Set in a sea of terraced rice paddies that gradually slope down to the glimmering Indian Ocean, Villa Mandalay ’s picture-perfect views provide a colourful glimpse into traditional life in the Balinese countryside. Three contemporary Balinese-style pavilions are arranged around a 25-metre swimming pool, which forms a magnificent focal point to the villa. A rustic bamboo pavilion surrounded by water gardens at the end of the pool offers unobstructed views and makes a lovely setting for sunny breakfasts and candle-lit dinners. Living areas and bedrooms are adorned with an eclectic collection of Indonesian artwork including avian-themed paintings, carved wooden statues from Kalimantan, and ethnic artefacts.
With the option of renting either four, six or seven bedrooms Mandalay offers plenty of flexibility for groups of friends and for families; while the lush lawns and dramatic setting also make the villa an ideal venue for weddings of up to 250 guests. Mandalay’s unique charms extend to a six-hole pitch and putt golf course set into lower gardens, a Finnish-style sauna overlooking a lotus pond, and a mezzanine-level home theatre with 62-inch satellite TV and DVD player. A team of friendly and professional staff includes a talented chef who prepares meals from an extensive suggestion menu of Western and Asian dishes, with delicious Balinese-themed menus a specialty. A car and driver is also on hand should you wish to explore the island (extra charges apply).
Villa Mandalay is located in the Seseh Tanah-Lot area, on Bali’s south-west coast, and nearby attractions include the rugged black-sand beach of Seseh, the picturesque (and challenging) world-class Nirwana Bali Golf Course, and the beautiful sea temple, Pura Tanah Lot. Those in search of scenic views in a serene setting will find their dreams come true at Mandalay.
Bedrooms at Villa Mandalay
All bedrooms are air conditioned, with ceiling fans, king-size beds furnished with crisp white linens and flat-screen TV’s with DVD players. Walk-through dressing rooms lead to stately ensuite bathrooms tiled in grey andesite stone, with twin vanities (except for the studio), statue-filled alcoves and customised amenities.
Two generously sized master bedrooms flank the living room, identical but for their artwork. Ceilings are gracefully tiered and softly illuminated in the evenings, long wooden desks nestle in window alcoves with garden outlooks, and each has a timber deck encircled by hedges and flower boxes, and furnished with a table, chairs and daybed. Large bathrooms include separate his-and-hers vanities and oversize terrazzo bathtubs.
Villa Mandalay’s four guest bedrooms are arranged around the swimming pool, opening onto timber decking at the front and to gardens at the back, via sets of glass doors. Two of the rooms have views over the lush rice fields, and are fitted with attractive window seats from which to enjoy them. The other two rooms have window alcoves with built-in desks overlooking tropical gardens.
Tucked away below the main villa, at garden level, the studio is the most private of the bedrooms (although slightly smaller than the others) and has an enchanting timber deck, furnished with sun loungers, set on a thriving lotus pond. The bathroom is tiled in gleaming Indian stone, with a single vanity and walk-in shower. This room is adjacent to the sauna.
Living Areas at Villa Mandalay
Indoor Living Areas
The villa’s entrance is dominated by a large Palimanan stone frieze flanked by elegant Javanese statues, leading to the fan-cooled living and dining pavilion with its wooden floors, soaring ceiling and evocative Indonesian artwork. A glass-topped dining table seats 12, with an additional small table seating four. Large alcoves on either side have built-in sofas upholstered in earthy hues, and coffee tables strewn with magazines. A bar at the back is equipped with an iPod dock and surround-sound system, while ethnic artefacts are displayed against a red feature wall. A guest washroom lies to one side and on the other is a kitchen equipped with everything required to cook up a storm. The steep sloping rattan ceilings of the mezzanine media room create an atmospheric air-conditioned space for reclining on mattresses and cushions, and watching the 62-inch TV and movies with surround-sound. Shelves are filled with DVD’s and novels.
Outdoor Living Areas
Steps lead down from the living room to the 25-metre swimming pool tiled in green stone and surrounded by sun loungers shaded by stylish parasols. Walk along the timber deck to the atmospheric bamboo bale pavilion set in water gardens flourishing with brightly hued calla lilies and colourful fish. Furnished with a dining table, eight chairs, and comfortable rattan lounge suite, the bale offers stunning rice-terrace views stretching towards the ocean. Descending to the lower level and adjacent to the studio bedroom, the aroma of cedar wood awaits in a full-sized Finnish-style sauna with lovely garden outlook, and a separate shower room.
The whole property is ringed with flourishing foliage, from frangipani to palms, and birds of paradise flowers. The six-tee pitch and putt golf course is laid out on perfectly manicured lawns but gives the sensation of being right in the middle of the rice fields. A thatched bale (pavilion) at the far side of the garden provides a place for peaceful respite.
08.0 km to Canggu Club
13.0 km to Seminyak
18.0 km to Kuta
21.0 km to Airport
30.0 km to Ubud
Service and Facilities
Villa Mandalay capacity up to 14 people (7 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds). 2 extra beds available on request (additional charge).
Living/dining pavilion; home theatre room; indoor dining for 16; outdoor dining for 12.
Villa manager; chef; villa attendants; security guards. Additional staff, including babysitters and masseuses, available on request (extra charges apply).
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 cables.
Villa Mandalay is well equipped for families and offers plenty of garden space for energetic youngsters, including a pitch and putt golf course. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; DVDs; and board games.
In-villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies). The villa also has its own sauna.
A 7-seater car with driver is available for up to 8 hours at a special daily rate of US$ 25++ (petrol and additional hours at extra cost).
Events for up to 250 guests can be arranged at the villa with prior notice.