Villa Iskandar is a beautiful four-bedroom riverside home in South-west Bali in Canggu; contemporary in design with a healthy dose of Chinoiserie, adding the style and mysticism of the Orient into the mix. We chose this location for its natural beauty and rural charm and, of course, its proximity to the beach and the Nirwana Golf Course, while Seminyak’s good times and shopping are only a 13-kilometer drive away.
Each of our four bedrooms is tastefully decorated with antique Chinese furnishings and features hardwood floors, queen-size beds, ensuite bathrooms (two of which are semi-open-air), and views over the river. There are dining options for both formal indoor feasts and relaxed alfresco meals on the terrace.
The focal point, however, is our 15-meter infinity-edge pool that looks out over the river. Built on three levels, the villa hugs the riverbank. It is surrounded by mature trees, which bring with them an abundance of shade and wildlife, where butterflies, singing insects, frogs, and birds all congregate to fill the day with color and song, a quintessential tropical holiday experience. At Villa Iskandar, we offer you five-star facilities and superb service from a full team of caring staff, including a manager, butlers, and a chef, so that that you will have no real need to go out for meals or entertainment. However, we do provide the services of a car and driver for up to eight hours a day at a special rate should you wish to explore beyond the villa.
Villa Iskandar shares a dedicated 400-square-meter wedding space, a driveway, parking area, and staff service facilities with its neighbor Villa Atacaya. When the two villas are rented together, they offer a 9-bedroom option for large friends, extended families, and wedding parties.
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Bedrooms at Villa Iskandar
Presiding over the beautiful surroundings from the top floor, Villa Iskandar’s master bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and decorated with Chinese artwork and antiques under a high-pitched ceiling. This splendid room has a glamorous ensuite bathroom and its own private balcony deck furnished with an intimate dining table as well as a river-rock bathtub under the stars.
Guest Room I
Sitting adjacent to the dining room, this graceful bedroom opens directly to the pool deck with views across the jungle and riverbank beyond. It is furnished with Chinese art and antiques and a king-size bed atop hardwood floors, while the ensuite bathroom is distinguished by a walk-in shower from which guests can step onto a balcony with built-in seating.
Guest Room II
Resting at the very front of the property, this river-view room oozes sophistication and taste with dark hardwood floors, Chinese antique furnishings, a steeply pitched ceiling, and a glamorous bathroom fitted with an oversized black bathtub for two. Sliding glass doors to the front and side of the king-sized bed leads to the pool and a viewing deck above the river, complete with a dining table for two.
Riverside Studio Room
Villa Iskandar’s riverside studio bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase from the pool deck. The views from this room’s king-sized bed are of pure, raw nature. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a walk-in shower, while a precious feature is a deck right above the river with a double daybed looking across to the tall trees and jungle on the opposite bank.
Living Spaces at Villa Iskandar
Iskandar’s open-sided living room is on the villa’s uppermost floor, which makes it perfect for receptions, heralded by a fretwork Chinese-style screen and a Balinese gong. From the balcony at the front, guests can survey the swimming pool scene and the sparkling river beyond. Adjacent to the living room is a pergola dripping with white-flowering thunbergia and surrounded on three sides by a fishpond with a bubbling urn as its centerpiece. Here, a small dining table and four chairs rest upon a wooden deck, which appears to float on a moat. A comfy sofa scattered with Chinese silk cushions makes this a delightful space for watching movies on the 48-inch satellite channel TV and DVD player. A guest washroom is positioned to one side.
Villa Iskandar’s large dining room, furnished with a table for ten and decorated with elegant Chinese artwork and artifacts, offers the choice of a formal, air-conditioned dining experience (perfect for entertaining) or a more casual, open-air effect when the glass doors are folded open to the pool deck and the jungle view.
The ironwood pool deck is built around the curved contours of the 15-meter, infinity-edge swimming pool that looks out over the river valley. This magnificent outdoor area is furnished with sun loungers, and an alfresco dining table for eight and is shaded by frangipani trees and tall fan palms. At the same time, a fire bowl at the edge of the pool creates a romantic ambiance at night.
A spiral staircase winds down to a riverside deck, open to the sky and situated next to the studio bedroom. This magical spot is the perfect place to practice yoga or meditate to the murmur of the river.
Large, freeform, overflow pool overlooking the jungle-covered valley and fast-flowing river
Yoga and meditation bale on the riverbank
Pool deck with sun loungers and sun umbrellas, and alfresco dining for ten
A gas-powered fire bowl creates a primal nighttime ambiance
Things To Do
Villa Iskandar’s manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and help arrange transport and make any required bookings. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.
In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.
Villa Iskandar is close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (4km). However, a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience in peak season. Visiting early in the morning (8-9 am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (8km), where several cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer. Note that the beach here is dark volcanic sand, and the waters are better suited to surfing, having a pronounced swell and rip, rather than children’s swimming.
Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast from Echo Beach, is also a good sunset spot, or try the more casual cafe across the road, Old Man’s, for alfresco all-day dining.
Fashionistas, trendies, and shop-a-policy should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave (13km). Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid-range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too: fine dining venues include Mama San, Petitenget, Sardine, and Métis.
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. You may wish to visit the breathtaking panorama of the Jatiluwih rice terraces (40km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, to preserve traditional Balinese farming techniques. At the height of 850m above sea level, the view here is one of the finest imaginable. Alternatively, 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.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal in northern central Bali (next to Lake Bratan). With heights ranging from two to 20 meters, five adventure circuits challenge all levels and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps, and 12 flying foxes.
Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Bali has 16 water slides (including The Climax with its 360-degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.
5.0 km to Tanah Lot Sea Temple
14.0 km to Seminyak
22.0 km to Kuta
24.0 km to Airport
37.0 km to Ubud
Service and Facilities
Iskandar Villa capacity for 8 people (4 ensuite bedrooms with queen-size beds). Extra beds available on request are charged at US$35++ per night for adults and US$25++ per night for children.
Upstairs living/dining room; downstairs formal dining room and kitchen; indoor dining for 8; outdoor dining for 8; riverside deck with daybed.
Villa manager; full-time chef; butlers; garden/pool maintenance – (shared with Villa Atacaya); security. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) are available on request for a small additional cost.
Western, Asian, vegetarian, and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
WiFi internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TV; DVD player; surround-sound system; CD player; iPod dock.
Facilities include a baby cot, a high chair; DVDs; pool toys.
Professional beauty therapists can carry in-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu (extra cost applies).
A seven-seater car with a driver is available for up to eight hours of use at a special daily rate of US$ 25++ (petrol and additional hours at extra cost).
Can arrange events for 30-50 people in the villa, or up to 100 people in their specially built wedding/event area with prior notice.