Villa Windu Sari – the name is loosely translated as ‘a beautiful place in time’ – is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Petitenget on Bali’s southwest coast. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Glenn Parker, with interiors by Dean Kempnich and landscaping by Anto Kusnanto, the four-bedroom villa is characterized by an abundance of teakwood and marble.
It is comprised of two shingle-roof pavilions housing a magnificent open-sided living and dining area, a cosy media room, an entertainment terrace, a gym, four bedrooms on two levels, a kitchen and a service area. The property is set within a delightful walled garden complete with a feature swimming pool, and nestled within a safe and secure private estate, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and a whole host of world-class restaurants. It is ideal for families with older children.
Living & Dining Pavilion
The spacious Living & Dining Pavilion is characterized by a soaring roof, splendid honey-coloured teakwood paneling, a creamy-coloured Indian stone wall and a polished marble floor. Open on three sides, it is cooled by gentle breezes and ceiling fans and dramatically lit by pendulous copper lanterns. The solid teak dining table boasts five stage banquet extensions enabling it to accommodate up to 20 guests. The living area is furnished with comfortable sofas and ottomans complemented by a glass coffee table with hidden lighting that creates a soft glow at night.
A Sonos digital music system, with many thousand sound tracks sorted into a wide variety of genres, can be controlled remotely from anywhere within the Living & Dining Pavilion, the garden or the poolside ‘bale’ Pavilion.
A marble staircase leads from the main Living & Dining area up to the Media Room. Elegantly furnished with deeply-cushioned upholstered armchairs and a long sofa, standard lamps, a large floor rug and a built-in desk that hugs the wall, this is a great place to escape and chill out in air-conditioned comfort. Wide windows overlook the pool and curtains and timber blinds can be drawn to create a cosy ambience.
The Media Room is well equipped with a 50” plasma screen, cable-channel TV, a DVD player and a state of the art Yamaha theatre sound system. It includes a dual microphone karaoke system, as well as a computer allowing internet access.
The open-air, rooftop Entertainment Terrace presents a great space for sunset cocktails. It is positioned on the same level as the Media Room and is furnished with outdoor sofas and twin solid wood tables.
The timber-clad Gym has a mirrored wall and is fitted with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. It is well equipped with a fridge, iPod-controlled sound system, TV, cross-trainer, treadmill, weights and mats.
The four bedrooms are situated in a self-contained two-storey ‘Sleeping Pavilion’ positioned at one end of the swimming pool. Each bedroom features sliding glass doors with teakwood shutters, a timber veneer floor and handmade coffered timber ceilings. Each is equipped with wardrobes, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, a 32” TV with cable channels and an iPod docking station, complete with radio and quality speakers. Desks, chairs and reading lights are provided for the comfort of the guests. Jim Thompson silk feature fabrics make up the richly coloured cushion covers and the yielding wall panels behind the beds.
Located upstairs, the Master Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed complemented by soft fabrics and cushions. Shag-pile rugs rest on the floor and a custom-built desk runs the length of the wall. An air-conditioned dressing area presents a twin vanity unit with ‘his & hers’ washbasins. Sliding doors open into the marble bathroom where glassless windows with wooden louvre shutters allow the cool breezes to permeate. The bathroom is equipped with a toilet, raindrop shower and a bathtub.
The other upstairs bedroom is air-conditioned, presided over by a king-size bed complemented by soft furnishings themed in shades of red. An in-built daybed, located under a window opening onto the rear garden, provides a nice nook for reading in comfort. The en-suite bathroom has timber louvre shutters to allow the cool breezes to enter and afford a wonderful view of the neighboring rice field, giving guests a privileged insight to rural Balinese life. The bathroom, fashioned in coffee and cream marble is equipped with washbasin, lighted mirror, toilet, raindrop shower and a bathtub.
The upstairs teakwood balcony has a gorgeous rice field view. The balcony runs the length of the two bedrooms and is furnished with two built-in daybeds, making it a lovely spot to relax with a book.
One of the bedrooms, located on ground level, is furnished with twin beds that can be converted into a king-size bed if required. The outdoor en-suite bathroom, fashioned in coffee and cream marble, is spacious and light. It is accessible from the bedroom through sliding glass doors with wooden timber blinds. The toilet and vanity unit with washbasin is located undercover, while an adjoining private garden planted with giant taro presents a bathtub and a raindrop shower open to the sky yet sheltered from the elements by the overhanging roof. Hanging blinds can also be lowered to provide additional protection.
The other downstairs guestroom is furnished with a king-size bed harmonized with Jim Thompson fabrics themed in shades of blue and brown. Glass doors slide open to reveal an air-conditioned dressing room with well-lit mirrors, a make-up table and a circular ottoman. Latticed sliding doors, reminiscent of the rice-paper shoji screens of traditional Japanese architecture, lead into the marble bathroom, which extends into a private garden and is fitted with a toilet, washbasin and twin raindrop showers.
Kitchen & Service Area
The service area runs behind the Living and Dining Pavilion and includes the villa manager’s office, laundry with washer and dryer, and a fully equipped kitchen fitted with Smeg appliances including a steam and convection oven.
Garden & Pool
Villa Windu Sari is securely located within a small private estate, the entrance of which is monitored 24 hours a day by a professional security team. With a garage and an adjacent night security hut outside the front entrance, the villa is entered via a pivot door positioned within a traditional Balinese gateway.
The neat walled garden integrates a sparkling, deep blue 13.5 x 4.5 meter lap pool complete with a timber deck. The depth of the pool ranges from 1.5 metres to 2.2 metres; it is accessed by wide steps and flanked by an impressive pandanas tree.
A large ‘bale’ open-sided relaxation pavilion and a Himalayan-stone water cascade are located poolside, and the deck is furnished with sun-beds and umbrella. A pool shower is provided for guest convenience.
There is a built-in 5-burner gas barbeque in a specially allocated area of the garden, creating an alternative dining or party option. Flat velvety lawns are bordered by an eclectic selection of tropical plants, flowering shrubs and trees including palms, mini hibiscus, stag horn ferns and orchids.
At night the garden and pool take on a different and special persona, due to clever recessed lighting designed and provided by Light-Com under the direction of Paul Turner.
Villa Windu Sari rests within Seminyak’s ‘Golden Triangle’ – a safe, up-market neighbourhood that is home to some of the classiest properties on the island. The location is close to the prestigious Oberoi and Legian Hotels, and convenient for all of Bali’s main shops, malls and tourist attractions, in addition to a plenitude of sumptuous spas, chic lounges and vibrant nightspots. Furthermore, the villa is only 20 minutes’ drive from Bali’s international airport.
The Villa is just a short stroll from the sweeping Petitenget Beach, which is well-known for its surf breaks, panoramic coastline views and picture-perfect sunsets. A wide choice of world-renowned, fine dining restaurants, including the famous Ku Dé Ta, Hu’u, Living Room, La Lucciola, Breeze at The Samaya, and Blossom at Sentosa, are all less than a kilometer away, and the area also boasts a growing number of designer boutiques. Nearby places of interest include one of Bali’s most sacred Hindu temples, Pura Petitenget, the fourth largest temple in Bali, where some of the most spectacular Balinese ceremonies may often be witnessed.
The location of Villa Windu Sari offers easy access up to the mountains and rice terraces on the western slopes; it is less than an 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 1 golf course in Asia and lies beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot. For horse lovers, the ‘Umalas Equestrian Centre’ is just a few kilometers away, while tennis and squash amenities are available at a number of the hotels.