Only 13 kilometres from the buzz of Seminyak, Villa Atacaya is built into the bank of the heavily forested Yeh Penet River in Canggu, offering gorgeous valley views. The contemporary styled villa is built over three levels with a garden courtyard as its centrepiece and a 15-metre infinity-edged swimming pool at its border.
The two-storey main building has dining and sitting areas on both levels providing a choice of formal or informal, outdoor and indoor, settings. There’s also bar and an air-conditioned TV room opening onto the gardens and pool , Four bedrooms, each with stylish ensuite bathrooms, fill the other pavilions and down at riverbank level is a fifth bedroom, a yoga deck and a bale bengong relaxation pavilion. Villa Atacaya is staffed by a manager and a competent team of butlers who will go out of their way to make sure every guest’s need is taken care of, while the in-house chef will whip up any number of creations to satisfy all ages and tastes. A car and driver is available for up to eight hours a day at a special rate, to whisk you off for a night on the town or a round of golf at the nearby, award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Tanah Lot, whose cliff-top 7th hole is amongst the most photographed holes in the golf world.
Atacaya Villa shares a dedicated 400-square-metre event space with its neighbour Iskandar Villa. When the two villas – known collectively as the Nyanyi Riverside Villas – are rented together they offer a 9-bedroom option for large groups of friends, extended families and wedding parties.
Bedrooms at Villa Atacaya
The king-bedded, orange-hued master bedroom is large and airy, with soaring wood ceilings. It is furnished with a daybed that can be used as a bed for a child. Two sets of sliding glass doors lead out to the pool and the garden courtyard with its jungle views. Colourful carved Balinese doors open to a private water garden where a huge river-rock bathtub rests under the sky alongside a rushing creek fed by a holy spring.
Guest Bedroom I
Themed in a deep red, this ground floor room, with its queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom, opens out onto the pool terrace. What gives this room its edge is its access to a pond fed by a holy spring and backed by a plant-strewn wall, which creates the magical feel of a forest stream.
Guest Bedroom II & III
These two bedrooms are almost identical, with hardwood floors, queen-sized beds, daybeds suitable for a kid and ensuite bathrooms that exude class and comfort. Where they differ is in their colour schemes and their views. One room is themed in blue and looks out to the grotto-like holy pond, while the second is aquamarine-themed with a delightful window seat and a stunning river and jungle view from the bed. Both are accessed from the pool terrace.
Resting riverside, directly below guest bedroom three, this yellow-themed room is the most private of all and arguably has the best view. Glass doors at the front open out to a waterside garden overlooking the river and the towering trees on its far bank.
Living Spaces an Villa Atacaya
Atacaya’s main living and dining room is on the villa’s uppermost tier, flanked by a water garden and a rock wall festooned with orchids and tree ferns. This room also provides guests with their first glimpse of the beautiful river valley view. With open sides and a lofty alang-alang thatched roof, this fan-cooled space offers a semi-indoor dining option with a table for 12 conveniently situated next to a self-contained kitchen, and a small sitting area to one side of the dining table.
Down at ground level is a covered, open-air sitting space with a bar at one end and an air-conditioned TV room at the other. Wide sliding doors to the TV room can be opened onto the sitting area to create one big sociable space. Outside in the garden, a glass-topped table set upon white marble paving stones, provides dining for 12 under the stars. As night falls, staff light a firebowl at the edge of the lawn, which throws dancing shadows around the courtyard.
At the far side of the garden courtyard, the 15-metre swimming pool appears to overflow into the river valley. As you cool off at the pool’s edge you might just see the iridescent blue flash of a kingfisher as it swoops over the water.
A spiral staircase winds down to a riverside deck. This is the perfect place to practice yoga or meditate to the murmur of the river. Also on this level is a bale relaxation pavilion – just the spot for a massage.
3.0 km to Nyanyi Beach
14.0 km to Seminyak
22.0 km to Kuta
24.0 km to Airport
31.0 km to Ubud
Service and Facilities
10 people (5 ensuite bedrooms with queen-size beds); Extra beds available on request charged at US$35++ per night for adults, and US$25++ per night for children.
Upper level living and dining; TV room; open-sided bar and lounge; outdoor dining for 12; riverside terrace with daybed; relaxation bale; yoga deck.
Villa manager; full-time chef; butlers; garden/pool maintenance (all shared with Villa Iskandar); security. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request for a small additional cost.
Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
WiFi internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TV; DVD player; surround-sound system; CD player; iPod dock.
Villa Atacaya is well equipped for families. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; DVDs; pool toys.
In-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies).
A seven-seater car with driver is available for up to eight hour use at a special daily rate of US$ 25++ (petrol and additional hours at extra cost).