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.
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.
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).
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.