Villa Batujimbar in Sanur, Bali
Villa Batujimbar is one of Bali’s most extraordinary residences, with a rich and colourful history, a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree, and a celebrity houseguest list that includes ruling monarchs and rock legends. Within its enchanting gardens – situated right by the beach in Sanur’s exclusive Batujimbar Estate – are nine bedrooms, multiple living and dining pavilions, and a 20-metre pool and tennis court. There’s direct access onto a glorious white sandy swimming beach from the gardens, and Sanur’s many restaurants and boutiques are a five-minute walk away. Villa Batujimbar is the perfect choice for family get-togethers and groups of friends, and a captivating setting for weddings.
If anywhere epitomizes the authentic ‘Bali style’ that has enraptured so many over the past decades, it is Villa Batujimbar – a treasure-filled travel destination in itself. This sublime property, which sits on over an acre of beachfront land, was originally the home of long-time Bali resident and Australian artist Donald Friend who, in 1970, invited Sri Lankan ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa – celebrated for breaking down barriers and creating harmonious relationships between buildings and landscape – to collaborate in developing the beachfront estate. The Balinese palaces at Amlapura and Klungkung plus the famed water gardens of Tirta Gangga influenced his ideas – clearly expressed in the two-storey moat-encircled Lembu Balé that commands centre stage within the meticulously designed gardens.
The lower gallery of the Lembu Balé houses the current Australian owner’s astonishing collection of Balinese art – including the Donald Friend painting he bought from the artist himself on first visiting Villa Batujimbar in 1972. This private collection rivals the island’s finest galleries and museums and is a unique feature of the villa. Guests are welcome to view the collection on special request. Yet art is not confined to this space alone throughout the living and sleeping pavilions you’ll come across architectural treasures, rare artefacts, painted antique doors and windows, and heirloom paintings that reveal the owner’s passion for Balinese art and craftsmanship. And within the expansive gardens are myriad moss-encrusted statuary and intricately carved stone reliefs. Bali’s beauty shines in the materials used too – vaulted alang-alang thatched roofs, lava stone steps, coral walls, and terrazzo and teakwood floors.
With such a fascinating history, no wonder Villa Batujimbar has attracted celebrity guests over the years. Today’s guests are following in the footsteps of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (who got married here), Sting (who gave an impromptu concert), Yoko Ono, and members of the Thai and Malaysian and British royal families. In such splendid surroundings, and pampered by a team of staff that includes a private chef, personal butlers and villa manager, you can look forward to royal treatment too.
Influenced by traditional Balinese family living, Villa Batujimbar comprises a series of alang-alang thatched pavilions spread through the substantial estate. At its centre is the Lembu Bale – a moated double-storey brick-built pavilion which houses an open-sided lounge on its upper floor looking onto the swimming pool on one side and across the gardens to the ocean on the other.
Closest to the beach are the living pavilion, the dining bale, and the splendid two-storey master bedroom suite. To one side is the Longhouse, comprising two bedroom suites, a formal dining room and professionally equipped kitchen. Opposite is the Bali Pavilion, with two bedrooms, garden bathrooms and courtyard. Furthest from the beach, two more guest bedroom suites occupy the two-storey Pool Pavilion and share an open-fronted living area looking onto the 20-metre swimming pool. Two additional bedrooms are housed in the Family Pavilion situated near the villa entrance, while a tennis court and shower room lie just across the driveway.
|Location||Batujimbar Estate, Sanur, South-east Bali, Indonesia.|
|Bedroom||9 bedrooms: 8 with king-size beds, 1 with small twins, sleeps max of 16 adults and 2 children|
|Bathroom||6 ensuite bathroom and 1 shared bathroom|
|Swimming pool||20 x 7 x 1.75 metres pool|
|Entertainment||Satellite channel TVs, Bose speakers.|
|Facilities||gym room, tennis court|
|Wedding & Event||Accomodate up to 180 guests|
Rates 2019 :
|Low Season (Jan 6 – Feb 1, Feb 11 – Apr 4, Apr 22 – Jun 14, Sep 1 – Dec 14)||USD 1,390.00||USD 1,550.00||USD 1,650.00||2 nights|
|Shoulder Season (Apr 5 – Apr 16, Jun 15 – Jun 21, Aug 18 – Aug 31)||USD 1,720.00||USD 1,800.00||USD 1,850.00||3 nights|
|High Season (Feb 2 – Feb 10, Apr 17 – Apr 21, Jun 22 – Aug 17, Dec 15 – Dec 25)||USD 2,050.00||USD 2,050.00||USD 2,050.00||5 nights|
|Peak Season (Dec 26 – Jan 4 2020)||USD 2,670.00||USD 2,670.00||USD 2,670.00||7 nights|
Rates 2020 :
|Low Season (Jan 5 – Jan 23, Feb 1 – Mar 27, May 3 – Jun 19, Sep 6 – Dec 14)||USD 1,390.00||USD 1,550.00||USD 1,650.00||2 nights|
|Shoulder Season (Mar 28 – Apr 8, Apr 14 – May 2, Jun 20 – Jun 26, Aug 24 – Sep 5)||USD 1,720.00||USD 1,800.00||USD 1,850.00||3 nights|
|High Season (Jan 24 – Jan 31, Apr 9 – Apr 13, Jun 27 – Aug 23, Dec 15 – Dec 25)||USD 2,050.00||USD 2,050.00||USD 2,050.00||5 nights|
|Peak Season||USD 2,670.00||USD 2,670.00||USD 2,670.00||7 nights|
Rates are quoted in US Dollars per night and are subject to 15.5% tax & service charge.
Wedding & Events :
|Max Guest||150 Seated / 180 Cocktail|
|Event Fee||USD 1,000 (Subject to 15.5% tax & service charge)|
|Banjar Fee||IDR 4,000,000|
|Security Deposit (Refundable)||USD 3,000|
- Rates include 2 guests per bedroom
- Check in time: 15.00 PM – Check Out Time: 12.00 PM
Additional Service available at an extra cost:
- Masseuse/Spa Therapist
- Extra Beds
- Grocery bills plus 20%++ surcharge