Nestled between coconut trees and the deserted Indian Ocean beach, Villa Ylang Ylang is the star of the show, an outstanding six-bedroom destination villa. Hidden within a culturally-drenched village along Bali’s south east coast, this contemporary-Asian residence oozes luxury and glamour, with interiors revealing exquisite tastes and sophisticated facilities for discerning guests, including a 15-metre pool, gym and home-theater. The secluded beachfront setting overlooking the Badung Strait, together with the villa’s suitability for yoga, spa and indulgent relaxation, further contribute to a retreat of absolute calm and well-being, adhering to Villa Ylang Ylang’s lifestyle concept of ‘passionate serenity’.
Approached through Saba village, with its idyllic scenery of verdant rice fields and coconut groves, this beachfront property resting on landscaped gardens and facing the Indian Ocean’s crashing surf is a spectacular sight. Contemporary Asian in design and lavishly appointed, the architectural grandeur of this six-bedroom property emphasises majestic dimensions to create an atmosphere of serenity and refinement.
At Villa Ylang Ylang, the pursuit of relaxation is amply catered for with a gym and infrared sauna, a top-notch theatre room and a series of intimate, luxurious outdoor spaces, while epicurean pursuits are more than satisfied by the kitchen, which produces fine dining par excellence.
Built in 2002 and lovingly designed and furnished by its owner, Villa Ylang Ylang hints of Versace and European sophistication: an elegant black and gold theme permeates throughout, while furnishings are fashioned from the finest imported fabrics. Food is served on gold plates, pool towels are by Chanel and several precious glass sculptures by the celebrated Japanese Artist Seiki ornament the villa. Guests have included international celebrities and royalty, discreetly served by the experienced yet charming villa staff.
Villa Ylang Ylang, however, is much, much more than a luxury beachside residence. The villa is named after the fragrant Ylang Ylang flower, renowned for bringing harmony, peace, warmth and passion, and its mantra is ‘passionate serenity’, which is exactly what you will find here. Radiating a positive and rejuvenating energy, Villa Ylang Ylang’s wildly beautiful beachside setting is therapeutic in itself, but add the yoga and spa treatments, health-conscious food and calming chill-out zones and you have a magical retreat. Secluded and peaceful, you may not want to leave this destination villa, but should you venture out you are within easy driving distance of many of Bali’s tourist attractions and natural splendors.
Villa Ylang Ylang rests in the quiet coastal village of Saba, in an area collectively known as Ketewel, within Bali’s eastern Gianyar Regency.
This eastern coastal region is an exceptionally wonderful part of the island – naturally beautiful, amazingly unspoilt and packed with cultural and scenic attractions.
Saba is the quintessianal Balinese village, distinctive with its stretches of emerald rice fields and coconut groves, dotted with a harmonious mix of unobtrusive foreign residences and local dwellings.
Villa Ylang Ylang’s gardens stretch down to Saba Beach, with a reminder Bali is a volcanic island, as its sands are shimmering black. The deserted stretch of beach offers unobstructed panoramas with stunning views across the Badung Strait and Nusa Penida, opposite, one of Bali’s smaller sister islands. And on a clear day, the silhouette of towering volcano, Mount Agung, is visible in the distance. Sunrises are a spectacular treat here, especially over Nusa Penida’s limestone cliffs.
[It’s worth noting that as Bali is also still a developing country, the beach is sometimes at the mercy of external influences and people’s disregard for the environment.]
A tidal river flows between the beach and villa; Peanut River alters its course with every changing season, so access to the beach requires crossing the river half of the year by way of a small boat provided by the villa.
With strong currents directly in front, it’s safer to swim in a protected bay area just five minutes westwards (or head south to the calm waters of nearby Sanur).
The offshore reef here is renowned for its surf breaks, and there’s excellent surfing to be had ten minutes in either direction of the villa: nearby Mascheti Beach has world-class surf breaks and hosts international surfing tournaments.
Saba is famous for its traditional Gamalan music, producing some of the finest Legong dancers on the island; private performances at the villa by young traditional dancing girls can be arranged. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the sea at nearby sacred Pura Segara sea temple; the main temple stands at the entrance to the road leading to Villa Ylang Ylang, where prayer blessings are performed daily.
- Denpasar Airport:29km
- Saba Bay Horse stables:1.5km
- Bali Safari and Marine Park:5km
- Mas craft village:12km
Villa Ylang Ylang has nine key staff, including three senior members, working on an eight- hour shift system. Many of the team have multi-functional roles and have been employed from the start, so come armed with years of experience. With the villa’s illustrious guest list and numerous high-brow events and gatherings hosted here, staff are proficient in service, social and entertainment skills, but still retain their unfailing Balinese charm. Additional staff can be hired for special functions.
- The Menu
With Villa Ylang Ylang’s secluded location, the Villa’s chef is pivotal to guest enjoyment. Fortunately, resident chef Kadek is extremely talented; not only can she produce gourmet local specialties, Asian, European and fusion dishes, but on a fine-dining level you’d expect to find in an up market hotel.
- The System
The kitchen can provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Extensive suggestion menus are available, including vegetarian and children’s, but if alternative options are required, the chef and assistant are flexible and more than happy to discuss. Guests are requested to order at least one day in advance so that staff can provision and prepare in good time.
- Food and Beverage charge
All food and beverage items are charged at cost price, plus an additional 20% service charge. Guests are requested to provide cash in advance; staff will then purchase the goods and keep receipts for reference. Costs are tallied up at the end of the stay, but can be checked on a day-to-day basis if preferred.
During your stay at Villa Ylang Ylang, a car and driver can be arranged at extra cost. In the outer courtyard, ample car parking space is provided for those with their own transport.
Located beachside, with panoramic beach and islands views, extensive flat lawn areas and various outdoor decks and gazebos, Villa Ylang Ylang is ideally suited to hosting events. Dinner parties and gatherings for up to 20 guests can be catered for within the villa at no additional charge and organised in advance with the chef and manager. Larger functions and special events such as weddings, can be accommodated for a maximum of 50 guests. However, a function co-coordinator and external catering and staff is required and additional fees will apply. Management is more than happy to discuss requirements and assist in organising villa events.
- One private swimming pool (15 m x 5 m)
- Six air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Satellite TV, DVD, stereo system with CD players.
- The Studio (cinema room)
- I-Pod docks in each room
- Baby cot (1)
- IDD, Local call, Land line telephone, fax available
- Mini safes in each bedroom
- Broadband internet connection
- DVD and CD library
- Book library
- Gazebo or balé (2)
- BBQ facilities
|Tax and service||Minimum stay|
|Low Season|| ||US$ 895||All rates are subject to 15,5% tax and services||2 nights|
|High Season|| ||US$ 1275||All rates are subject to 15,5% tax and services||5 nights|
|Peak Season|| ||US$ 1525||All rates are subject to 15,5% tax and services||7 nights|
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