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Peace and tranquillity reign supreme at Mandalay Villas, an estate comprising two luxurious holiday homes with a total of 11 bedrooms on Bali’s south-west coast. Picturesque views of endless paddies and the glimmering ocean in the distance, this is a poetic tale that highlights the island’s lush countryside.
Built as a complex with multiple pavilions, even within each villa, the estate marries traditional architecture with modern facilities. Air-conditioned interiors, private pools, open-sided living spaces and manicured lawns make each villa a private haven. Bali’s tropical weather begs for outdoor living and the villas have been designed to maximise on this. Covered patios with comfortable lounge seating, living rooms that open up on one side thanks to sliding glass doors, poolside decks dotted with sun loungers, and a thatched balé in each villa for alfresco meals or relaxing massages, there’s a private corner to be found for each guest staying at Mandalay Villas.
The villas are managed by an efficient team of staff who ensure that your every need is met. They work quietly and tirelessly in the background, never intrusive, keeping the villas in pristine condition. The chef is adept at local as well as western cuisines and can dish out delicious fare to please even the most finicky eaters.
Seven-bedroom Villa Mandalay and four-bedroom Villa Mandalay Dua can be rented separately or be combined for larger groups. This makes the estate a perfect venue for large gatherings, reunions, retreats, and weddings. The villas are private but connected via a secret garden path, enabling easy access. With facilities such as a private six-hole pitch and putt golf course, a Finnish-style sauna overlooking a lotus pond, a mezzanine-level home theatre, and plenty of board games, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. And if an excursion is on the cards, the fascinating Tanah Lot Sea Temple is only ten minutes away.
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Mandalay Villas boast an unbeatable rural setting but are within a very easy (10 minute) drive of Canggu - Bali’s hottest and hippest haunt. The villas look across acres of rice fields, unchanged for centuries, and onwards towards the glinting Indian Ocean, just 3km away. A scenic stroll or short drive will bring you to the black sands of Seseh Beach and the iconic Tanah Lot Sea Temple. As well as the many new cafés, beach bars, restaurants and boutiques of Canggu, cosmopolitan Seminyak is just 13km from the villa. A car and driver is available to guests at a reasonable daily rate.More information for Things to do
Mandalay Villas’ manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.
In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villas.
Mandalay Villas are close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (8km), a beautiful temple set on a rocky, wave battered island just metres off the beach. In peak season a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience. Visiting early in the morning (8-9am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
- Villa Mandalay is close to the famous temple at Tanah Lot (8km), a beautiful temple set on a rocky, wave battered island just metres off the beach. In peak season a few too many tourists may transform a sunset visit into more of a heaving photo opportunity than a moving experience. Visiting early in the morning (8-9am) provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
- A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach (6km) where a number of cafes offer good sunset views and cold beer, including famous nightly barbecue at Echo Beach House. Note that the beach here is dark volcanic sand and the waters are better suited to surfing, having a pronounced swell and rip, rather than children’s swimming. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast was created by one of Indonesia’s premier art collectors, and provides a range of atmospheric dining experiences.
- Horseriding at Kuda P stables on professionally trained horses and ponies will take you through the lush rice terraces around Kerobokan, or provide the chance for a sunset gallop through the surf along the rugged south-western coast.
- Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave (6km). Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques. There is a wide choice of fine dining, mid range, and cheap ‘n cheerful restaurants in Seminyak too: fine dining venues include Mama San, Sardine and Métis.
- Explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Acclaimed as the world’s best, the atmospheric Elephant Safari Park in Taro (north of Ubud) provides a sanctuary for elephants rescued from Sumatra, with opportunities for trekking, hand feeding, and photo taking. There is also a fascinating museum and an excellent restaurant in a beautiful tropical setting deep in the forests of Bali’s hinterland.
- Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal in northern central Bali (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.
- The most exclusive Bali trekking tour promises breath-taking vistas and heart-warming encounters while supporting sustainable social change in the once-forgotten villages of Muntigunung. Elite Havens is a proud partner of Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise.
- Explore the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (café) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.
- Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Bali has 16 water slides (including The Climax with its 360 degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.
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- Large, air-conditioned living rooms built using local materials and showcasing Indonesian artefacts
- Indoor dining with long, wooden tables and seating for all guests staying at the villa
- Modern, well-equipped kitchens with everything you may need to stir up your favourite dish
- Massage room in Villa Mandalay with sauna and plunge pool
- Home theatre in Villa Mandalay with a 62-inch flat screen TV and large floor cushions; large flat-screen television with sofa seating in Villa Mandalay Dua
- Rectangular-shaped pool reaching out towards rice fields in the distance
- Poolside deck and lawned gardens furnished with sun loungers
- Pitch and putt golf green in the lower gardens
- Thatched dining and living balé in each villa at the far end of the pool with great views
- Covered verandas with comfortable cushioned chairs
- All bedrooms are air-conditioned and furnished with king-size beds
- All feature timber floors, televisions and dressing areas
- Stone flooring and separate shower stalls keep things modern in the ensuite bathrooms
- In Villa Mandalay, four similarly-styled bedrooms are arranged around the pool, while two master bedrooms are located adjacent to the living pavilion and a studio room at garden level
- In Villa Mandalay Dua, two bedrooms are set in a private pavilion overlooking the pool, another guestroom is set apart right at the entrance and the master bedroom sprawls over the upper level of the living pavilion
The chef at Mandalay Villas is at your service to prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The villas offer an extensive suggestion menu of delicious meals featuring Asian and western dishes to cater to all tastes, with an excellent selection of vegetarian and children’s options. Make sure to try pepes ikan (fish steamed in banana leaf) and bebek betutu (a Balinese specialty of duck cooked in herbs). The chef can also grill up a feast of fresh seafood on the barbecue, and tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements or specific requests. A stay is not complete without sampling one of the Balinese set menus, served buffet style. Villa Mandalay I has an in-house resident chef while a personal chef may be hired (on guest account) by request for Villa Mandalay Dua.
To make the most of the kitchen and give staff time to shop, it is a good idea to plan lunch and dinner selections the evening before. Groceries and beverages are charged at cost price with 20% handling fee which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate. Guests will be requested to provide grocery money in advance, and the staff will do the shopping and keep receipts for reference.View a sample menu
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