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Set outside the peaceful hum of Ubud, Villa Alamanda is perched high on a jungle-clad hillside overlooking a ravine. This beautiful four-bedroom villa epitomises calm and tranquility and is the perfect retreat for those seeking a quiet and relaxing holiday within easy reach of Bali’s exotic cultural centre.
Carefully designed to harmonise with the environment, the villa combines traditional architecture and materials to create an enchanting tropical oasis. Villa Alamanda’s design complements its natural setting with alang-alang thatched roofs, wooden beams and polished floors featuring a large open-sided terrace to enjoy the balmy tropical climate. Air-conditioned king-size bedrooms with marble ensuite bathrooms provide the perfect respite from the heat along with a fully enclosed media room.
Alamanda’s gardens are beyond spectacular, with fragrant frangipanis, red heliconias and the bright-yellow alamanda (after which the villa is named) injecting colour against the rich green foliage of the surrounding jungle. The 11m x 8m infinity pool is perched above the ravine and features a relaxing poolside balé .
Villa Alamanda is a special place; part of a traditional wood-carvers’ village where guests can immerse themselves in the routines of daily Balinese life from elaborate Hindu ceremonies to children playing in the street. The villa’s location is convenient for accessing nearby attractions including Ubud, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and the UNESCO rice terraces of Tegallalang.
Fully staffed, including a fabulous in-house chef, guests need only focus on lazing by the pool, indulging in scrumptious home-cooked meals, being pampered with deluxe spa treatments, or simply admiring the views.
Tropical jungle setting
Equatorial open-air living
Perched on edge of river valley
True escape only 5km from town
"Thank you for all at your wonderful and beautiful smiles, you have taken such a great care of all of us. I came to Bali in 2010 and always wanted to come back when I had a child. The Balinese give each child such generous attention and care. Danika and Charlie have been treated so special, thank you. "
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Concierge-Curated Tour of Ubud, the Cultural Capital of Bali
Concierge-Curated Tour of Ubud, the Cultural Capital of Bali
Book for 4 nights any time in June for stays from 21st June to 31st August, and enjoy a handcrafted cultural day tour of Bali's Ubud area. The tour allows you a glimpse of Balinese village life as well as Ubud's eclectic art scene and includes a scrumptious Indonesian lunch; OR you can instead opt for complimentary daily continental breakfast, for all guests staying at the villa.
Terms and conditions:
– Minimum 4-night stay
– Only valid for stays from June 21 till August 31, 2019
– Choice of one-time experiential day tour per stay (approximately 8 hours duration) OR daily continental breakfast, valid only for resident villa guests
– Only valid for new bookings received from now to June 30, 2019
– Cannot be combined with other discounts and/or special offers
- Early bird enjoys up to 15% discount when booking 120 days in advance.*
- Last minute bookings enjoy up to 10% discount when checking in before 26-Jul-2019.
- T-shaped open-sided living area featuring polished wood floors, high ceilings and overhead fans, daybeds and various spaces for relaxation
- Dining for eight
- Kitchen housed in the staff quarters services the property
- Air-conditioned media room with large flat-screen TV, DVD player, games and toys, beanbags and sofas
- 11m x 8m blue-tiled infinity edge swimming pool
- Palimanan stone pool terrace with sun loungers and an outdoor dining table for casual dining
- Thatched balé
- Intimate lawn area perfect for small weddings, blessings or private yoga sessions
- Featuring a king-sized bed this room is perfect for honeymoons with polished wood floors and high-vaulted alang-alang ceilings
- Glass sliding doors with louvre shutters leading onto an outdoor terrace furnished with a daybed
- Louvre shutters open onto a dressing room leading to the ensuite
- Ensuite bathroom with sunken tub and shower and shuttered windows with views of the garden and pool
Cinnamon & Red Room
- King-sized bedrooms featuring polished wood floors and high-vaulted alang-alang ceilings. These two rooms differ only by their colour schemes
- Private walled garden bathrooms opening onto a large living terrace with daybeds
- Housed in a separate pavilion located next to the media room, this king-sized bedroom features polished wood floors and high-vaulted alang-alang ceilings.
- Private sun deck
- Fully enclosed marble bathroom
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Villa Alamanda is located five kilometres from Ubud near the sleepy wood-carvers village of Tengkulak. This traditional village offers a fascinating insight into daily Balinese life including the colourful and hypnotic Hindu ceremonies.
While the villa enjoys a remote and quiet setting it is only a short drive to many of Bali’s tourist hot spots including the famous Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), the UNESCO rice fields of Tegallalang, the Tirta Girtu water temple at Tampak Siring, and the Bali Marine and Safari Park.
The main attraction, though, has to be Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart, famed for its art, wood carving, jewellery, textiles, antiques, restaurants, markets and cultural performances – including the Kacek dance. Three hundred metres above sea level in the foothills of the central mountain range, Ubud offers a cooler, wetter climate making it perfect for rice farming.
Things to do
Your villa manager has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will be pleased to help with any tour or restaurant bookings. 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 villa.
- Ubud’s shops are filled with unique and beautiful crafts, art work, carvings, jewellery, and gifts to take back home. The sprawling, indoor Ubud Market caters mostly to tourists in search of cheap souvenirs. Be sure to haggle prices – negotiation is expected – or you may end up paying triple what something is worth.
- Ask your chef to escort you to the local produce market to buy fresh ingredients for an Indonesian cookery class back at the villa.
- Lush green rice fields still blanket much of the area around Ubud and can easily be reached on foot or bicycle. Do visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Tegallalang (13km) – the rice terraces will simply take your breath away.
- With scores of holistic medicine practitioners now living around Ubud, it is no surprise that so many spas and meditation centers have opened up. In town you will find all types of Eastern and Western therapies.
- A strange, natural phenomenon occurs each evening just north of Ubud in the village of Petulu (6.5km). Thousands of white herons arrive here around 6pm and prepare to roost for the night before flying off again in the morning. The birds first began coming here after a communist massacre in 1965 but no one is sure why they continue to return. Local lore holds that these are the souls of those that were killed. Such a predictable gathering of these large and beautiful birds is a spectacle not to be missed.
- No visit to Ubud is complete without seeing at least one traditional dance performance. Although the performances are very tourist-oriented, this is a great opportunity to see classic Hindu legends being told through dancers in colorful, traditional costumes. Ubud Palace is a popular place providing shows nightly. Or get the staff to arrange your own private dinner and dance at the villa.
- Just 1.5 kilometres from the villa lies one of the most sacred sites in Bali: Goa Gajah. Also known as the Elephant Cave, this Hindu site dates back to the 11th Century and is believed to have been home to Hindu priests. The site is still used for worship by locals so proper dress is required to enter.
- Two other very sacred places – Tirta Empul, the water temple at Tampak Siring and Gunung Kawi, an ancient archaeological temple complex of carved rock, are well worth a visit. Those wishing to bathe in the holy waters at Tirta Empul must dress appropriately (a sarong and sash can be hired on site).
- Kintamani in North Bali is home to Mount Batur and some of Bali’s most dramatic scenery. Mount Batur is an active volcano that regularly smolders and surprises visitors with minor eruptions.
- While Ubud is not the obvious location for a beach holiday, we do recommend a day trip to White Sand Beach just north of Candidasa: a back-in-time place with beautiful sand, rolling waves, and an assortment of beach huts serving traditional beach food cooked over coconut coals. Why not stop off at the Bali Marine Safari Park on the way – a great treat for the kids.
- Finally while you will be hard pressed to beat the cooking of your own private chef, Ubud has some of the best restaurants on the island. Try Mozaic for fine dining, Bebek Bengil for crispy duck, Bridges for a romantic meal overlooking the Campuan River and the Melting Wok for Laotian fare.
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