The Iman Villa
This stunning Bali villa is surrounded by traditional rice paddy in a peaceful hamlet in Canggu. The lush panorama can be enjoyed from stylish living areas overlooking the infinity-edged swimming pool or through the picture windows of the comfortably cool interiors, where white walls accented by blonde wood create a fresh, soothing ambiance. This family friendly, five-bedroomed villa has a wading pool, TV room and expansive lawns for the kids to play. Sunsets are magnificent, with attentive staff on hand to serve cocktails and canapés on the rooftop terrace, while gourmet meals prepared by an inspired chef are another highlight.
In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.
- Head down to Canggu Beach where cafes offer good sunset views and ice-cold drinks. Old Man’s has a relaxed Sydney-style beer garden, casual meals and live music on the weekend. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel is just a hundred metres further up the road and was created by one of Indonesia’s premier art collectors, and provides a range of atmospheric dining experiences.
- Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Canggu’s Jalan Pantai Batubolong, just a couple of kilometres from the villa, has recently developed into a happening area, with a good range of eateries, spas and boutiques. Enjoy the earthy vibe of Betelnut café or Canteen, or indulge in divine French pastries at Monsieur Spoon. Catch some great live bands at Deus and Old Man’s and make sure to drop by Goldust Spa for a deluxe pampering.
- Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics will love exploring Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques selling designer ware and hand-crafted jewellery. Exotic homewares are also a Balinese specialty, from gorgeous ceramics, to embroidered furnishings and all manner of ethnic curios and decorative pieces.
- You could eat out at a different restaurant in Seminyak every night - for months - and still not run out of options. Jalan Laksmana (also known as Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Kayu Aya) is Bali’s fashionable ‘Eat Street’, offering plenty of high-end restaurants including Sarong and Teatro Gastroteque. Ku Dé Ta is still the place to see and be seen at sunset, while two newer beach clubs, Cocoon and Potato Head, offer classy seaside alternatives. Then there's La Plancha, a rustic beach bar between Double Six and Gado Gado, which is very popular with good tapas, reasonably priced drinks, live music and DJ events. A short taxi ride will bring you to Sardine for elegant seafood, Métis for French Mediterranean cuisine, or to Hog Wild in Bali, famous for barbecue ribs and wicked Martinis.
- If you are a bold and brave bargain hunter, a spree within the heart of Bali's bustling provincial capital is an exciting and rewarding experience. Visit Denpasar's vibrant markets, where everything and anything is available.
- Acclaimed as the world’s best, the atmospheric Elephant Safari Park in Taro (north of Ubud) provides a sanctuary for elephants rescued from Sumatra, with opportunities for trekking, hand feeding, and photo taking. There is also a fascinating museum and an excellent restaurant in a beautiful tropical setting deep in the forests of Bali’s hinterland.
- Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.
- Desa Seni at Berawa Beach, is an eco-friendly village resort providing an authentic Indonesian experience through the exploration of culture, art and yoga. The resort offers a wide variety of yoga classes and also has its own holistic spa and restaurant serving gourmet organic food, most of which is grown in the resort’s extensive gardens.