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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Superb staff

    Serene village setting

    24-hour fine dining

  • Kids will love

    Rainforest view pools

    Unique activities

    Mini massages

  • Don’t expect

    Free WiFi

    Inexpensive dining

    A stroll to the beach


Bali’s Villa Sungai – in Cepaka village – is just a 30-minute drive from Seminyak’s beaches, restaurants and bars, but these two ultra-luxe villas offer five-star service in a tranquil tropical setting. There’s a chauffeur, butler and chef to cater to your family’s needs, round-the-clock dining, bountiful baby kit, toys galore and a kids’ club. Parents will love the private infinity pool under the rainforest canopy, the award-winning spa’s range of global treatments and the freedom to check-in and chill out.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Villa Sungai with us:

A 90-minute spa treatment for each adult guest and a 30-minute massage for each child under 15


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Villa Sungai – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


Two exclusive-hire villas: three-bedroom Villa Sungai and two-bedroom Sungai Gold. Each villa has two interconnecting rooms; if you’re staying with a large family group, both villas can be booked together.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability; late check-out (up to 6pm) is available for 50 per cent of the room rate. If no other guests are checking out, check-in is at any time.


Double rooms from £869.50 (AU$1,495), including tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates include welcome drinks, à la carte breakfast, evening canapés, services of a chef (ingredients cost extra), tea, coffee and bottled water, laundry, 24-hour butler service, concierge, eight-seater vehicle and airport transfers. Children Baby cots and extra beds for under-12s can be added to each suite in Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold for free.


Villas are not wheelchair accessible. You’re unlikely to use prams and buggies – the Villa is within a few steps of the dining area, pool and bar – but if required, obliging staff are on hand to help with any heavy lifting.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Dining area, bar, infinity-edged swimming pools, spa, yoga, gardens, concierge, CD/DVD library, laundry, WiFi throughout (US$30 for the whole stay).

In your room

Flatscreen TV; a DVD library and player; a pre-loaded iPod and dock; a radio; GHD hair straighteners; bathrobes; pandan slippers; Acqua di Parma bath products; a mini fridge; a fully-stocked bar; a kettle with a selection of teas and a cafetiere, and black-out curtains. Sarongs and beach baskets are also supplied for the whole family. 

Our favourite rooms

Sitting under the rainforest canopy, with an infinity pool by the outdoor terrace, Villa Sungai has three spacious bedrooms laid out over one level – decorated in cream hues, wood and slate. The day-beds in the open pavilion convert into an extra bed if needed, and there are four ensuites (some with outdoor showers) with freestanding bath tubs, a separate shower and twin sinks – perfect for family groups. Up to three extra beds or baby cots can also be added to the villa. Up to 10 guests are accommodated when Villa Sungai is combined with Sungai Gold next door – a smaller but no less sumptuous villa – with two bedrooms boasting daintily draped four-posters (extra beds and cots can be added to each) and another sleeping area-cum-bedroom.


The jaw-droppingly attractive unheated infinity-edged pool snakes past the villa’s terrace and the hotel bar, overlooking the natural surroundings. Part of the pool has a shallow ledge for children to play on safely and there are sunloungers close by on the terrace. Staff keep a watchful eye on mini swimmers, but there’s no lifeguard and no railings around the pool. The pool’s open 24 hours a day and inflatables, swimming aids, goggles and high-SPF, water-resistant sunscreen are all supplied; the hotel also has pool netting.


There are two thatch-roofed, bergamot-scented spa rooms – decorated with Balinese prints and sprigs of local flowers – just a few steps from Villa Sungai. Guests can indulge in a range of globally influenced massages, reflexology, unique body scrubs (using white lulur, boreh, avocado or coffee), manicures and pedicures, body wraps and waxing. Children are welcome to join in; mini manicures and pedicures (US$15 each), and gentle 30-minute massages are offered for US$10.


While Mum and Dad are stretching and meditating with the local yoga instructor, little ones can join a less intense session (£28 an hour, for adults and kids). 

Book ahead

Babysitting and nannies must be booked at least 12 hours in advance. The villa’s VIP airport butler service should be booked when you reserve your stay.

Food and drink

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Villa Sungai Hotel – Bali – Indonesia


The Villa’s open-air dining area by the pool is bedecked with Buddha statues and lanterns, under the shade of a thatched roof (with outdoor tables too). Chefs are on call 24 hours a day to whip up fresh Balinese specialities (hotel staff will purchase high-quality ingredients for you that day); the tempting Pan-Asian fine-dining menu changes frequently, depending on what local produce is in season (guests only receive it once their booking is confirmed). A selection of sweet and spicy canapés is served before dinner too.

Family fare

Meals are a carefree communal affair here, and children are welcome in the dining area. The hotel offers a kids’ menu with purées and yoghurts for babies; pasta, spring rolls, sandwiches and soups are offered for older kids, and main meals include local favourites (nasi goreng, jackfruit salad and chicken satay) with some home comforts (pasta, toasties and burgers). Chefs are happy to customise or craft dishes for little ones and staff will eagerly supply highchairs, booster seats, beakers and weaning spoons, or heat milk; with 24 hours’ notice the hotel can offer gluten-free biscuits, desserts, breads and cereals. The mouthwatering à la carte breakfast selection includes smoothies, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, pastries, teas, coffee and a range of hot dishes, including banana crêpes and a Balinese special: black sticky rice with coconut cream and palm-sugar sauce. This is served in an area overlooking the river for those staying in Villa Sungai, by the pool if staying in Sungai Gold, or if both villas are booked guests can eat wherever they like.

Hotel Bar

Sungai bar is relaxed and open-air, serving soft drinks, cocktails and snacks 24 hours a day. There’s a menu of colourful, exquisitely crafted drinks – the signature cocktail infused with lemongrass and kaffir is a must-try – and all manner of spirits, wines and beers to imbibe. Guests can customise the bar with their own duty-free purchases (only mixers are charged) and are given free reign over the music with iPod docks wired to the sound system. Bottled water, Nespresso coffee, TWG teas, peanuts, chips and chocolate biscotti are all offered for free, and mocktails are available for kids.

Last orders

Guests eat whenever they like. Feel like breakfast at 10pm? No problem. A 4pm teatime for tots? Absolutely. Bellinis at breakfast? Well, why not: you’re on holiday after all.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The dining pavilion caters for full-fledged family gatherings, with a table for up to 16 guests; for a more intimate evening, take an outdoor table for two and dine in a frangipani and tuberose-scented pavilion by candlelight.

  • Room service

    Available 24 hours a day, room service is a carte blanche affair – a godsend for those with fussy eaters. If a little one pipes up that they’re feeling peckish, simply summon a butler to provide almost anything you fancy.


    Formula milk, purées and snacks can be ordered at the hotel. Seminyak, a half-hour drive away, has plenty of supermarkets – Supermarket Bintang (+61 (+62 (0)361 730 552) is a well-renowned stocking-up spot.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Villa Sungai – has been selected and approved by parents.


Babysitters and nannies are available for US$5 an hour (a minimum of four hours must be booked); book at least 12 hours in advance.


There’s no baby-listening service. The hotel asks that guests bring their own monitors to ensure they’re in perfect working order, but they can supply them on request. The dining area is attached to the villa so the signal is crystal clear.

Other Services

You can request nappies and wipes, baby oil, speciality foods and milk before arrival to ensure you have all you need waiting for you. Nappies, baby wipes, formula milk, baby food, purées and child-friendly snacks can also be bought at the hotel.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Bottles • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Playpen • Soft toys • Baby gym • Crayons • Board books • Bumbo baby seat

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Buggy • Playpen • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Bicycles with training wheels • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Adjustable basketball hoop

For older children

• Car booster seats • DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Surfboards (can be hired)


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Things to do

Start by dipping into the villa’s private infinity pool (with a shallow ledge for little ones), gazing out over the river, rainforest and the local temple. A sybaritic spa runs the gamut of international treatments from Swedish massages to home-grown Balinese boreh-ball scrubs, and gentle kids’ treatments are on offer too. Yoga classes can be booked for all ages. Children can monkey around in the small outdoor playground and staff can arrange activities in your villa, including kite-making and hair-braiding. There are tropical gardens where little ones can play too.

Sunny days

Biking through the jungle – or trundling about on a tricycle – monkeying about on the mini gym and splashing about in the pool will entertain fidgety little ones while parents relax. Children are encouraged to take an interest in local culture; they can craft floral offerings for nearby temples, try on traditional outfits, watch sacred dances and play gamelan music with the village orchestra. The hotel can organise watersports and a unique range of activities – a 30-minute chauffeured car ride away – including white-water rafting, quad biking through local villages, submarine trips and hot-air balloon rides. For a small fee, families can make use of the waterslide, pools, mini-golf course and tennis courts at the Pan Pacific Resort (a 20-minute drive from the hotel).

Rainy days

Rain is a rare occurrence in this island idyll, but there’s plenty to do if the heavens do open up. A local yoga instructor can be summoned for kids’ and adults’ classes and there’s pampering for parents and smalls in the spa. Books, board games, craft materials and toys (including hardy toddler-tailored toys) can be borrowed from reception and staff will demonstrate Balinese hair-braiding and kite-making in your villa.

And there's more…

Staff can organise an afternoon tea with their own little ones at the hotel, a unique opportunity to learn more about island life. To stock up on fruit and sweets for treating – and to ride on the mini carousel – ask your chauffeur to take you to Mengwi market, a 15-minute drive away.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

If you’re in Seminyak for the sunset, head to the Champlung Bar & Restaurant (+62 (0)361 796 3447) for cocktails and mocktails, pizzas and live music, while sitting on a beachside bean-bag.

Don't miss…

Bali Safari and Marine Park (+62 (0)361 751 300) – a 30-minute drive away in Serongga – offers close encounters of the furred kind, with lions, tigers, zebras, hippopotami and rhinoceri; there are baby-changing facilities at the park and kids' activities.

Villa Sungai is a luxe cocoon you could quite happily ensconce yourself in forever, but with a chauffeured ride ready to take your family wherever you want to go, the surrounding island paradise will entice you away. The Tabanan Regency has dense rainforest, stepped hillside rice paddies and Neolithic-era temples, and the hotel can arrange village tours with guide Made Antara. Each tour is different, but popular sights include primary school visits, religious pageants at Tanah Lot and Lake Bratan temples, the rice fields at Unesco heritage site Jatiluwih and mountainous artisan villages. All meals are included and tours are suitable for children age one and up; a car seat is included.

After intensive sightseeing, you may prefer to see Bali's calmer side. Pack your hotel-provided buckets, spades, sarongs, sunscreen and swimming goggles into your beach bags and head for the southwest coast, where there are four beaches to choose from – the hotel can even supply a bespoke picnic filled with whatever you fancy. Seminyak beach and Kuta beach (both a 30-minute drive away) groove with a glam crowd, but can get busy. Opt for quieter Legian beach, a 40-minute drive away. Here you'll find the Rip Curl School of Surf (+62 (0)361 735 858), which offers low-tide surfing and watersports for over-4s. Petitenget beach (a 30-minute drive away) is less teeming too and you can visit nearby Petitenget Temple.

There are sparse eating options in Cepaka; stay in Seminyak for fabulous beachside dining. Sardine (+62 (0)361 738 202) serves excellent fish dishes – lobster ravioli with lemongrass and pan-roasted mahi mahi with parmesan polenta. If you’ve booked a babysitter, stop into the minimalist beachfront Rock Bar (+62 (0)361 702 222) for delicious alcoholic concoctions. Wacko Burger Café (+62 (0)361 280 1905) has a build-your-own burger bar and table-top puzzles. Alternatively, follow the scent of sizzling pork to Bali’s warungs – petite, hole-in-the-wall joints, where pork ribs come extra sticky, served alongside generous gado-gado salads.

Children aged five to 14 can go eco-adventuring at Green Camp (+62 (0)361 469 875), where they’ll explore the jungle and swim in rock pools. An hour’s drive away (near Ubud) is the Elephant Safari Park (+62 (0)361 898 8888) where pachyderms parade visitors through the forest, and the lakeside Park Restaurant serves pan-Asian fare, while elephants wander into view. To see more critters up close, head to Bali’s Zoo Park (a 40-minute drive to Singapadu), where the intrepid can cuddle up to lion and tiger cubs, snakes and native binturongs. 

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Villa Sungai
Canggu, Bali, 82171
Hotel setting

Temple-toting rainforest

Getting There

Just a 20-minute drive north of stylish central hub Seminyak, Legian and Kuta Beach, Villa Sungai is tucked away in the tranquil traditional village of Cepaka in the Tabanan Regency just inland from Bali's south-west coast. You'll find it hidden between the local temple and the river.


Fly into Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (, just south of capital Denpasar, a 35- to 40-minute drive from Villa Sungai. There are direct flights from London Heathrow or transatlantic flights connect via Shanghai Pudong International Airport ( Flights across the Pacific arrive at Denpasar via Shanghai or Hong Kong International Airport. You can buy a visa on arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash, and the hotel provides chauffeured transfers.


Self-drive isn't the norm for visitors to Bali, and why would you when Sungai's rates include use of the villa's round-the-clock eight-seater chauffered vehicles. The villa is a 35- to 40-minute drive from Seminyak and Denpasar, and an hour’s drive from Ubud or Jimbaran. Expect to see verdant terraced rice fields and lush scenery en route.

Parent travel tip

The friendly and accommodating manager will greet your family at the airport, or you can opt to be met right off the plane by the villa butler, who will breezily waltz your group through Bali’s notoriously frustrating airport processes, eliminating the need for you to queue for customs and visa checks. He'll deliver you and your travel-weary offspring to the villa's cooled vehicle, waiting with chilled bottled water and refreshing hand-towels (or a cheeky glass of champagne for flight-frazzled parents).


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Villa Sungai – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

Surrounded by ancient temples and verdant rainforest, Villa Sungai’s setting is just a scat-singing bear short of The Jungle Book; however, these belle Balinese villas - decked out with gauze-veiled four-posters, a bevy of Buddha statues, comfy day-beds and a serpentine infinity pool – offer far more than the bare necessities. A volley of staff – including chefs, chauffeurs, butlers and babysitters – manifest promptly to cater to your every whim, 24 hours a day, so the only effort you need exert is to stretch your imagination. Want to set up an ice-cream buffet by your infinity pool or stargaze with a midnight feast? All you need to do is ask and staff will shop for the ingredients that day. Craving an in-villa couples’ massage, while the kids learn about Balinese culture? No problem, staff will set up candles and massage tables, as the children tinker with gamelan instruments.

With all baby kit, meals and entertainment taken care of, Bali begs to be explored; et voila, your chauffeur awaits. Marvel at Bali’s colourful underwater life in a submarine, cuddle up to tiger cubs at a nearby wildlife park for some unique souvenir snaps, visit a primary school in manager Made’s village or simply head to the coast for watersports aplenty and sublime sunbathing. To top off a terrific day arrange an early meal for the kids, where they feast on nasi goreng, corn fritters and tropical-fruit purées. To follow, summon the babysitter or turn on your monitor and dine on sophisticated island fare by candlelight – just a few feet from your bed – in the lantern-lit, tuberose-scented dining area. By the time you leave, after days of pampering and being waited on hand and foot, you’ll renounce the bare necessities for a life in the lap of total luxury.

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