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Bendega Nui

Bendega Nui

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Staying at Bendega Nui is a wonderful way to experience Bali. The neighbouring paddy fields scattered with colourful flags and tinkling bells to scare the birds away from the ripening rice; the crowing cockerels; clear blue skies and amazing sunsets were a delight in themselves, but to enjoy all of this from the luxurious surroundings of this stunning new villa (completed end 2009) was a real privilege. 

The super-comfortable beds (I felt like Alice in Wonderland climbing up onto the deep mattress of the canopied four-poster in our bedroom!), bold colourful fabrics, tasteful pieces of art, impressive sound system and blissful swimming pool were just some of the features that made a very clear statement about how much care and thought Bendega Nui's owners (who regularly stay there themselves) have put into the design and finish of their tropical holiday home. 

In recent years, the Canggu area has sprouted some exciting new venues for drinks and/or dinner – several of which you can walk to from the villa. That said, we felt no desire to eat out after sampling the chef's culinary creations: From roasted vegetable salads, to steak and chips, to chicken curry, cheesecakes and crème brulée – everything was beautifully presented, absolutely delicious, and served with a smile.

Bendega Nui is a peaceful retreat; breezes from the nearby coast kept things cool wherever we chose to relax – and there was no shortage of options, from the hidden deck beyond the pool, to the shady reading pavilion next to one of the pretty ponds, to the bedroom balconies with their lovely views. And what better way to round off the day than with a glass of wine and a good movie on the big-screen plasma TV, or a social game of pool over a couple of beers – listening to whatever takes your fancy from the vast selection on the Sonos sound system (or bring your own – iPod docks in every bedroom). We felt that Bendega has something to please everyone in the family and would also make a great place for a group of friends to get together for a holiday, as well as (especially if you rent the one-bedroom suite and three-bedroom Bendega Rato next door) an exceptional and truly memorable wedding venue.

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From $850 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 8.7
Guest Rating 8.9

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Bendega Nui

Bendega Nui

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Staying at Bendega Nui is a wonderful way to experience Bali. The neighbouring paddy fields scattered with colourful flags and tinkling bells to scare the birds away from the ripening rice; the crowing cockerels; clear blue skies and amazing sunsets were a delight in themselves, but to enjoy all of this from the luxurious surroundings of this stunning new villa (completed end 2009) was a real privilege. 

The super-comfortable beds (I felt like Alice in Wonderland climbing up onto the deep mattress of the canopied four-poster in our bedroom!), bold colourful fabrics, tasteful pieces of art, impressive sound system and blissful swimming pool were just some of the features that made a very clear statement about how much care and thought Bendega Nui's owners (who regularly stay there themselves) have put into the design and finish of their tropical holiday home. 

In recent years, the Canggu area has sprouted some exciting new venues for drinks and/or dinner – several of which you can walk to from the villa. That said, we felt no desire to eat out after sampling the chef's culinary creations: From roasted vegetable salads, to steak and chips, to chicken curry, cheesecakes and crème brulée – everything was beautifully presented, absolutely delicious, and served with a smile.

Bendega Nui is a peaceful retreat; breezes from the nearby coast kept things cool wherever we chose to relax – and there was no shortage of options, from the hidden deck beyond the pool, to the shady reading pavilion next to one of the pretty ponds, to the bedroom balconies with their lovely views. And what better way to round off the day than with a glass of wine and a good movie on the big-screen plasma TV, or a social game of pool over a couple of beers – listening to whatever takes your fancy from the vast selection on the Sonos sound system (or bring your own – iPod docks in every bedroom). We felt that Bendega has something to please everyone in the family and would also make a great place for a group of friends to get together for a holiday, as well as (especially if you rent the one-bedroom suite and three-bedroom Bendega Rato next door) an exceptional and truly memorable wedding venue.

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Villa Cemara

Villa Cemara

Indonesia » Bali » East Coast » Sanur-Ketewel

Wow…from private pool to shallow sea in five paces?  We’ve been lucky enough to stay in quite a few beachfront villas, but none have been as close as Villa Cemara!  We were amazed when we first walked through its unassuming entrance and into the enormous living pavilion; the view was so attention-grabbing that we hardly noticed the cold towel and freshly squeezed orange juice that were pressed into our hands in welcome.  When we eventually dragged our eyes away from the vista, Pande showed us around the place.  We loved that the bedroom suites were all named after tropical flowers found in the garden.  And the Australian owner’s taste was evident in the exquisite Indonesian furnishings, artefacts and art; gosh, is that really an original Arie Smit painting?  Surely that can’t be a real Hoffker?  And I felt an acquisitive flash for that fabulously gilded door framing a mythical garuda. The first question was where to relax. The pond bale? The living pavilion daybed? The poolside sun-lounger?  The pool was just too inviting, and after a refreshing dip, we slipped through the gate onto the golden sand for a leisurely sunset walk, returning to find a tasty dinner waiting for us.  (We found the staff to be very friendly and obliging, and appreciated that they knew when to disappear.  Two of them share cooking duties, and there’s an extensive suggestion menu of Balinese, Indonesian and western dishes … plus one of the cooks is dab hand at Mexican cuisine.)  This is a fantastic fair-share villa for couples or a group of friends; it’s very family-friendly too.  Though the master pavilion is gorgeous, we don’t think anyone would be upset not to get it; in fact we chose to stay in the guest bedrooms instead, preferring their scale and light.  The villa is great for those who want to relax and recharge their batteries, but the more energetic can go jogging or cycling along the promenade, or head to the water-sports centre for a spot of kite-surfing or sailing.  We thoroughly enjoyed our it-can’t-possibly-be-a-once-in-a-lifetime Cemara experience, and were not at all surprised to learn from the villa manager that well over 90% of guests return.  That’s now sure to include us too.
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From $1,290 ++

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 10

Our
Rating 8.5

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Indisch

Indisch

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Ahangama

We loved Indisch’s setting on a sweeping curve of coastline; the ocean panorama made all the more interesting by the waves crashing onto rocks just offshore.  Indisch is incredibly spacious, and with plenty of places to enjoy privacy it’s ideal for a couple of families, friends travelling together or even for big family reunions.  There’s a wide veranda to the front (with sun screens that are very effective at reducing glare without blocking the garden and sea from view) where we dined most of the time or sat quietly and read.  We liked that there’s a music system built into the living areas (although it doesn’t connect with an iPod), and the TV in the study is a good distraction for kids – and us, on a rainy day.  Run with the efficiency of a hotel, Indisch has a big attentive staff team and an excellent chef who dazzled us with his repertoire of dishes – Sri Lankan and international.  The kitchen is principally the domain of the staff but parents needing to prepare children’s or babies’ meals are welcome to use it on request.

Indisch is 30 minutes’ from Galle’s dining scene, but the villa food is so good that this doesn’t matter. This slightly away-from-it-all location might be just what many people are looking for.

The villa has a vintage Mercedes which can be used to take guests on nostalgic rides through the neighbourhood (recommended), and there is also a van at the villa which can be made available to guests (charges apply).

We’ve stayed in lots of villas over the years, and it’s fair to say that Indisch is one of the most immaculately presented and staffed in Sri Lanka.  On our recent visit, we were impressed by how well the villa has been maintained - it still looks new, and the dedicated staff team seemed to be constantly cleaning.  We visited as a big group and the excellent chef managed to pull off a spectacular dinner every night – we requested Sri Lankan food most of the time, and he managed to make every meal different.  The villa’s garden has matured beautifully and forms a natural screen from the beach, ensuring privacy.
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From $2,500

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 8-10*

Our
Rating 8.6

Infinity Blue Phuket

Infinity Blue Phuket

Thailand » Phuket » Natai Beach

On a beach that’s home to some very large villas, Infinity Blue is a more modest Natai escape, but for our family’s holiday requirements – sun, sand, sea and swims – it was the perfect choice. Khun Sao, the full-time housekeeper, greeted us warmly on arrival and we quickly settled in for an afternoon of drifting down to the beach to cool our feet in the sea before retreating for a lazy read on the shaded terrace while watching the kids splash around in the pool. 

As the villa’s name suggests, the views are endlessly blue and mesmerising and we made sure to have all our meals alfresco on the terrace so we wouldn’t miss a minute of the changing colours as the sun dipped towards the horizon. There’s no in-villa chef included but this didn’t hinder us from eating very well during our stay! On our first evening, Khun Sao arranged for delivery of a selection of Thai dishes from a nearby restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised when she also thoughtfully presented and served the meal, which was delicious. (Especially the tom yam.)

We also enjoyed the chance to get out and explore some of the dining spots in the area. We can recommend the Aleenta resort restaurant and Baba Beach Club – both are set along the beach just a short stroll away from the villa. And we also enjoyed a more rustic lunch at a beachfront place about five kilometres to north called Rabiang Lay, where we sat under thatch roofed huts gorging on tasty soft-shell crab curry. Paradise found! 

Khun Sao is friendly and eager to please, although her English skills are a bit limited. We were able to communicate well enough on our visit, but were reassured to know we could call the villa manager in case we did need more assistance. Overall, Infinity Blue is a fine family escape that’s quietly elegant and comfy – with those priceless views. With its four bedrooms set in two separate pavilions it’s especially well-suited for extended families or a group of friends.
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From $400 ++ Special 2br Rate

Bedrooms 4

Sleeps 4

Our
Rating 8.2

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Infinity Blue Phuket

Infinity Blue Phuket

Thailand » Phuket » Natai Beach

On a beach that’s home to some very large villas, Infinity Blue is a more modest Natai escape, but for our family’s holiday requirements – sun, sand, sea and swims – it was the perfect choice. Khun Sao, the full-time housekeeper, greeted us warmly on arrival and we quickly settled in for an afternoon of drifting down to the beach to cool our feet in the sea before retreating for a lazy read on the shaded terrace while watching the kids splash around in the pool. 

As the villa’s name suggests, the views are endlessly blue and mesmerising and we made sure to have all our meals alfresco on the terrace so we wouldn’t miss a minute of the changing colours as the sun dipped towards the horizon. There’s no in-villa chef included but this didn’t hinder us from eating very well during our stay! On our first evening, Khun Sao arranged for delivery of a selection of Thai dishes from a nearby restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised when she also thoughtfully presented and served the meal, which was delicious. (Especially the tom yam.)

We also enjoyed the chance to get out and explore some of the dining spots in the area. We can recommend the Aleenta resort restaurant and Baba Beach Club – both are set along the beach just a short stroll away from the villa. And we also enjoyed a more rustic lunch at a beachfront place about five kilometres to north called Rabiang Lay, where we sat under thatch roofed huts gorging on tasty soft-shell crab curry. Paradise found! 

Khun Sao is friendly and eager to please, although her English skills are a bit limited. We were able to communicate well enough on our visit, but were reassured to know we could call the villa manager in case we did need more assistance. Overall, Infinity Blue is a fine family escape that’s quietly elegant and comfy – with those priceless views. With its four bedrooms set in two separate pavilions it’s especially well-suited for extended families or a group of friends.
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From $550 ++ Special 3br Rate

Bedrooms 4

Sleeps 6

Our
Rating 8.2

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Infinity Blue Phuket

Infinity Blue Phuket

Thailand » Phuket » Natai Beach

On a beach that’s home to some very large villas, Infinity Blue is a more modest Natai escape, but for our family’s holiday requirements – sun, sand, sea and swims – it was the perfect choice. Khun Sao, the full-time housekeeper, greeted us warmly on arrival and we quickly settled in for an afternoon of drifting down to the beach to cool our feet in the sea before retreating for a lazy read on the shaded terrace while watching the kids splash around in the pool. 

As the villa’s name suggests, the views are endlessly blue and mesmerising and we made sure to have all our meals alfresco on the terrace so we wouldn’t miss a minute of the changing colours as the sun dipped towards the horizon. There’s no in-villa chef included but this didn’t hinder us from eating very well during our stay! On our first evening, Khun Sao arranged for delivery of a selection of Thai dishes from a nearby restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised when she also thoughtfully presented and served the meal, which was delicious. (Especially the tom yam.)

We also enjoyed the chance to get out and explore some of the dining spots in the area. We can recommend the Aleenta resort restaurant and Baba Beach Club – both are set along the beach just a short stroll away from the villa. And we also enjoyed a more rustic lunch at a beachfront place about five kilometres to north called Rabiang Lay, where we sat under thatch roofed huts gorging on tasty soft-shell crab curry. Paradise found! 

Khun Sao is friendly and eager to please, although her English skills are a bit limited. We were able to communicate well enough on our visit, but were reassured to know we could call the villa manager in case we did need more assistance. Overall, Infinity Blue is a fine family escape that’s quietly elegant and comfy – with those priceless views. With its four bedrooms set in two separate pavilions it’s especially well-suited for extended families or a group of friends.
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From $650 ++

Bedrooms 4

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 8.2

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Villa Kemala

Villa Kemala

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

First impressions are always important and we received quite a welcome at Villa Kemala, with canapés and passion fruit juice enjoyed on the beautiful hanging terrace. Once we had settled in we were served cappuccino, homemade cakes and excellent, buttery cookies – quite a treat after a long journey.

Only completed a month before our stay (November 2012) we were lucky enough to be amongst the first guests to enjoy the pristine, sparkling newness of Villa Kemala. Rich in details, it’s clear that an enormous amount of time, energy and thought has gone into creating this elegant and luxurious haven. No corners have been cut, fittings are the sleekest, linens are the finest, artwork is stylish, iPod docks are in every room, and artefacts have been thoughtfully placed to avoid any sense of clutter. Gorgeous furnishings include sleek mosquito nets and throws in the upstairs bedrooms, and we were impressed by the small but carefully chosen selection of books and board games.

Villa Kemala seems to have all the bases covered, a peaceful and picturesque setting not far from the beach, stunning pool area and gardens, plus a spa balé for the girls and a pool room for the boys. The staff are fabulous, and took very good care of us without intruding on our space.

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From $495 ++ Special 3br Rate

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 6

Our
Rating 8.4
Guest Rating 9.6

Villa Kemala

Villa Kemala

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

First impressions are always important and we received quite a welcome at Villa Kemala, with canapés and passion fruit juice enjoyed on the beautiful hanging terrace. Once we had settled in we were served cappuccino, homemade cakes and excellent, buttery cookies – quite a treat after a long journey.

Only completed a month before our stay (November 2012) we were lucky enough to be amongst the first guests to enjoy the pristine, sparkling newness of Villa Kemala. Rich in details, it’s clear that an enormous amount of time, energy and thought has gone into creating this elegant and luxurious haven. No corners have been cut, fittings are the sleekest, linens are the finest, artwork is stylish, iPod docks are in every room, and artefacts have been thoughtfully placed to avoid any sense of clutter. Gorgeous furnishings include sleek mosquito nets and throws in the upstairs bedrooms, and we were impressed by the small but carefully chosen selection of books and board games.

Villa Kemala seems to have all the bases covered, a peaceful and picturesque setting not far from the beach, stunning pool area and gardens, plus a spa balé for the girls and a pool room for the boys. The staff are fabulous, and took very good care of us without intruding on our space.

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From $590 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 8.4
Guest Rating 9.6

Villa Kemala

Villa Kemala

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

First impressions are always important and we received quite a welcome at Villa Kemala, with canapés and passion fruit juice enjoyed on the beautiful hanging terrace. Once we had settled in we were served cappuccino, homemade cakes and excellent, buttery cookies – quite a treat after a long journey.

Only completed a month before our stay (November 2012) we were lucky enough to be amongst the first guests to enjoy the pristine, sparkling newness of Villa Kemala. Rich in details, it’s clear that an enormous amount of time, energy and thought has gone into creating this elegant and luxurious haven. No corners have been cut, fittings are the sleekest, linens are the finest, artwork is stylish, iPod docks are in every room, and artefacts have been thoughtfully placed to avoid any sense of clutter. Gorgeous furnishings include sleek mosquito nets and throws in the upstairs bedrooms, and we were impressed by the small but carefully chosen selection of books and board games.

Villa Kemala seems to have all the bases covered, a peaceful and picturesque setting not far from the beach, stunning pool area and gardens, plus a spa balé for the girls and a pool room for the boys. The staff are fabulous, and took very good care of us without intruding on our space.

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