The word Maridadi means beautiful in Swahili, and Villa Maridadi more than lives up to its name. This stunning five-bedroom residence with traditional alang-alang thatched roofs, lush tropical gardens, generous green stone swimming pool, lavish living spaces and spectacular ocean views exudes beauty from every pore.
Set on 4,100 square metres in the sleepy seaside village of Cemagi on Bali`s south-west coast this family style villa offers an authentic Balinese experience. Bordered by rice fields on one side and glistening black-sand beaches on the other, and with the sea temple of Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus punctuating the horizon, guests at Maridadi are not only treated to the island`s stunning panorama but also to the most enchanting and exotic of Balinese traditions. It is by observing the rice farmer tend his fields and witnessing the elaborate ceremonial processions at the temple that the true essence of this Island of the Gods is revealed.
Thoughtfully designed for relaxation and comfort, this spacious and welcoming home mixes traditional architecture and artefacts with easy modern living. Throughout the villa, splashes of vibrant red - in the soft furnishings, the bright parasols and the magnificent flowering heliconias - contrast beautifully against the teak wood furniture and the green of the well manicured lawns. Five large air-conditioned bedrooms with luxurious garden bathrooms provide guests with total peace and privacy. Options for leisure and entertainment are endless with a games room, shared tennis court, 20-metre swimming pool, open-sided living and dining pavilion, massage bale and an adorable thatched rice barn, or lumbung, overlooking the ocean and perfect for sunset cocktails.
A treasured ingredient of a stay at this villa is the warm and friendly staff. From the attentive butlers to the experienced in-house chef they will gladly attend to your requests with a minimum of fuss, whether it be arranging a spa service or preparing your favourite meal.
The added beauty of Villa Maridadi is that although you may well choose not to leave this sumptuous oasis, the world famous surf breaks of Echo Beach and the Nirwana Bali Golf Course are just a 10-minute drive away while cosmopolitan Seminyak, with its impressive array of restaurants and boutiques, can be reached in about half an hour.
Villa Maridadi`s wooden Balinese doors open to reveal a seated Buddha statue holding red hibiscus lowers. Stepping stones lead guests across a fish pond full of lush aquatic plants to a paved promenade where two striking red pillars featuring antique temple windows provide a focal point. All rooms have ocean views with the five air-conditioned bedrooms resting behind the huge open-sided living and dining pavilion that overlooks the pool.
Interesting artefacts and sculptures are dotted throughout the compound evoking a spiritual and tranquil ambiance.
This stand-alone suite features traditional high thatched ceilings and solid teak floors. Located to the left of the main living and dining pavilion it is also close to the pool and has lovely ocean views. The suite is accessed by two sets of sliding glass doors; one opening onto a patio where two daybeds beckon guests to relax and unwind. Back inside, a super-king four-poster bed draped with mosquito netting is crafted in beautiful Javanese wood from which the bedside tables and wall carving are also made. Teak cupboards provide plenty of hanging space.
The master suite`s garden bathroom is accessed from a small corridor which connects to a study. The cream coloured terrazzo tub and twin wash basins sit undercover while the Palimanan stone shower is open to the tropical elements. The study comprises a writing desk, two book cases, and a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player which can be viewed from a large window seat adorned with batik cushions. A second garden bathroom with open-air shower is attached to the study.
Master Suites 1 and 2
Two king-bedded master suites are housed in separate buildings behind the living and dining pavilion and also feature teakwood floors and alang-alang thatched ceilings. Interesting artefacts and bright abstract paintings distinguish the two rooms, however both feature four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting, ceiling fans (in addition to air conditioning), and stone-walled garden bathrooms comprising a cream terrazzo bathtub and wash basin plus an open-air Palimanan stone shower. A patio area provides the perfect place to take in the ocean views.
Guest Bedrooms 3 and 4
Directly behind the master suites is a large two-storey building fitted out with a games/TV room upstairs and two guest bedrooms downstairs. Both light and airy bedrooms feature large twin beds (with trundle beds underneath) - perfect for children - and a garden bathroom with open-air shower.
Living, Dining, Kitchen and Games Room
The grand, open-sided living and dining pavilion sits strategically in front of the bedrooms overlooking the pool and ocean. Its soaring thatched roof is held high by round coconut-wood pillars to maximise the breeze. Surrounded by beautiful lily ponds punctuated with charming water features, this really is the ideal spot to socialise and enjoy the tropical lifestyle. Lounging options range from the oversized daybed upholstered in bright red to the comfortable wicker sofas. In the dining area, the three-metre-long solid wood table seats 10 and makes the perfect setting for a holiday feast! The pavilion features a Bose sound system which also controls the speakers by the pool.
Conveniently situated, just behind the dining area is the kitchen pavilion, fully equipped with all the necessary mod cons and fitted with teak cupboards and black granite countertops. A flight of steps leads above the twin bedrooms to the games room with its large billiard table. This brightly decorated space is decked out for socialising but can also be used for yoga and meditation. A huge daybed and L-shaped sofa upholstered in brilliant blue with red and orange cushions is the ultimate place to kick back and relax in front of the large flat-screen satellite TV with DVD. Guests can choose to open the sliding windows to catch the breeze or chill-out in air-conditioned comfort.
Outdoor Spaces, Garden and Pool
Maridadi`s inviting 20-metre green-stone pool is bordered by natural Palimanan stone and is great for swimming laps or simply for cooling off while admiring the ocean views. Alongside the pool a timber deck sports six black sun loungers shaded by red umbrellas and is just the place to soak up the tropical rays. A separate washroom and outdoor shower featuring stunning antique Indian copper urns is located conveniently nearby while, behind the pool, sits a 10-seater table shaded by a red sail for alfresco dining. When romantic candlelit dinners are called for, villa staff can also set up a beautiful tent on the large lawn in front of the pool.
Surrounded by coconut palms the adorable lumbung (rice barn) offers superb ocean views from a deck below its thatched roof. This is the ultimate retreat for sunset cocktails or a relaxing cup of tea. Watch the local fishermen cast a line from the rocks, listen to the ceremonies being held at the sea temple, or simply gaze out over the water.
To the rear of the property is a hard surface tennis court (shared with three other villas). After an energetic game, guests can have their deserving bodies soothed in the massage bale overlooking the rice fields.
Villa holidays are an excellent option for families and Villa Maridadi is particularly well-equipped for active youngsters. Advantages include having access to your own private facilities, such as a 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.
As well as providing a huge garden, Maridadi offers a games room with a billiard table, large TV and DVD player, a tennis court and a 20-metre swimming pool. 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. Lamb chops in the lumbung for lunch? Pancakes by the pool for breakfast? No problem. Agung, the chef, can customise all meals to suit children`s taste buds.
Neither do you have to worry about packing all that cumbersome extra equipment when you stay at Villa Maridadi as we can provide you with all the essentials, and more - from pool safety fences to baby baths, cots, high chairs and car seats. What we don`t have in-house, we can generally hire in for a small fee. Just talk through your requirements with us when you make your reservation and we`ll make sure it`s all there ready and waiting for your arrival.
And when the excitement of exploring the villa starts to wear off, check out our Things to do page; there`s plenty in the area to keep kids of all ages amused throughout the holiday.
Villa Maridadi offers in-house spa services on request for those guests seeking extra pampering. Enjoy a massage in the bale, a manicure or pedicure while watching the sunset or a facial in the privacy of your own room - the choice is yours.
Nestled between rice fields and the Indian Ocean, Villa Maridadi is situated in the traditional village of Cemagi on Bali`s south-west coast. The black sandy shores and rocky outcrops are also home to the small sea temple of Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus.
This is the perfect environment to take a stroll or bike ride through the rice fields and experience the Balinese way of life; you are bound to witness a village ceremony or two as you explore. Despite its rural setting, the villa is only 30 minutes` drive from the many restaurants and shops of cosmopolitan Seminyak. World famous Echo Beach is also within easy reach (10 minutes by car), where guests can enjoy the laidback surfer vibe, an ice-cold beer and some incredible sunsets.