Chic, minimalist tropical living in a spacious garden setting
Villa Coco Groove boasts chic, minimalist tropical living in a spacious garden setting. We found the villa to be very peaceful considering it’s situation in a compact residential area, near to Seminyak’s restaurant and shopping districts. The grassed coconut grove and large swimming pool provided an attractive focal point for our days of relaxation and we agreed that the vast gardens (a rarity for villas in this sought-after area), make Coco Groove a great place for functions and parties, or for families with kids who need lots of space to let of steam. Really, this villa is suitable for all age groups and offers exceptional value for money.
The villa is a fabulous blend of old and new. We particularly liked the Sarawak theme in the lounge; the back wall is adorned with baby carriers, masks, parang knives, oars and blowpipes of ethnic groups from the Borneo region, such as the Dayak, Iban and Orang Ulu. You can read all about them in a number of the books found in a small, but eclectic library in the master bedroom. Whilst the TV lounge is functional, the small screen and limited seating engineers it more towards a reading room or study (there are no TVs in the bedrooms either).
We found the staff (total seven) professional, friendly and speak good English. They live out, however hours are flexible depending on your needs, and with three security guards there is always someone on hand. Babysitters and masseurs are available on request at additional charge. The chef excelled in all the meals he prepared for us. You can choose from an extensive suggestion menu and the staff will do the provisioning (a small charge is made to cover petrol). A well-thought-out information book informs you of the day-to-day operations of the villa and recommends day trips which can be arranged by the staff, whilst also giving great advice on local attractions.
There are not many private villas in Seminyak boasting an 18m swimming pool and a coconut grove garden. The feeling of space and tranquillity in the open living areas is a joyful contrast from the busy streets nearby.
The open living areas may get a little wet during the rainy season, as high winds can blow the rain in, however the staff are well practised in managing this problem. Seating in the TV lounge is not the most comfortable and the TV itself is on the small side, but it makes a pleasant change to stay in a residence where the television takes a back seat and interesting coffee table books and artefacts provide stimulus for conversation.
- Sally Rogers R, Australia checked out on 17-May-2013
- Sally Rogers, Australia checked out on 21-May-2012
- SA, Singapore checked out on 05-Jan-2012
- Rachel Mizrachi checked out on 26-May-2011