The brand new Villa Batavia is quite different from any other villa that you will see in Bali, and one that-even at such an early stage of its operation-is destined to become a Bali classic. Forget the popular minimalist design that has dominated Bali`s villa scene for the last few years, because at Villa Batavia post-minimalism roars into eclecticism and revels in romance.
The majestic four-bedroom Villa Batavia, complete with its freeform swimming pool and children`s pool, is set upon 1,100 square metres of land, within the luxurious Laksmana Villas private estate, just footsteps away from the Indian Ocean at Seminyak Beach on Bali`s southwest coast. Designed by the acclaimed Balinese architect, Putu Edi Semara, and influenced by various legendary colonial-style hotels, the property captures the architectural heritage of Asia`s crossroads, following a colonial theme with high ceilings and art deco furniture. This is complemented by a crisp white exterior, a breezy colonnaded walkway with arched glassless windows, fish ponds, terracotta tiled roofs, louvre shutters, and colonial-style verandahs. Oozing with visual texture and lush fabrics, the sensual interiors reflect the travels and passions of the owners, who invite guests to share and celebrate the rich heritage of Asia. Guests can enjoy an eclectic collection of objets trouves and artwork including old postcards, maps, silver pots, colonial prints, Tiffany lamps, stained glass, rich textiles and rattan furnishings.
At Villa Batavia, everything possible has been considered for the comfort and entertainment of the guests. Not only is the property a handcrafted masterpiece of design, elegance and luxury, but it also seamlessly and sensitively combines hi-tech amenities with its historical theme.
The villa is comprised of three buildings linked by a covered pergola and a cloister-style walkway hung with custom made colonial-style glass lanterns. The first building is the guest wing complete with the living and dining room. The second building houses the reception hall and cocktail lounge, and the third building is the master wing. The staff service area, together with laundry and back-up generator set, is unobtrusively tucked out of the way at the back of the property.
Guests will enter the villa through a magnificent reception hall, located on the ground floor of the central building. Furnished with rattan planter chairs and sofas and complemented by parlour palms, this regal room opens straight onto the swimming pool. The splendid floor is composed of black and white granite tiles laid to form a traditional diagonal chequerboard pattern. A favourite area with guests is the upstairs cocktail bar complete with a mirrored antique buffet. The owners have paid a lot of attention to the wine list and are proud to present an impressive selection of fine wines from around the world. The dining experience is enhanced with the finest white bone china crockery and silver plated cutlery.
This next building features a 60-square metre, living and dining room positioned on the upper floor in close proximity to the modern and fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen. The living area offers plenty of places to relax and is enhanced by original chandeliers from Solo City in Java. Guests will relish the stunning views of clear open skies over the neighbouring Balinese rooftops, temples, palm trees and, on a clear day, the Island`s distant volcanoes. This delightful room is cross ventilated by the sea breezes that blow through the shuttered windows, which are further characterised by bevelled glass.
Alternatively guests can close the windows for air-conditioned comfort. The ground floor is also home to two bedrooms. One of the en-suite bathrooms is characterised by an open-air shower, and the other by an eye-catching stained glass window. Every suite in the villa is different, and all of the en-suite bathrooms are air-conditioned with timber floors, together with non-slip acid marble floors in the showers. Guests are in for a treat with the provision of four poster beds crafted from aged teak and reproduction pedestal washbasins. Furthermore, the master bathrooms boast opulent copper bathtubs.
The third standalone building houses a master suite on the upper floor, with a timber floor, sumptuous en-suite bathroom, a large verandah and a small adjoining study room with a computer. Downstairs is another capacious master suite incorporating a pillared verandah and a garden bathroom fitted with a bathtub and outdoor shower. Also on the ground floor is an ornately tiled Moroccan style steam bath with a domed roof. Traditionally, Moroccan baths are places to meet and enjoy conversation, so the temperature is therefore not too hot. The aromatic steam opens the pores, cleanses the skin and helps to relax aching muscles. Next to the steam bath is an air-conditioned massage room.
Each of the four suites is equipped with a mini-bar fridge, a safe deposit box, an independently controlled cable TV and DVD player, and a Bose iPod dock. WiFi high speed Internet is accessible throughout the villa. There is also a remote Bose music system featuring a huge, comprehensive music library. No expense was spared in the creation of this remarkable residence, the owners` priority was to be gracious to the environment and the property has therefore been designed to be as efficient and as environmentally-friendly as possible. No chemicals are used in the pool; instead it employs a salt water system that is soft on the earth and gentle on the skin, while the gin-clear fishponds employ bio-technology.
Villa Batavia is set within a beautiful walled garden complete with an 18-metre freeform swimming pool that is reminiscent of a river pool. There is also a separate children`s pool complete with a bridge across to an island. This lovely area is planted with fruit trees, fragrant frangipanis and ferns, complemented by two waterfalls and a large rock wall with a water cascade. Every need has been considered and a guest washroom is available for pool users, accessible from the garden. A secure parking area provides space for motorbikes and two cars.
Villa Batavia rests within Seminyak`s `Golden Triangle`-a safe, up-market neighbourhood that is home to some of the classiest properties on the island. The location is close to the prestigious Oberoi and Legian Hotels, and convenient for all of Bali`s main shops, malls and tourist attractions, in addition to a plenitude of lavish spas, chic lounges and vibrant nightspots. Furthermore, the villa is only 20 minutes` drive from Bali`s international airport.
The property is just a short stroll from the sweeping Petitenget Beach, which is well-known for its world-class surf breaks, panoramic coastline views and picture-perfect sunsets. A wide choice of world-renowned, fine dining restaurants, including the famous Ku De Ta, Hu`u, Living Room, La Lucciola, Sarong, Breeze at The Samaya, and Blossom at Sentosa, are all less than a kilometre away, and the area also boasts a plentitude of designer boutiques. Nearby places of interest include one of Bali`s most sacred Hindu temples, Pura Petitenget, the fourth largest temple in Bali, where some of the most spectacular Balinese ceremonies may often be witnessed.
The location of Villa Batavia offers easy access up to the mountains and rice terraces on the western slopes; it is one hour from the famous cultural and artistic town of Ubud, and just five minutes` from the start of the Sunset Route, gateway to the eastern side of the island. The nearby `Nirwana Bali Golf Course` designed by Greg Norman was voted the number 1 golf course in Asia and lies beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot. For horse lovers, the `Umalas Equestrian Centre` is just a few kilometres away, while tennis and squash amenities are available at a number of the neighbouring hotels.