Less than 300 metres north of Ubud’s Royal Palace lies Villa San, a private and serene oasis in central Bali. Designed as a labour of love, the villa is only minutes from sensational shopping, superb spas, classic cultural performances and luxuriant rice fields.
Showcasing an impressive array of artworks and handicrafts originating from China, Africa and Indonesia, Villa San comfortably accommodates 12 people in six large bedrooms (three doubles, three twins). These buildings are nestled around a 25m lap pool and set within lush gardens which incorporate elegant sculptures and a tranquil meditation terrace.
Friendly professional staff will quickly make guests feel totally relaxed at this spacious villa which is particularly suitable for an extended family or a group of friends.
ABOUT VILLA SAN
Guests at Villa San are spoiled for choice when it comes to ways to relax. Reflecting the owners’ artistic and spiritual leanings, there’s the loft studio for painting, a telescope for star-gazing from the function room at night, and a Buddhist stupa and yoga terrace tucked in a quiet corner of the property for group or individual meditation and yoga practice.
The spacious grounds offer freedom and flexibility for both families and groups of friends, with hammocks and sun loungers arranged around the 25 x 5m pool and a pool pavilion seating up to 15 people. Inside, as well as the living and dining spaces, there are two well-equipped entertainment rooms – one is part of the two bedroom master suite, the other adjacent the informal dining room – a gym and a children’s playroom. The villa showcases some exquisite art and handicrafts from China, Ghana and Indonesia.
Villa San comprises six large bedrooms – three doubles and three twins. French doors from all the bedroom pavilions look out over tranquil gardens, only steps away from the long sloping lawn and the inviting pool.
A friendly, helpful team of staff are on hand around the clock, with a butler and chef available to meet every request. They are knowledgeable about local Hindu cultural activities, art galleries and the myriad options for exploring and learning about the region (guests can take a craft or cooking class, or book an in-house meditation or yoga session) and will recommend the best of local restaurants, cafés and spas.
At the heart of Villa San lies a two-storey living pavilion whose crisp modern lines and eclectic collection of wooden art pieces draw the eye from the moment you step into the villa. The pavilion houses the lounge, dining and entertainment areas as well as a playroom, artist studio, function room and the kitchen. White casual seating, chrome and glass desks and crisp white walls are perfect foil for the exquisite Balinese, Chinese and African handicrafts in bedrooms and living areas.
The six bedroom suites, all with spacious walk-in wardrobes and luxurious bathrooms, are built in an L-shape around this living pavilion; each a discreet distance from its neighbour.
Villa San’s six spacious bedrooms all feature large, luxuriously comfortable beds dressed in fine white linen and with plump feather-filled pillows. Exquisite hand-crafted bed runners from Africa and Indonesia add the finishing touch. Fine artworks and more carefully selected handicrafts grace the walls. Each room is equipped with ceiling fans, air conditioners and iPod docks and furnished with a desk, bedside tables and reading lights.
Villa San’s master suite, comprises two very generous sized bedrooms (one king–bedded and one twin-bedded) separated by a similarly large and comfortable family room, with three inviting sofas and a state-of-the-art home entertainment system. The well-appointed ensuite bathrooms, accessed through large dressing rooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, are full of light from windows facing onto gardens on two sides.
In separate buildings around the main living pavilion, eight more adults can be accommodated in two queen bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms featuring large tubs and showers. Two extra beds are available for children, on request.
Indoor living - Villa San’s air conditioned entertainment lounge features one of the property’s two state of the art home theatre systems, incorporating a large flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player and stereo system. Guests can sit back and relax on one of the big comfy sofas and look out over the property through floor-to-ceiling windows. Glass doors from the entertainment lounge open directly to the open-sided living area, furnished with more comfortable sofas and an unusual collection of wood and glass sculptures. Just a few steps away from the living area is a professionally equipped gym, while to the right is a casual dining area, the kids’ playroom and finally the green, spacious lawns and sparkling swimming pool area beyond.
While most of the cooking is done behind the scenes in the staff kitchen, no expense has been spared in the open-plan ‘front’ kitchen, where the chef makes his final meal preparations and where guests are welcome to indulge in their own culinary creations. You’ll be delighted by the bright, chunky Spanish-style crockery, the range of appliances and the sizable wine fridge. Separated from the kitchen area by a timber-topped breakfast bar, the dining area is open on three sides, looking out onto gardens and the swimming pool lawn. Its long wooden table with comfortable seating can accommodate up to 14 dinner guests.
Upstairs, an artist’s studio with wide glass windows provides a private, quiet hideaway. An adjacent function room is a perfect place to practice yoga, meditate, have a massage or host a small meeting or presentation.
Outdoor living - Pool loungers, hammocks and casual seating shaded by sun umbrellas are comfortably arranged throughout Villa San’s well-kept gardens, while a covered gazebo seating 12-15 lies at the far end of the pool.
Villa San’s sparkling 25 x 5m pool is just perfect for swimming laps. For lazier times, there’s a lounging ledge at the deep end (1.8m), while the steps at the shallow end (1.2m) are wide and safe for younger swimmers.
Tucked away in a quiet corner behind the master suite is a tree-shaded terrace for yoga practice, suitable for groups of up to 15 people. Behind it, a traditional stone stupa (a Buddhist meditation building known as the Serene room) offers the perfect place for moments of peaceful reflection.
- Location - Ubud, central Bali, Indonesia.
- Neighbourhood - Royal Palace & Water Palace (100m); Ubud markets, shops and restaurants (300m); Monkey Forest (1km); Goa Gajah Elephant Cave (6km).
- Capacity - 12 adults (1 master suite with king and twin bedroom; 2 twins; 2 doubles); 2 extra beds available on request for children.
- Living Areas - Open-sided living area; dining area for 14; entertainment lounge; gym; playroom; studio; garden balé and function room.
- Pool - Private swimming pool 25 x 5m.
- Staff - On-site villa manager; chef; butler; 2 gardeners; 3 household staff; pool attendant; 2 security guards. Yoga instructor, masseuse and babysitters on request (charged extra).
- Dining - Chef available to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner from delicious international menu by prior arrangement. Butler available to shop if guests prefer to self-cater.
- Communication - IDD; internet (WiFi) in every room.
- Entertainment - iPod dock and speakers in every room; 2 home theatre systems incorporating satellite flat-screen TV, DVD Player and stereo system; books; games; gym equipment; BBQ.
- Events - Suitable for casual, poolside wedding receptions and parties of up to 50 people.
- For children - Dedicated playroom with DVDs, books and games; pool toys; cots; highchairs.
- Transportation - A car and driver can be arranged at a special rate of USD25++ daily for 8 consecutive hours (excluding petrol).
- Additional facilities - Full back-up diesel powered electrical generator. Safety deposit box in each bedroom.
- Property Area - 2500sqm (land).
DINING AT VILLA SAN
The villa offers a suggestion menu (including Asian and Western dishes) to make ordering easier but guests are welcome to chat with the chef if there are other items they would like to try. With excellent experience from the Puri Santrian Hotel, Peninsula Hotel and Purmanttur Cruise Ship, the chef is willing and able to accommodate most requests.
To get the best out of the kitchen, it is a good idea to plan meals with the chef the evening before, or over breakfast, allowing plenty of time for deliveries and shopping to be done. The villa’s food and beverage service is operated on a cash basis and all provisions are charged at the market cost plus 20% handling fee (to cover pick-ups/delivery and stock ingredients) which is subject to service charge and government tax. Meat is sourced from quality suppliers and other ingredients are bought from the market daily. The owners suggest leaving a kitty/float with the manager who will keep a track of spending.
FAMILIES AT VILLA SAN
Villa holidays are an excellent option for families, where advantages include having access to your own private facilities, such as swimming pool, living space and gardens and having 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 San has a long lawn for Frisbees and ball games, a great swimming pool with shallow section and two TV/entertainment rooms. There’s also a dedicated playroom with toys, games and pool equipment.
A particular highlight at Villa San is the kid-friendly staff who will make children feel welcome as adults, and full-time babysitters can be organised (extra charge) if parents want the freedom to do their own exploring beyond the villa grounds.
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. 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, we can hire on your behalf.
SPA AT VILLA SAN
Feel like a body scrub or massage? Just ask our staff to bring the spa to you! We can recommend deluxe treatments, carried out by fully trained therapists (extra charges apply), in one of the many peaceful corners tucked within the grounds of Villa San or in the privacy of your room. Here’s a sample of what’s on the 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 that 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.
WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS AT VILLA SAN
Villa San is ideally suited for a casual cocktail or pool party for up to 50 people. A sit-down luncheon or dinner can also be arranged for up to 50 people with a marquee set up on the spacious lawns adjacent to the pool. Permissions and licenses can be obtained on behalf of guests, from local authorities.
- Maximum people sitting: 50
- Maximum people standing: 50