Villa Tanju is a luxurious 4-bedroom beachfront villa located at Mengening Beach on Bali’s southwest coast, in Canggu. It comprises a series of pavilions, leisurely spread throughout 2,400 square meters of tropical gardens, complete with a stunning 15 x 4.5 meter infinity-edge swimming pool, lotus ponds, and restful water features. The simple application of timber, terrazzo, natural colors, fabrics, and local materials, such as the Alang-Alang grass used in constructing the roofs, is consistent throughout the property. The rugged beach is just a few meters away. The glorious views take in the distant volcanoes, dramatic coastline, and neighboring Hindu sea temple of Pura Bata Ngandang, perched on a rocky outcrop and lashed by the waves of the Indian Ocean.
Villa Tanju is a traditional Balinese gate, sheltered by a roof and framed in a patchwork of random rocks. A pathway leads past bulrush ponds, water spouts, and a welcome ensemble of five gamelan musicians hand-carved out of local paras stone. Stepping stones weave through the neat garden, past palm trees, dwarf lanterns, tipsy earthenware pots. And sweet-scented frangipani, between twin lotus ponds, stocked with fish, to the 9 x 6 meter stand-alone living pavilion, which is centrally positioned, facing the ocean and bordering the pool deck.
The glass completely encompasses this room to preserve the view through the garden; the clever design allows guests to completely fold back the doors to create an open-air pavilion cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans. Bamboo blinds on all four sides will be there for privacy and shade. Featuring a cool terrazzo floor, the room is tastefully furnished with deeply cushioned sofas, a low coffee table, and stylish lamps. A selection of games and magazines is provided for the guests’ use, together with a high-quality music system with surround sound provided by speakers hidden in the roof.
Positioned on the seaward side, aspected west towards the magnificent sunsets, the angled swimming pool appears to overflow into the beachfront garden. A timber sundeck is located on one side, the raised position ensuring that it catches the cool sea breezes. It is with four sunbeds and two umbrellas, and there is also an outdoor shower. A Buddha statue rests at one end overlooking the fresh green coastal lawns dotted with coconut palms. The gardens are perfect for weddings, parties, and functions and provide a great play area for children.