Nestled within a small village and surrounded by the rice fields of Pererenan, south-west Bali, the four-bedroom Villa Hansa abounds with spirituality, culture and traditions. Built 2007, this eco-friendly riverside property blends contemporary and traditional Balinese styles and is filled with exquisite antique pieces. Interacting with the local community and fully staffed by a welcoming team of ten, Villa Hansa offers a relaxed introduction to Balinese life.
An 18m infinity-edge pool and yoga room offer distractions, while the location is a surfer’s dream, just 300m from one of several excellent surfing beaches along this beautiful coastline. Villa Hansa is also a short drive from Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave.
About Villa Hansa
The American owners’ spiritual leanings and passion for Indonesian culture and surfing is evident throughout this delightful property which is named after Hansa, the swan that transports Saraswati, Goddess of Knowledge.
It’s therefore no coincidence that Villa Hansa is within easy access of a string of some of Bali’s finest surfing beaches; Pererenan Beach is a mere 300m walk away and legendary surfer’s haunt, Echo Beach, ten minutes by car. But for guests who prefer more leisurely, home-based pleasures there’s always the 18m infinity-edge pool, centre-stage of pretty gardens leading down to a river and terraced rice-fields, or the yoga room, which also doubles as a TV / entertainment room.
Spirituality is a recurring element, from the four ensuite bedrooms named after Hindu gods to Tibetan prayer flags and constantly burning incense, chosen for its therapeutic qualities. Manager Asmara is also the villa’s spiritual advisor and expert on Balinese traditions. He is more than happy to impart his wisdom and arrange guest participation in traditional Hindu ceremonies, such as the villa’s monthly full moon blessings or rituals at the village temple.
As avid collectors of Indonesian art and antiques, the owners’ personally sourced Indonesian pieces, including fine old textiles, antique furniture and objects, are tastefully displayed in all rooms. Committed to eco-friendly practices and a healthy lifestyle, food is predominantly local organic, recycling is encouraged and household cleaning materials are biodegradable. Supporting the local community, the villa established the Hansa Foundation, helping fund village children in the arts, sports and environmentally-aware education.
With its positive energy and genuine Balinese hospitality, Villa Hansa offers a relaxed escape, where the extremely friendly staff of ten, as well as three resident dogs, are all part of one big happy family.
Contemporary Balinese style with traditional touches, Villa Hansa comprises a main open-air pavilion with serap (ironwood) roofing, containing the living-dining room, kitchen and adjoining staff quarters. This building looks out over lovely tropical gardens with infinity-edge pool, balé and wooden deck area. Just outside the pavilion, to the left of the kitchen, a stairway leads to the detached yoga room.
Within the gardens and beside the pool, a detached one-storey wing contains bedrooms one and two. Further down on the same side, a double-storey, contemporary designed block contains bedrooms three and four. The pool and bedrooms extend to a lower lawn section and gardens flanking a small river; to the right stands the villa’s shrine.
The villa front entrance is accessed via an outer compound comprising manager’s office and parking area. Through traditional wood doors, stone steps lead down to a Balinese-style pond, filled with lofty lotus blooms and koi fish, surrounded by a moss-engulfed high wall with water feature. This section backs on to the main pavilion and living-dining room.
Living, dining & kitchen
The property’s heart, an open-plan and open-sided living pavilion, is edged at the rear by a stunning water-wall feature which provides a constant soothing backdrop. A lounge area on the right is furnished with two white leather sofas and contrasting antique wood chairs and table, all arranged on warm Borneo-wood flooring; Indonesian artifacts, stone statues and vases of exotic blooms add a decorative touch. From the traditional vaulted ceiling hangs a huge lamp made with Tibetan characters encased in shell pieces – this Tibetan element is a recurring theme throughout Villa Hansa.
The central dining area comprises an expansive table crafted from solid teak wood, seating ten. To the left and on a lower level, the open-plan kitchen is contemporary in style and well equipped; a small guest washroom plus staff quarter’s leads off from here.
Being open to the elements, this pavilion doesn’t have air conditioning, but is kept cool by ceiling fan and natural breezes; bamboo blinds run along the entire front length, which looks out across the garden and pool. In keeping with the spiritual ambiance of the villa, this pavilion is without a TV or DVD player, but an iPod and dock is provided for musical diversion.
Yoga & entertainment room
The stand-alone yoga room is situated behind the kitchen and accessed via a high-walled stone corridor and up a staircase. Sunlight streams into this glass-encased, lofty-ceilinged room which comes tastefully decorated with antique pieces and furniture, including a Javanese carved wood table and Buddhist stone statue. Floors are of polished dark woods, littered with Balinese floor cushions. Continuing the spiritual theme, a striking chandelier-style ceiling lamp features 108 miniature Buddhist characters in individual glass pieces.
Although designed for yoga (several yoga mats are supplied), this multi-functional room also contains the villa’s only TV (29-inch plasma TV with 380 channels), plus DVD / CD player and Bose sound system. DVDs are also provided.
Surrounded by rice fields and picturesque rural scenery, Villa Hansa is situated in Delod Padonan, one of several villages within the sleepy coastal suburb of Pererenan, part of Bali’s Badung District.
This small community offers a predominantly local flavour and opportunities to experience traditional Balinese culture; unlike other villages in the area, there is, as yet, no foreign development here. Hiking through the surrounding rice fields is possible and several naturally beautiful beaches renowned for their surf are within easy access. The nearest beach is Pererenan, at a walkable 300m, while legendary surfing spot, Echo Beach, is ten minutes by car. Bali’s premier sports and leisure club, the Canggu Club, is a 20-minute drive and offers upscale international-standard dining and leisure facilities. Bali’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan enclave, Seminyak, is around 25 minutes’ drive south; crammed with chic boutiques and hip n’ happening bars and restaurants.
- Denpasar Airport: 20km
- Seminyak: 10km
- Tanah Lot/ Nirwana Bali Golf Club: 8km
- Canggu Club: 7km (15 minutes by car 40km/hrs)
- Echo Beach: 5,7km (20 minutes by car 40km/hrs)
- One private swimming pool (18 m x 6 m)
- 4 air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- Baby cots
- Fully staffed
- IDD, Local call, International telephone access, fax machine
- Safety deposit box in each bedroom
- WiFi broadband internet connection (at additional charge-using vouchers)
- Media room featuring TV and satellite connection
- DVD, CD and book collection
- Table tennis
- Yoga room
- Complimentary Guest Membership at The Canggu Club
- Free Airport Pick Up ( Return )
- Security for 24 hours
- Car and driver for up to 8 hours per day (excluding petrol)
|Tax and service||Minimum stay|
|Low Season|| ||US$ 480||All villa rates are subject to a 5,5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax.||2 nights|
|High Season|| ||US$ 590||All villa rates are subject to a 5,5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax.||5 nights|
|Peak Season|| ||US$ 645||All villa rates are subject to a 5,5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax.||7 nights|
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