Nestled between coconut trees and a landscaped garden on the southeast coast of the Island of the Gods, The Ylang-Ylang is a glamorous six-bedroom retreat in which to enjoy absolute calm and serenity-a special place to feel deliciously suspended in time. This absolutely beachfront Bali rental villa is situated beside a deserted stretch of black sand, known for its great healing properties. The villa affords stunning views across the Badung Strait with the blessing of a sunrise over the mysterious limestone cliffs of Nusa Penida, one of Bali`s smaller sister islands.
An elegant fusion of traditional Balinese with contemporary grandeur gives The Ylang-Ylang the feel of a spiritual palace, where one can unite body, mind and soul. The symmetrical architectural concept emphasizes majestic dimensions to create a series of intimate, luxurious spaces.
The Ylang-Ylang is characterized by a central, two-storey living and dining pavilion additionally comprising the kitchen and the studio on the ground floor, and a gallery on the upper floor, as well as a rooftop meditation deck, accompanied by a rooftop massage and spa treatment area. The pavilion opens onto the garden and swimming pool, which is flanked on either side by a pair of symmetrical wings, incorporating a total of six bedrooms.
The right and left wings of The Ylang-Ylang present six ground level bedrooms, centered on a large courtyard pool with unobstructed sea views. The spacious bedrooms all feature cool terrazzo floors under high roofs. Sumptuous interiors are characterized by mirrors, canopied beds, artifacts, sculptures and recessed mood lighting. Silk covers, blackout curtains and mosquito nets are fashioned from the best Italian designer fabrics.
Each room is equipped with an iPod dock, telephone and safe deposit box. Bathrooms feature hand carved stone statues and freezes, and are equipped with weighing scales, hairdryers and a generous array of The Ylang-Ylang`s own shower & bath products made from natural Ylang-Ylang ingredients.
The two Ocean View Master bedrooms are each furnished with a king size bed, a dressing table, a TV and a DVD player; the adjoining bathrooms are fitted with walk in rain showers, twin washbasins and sunken baths, offering a moonlit bathing experience under a pyramid glass roof. Each master suite boasts a private terrace with its own private plunge pool.
Adjacent to the master bedrooms are the two Queen Bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath and shower. Adjoining doors from the Queen Rooms open into the two Junior Rooms, each with twin beds and en-suite, sunny, glass-roofed bathrooms with shower and toilet facilities. Two extra beds are available for kids.
Living, Dining and Kitchen
The Living & Dining Pavilion is the heart and social hub of the villa. With two floors, open sides and a soaring roof, it is cooled by the cross ventilation of natural sea breezes, as well as by ceiling fans. The central section is furnished with daybeds, sofas and low tables. A black and gold theme, rich designer fabrics and flowing curtains combine to create a soft and sensuous mood. Chairs and a card table positioned to one side create another area for relaxing.
At one end is a large dining table for up to 14 dinner guests next to a panel of gold painted mirrored tiles. A splendid staircase leads up to a timber floored gallery, at the front of which, centrally positioned on a balcony overlooking the garden and pool, is a luxuriant daybed; this intimate lounging area, complete with folding glass doors, offers fabulous views accompanied by the ceaseless murmur of the waves. On one side of the gallery is a rooftop meditation deck, and on the other side a shady rooftop massage and spa treatment area, furnished with cushions. A guest washroom is situated just outside the main living are.
The kitchen is located beside the dining area; when the door is closed it is completely separate, and when the door is open it becomes a feature. Showcasing dark wood fittings and a central bar, the kitchen is equipped with a full range of appliances including a wine cooler with a superb selection of fine wines from around the world. There is also a special collection of health, diet and recipe books. The Ylang-Ylang offers an international range of gourmet dishes prepared by an excellent chef. Every day, guests can experience a series of original Asian, fusion or Italian dishes, or whatever guests desire, to satisfy their appetites.
Positioned at one end of the Living & Dining Pavilion, the air-conditioned Studio is a state-of-the-art home theater, where guests can laze in front of a large cinema screen, supported by a top of the range surround sound and music system, and a projector for showing movies and DVDs, in addition to satellite TV channels. The extensive library presents 200 movies, as well as a wide-ranging collection of reference books, coffee table books, guidebooks and novels in several different languages. A desk with a computer and printer is provided for guest use with free access to Broadband Internet.
Pool and Garden
With a 15 x 5 meter swimming pool as its centre point, the elevated garden extends all the way to the beach, bordered by a tidal river that alters its course with changing of the seasons. The pool deck is furnished with multifunctional sun beds fashioned from weatherproof rattan, topped with mattresses and bolsters. At night a romantic ambience is created with magical soft lighting and fire bowls. Immediately in front of the river is a timber sundeck, complete with loungers and a table shaded by the trees.
The glistening black sand is rich in minerals and the view across the Badung Strait to the trio of islands known as Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida is particularly spectacular at sunrise. The garden is dotted with stone sculptures and frangipanis and bounded with coconut palms. In each corner, overlooking the beach, is a bale pavilion; one designed for romantic dining and the other for relaxation and massage. The entrance garden is ornamented with lily ponds and Balinese statues; tiny islands support sweet-scented frangipani trees, and the courtyard offers secure parking for several cars.
The glass fronted gym is located in the garden and equipped with an exercise bike, a tummy trim, an Ab Shaper and a Delta Infinity Gravity walker. A precious facility is the four-person infrared sauna; the health giving properties of infrared are extraordinary, allowing us to activate the sweat glands and eliminate toxins, while also increasing circulation, boosting the immune system, rejuvenating skin cells, promoting weight loss and improving our well being.