A mix of modern comfort with heritage home…
Villa Umalas is a private paradise with a huge garden in which antique Javanese Joglo’s are scattered around, providing its guests with an authentic Indonesian holiday home, surrounded by Bali’s original habitat of endless rolling rice terraces and high swaying palm trees. Being surrounded by such untouched natural beauty while lounging in the soulful wooden Joglo, decorated with vintage artefacts and traditional artwork, you will feel miles and miles away from the madding crowds of Seminyak but actually, it is just a short drive away. This gives great opportunities for a day of shopping, wining and dining and surfing or clubbing at Seminyak’s lively beaches with happening beach bars while inside the villa, you will enjoy complete tranquillity. There is also a small short cut road which takes you from Umalas Village through to Berewa and Canggu making this location ideal to enjoy the best of all areas.
The Villa welcomes you in its expansive tropical garden, bordered by rice paddies. In the heart of the estate sparkles the stunning infinity pool where you can swim laps while gazing at the enchanting rice field view. On the pool-side timber deck there are comfy leaf-shaped sun-loungers for those wanting to tan or doze off to the sounds of nature as the kids run around freely on the manicured lawn, kicking a ball. There are lots of communal hang-out spots, such as the alfresco dining table or the BBQ pavilion for garden feasts and there are also cosy corners for reading a book and enjoying some peace and quiet.
The living pavilion is tucked in a huge antique Joglo descending from Java island. This majestic structure is designed open to both sides of the garden to maximize the view over the infinity pool and the rice paddies. The interior design breathes elegance and sophistication with a perfect mixture of Colonial antiques, traditional artwork and tropical charm. Share a bottle of chilled wine on the breezy veranda with some home-cooked snacks or curl up together on the sofa lounge in the centre of the villa’s communal hub, you will be sure of quality time with your loved ones.
All of the bedrooms are designed with teak wooden furniture and romantic canopied king-size beds for a perfect night sleep. The rooms also feature modern amenities such as AC, a TV with DVD-player and a CD player and the en-suite bathrooms are luxurious, boasting bathtubs and relaxing showers of which some are in the open-air for another wonderful tropical experience. There are four air-conditioned bedrooms located in the main house, and two more which are free standing in the garden. In addition, there is also a garden bungalow. The four bedrooms in the main house can all be enclosed together, making it a popular choice for families with younger children.
A painting of a Chinese Emperor hangs above the king size bed of the first bedroom on the first floor. The billowing mosquito net are suspended from the high wooden beam ceilings and gently rest on the timber floors. From the tiled veranda, you can sit back and relax in the wooden sofa while enjoying the views of the garden and swimming pool. Stepping into the semi-outdoor en-suite bathroom will feel like you’ve travelled all the way to Morocco with its tadelakt style shower and walls, concrete basin and bathtub. There is ample storage space with all the built in shelves and a safety deposit box.
The second bedroom, also on the first floor, is located in the front of the main house. The four-poster king size bed is enveloped inside the over-sized mosquito net. You can admire the view of the lush front garden from the room’s own private terrace or retire inside the room in the cozy built-in alcove with soft white cushions. Without a doubt, the highlight of this bedroom is the majestic en-suite bathroom with its sunken concrete shower surrounded with antique hand-carved wooden panels and lanterns.
The painting of an elegant Balinese dancer watches over you in the third bedroom located upstairs on the second floor. A luxurious wooden king sized bed wrapped with floating muslin drapes to ensure a restful sleep. The orange tones of the reading lamps and ikat cushions reflect the bright orange bathroom walls. After a calming bath, you can sit and unwind on your private balcony with garden views.
White walls, high wooden beam ceiling, french windows, Asian influenced art and wooden furniture are no exception to this fourth upstairs bedroom. Pick a book from the built-in bookcase to read on your private balcony while admiring the view of the swaying trees in the front garden of the property. The plum colored cement walls of the en-suite bathroom combined with a 1930’s tub and octagonal washbasin create a retro-romantic atmosphere.
At the entrance of the property, facing the main house and next to a lotus pond, is a detached guest bungalow with its own private terrace furnished with antique daybeds and a Javanese marriage bed. Inside you’ll find a four poster king size bed hidden underneath a billowing mosquito net, a writing desk and a semicircular niche built in the wall covered with white cushions. The semi-outdoor en-suite bathroom is Moroccan inspired with its intricately stone carved windows and alcove shower. Take a relaxing bath in the freestanding bathtub whilst enjoying the views of your own private garden.
Despite its more rustic feel, the antique Javanese house, at the end of the garden in the back of the main house, has the same modern comforts, such as AC, flat screen TV, DVD player, like the other rooms. Enjoy the balmy evenings sitting from your own private veranda with paddy fields and garden views. Then prepare a soothing bath before turning in for the night in your mosquito-netted king sized bed.
The heart and hub of the property is the open living area looking out over the pool, the gardens and the rice fields beyond. Located in the main joglo house it is split into 3 levels. The first level is just after the entrance hall and feels like you’ve entered the study of Indiana Jones, complete with vintage leather chairs, antique study desk and stone faced statues that look like they came straight out of Easter Island. Go down three steps to find a large white sofa with four matching armchairs and two low wooden coffee tables. And right next to it is an L shaped built in sofa bench with red cushions. The folding glass doors open to a tiled veranda where you can admire the view of the pool and the lush tropical garden from the small round wooden dining table with four cane chairs or the giant round orange foot stool. Next to the kitchen is a single slab dining table with white Panton chairs where 8 people can sit comfortably for a scrumptious alfresco meal on the veranda.
The 18 meter pool located in front of the main living room is slightly curved just like the rice paddies in front of it. After a refreshing swim, work on your tan on one of the fours sun beds on the wooden deck around the pool. And if the heat gets too much, go for one of the boat leaf shaped beds in the shade of the palm trees. You can also enjoy your meals or a BBQ on the wooden table with matching benches. At dusk, you can appreciate the peaceful rice-field views as the fading sunlight stretches across the water. The impressive 2500 meters of tropical landscaped garden is filled with scented frangipani, bright colored bougainvilleas, traveller’s tree and different varieties of palm trees. And the spacious lawn is perfect for running around or kicking a ball.
The warm hospitality of the staff will make each stay a very pleasant one. Should guests have any special requests for a massage at the villa, staff will go the extra mile to make these wishes come true.