Villa Shambala in Seminyak Bali is an eclectic mixture of old and new, borrowed heavily from the traditional wooden joglo houses of Java, but with an injection of Western perfections. The villa showcases the distinctive trapezium-shaped joglo roofs, yet gone are the dark, enclosing wooden walls in favour of floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors. This allows the light to stream into the dwellings, accentuating the honey-hued textures of the recycled teak and the ornate carvings that are the signature of these pieces of living history.
The single-storey, five-bedroom property comprises a main building and a guesthouse arranged at opposite ends of a dramatic swimming pool. The living room and master bedroom each incorporate the hand-carved teakwood core of an antique joglo, while timeworn statues from the eastern isles have been fondly placed in well-lit settings to show them off to their best advantage. Completed in 2010, the owners have since been living in Villa Shambala Seminyak and giving it a ‘test drive’ to make sure all is just right before renting it out as holiday accommodation. They have thought of everything, including the provision of a spa room for guests to enjoy massage and Ayurvedic treatments administered by skilled therapists.
Furthermore, this is a pad that celebrates the kitchen. Instead of being tucked away out of sight – a cordoned-off, lowly space where the cook toils in solitude – the kitchen at Shambala is a place where folks will want to congregate. It has every imaginable egg-flipping gadget one can think of and is actually a delight to cook in, but most guests will probably succumb to the natural talents of the in-house manager/cook, who has created a marvellous suggestion menu, and will do all the grocery shopping (on guest account). She is supported by a friendly and willing team of housekeepers, waiting staff, gardeners and security staff.
Due to its tremendous location and large capacity, extended families and groups of friends will be falling over themselves to book the spacious,stylish and luscious Villa Shambala. They will then be spreading the word, so be quick!