Unique stone and thatch villa on fringes of Seminyak
You wouldn't expect to find peace and seclusion so close to Seminyak, but apart from a little traffic noise, our entire stay at Rumah Batu proved wonderfully undisturbed. Even though the town was in the throes of Melasti, a major Balinese festival that took place on the day of our arrival, it was easy to pop in and out to watch the street parades and ceremonies. As soon as we closed the wooden doors we were in our own world; though reminded of our location by the gentle aroma of the thatched roofs. The bedroom and bathroom configuration in the main pavilion took a little getting used to, but once we worked out suitable routes and routines we soon settled in and began to appreciate the villa's space and unique design. We definitely preferred the rear section overlooking the garden. The thatched pavilion is cool and comfortable and the garden atmosphere much more serene and Balinese than the pool courtyard. The staff, though not live-in, were always available, with an English speaking manger on call to give advice and make tour bookings. . Every evening was a different culinary adventure as we headed into Seminyak to try out one of a multitude of restaurants offering just about every type of cuisine on the planet.
A peaceful, almost spiritual atmosphere pervades in the main living pavilion thanks to the traditional architecture and generous garden that extends from the rear of the property. The pool deck and courtyard comes into its own in the late afternoon when the sun is less powerful and you can spend a pleasant couple of hours messing about in the water before mixing your sunset cocktails and retiring to the huge sofa in the poolside gazebo to make plans for a pleasant dinner excursion.
Proximity to the road means some traffic noise when you're lying by the pool or sleeping in the courtyard-facing bedrooms, but the whole space is walled off, which ensures privacy. Access between the courtyard and living space is easiest around the side of the main building; small doors and a low ceiling in the reception that fronts the main pavilion may worry taller folk, but once you move into the living area proper the high roofs create a much more spacious environment.