Appropriately named after a bird of paradise, five-bedroomed Villa Cendrawasih presents the modern face of Balinese villas, combining cutting edge design with supreme comfort and the friendliest of staff. Imbued with contemporary sophistication, the villa perfectly reflects it’s setting in Petitenget, a district renowned for hip beach clubs, world-class dining, funky boutiques and cosmopolitan edge. With uber-trendy W Resort right next door, Villa Cendrawasih is in great company.
Fresh, crisp interiors incorporate white walls and smooth creamy Palimanan stone floors, accented by warm honey-hued timber, modern impressionist artwork, richly textured furnishings and a smattering of Indonesian ethnic artefacts. During the day the villa provides a chic sunny hideaway where adrenalin junkies can work out in the gym, or swim laps in the 18-metre pool, and those in search of more idle pursuits can indulge in deluxe in-villa spa treatments, watch a movie on the 55-inch HD flat-screen TV, or laze on a sunbed amidst the frangipani trees. Sunsets are best enjoyed from the roof-top terrace with tantalising glimpses of rice paddies, glistening ocean and the island’s towering volcanoes. In the evenings hurricane lanterns softly illuminate the pathways, and a candlelit grand dining table begs for elaborate dinner parties prepared by our talented chef and served by our gracious butlers.
In keeping with its fashionable surroundings, this four-bedroom villa makes quite a design statement itself, with contemporary furniture, a grey-and-indigo colour palette and stunning paintings adorning the walls. There’s masses of entertaining space in the large living and dining room that opens onto the pool. And for glimpses of the ocean and a ringside seat for Bali’s spectacular sunsets, guests are quick to head skywards to the rooftop terrace for colorful cocktails sipped in supine comfort on the turquoise daybeds and beanbags.
For those who manage to tear themselves away from the villa’s soothing environs, a garden door opens onto a secret passageway that emerges on a wide sandy ocean beach (make sure to swim between the flags). Here, casual beach side warungs (restaurants) nestle between famous beach clubs, Mozaic, Potato Head and the glitzy bars and restaurants of W Resort. Jalan Petitenget with its plethora of home stores, bars and restaurants is just one kilometre from the villa.
There’s even a driver and car on stand-by for your use at a special rate of US$ 25++ for up to eight hours a day excluding petrol – but as the beach with its panoramic coastline views is a five-minute stroll away, Bali’s fourth largest temple not much further, and a proliferation of designer boutiques are within an easy walk, you might not see so much of him. Villa Cendrawasih takes its name from New Guinea’s birds of paradise– those remarkable birds known for their spectacular plumage and arresting courtship displays. It’s certainly the place to indulge in your own romantic rituals, spread your wings on the beach, or strut your stuff around Bali’s most noted restaurants and bars – Potato Head, La Lucciola and Ku De Ta are all within a kilometer away.