 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds). 5 extra beds available on request at additional charge.
- Living areas - Living/dining pavilion; home theatre room; indoor dining for 16; outdoor dining for 12.
- Pool - 25 x 6 metres.
- Staff - Villa manager; chef; villa attendants; security guards. Additional staff, including babysitters and masseuses, available on request (extra charges apply).
- 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 cables.
- For families - Villa Mandalay is well equipped for families and offers plenty of garden space for energetic youngsters, including a pitch and putt golf course. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; DVDs; and board games.
- Spa - In-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies). The villa also has its own sauna.
- Transport - A 7-seater car with driver is available for up to 8 hours at a special daily rate of US$ 25++ (petrol and additional hours at extra cost).
- Weddings & Events - Events for up to 100 guests (sitting) and 250 guests (standing) can be arranged at the villa with prior notice.
- Additional facilities - Barbecue; back-up generator; safety deposit boxes: six-tee ‘pitch and putt’ golf; sauna.
- Property area - 1,200sqm (villa); 5,000sqm (land).
DINING AT VILLA MANDALAY
Villa Mandalay’s chef is at your service to prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The villa offers an extensive suggestion menu of delicious meals featuring Asian and Western dishes to cater to all tastes, with an excellent selection of vegetarian and children’s options. Make sure to try the pepes ikan (fish steamed in banana leaf) and the bebek betutu (a Balinese specialty of duck cooked in herbs). The chef can also grill up a feast of fresh seafood on the barbecue, and tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements or specific requests. A stay is not complete without sampling one of the Balinese set menus, served buffet style!
To make the most of the kitchen and give staff time to shop, it is a good idea to plan lunch and dinner selections the evening before. 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 will be requested to provide grocery money in advance, and the staff will do the shopping and keep receipts for reference.
FAMILIES AT VILLA MANDALAY
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 Mandalay is a great villa for families with children, who will love the lawns and gardens, swimming pool and chance to play golf. Those with toddlers will need to be vigilant, due to numerous fishponds and water features.
The 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).
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. 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 kids movies) we can hire on your behalf.
SPA AT VILLA MANDALAY
Villa Mandalay has its own Finnish-style sauna for guests to enjoy, and what could be better than to follow an invigorating, stress-relieving sauna session with 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 the villa by fully trained therapists from a reputable local spa (extra charges will apply). Here’s a sample of what’s on the menu:
Massage - Release built up tension with a traditional Balinese massage by the pool or in the relaxation balé. 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 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.
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.
WEDDING AT VILLA MANDALAY
With verdant sweeping lawns fringed by lush tropical gardens, stunning backdrop of Bali’s famous rice fields, and an absolutely private setting, Villa Mandalay is an idyllic spot for weddings and other special events. We can recommend expert event organisers, florists, decorators and caterers so you can focus on relaxing and celebrating with your guests.
- Maximum people sitting: 100
- Maximum people standing: 250