Room facilities:Air Conditioning, Bath Tub, Bathroom, DVD, CD Player, Free WIFI, Hairdryer, Hotspots, I-Pod dock, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, Satellite /Channel TV, Shower, Toiletress
Villa Batavia offers five large bedrooms – four with handsome four-poster king-size beds and walk-through wardrobes, a fifth with twin beds. They feature oriental carpets scattered on polished teakwood floors, walls lined with fascinating colonial-era prints and artefacts, and shaded verandas looking over the pool and garden. Balancing the heritage-style interiors are more contemporary touches – mini-bar fridge, safe deposit box, cable TV and DVD player, and Bose iPod dock. There’s air-conditioning throughout and among other comfort-inducing features are top-range mattresses, crisp cotton bed linen, kimonos and slippers.
All the ensuite bathrooms are air-conditioned, with teakwood and non-slip acid-etched marble floors, double basins and separate privacy cubicles for shower and toilet.
The master bedroom suite occupies the entire second level of the master wing, and encompasses a large bedroom, adjoining study room, walk-through wardrobe and dressing area, and palatial ensuite bathroom with statement copper bathtub. A teakwood veranda runs the full length of the suite, with private breakfast and relaxation areas.
Downstairs is a second master suite with veranda opening onto the garden, and a twin bedroom with ensuite – perfect for the kids.
Two more guest bedroom suites in the guest wing offer cool, comfortable interiors enriched with handsome furniture and heritage accents (including a hand-crafted stained glass window) and a shared veranda spilling onto the poolside sun terrace.
Room Type Season Rates / night Min Stay 5 Bedroom Low : USD : 1080++ 3 Nights High :
USD : 1380++ 5 Nights Peak : USD : 1780++ 7 Nights
All rates are nightly, shown in US Dollars and include One return airport transfers.
All villa rates are subject to a 5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax.
Bed size:200 x 200cm Master bedroom
Villa Batavia Seminyak is a fully staffed five-bedroom villa that counts Asia’s grandest heritage hotels as its strongest design influence, whilst including all the hi-tech facilities a twenty-first-century guest demands. A modern-day Somerset Maugham would delight in the generous open living spaces, antiques and artefacts, shaded verandas and breezy 24-hour butler service while relishing the Sonos sound system, iPod docks, home theatre, HD TVs, high-speed WiFi and iMac computer.
Located within the elite Laksmana Villas estate an easy stroll from the beach and Bali’s best restaurants, bars and boutiques, Villa Batavia also accords families and groups of friends a privileged ringside seat for Seminyak’s sophisticated day-into-night scene.
About Villa Batavia
Two words – Raffles Hotel – conjure the romance of luxury travel in the ‘fabled east’ of the 1930s. Eighty years on, two new words – Villa Batavia seminyak – enter the lexicon of luxury travel. This stunning twenty-first century Seminyak villa– named after the pre-independence title for Jakarta – pays homage to Asia’s legendary heritage hotels such as Raffles in Singapore, Majupahat in Java, E&O in Penang and the Hotel le Royal in Cambodia.
Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara to the exacting standards of its Swiss owners, Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors, chequerboard marble vestibules, colonnades, shaded verandas, high ceilings and tall shuttered windows. Throughout the villa, art deco furniture and prized antique pieces stand on polished teakwood floors burnished with oriental carpets. Copper bathtubs, brass fans, Tiffany lamps, rattan pieces and bevelled or stained glass panels deepen the heritage feel. And every surface is a canvas for the owner’s eclectic collection of objets trouvés– framed postcards, maps, letters, engravings and ceramics – that celebrate Indonesia’s rich heritage.
There’s an abundance of more contemporary luxuries too: Sonos music system with a comprehensive music library, Bose speakers, home theatre system, iPod docks and HD TVs in every room, WiFi in every corner – even an iMac computer.
Smartly uniformed staff – unobtrusive yet at-the-ready provide the most refined, round-the-clock butler service: no need to lift a finger (other than perhaps to ring the brass bell provided). An espresso with your morning paper in the bale? Afternoon tea on the veranda served in an heirloom tea service? Sundown cocktails stretched out on an old plantation chair? A gourmet dinner with silver-plated cutlery and the finest white bone china? A post-dinner cognac and cigar at the sea-breeze-cooled bar before retiring to four-poster comfort in your air-conditioned suite?
Day-long, Villa Batavia delivers all the privileges of five-star living yet with the level of attention and privacy you simply can’t experience in a hotel. But while there may be little call to leave, it’s reassuring to know that just beyond the villa walls are Seminyak’s famed surfers beaches and a sublime choice of world-renowned bars, restaurants, boutiques and spas.
Villa Batavia’s generous expanse of living space and elegant bedroom suites are spread over three interconnected pavilions oriented round the pool and garden. Huge teakwood entrance doors open onto the villa’s heart – a large reception room and, above, an open-sided pavilion bar and lounge. A two-level colonnade leads to a guest wing with large living and dining room on the second level and a kitchen and staff service area behind. Downstairs, two guest bedrooms open onto the pool terrace. Across the pool and linked to the reception pavilion by a covered teakwood walkway is the master pavilion with large master bedroom suite on the top level and a second master bedroom and twin guestroom opening onto the garden below.
Villa Batavia’s main living areas are on the second level, positioned for Bali’s famed sunsets, cooling sea breeze and peaceful garden vistas – with clear-day glimpses through the treetops of the island’s distant volcanoes. The principal open-plan living and dining room with the option of air-conditioning or ceiling fans, strikes the perfect balance between formal and informal entertaining space. A grand dining table beneath original Javanese chandeliers is the focus for dinner parties of up to ten guests, prepared in the fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen close by. Elsewhere, burnished leather sofas and chairs cluster round an antique cabinet hiding a huge flat-screen TV and surround-sound home theatre system.
A favourite area is the colonial-inspired open-sided bar and lounge on the second level of the reception pavilion – the perfect spot to retreat with a good book, check emails on the iMac computer, enjoy an afternoon siesta or linger over sunset cocktails.
Below is the formal reception hall – an elegant space opening straight onto the swimming pool where guests are greeted with a fresh juice and frangipani garland. From here, the striking chequerboard floor of black granite and white marble tiles sweeps through the grand colonnaded corridors, according additional intimate seating areas.
By the 18-metre river-inspired swimming pool (with soft-on-skin saltwater system) are several sunbathing terraces with loungers and parasols, and a traditional bale well placed for blissful massages and romantic candle-lit dinners.
Though some of Bali’s best-known restaurants are only a short stroll away, many guests consider Villa Batavia’s excellent dining service more than a match.
For lunch and dinner there’s an imaginative priced menu of Indonesian, Asian and International dishes covering everything from linguini to lobster thermidor, Thai salad to beef tenderloin. Guests also appreciate the realistically priced menu of wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktails. The owners have paid particular attention to the wine list, which includes an impressive selection of fine wines from around the world.
Days get off to a good start with a large complimentary breakfast – choose from a generous menu of local, continental and classic favourites. Afternoon tea is the perfect antidote to a day of sightseeing or shopping, and both tea and Balinese coffee is available on request. The villa’s two seasoned chefs can prepare anything from poolside snacks to gourmet multi-course dinners, will happily tailor dishes to suit special dietary requirement, and are seasoned pros at whipping up a beautifully presented dinner party for up to 20 guests, should you wish to entertain ‘at home’ during your stay. Please discuss your preferences with the chefs every day so the freshest ingredients can be purchased.
- 24 Hours Security
- Air Conditioning
- Airport Transfer
- Baby cots
- Baby Sitter Service
- Bath Tub
- BBQ Equipment
- Car and Bike Hire
- Ceiling Fans
- Chef - Groceries System
- Chef with Menu Style
- Daily Housekeeping Service
- Dining Room
- DVD, CD Player
- Extra Beds
- Free WIFI
- Full Equipped Kitchen
- Fully staffed
- I-Pod dock
- Living Room
- Mosquito Net
- Private Swimming Pool
- Room Service
- Safety Deposit Box
- Satellite /Channel TV
- Seating Area
- Tour and Activities Service
Jun, the full-time villa manager is responsible for the overall operation of the villa, including staffing and guest satisfaction, and is available to assist guests during their stay.
The chefs are highly accomplished in the preparation of both local and international cuisine, and are responsible for all the market shopping, in accordance with the needs and the whims of their guests.
The team of butlers serve meals, snacks and beverages, take care of cleaning and tidying the villa, and help guests with concierge-style information. Butler service is round-the-clock, in four shifts.
24-hour security is provided.
A gardener and pool attendant keep the outdoor areas at Villa Batavia spick and span.
Villa Batavia offers easy access to the mountains and rice terraces on Bali’s western slopes; it is one hour from the famous cultural and artistic town of Ubud, and just five minutes from the start of the Sunset Route, gateway to the eastern side of the island. The nearby Nirwana Bali Golf Course’ designed by Greg Norman was voted the number one golf course in Asia and lies beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot.
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Seminyak Bali is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here.
It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has its downside, and the whole district has become very congested
Seminyak is part of the main west coast conurbation in South Bali and it can get very congested with traffic. There are two main routes in. From Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach and at its western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak. If at all possible try to avoid this road though, and take instead the eastern bypass called Jalan Sunset. This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further in distance.
ACTIVITIES ENJOY RECOMMEND
Bali ATV Tours
The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours bring you to a part of Bali where you still can find old traditions alive. You will drive yourself with a specially designed off road car or 4-wheel motorcycle that copes with all kinds of terrain through an authentic part of Bali, passing rice fields, crossing jungle and driving through some Balinese kampongs (villages).
Bali Adventure Tours
The Elephant Safari Park is one of our favourite places to visit in Bali and their white water rafting is great fun.
Bali Bird Park
The Bali Bird Park is a great day out for everyone, the Bird Park is also a beautiful garden and has a restaurant and you can also see the KOMODO Dragon. Right next door is the Bali Reptile Park also worth a visit as you do get to walk amongst the reptiles (the friendly ones).
Bali Safari & Marine Park
The Bali Safari & Marine Park is another full day of activities. Don’t forget your bathers as beside the restaurant there is also the Fun Zone and Waterpark. A great place for the kids to use up the last of their energy and for adults to cool down and relax after enjoying the Safari Journey.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
The Bali Treetop Adventure Park is a great day out. Located within the Bedugul Botanical Garden it is a great opportunity to experience the cooler climate of Bedugual. While there you can also explore the Bedugul Market (don’t miss out on their delicious strawberries when in season) and the Bedugul Ulun Danu Temple picturesquely set beside Lake Bratan.
Desa Seni is a village resort which you are welcome to visit, enjoy their organic food at their restaurant and cool down by their pool. There are regular Yoga lessons and retreats, so check out their schedule.
Rimba Reptil Park
The Rimba Reptil Park is bigger than it looks and when I visited with my son and Aunt, we were very pleasantly surprised at how much fun and how interesting it was. The rest of the group had decided to relax at the Bird Park restaurant while we took a quick look. Boy did they miss out. I think it has something to do with the warm climate, as I have never seen reptiles as active as these ones and with more than 181 specimens, what was meant to be a quick look turned up to be much longer.
SUP is Stand Up and Paddle. If you have never tried to SUP, well now is your chance, and it’s never too late. Pete has taught young and old.
If you come with kids then it will be unlikely that you won’t be leaving until you have spent a day at Waterbom Bali . Don’t worry, you’ll enjoy it too. The lazy river is good start for everyone, the landscaped gardens are lovely and give opportunities to sit on a sun lounge in the sun or shade. There are good options at the food hall and you can even duck out across the road for a little bit of last minute shopping at the Discovery Mall while the rest of the family have fun.
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Culture and history infoHistory Bali was inhabited around 2000 BC by Austronesian people who migrated originally from Southeast Asia and Oceania through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus closely related to the people of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island's west.
In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD.
The name Bali dwipa ("Bali island") has been discovered from various inscriptions, including the Blanjong pillar inscription written by Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD and mentioning "Withdrawal". It was during this time that the complex irrigation system subak was developed to grow rice. Some religious and cultural traditions still in existence today can be traced back to this period.
The Hindu Majapahit Empire (1293–1520 AD) on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony in 1343. When the empire declined, there was an exodus of intellectuals, artists, priests, and musicians from Java to Bali in the 15th century. At religious festivals on Bali the sculptures get dressed up and umbrellas are placed by the temples.
The first European contact with Bali is thought to have been made in 1585 when a Portuguese ship foundered off the Bukit Peninsula and left a few Portuguese in the service of Dewa Agung. In 1597 the Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman arrived at Bali and, with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, the stage was set for colonial control two and a half centuries later when Dutch control expanded across the Indonesian archipelago throughout the second half of the 19th century. Dutch political and economic control over Bali began in the 1840s on the island's north coast, when the Dutch pitted various distrustful Balinese realms against each other. In the late 1890s, struggles between Balinese kingdoms in the island's south were exploited by the Dutch to increase their control.
Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Balinese cuisine is also distinctive. Balinese percussion orchestra music, known as gamelan, is highly developed and varied. Balinese performing arts often portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana but with heavy Balinese influence. Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong, gong keybar, and kecak (the monkey dance). Bali boasts one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world, with paid performances at thousands of temple festivals, private ceremonies, or public shows.
The Hindu New Year, Nyepi, is celebrated in the spring by a day of silence. On this day everyone stays at home and tourists are encouraged to remain in their hotels. On the day before New Year, large and colourful sculptures of ogoh-ogoh monsters are paraded and finally burned in the evening to drive away evil spirits. Other festivals throughout the year are specified by the Balinese pawukon calendrical system.
Cremation in Ubud
Celebrations are held for many occasions such as a tooth-filing (coming-of-age ritual), cremation or odalan (temple festival). One of the most important concepts that Balinese ceremonies have in common is that of désa kala patra, which refers to how ritual performances must be appropriate in both the specific and general social context
Many of the ceremonial art forms such as wayang kulit and topeng are highly improvisatory, providing flexibility for the performer to adapt the performance to the current situation. Many celebrations call for a loud, boisterous atmosphere with lots of activity and the resulting aesthetic, ramé, is distinctively Balinese. Often two or more gamelan ensembles will be performing well within earshot, and sometimes compete with each other to be heard. Likewise, the audience members talk amongst themselves, get up and walk around, or even cheer on the performance, which adds to the many layers of activity and the liveliness typical of ramé.
Kaja and kelod are the Balinese equivalents of North and South, which refer to ones orientation between the island's largest mountain Gunung Agung (kaja), and the sea (kelod). In addition to spatial orientation, kaja and kelod have the connotation of good and evil; gods and ancestors are believed to live on the mountain whereas demons live in the sea. Buildings such as temples and residential homes are spatially oriented by having the most sacred spaces closest to the mountain and the unclean places nearest to the sea.