Villa Bulung Daya in Tabanan, Bali
Imagine yourself waking up in 1 of the 2 bedrooms of the villa. From your bed, you notice that the tide is on the ebb. Along the shoreline, the black volcanic sand is shining like a mirror in the morning sun. You slide open the glass doors. The sound of the waves crashing at the foot of the nearby cliff is like an invitation for you to walk barefoot on the deck. You turn slightly around the house and contemplate the rice paddies flowing down the hills like a grassy waterfall, just 20 feet away from you. In the background, little clouds cling to the summit of extinct volcano Mount Batukaru.
No other buildings around, just your holiday home. The maid, sees you, smiles at you, and asks you whether you are ready for breakfast. You go and get your spouse, who had settled down into the office to check his emails. Time also to wake up your teenagers who are sleeping in the second house. Will you all go for a stroll on the beach or among the rice paddies after breakfast? This will be a good discussion topic around the family table. Another great is starting at Bulung Daya.
Bulung Daya has 2 main guest houses, along with several service and entertainment spaces. The 2 main wood buildings stand on the same level. They were finished in December 2013. Using beautiful Indonesian wood types, black Bali lava stone, white Javanese stones and more modern building materials. You can turn on the air conditioning in every room or let the big glass doors open to look at the beach and at the rice paddies. When everything is closed, the sound of the waves is very faint, which allows you to sleep peacefully.
In the first house, you can find a large bedroom, a bathroom and a home office. In the vast bedroom, a king size bed welcomes your most romantic nights. All the furniture has been made to measure in Bali: the bed headboard, the bed with its decorative mosquito net, the built-in bedroom cabinets, the lamps that give a charming glow to the room in the evening.
The bathroom has 2 stone sinks set in a piece of furniture created by Warisan, the acclaimed Bali high end designer, a shower with a view on the sea, walk-in clothes cabinets, and a separate toilet area. The Master Suite also offers a very romantic spot, with a Bali lava stone bathtub. Located outside, a few feet from the bathroom, it is also very private, as it out of the view of anyone else at the villa.
The en-suite home office is a very well-appointed room that you can use to think, write or work: a computer, wi-fi, plugs, a desk, a sofa, a TV and an espresso machine. This home office has a view on the beach, to help kick start your creativity.
Between the 2 timber houses lies a decorative, shallow pond, set in black lava stone. The second house holds the second bedroom, a bathroom and the dining / living room. This second bedroom is a bit smaller, but it has a double view on the beach and the rice fields. The furniture is also made to measure in Bali: the big contemporary bed with its romantic decorative mosquito net, the bed headboard which doubles on the other side a clothing cabinet for 2. The other side of the bed head board is a custom-made wall closet conveniently located between the bedroom and the bathroom. The latter boasts 2 spectacular Bali stone sinks, a big shower for 2 overlooking the rice paddies and a separate toilet area. The living and dining room is a very welcoming place: a huge table for meals, a lounge area and a stunning bookshelf that we imagined and got built locally. The table and the chairs are by Reynaldo Zapp, a Brazilian designer living in Bali.
Below the 2 houses, at first hidden by the gentle slope leading to the beach, lies the 33 metres long pool. Yes, it is a bit crazy to have a pool that is longer than those in most Bali hotels. However, as the sea in Bali can be quite dangerous, it is quite rational to swim in a welcoming pool. The most avid swimmers in the house may want to race other, while the others are sipping a cocktail on the 6 sun loungers.
The pool house is located on the same level as the pool, under the second house. You can find there a gym, a massage table, a home theater, a rest bed and a bathroom.
The pool house is very convenient when you decide to stay home and enjoy the villa. Imagine that two of you are soaking up in the sun by the pool, while you are working out in the gym and while your husband is “thinking” with his eyes closed in the large sofa. A holiday together, where everyone has time for themselves! You can practice yoga and low-impact moves on the shock-absorbing floor of the gym. There is also 1 full-body workout exercise machine, 2 cardio-training machines, and 1 massage table. The villa manager can get you a masseur or a masseuse very easily.
The rest bed is in a separate room where you can cool down a bit after the gym or a swim. It has a sofa-bed, a table, a mini-fridge and fresh beverages left for you by the staff. In the nearby bathroom, there is everything you need to get changed on the spot.
The house also has a movie room, with a silver screen, a projector, comfy sofas and about 200 DVDs.
A short, 15 metres long, path on a gentle slope leads you right to the black sand beach. There, you will most certainly be alone, but for local children who come to play here in the late afternoon. Wander around the beach, discover the lovely small temple of the royal Kerambitan family, nestled near a cliff. Walk here and there, see Balinese cows grazing under the coconut trees, between beach and rice fields. This is the Bali we are all dreaming about!
|Location||Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia.|
|Bedroom||2 air conditioned bedrooms|
|Bathroom||2 ensuite bathrooms|
|Capacity||4 guests. Two additional guests are permitted, extra charge US$ 75/person/night.|
|Swimming pool||33 x 5 meter|
|Living areas||Office, gym, home cinema room,|
|Entertainment||Wireless internet connection, TV, DVD player, DVDs, Apple computer, board games, 2 mountain bikes and fishing gear|
|Service & facilities||Airport transfer 1x each way, welcome drink, cold towel and fruit basket upon arrival, complimentary car & driver, daily breakfast, daily housekeeping, bath amenities, hair dryer, full equipped kitchen, espresso coffee machine, laundry and ironing service included, massage bed|
|Staff||Villa manager, chef, butler, housekeeper, gardener, pool attendant and 24 hour security guard|
|Season||Period||Minimum stay||2 bedroom|
|Low||5 Jan – 15 June||3 nights||US$ 490++|
|High||16 June – 15 Sept||3 nights||US$ 550++|
|Peak||21 Dec – 4 Jan 2017||3 nights||US$ 780++|
++ Rates are subject to 15,5% tax and service charge.