With its Garden-of-Eden setting, this luxurious retreat pays homage to its Balinese heritage while providing guests with every modern comfort. Echoing the lush green rice terraces surrounding it, the enchanting three-bedroom Villa Pangi Gita gently slopes down to the banks of the ‘singing’ Pangi River in the sleepy rural village of Pererenan, south-west Bali, in Canggu.
Designed for relaxation, peace and privacy, Villa Pangi Gita presents traditional-style living and sleeping pavilions featuring polished teak and terrazzo floors, vaulted ceilings, iron-wood shingle roofs, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to the emerald green surrounds. Luxuriant terraced gardens, brimming with exotic blooms, flow down to the river, and tranquil water features complement the serenity of the setting.
The owner’s impressive collection of Asian antiques and superior furnishings presents a unique sense of style. It demonstrates the love and commitment that has gone into the creation of this luxury villa. There’s plenty of space to unwind and relax at Villa Pangi Gita. Guests will no doubt be reluctant to stray far from the elegant open-sided living pavilion, the cosy media room or the blissful balé (relaxation pavilion) that overlooks the inviting free-form swimming pool at the river’s edge. However, a stroll through the charming village and captivating rice terraces, along with a sunset drink at nearby surfer’s haunt Echo Beach, should not be missed.
“Welcome to Paradise” is Villa Pangi Gita’s official greeting, and the warm smiles of the staff, the hypnotic sounds of flowing water and the sheer beauty of this little piece of paradise are bound to delight families, attract couples and seduce even the most hardened workaholic into restful submission.
Bedroom at Villa Pangi Gita
At the top of the villa compound, nearest the entrance, two guest bedrooms feature polished wood floors, vaulted ceilings and queen-size four-poster beds. Both rooms have large Balinese-style garden bathrooms enclosed by lichen-covered walls. Here guests can bathe au naturel under the rain shower or soak in the bathtub set within a teak surround.
The guest bedrooms are air-conditioned and fitted with ceiling fans. Each is equipped with a TV screen and DVD player and opens onto a shady veranda furnished with a daybed and reading chair. In one of the rooms, a roll-away single bed provides extra sleeping space.
The air-conditioned master bedroom lies at the lower end of the garden, close to the river and the pool, and is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway. The bedroom features a delicately carved queen-size four-poster bed, polished teak floors, vaulted ceilings and large glass doors that open onto a stone terrace furnished with table and chairs – just the spot for a lazy breakfast. Furnishings include a comfortable planter’s chair and a wood cabinet housing a TV, DVD player and music system. Behind the sleeping area is a huge dressing room with generous storage space.
Carved teak doors slide open to reveal a huge air-conditioned bathroom tastefully finished with polished cream terrazzo floors, his-and-hers vanities, a tiled double bathtub, massage table and walk-in shower. A special feature of this majestic bathroom is the secluded timber balcony, accessed via glass doors, which makes a perfect setting for a massage or spa treatment.
Living at Villa Pangi Gita
Presiding over the gardens at the centre of the villa compound, the open-sided living pavilion with its lofty two-tier roof, coconut wood pillars and cool cream terrazzo floors makes an ideal base for entertaining and relaxing. A large Buddha statue flanked by vases of tropical flowers casts its eye over the white-cushioned lounge where guests can lie back, cooled by ceiling fans, and take in the natural setting or admire the owner’s collection of antiques.
One side of the living pavilion is a cosy air-conditioned study that can be converted into another bedroom when required (charges apply). It features a large flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. A wall of bookshelves holds a good selection of books, games and puzzles, as well as an extensive CD and DVD collection. In front of the study, a fish pond is fed by water from decorative stone spouts carved in the image of the barong – a lion-like mythical Balinese character.
Stepping stones cross the fish pond to a handsome dining pavilion where a gleaming teak table seats up to eight guests. Although the dining pavilion offers the option of air-conditioning, three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows can be flung open to appreciate the songs of the river and the birdlife, the fragrances of the garden and views over the villa’s temple towards the pool. The antique wooden panelling that separates the dining room from the adjacent kitchen with its marble breakfast bar and bar stools is a notable feature.
Pangi Gita’s garden provides a sensory experience like no other: the twittering birds, brightly coloured heliconias, darting dragonflies, fragrant frangipanis, tinkling fish ponds, river rapids, delicate temple offerings and farmers tending their crops in the neighbouring rice fields combine to create the sights, sounds and smells of the real Bali. And to taste the real Bali, you need to go no further than the villa kitchen.
One of the best places to absorb the ambience is alongside the green-stone pool, where the garden meets the river bank. Sun loungers shaded by bright red umbrellas and a thatched poolside balé offer a choice of spots for relaxation. Those craving a bit of quiet ‘me’ time should seek out the single recliner on the wooden deck halfway up the gardens, overlooking the river rapids.
3.0 km to Echo Beach
10.0 km to Seminyak
18.0 km to Kuta
20.0 km to Airport
32.0 km to Ubud
Service and Facilities
6 adults and 2 children (3 bedrooms with queen-size beds). Roll-away bed and extra mattress available for children.
Open-sided living pavilion; dining pavilion; air-conditioned study; poolside balé.
Villa manager; cook; 2 villa attendants; gardener and pool attendant; 3 security guards. Masseuse and babysitter on request.
Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s menu. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
WiFi internet access; landline for local calls; mobile phone coverage; computer; printer.
Satellite TV and DVD player in the study; TV screen and DVD/CD players in all bedrooms.
Villa Pangi Gita is suitable for families with babies and older children. However, it presents some challenges for inquisitive toddlers (and their parents) because of the many steps and water features. In-house facilities include a baby cot, high chair, table tennis and kids DVDs.
A driver and car (seating up to six passengers) are available for 8 hours daily at a rate of USD$25++/day (excluding petrol; extra hours at additional cost).
Exclusive use of the whole villa and listed facilities
Personal service by the villa including full-time manager, chef, security