Chic, minimalist tropical living in a spacious garden setting
Villa Coco Groove boasts chic, minimalist tropical living in a spacious garden setting. It is quiet considering it is situated in a compact residential area, near to the restaurant and shopping districts. The grassed coconut grove and large swimming pool provide a beautiful focal point from all areas of the property, along with the lotus pond, elegant bamboo bale, and mango and frangipani trees. The vastness of the site is a rarity for villas in this sought-after area, which makes it a great place for functions and parties, or a pleasant residence for a family holiday or a romantic break. It is suitable for all age groups and is exceptional value for money.
The minimalist design is accented by beautiful pieces of antique furniture, traditional carvings, interesting ornaments and works of art; 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 cultured library in the master bedroom.
The outdoor areas, with the splendid 18m x 4m lap pool are perfect for lounging and entertaining, whilst the bedrooms are all extremely comfortable and well decorated with interesting pieces of furniture and ornaments. The bathrooms, all open air are chic with their wood deck flooring and pebbled walls – a great tropical experience. Whilst the indoor lounge is functional, the small TV 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 eight) 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 in advance and the staff will do the provisioning and bring you receipts and change (a small crage is made per trip). 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.
Staying in a superbly designed and furnished villa with spacious garden areas in downtown Seminyak is a luxury. Certainly there are not many private villas in this area boasting an 18m swimming pool and substantial coconut grove. The feeling of space and tranquillity in the open living areas is a joyful contrast from the busy streets nearby. It is also pleasant to stay in a residence where the television is far from the focal point, where interesting coffee table books and collections of artefacts provide stimulus for conversation. This may not suit everyone and there is a solitary (and rather small) TV with a DVD player and satellite channels should you need to entertain the kids in the lounge or check the news.
At the time of review (August 2009) there was a building project underway in the next-door-but-one plot which created a little noise pollution, but was not too intrusive as it does not overlook the villa. It is quite normal to find yourself near a construction site in Bali as there is so much development at present, the good news for Villa Coco Groove is that once this development is finished most of the surrounding land will already have been built on so there will be no further disturbances. The other things that are common to outdoor areas in Bali are mosquitoes and the occasional bat that circles the grove at night. The bats are small and harmless, whilst the staff spray the rooms with mosquito repellent and put coils around the outside living areas at night. 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 to ensure the concrete floors don’t become too slippery and you can also dine in the lounge. There is WiFi internet available all over the villa, although it is chargeable.
- 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