Taman Sorga – ‘heavenly garden’ – is a traditionally inspired six-bedroom villa that accords its guests an authentic ‘contemporary Bali lifestyle’ experience in a peaceful residential area moments from Sanur Beach on Bali’s south-eastern shore. Acclaimed in architectural magazines and design books, this professionally staffed villa is perfect for extended families or groups of friends who will relish the abundant antiques-packed living and entertainment spaces spread over a series of pavilions within private gardens surrounding a glorious 17-metre lagoon-style swimming pool.
ABOUT VILLA TAMAN SORGA
With one glance at Villa Taman Sorga’s splendid living pavilion, guests are assured they are somewhere rather special. An entire village of craftsmen from the Gianyar regency spent months working in-situ to create this magnificent artefact-filled structure with its soaring two-tiered roof, intricately carved gilded pillars and Batu Batik wall.
Villa Taman Sorga was designed by its long-term-Bali-expat owners as a spacious home for their growing family, revealing a Swiss eye for detail, South American sense of style, and a passion for Bali’s arts and crafts. With the addition of a grand colonnaded guest wing in 2010, the villa now juxtaposes traditional ‘Bali style’ with contemporary elements to create a unique expression of tropical Balinese living. Clustered around the curvaceous pool, a series of pavilions house the multiple living and dining spaces, six bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and gym, combining old and new and contrasting heritage treasures with hi-tech amenities: merbau, teak and terrazzo floors meet granite counter tops and marble walls; an antique Singha statue presides over modern leather sofas; flat-screen TVs perch on antique chests; a heritage dresser stands by a hydro-massage shower, and top-range King Koil mattresses grace royal canopied beds: all delightful touches that add to the villa’s unique character.
Further 21st century luxuries include jacuzzis, home theatre systems and air-conditioning throughout – even in the bathrooms. And contributing immeasurably to the experience is the long-serving staff team, whose strong attachment to the villa clearly shows in the pride with which they take care of their guests.
Villa Taman Sorga is ideal for multi-generation families or groups of friends looking to socialise while at the same time enjoying private corners and plenty of breathing space. Many guests are so comfortable in this home-from-home that they choose to stay put, but for those keen to venture beyond the estate, there’s the beach to explore, temples to visit, and Sanur’s myriad restaurants, boutiques and spas to discover.
Perfectly combining traditional and contemporary design elements, Villa Taman Sorga comprises a series of pavilions oriented towards the lagoon-style swimming pool at the centre of almost 4,000 square metres of lush gardens. Along one side of the estate, two double-storey buildings house the six spacious bedroom suites as well as a huge media room; all opening onto shaded verandas. Across the lawn is the wantilan living pavilion, a gym, and a separate dining pavilion with indoor and open-air dining areas separated by a lotus pond from the ultra-modern kitchen. Around the pool is a covered deck with seating, a sunbathing area and a dining terrace.
Master bedrooms – main house - The upper-floor master bedroom suite in Villa Taman Sorga’s main house offers guests a unique experience: an antique ceremonial canopy enveloping two four-poster queen-size beds originating from a royal Balinese palace forms the room’s spectacular centrepiece. Rare antiques abound in this huge suite, its Kilim-covered teakwood floors flowing onto the surrounding veranda, where multiple seating areas, including a beautifully carved daybed and a Mexican hammock, invite repose with a garden view. Heritage furniture and ultra-modern facilities co-exist in the ensuite, which features a jacuzzi, hydro-massage shower, and twin basins on a marble vanity.
Heirloom pieces are a-plenty in the master bedroom below, which opens onto a comfortably furnished terrace through a wall of glass sliding doors. Inside, a stately king-size four-poster bed rises from the polished merbau-wood floors facing an armoire and ornate colonial sofa. The conservatory-style ensuite features a semi-circular marble-lined hydro-shower enclosure, twin vanities and, beyond traditional carved Balinese doors, a room-within-a-room for the WC.
Master bedrooms – guest wing - Contrasting the heritage bedrooms are two guest wing master suites with a decidedly more 21st century feel. Opening onto a colonnaded veranda, each is a light-filled haven of relaxation with contemporary furnishings, a king-size bed, comfortable seating and a calming colour palette. The suites include a large dressing room and an enormous marble-lined bathroom with statement jacuzzi, double vanities and a hydro-massage shower enclosure.
Twin bedrooms – guest wing - Equally contemporary in design are the two twin bedrooms on the upper level of the guest wing – one with an elongated window seat gazing over the garden. Perfect for children, these twin beds convert easily to king-size beds for couples, and the ensuite bathrooms include a hydro-massage shower and a bathtub set into a shelf-lined alcove.
Indoor living - Villa Taman Sorga’s magnificent main living pavilion looks out over the garden through three walls of glass sliding doors that can be opened to catch the evening breeze or closed for air-conditioned comfort. Modelled on a traditional wantilan meeting hall and hand-crafted by skilled Balinese artisans, this elaborately carved room features a two-tiered roof raised on gilded pillars, antique furniture and artefacts, and oriental rugs and Kilims. A splendid Singha statue presides over the cream leather sofas set around an enormous antique coffee table. Discreetly tucked away among the antiques is a 42-inch TV and home cinema system.
The large terrace of the main house forms a second lounge area, with upholstered sofas and chairs around a colourful Kilim on a Paras-stone floor which flows down steps to the garden. Wrapping around the bedroom above, the huge veranda induces relaxation with its Mexican hammock, antique daybed and breakfast table.
Another highly social space is the media studio, a huge air-conditioned room with comfortable sofas defining two separate seating areas, a 50-inch TV with home cinema system and an extensive library of DVDs and books. Within the attached bathroom are twin basins and a hydro-massage shower.
Guests gather for convivial meals in the alang-alang thatched dining pavilion, divided into a formal air-conditioned dining room with a teakwood table for 12 flanked by two antique buffets, and an informal open-sided dining area with a circular table for six plus a set of triangular cushions arranged around a low table for Asian-style dining. Across a lotus pond is the air-conditioned kitchen, a Masterchef-worthy culinary palace that’s professionally equipped with everything from Gaggia coffee machine to wine fridge, with breakfast area and 32-inch TV.
In the air-conditioned gym, fitness-focused guests can workout on the treadmill or weight station, or follow a Pilates DVD on the 32-inch TV. Conveniently, there’s a shower and washroom attached to the gym.
Outdoor living - Surrounded by carpets of soft Japanese grass dotted with flame-coloured flamboyants, bougainvillea and pure white plumeria, the 17-metre lagoon-style swimming pool is Taman Sorga’s social heart. Water cascades create soft background music to the cheerful yellow-and-white seating area on the covered ironwood deck which merges with a pool pavilion featuring an oversized daybed and, tucked away behind, a pool shower and washroom.
Seven cushion-covered sunbeds sit on the stone terrace, shaded by parasols. At the far end of the pool is a dining terrace with a table for six – the perfect spot for breakfast accompanied by birdsong.
- Capacity: 12 (6 bedrooms: 1 with twin queen-size beds, 3 with king-size beds, 2 with twins convertible to kings). A small single room is available for guests travelling with a nanny.
- Living areas: Air-conditioned living pavilion; terrace living area; dining pavilion – air-conditioned section with table seating 12 and casual veranda section with breakfast table and low table with floor cushions; media room; pool pavilion and covered terrace.
- Pool: 17m x 5m lagoon-style pool.
- Staff: Villa supervisor; cook and kitchen helper; housekeepers; gardeners; maintenance, security. Babysitters and spa therapists available (on guest account).
- Dining: Indonesian, Asian and international menu. Special requests and dietary needs are accommodated.
- Communication: Interconnecting phones in all rooms for local calls; WiFi internet access; mobile phone coverage.
- Entertainment: 50-inch TV with home cinema system in media room; 42-inch satellite channel TVs and DVD players with home cinema system in four bedrooms; 32-inch TVs and DVD players in two bedrooms, kitchen and gym; music system; bluetooth speakers.
- For families: With its flat lawns and shaded terraces, Villa Taman Sorga is a popular villa for families. Facilities for younger guests include a baby cot and high chair.
- Transport: On request, the villa staff will call one of Bali’s safe and reasonably priced metered taxis, or organise a car and driver (on guest account). Bicycle hire is also available.
- Additional facilities: Gas barbecue; in-room safes; back-up generator; gym with treadmill, weights and yoga mats.
- Property area: 1,082sqm (villa); 3,709sqm (land).
Gathering the clan around the table for a zero-effort, zero-time home-cooked meal is one of the most liberating benefits of a villa vacation. Taman Sorga’s long-serving cook is a wizard in the kitchen, whipping up dishes from an extensive suggestions menu of Indonesian, Asian and international dishes to cater to all tastes. All meals are served family-style, i.e. with shared dishes. The cook is also happy to tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements, and is used to cooking for the different tastes of children too.
Partake of breakfast by the pool surrounded by tropical blooms, linger over a leisurely three-course lunch on the dining terrace, and then enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the formal dining room, accompanied by world-class wines available to villa guests at wholesale prices. With two days’ notice, you can also enjoy some excellent Japanese cuisine, as one of the staff spent years working in a Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. Another Villa Taman Sorga specialty is a magnificent Mongolian barbecue, available on advance request.
Villa Taman Sorga’s food and beverage service is run on a cash basis, with no extra service charge other than a tiny petrol allowance. Simply provide a cash float when you arrive, and staff will ask for a top-up when necessary; staff will do the provisioning and present receipts for an end-of-stay reckoning. To allow the cook time to shop and prepare, it’s necessary to order in advance – either the evening before or at breakfast time each day.
Villa Taman Sorga is very popular with families. There’s plenty of room outside and kids will love exploring the gardens and playing on the velvety lawns. While there’s no wading section in the lagoon-style pool, those confident in the water will love swimming under the bridge that dissects the pool, and parents can keep an eye on less experienced swimmers from the comfort of the daybed or covered seating area in the pool pavilion. Those with toddlers will need to be vigilant around the villa’s many fishponds, water features and small streams.
With a satellite TV and DVD player in every bedroom as well as the spacious media room with home cinema system, there will never be a problem with who gets to choose what to watch.
Villa Taman Sorga’s staff will make children feel very welcome, and the cook will ensure that they enjoy their meals as much as the adults. Youngsters love sprawling on the triangular cushions at the low table on the dining terrace, as well as sitting around the breakfast table in the air-conditioned kitchen. Children’s meals can be taken at different times so that mums and dads can enjoy grown-up time, or request a babysitter for the evening. (Guests may, of course, prepare children’s meals themselves in the gourmet kitchen, but why worry when a kid-savvy cook is on hand?)
Just five minutes’ gentle stroll from the villa is Sanur Beach, where shallow protected waters and golden sand will keep kids of all ages occupied with everything from sandcastle building to snorkelling and kayaking. Further afield, there’s plenty in the area to keep all the family amused throughout the holiday… check out our Things to do page.
For those travelling with infants, there’s no need to pack cumbersome equipment. The villa has a baby cot and high chair, and anything else you might need can be hired in for you; just ask for the list (click here to see list of available hire items).
SPA & GYM
While Sanur has many professional spas, one of the delights of a villa stay is staying put and having the spa come to you! We can arrange for professional therapists from a reputable local spa to offer treatments by the pool, relaxing on a daybed or in the privacy of your bedroom. Extra charges will apply. 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 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.
What better way to start the day or work off some of the cook’s feasts than a session at the villa’s gym. Watch the 32-inch TV or bask in the colours of the garden reflected in the mirror while running on the Attack USA treadmill or pumping iron on the X2Fit weight station in air-conditioned comfort. There are also yoga mats, hand weights and Pilates DVDs to inspire you, as well as a washroom and shower right next door.