Villa The Pala is one of three exceptional villas that make up the Pandawa Cliff Estate – a hidden paradise located high above the ocean on Bali’s southernmost tip. As the estate’s name suggests, the villas are positioned on the cliff top overlooking the golden sands of Pandawa Beach. This is spectacular, unadulterated Bali at its best: far from the hoi polloi of Seminyak and Kuta, yet less than half an hour’s drive from the airport and many of Bali’s top attractions, including the revered sea temple of Uluwatu and the fine dining establishments of Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
Villa The Pala is a truly magnificent six-bedroomed property with an ambiance that is regal and yet intimate. An extraordinary choice of elegant living space is positioned to the front of the villa, opening to the pool, gardens and ocean. Four equally sized and very private ensuite guest rooms are each divided by sliding screen doors to create either a private lounge or children’s bedroom. The fifth guest room lies below the villa’s luxurious second-floor master suite, which grants its occupants an ocean and beach panorama that defies description. No less than four dining areas, a spa treatment room, fitness room and children’s playroom contribute to The Pala’s many spaces for ultimate holiday rest and relaxation. A skilled private chef heads the estate’s staff kitchen, and he and his team prepare and serve a wide range of gastronomic delights from a restaurant-style menu. The villas are neatly maintained by a small army of housekeepers, gardeners and pool attendants, and guarded by a team of diligent security staff, while two seven-seater cars with drivers are on standby for guests who wish to explore this delightful corner of the Island of the Gods.
Together, Villa The Pala, Villa Rose and Villa Marie offer a total of 16 bedrooms, capable of sleeping 32 adults. This coupled with the superbly landscaped cliff top gardens, extensive decked areas, 40-strong professional staff team and purpose-designed guest facilities, make The Pandawa Cliff Estate a wedding and special event venue par excellence. The three villas also share a sports centre with full size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa.
Bedrooms at Villa The Pala
With floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and a glass-fronted balcony looking down to the turquoise ocean and white sands of Pandawa Beach, The Pala’s master bedroom wing is reminiscent of the prow of a fine ship. A sitting area with 40-inch satellite channel TV and two comfy cream sofas leads through to the air-conditioned master bedroom itself, and its divine panorama. So as not to compete with the views perhaps, the bedroom is simply but stylishly furnished with a pair of two-seater sofas, a writing desk and a king-size bed below a brightly coloured, traditionally woven panel. Beyond the spacious walk-in dressing room is an equally spacious bathroom with double vanity, glassed in shower and freestanding tub.
Four of The Pala’s five guest suites are arranged in pairs, one above the other, on either side of the villa’s entrance with views over the gardens or the ocean. All are very private and will appeal to both families with young children and those who appreciate having some extra personal living space, thanks to the clever addition of a sliding partition wall that separates the sleeping area from a light-filled anteroom that works well as a study, sitting room or kids bedroom. Two of the suites are furnished with king beds and the other two with split-king beds giving plenty of flexibility for different guest group configurations.
All four suites feature cool marble floors, sofas or daybeds, writing desks, top of the range audio-visual equipment, bar fridges and attractive latticework panels between the beds and dressing areas. Bright ensuite bathrooms are fitted twin vanities, freestanding tubs and generous glass-fronted shower cubicles; all are finished in soothing white and cream marble. One of the ground-floor suites also boasts an outdoor shower.
At the front of the villa, a striking spiral staircase leads down to final guest suite, which is immediately below the master suite and opens onto the lawn. The room is furnished with a split-king bed and sofa and accented in warm reds. Its ensuite bathroom has both indoor and outdoor showers.
Living at Villa The Pala
The Pala’s splendid upper-floor living room is divided into two comfortable sitting areas, with massive sofas in blue and cream on either side. A highlight of this room is the tiered ceiling, which features a delicate fresco of natural scenes depicting flowing water, trees and birds. A curved, glass-fronted balcony to the front of the room looks out to the ocean, over the garden and pool. An intimate TV lounge lies just beyond the living room, at the entrance to the master bedroom wing.
Below the living room, the huge dining room, with a furnished balcony opening to the garden, offers a choice of dining options. For large formal dinners there’s a 12 seater rectangular table to the far side of the room while, to the other side, in front of a bar counter and butler station, is a circular table for eight, ideal for more relaxed mealtimes. A door leads through to the villa’s spacious professional kitchen, fitted with absolutely everything required to prepare exceptional feasts for guests.
Spa Treatment Room
Behind the dining room, a corridor leads to a peaceful spa treatment room with two professional massage beds and a shower room with lovely tiled feature wall and ornate mirror.
Childern’s Playroom and Games Room
A winding pathway between The Pala and its boundary with Villa Rose leads to the children’s play room and a games room. Warmly lit and painted in powder blue, the play room is equipped with toys and puzzles and there’s a Nintendo Wii to keep young and old amused. A handy guest bathroom serves both of these rooms.
On the ground floor, at the front of the master bedroom wing, is covered outdoor dining area where a table and 10 chairs in ocean turquoise and sandy beige sit below a ceiling fan. A bar-style serving counter makes this an ideal spot for alfresco meals and two smart guest washrooms are conveniently situated for villa and party guests alike.
Just in front of the outdoor dining area, and virtually on the cliff edge, is a sunken stone amphitheatre specially designed for traditional dance performances. Next to this is the 20 x 5-metre pool with shallow section for toddlers, infinity edge at the front and broad wooden decking behind, furnished with all-weather lounge seating. On the cliff top, a relaxation bale looks down onto peaceful Pandawa Beach. Lie back here and be soothed by the sound of the waves breaking far below.
2.0 km to Pandawa Beach
14.5 km to Uluwatu Temple
28.0 km to Airport
23.0 km to Seminyak
57.0 km to Ubud
Service and Facilities
Villa The Pala capacity for 12 adults (3 king and 3 split-king beds) plus extra beds for children on request (additional charge applies).
Indoor and poolside lounge; dining room with table for 14; table for 10; outdoor dining for 10; playroom; TV lounge; private sitting areas in bedroom suites.
Villa manager; assistant manager; full-time chef; 24-hour housekeeping, butler service and security; garden and pool staff; maintenance engineer; in-house spa therapists. Babysitters available on request.
Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
WiFi internet access; landline for international and local calls; mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TVs; DVD/Blu-ray players; surround-sound system; CD players; iPod docks.
Full size tennis court; squash court; spa and gym.
Villa The Pala is exceptionally well equipped for families.
Three seven-seater cars with drivers are available on a complimentary basis for up to 8 hours a day. Additional hours are charged at US$10 per hour.
Offering an unbeatable cliff-top setting, with large lawns and exceptional purpose-built guest facilities, weddings and events for up to 250 people can be arranged at the estate with prior notice..