Emerald Green Rice Paddy Views…
The villa’s contemporary design is enhanced, outside and in, with the highest quality materials, all chosen for their natural beauty and durability. Thoughtfully chosen Balinese and Javanese sculptures, cabinets and artefacts – many of them antique – as well as bright floral fabrics and custom-printed traditional ikat textiles bring the stylish dark-wood furniture to vivid life. State-of-the-art facilities include a Sonos digital music system that can be programmed to match musical moods in several different ‘zones’, a modern kitchen, satellite television and DVD players and air conditioning in all the indoor areas.
Bendega Nui has been carefully designed to maximize its 3,900 square metres of land amidst the rice terraces of Canggu. The villa is entered via gates that slide open to reveal a two-metre-high black-stone Buddha head serenely welcoming visitors to the property. The entry courtyard provides ample room for parking and is dotted with frangipani, oil palms, jasmine, yuccas and African tulip trees. Guests walk over sandstone steps across a large koi-filled pond to the main entrance doors.
The villa buildings form an ‘H’, with the main living and sleeping accommodation in the middle, and two of the five bedrooms, the pool pavilion and the staff quarters forming the four prongs of the H. This pleasing symmetry is carried through to many elements within the villa, including the 11 x 11-metre swimming pool, which is bordered by a large sunny garden and overlooks the rice fields.
Canggu has fast become a hip destination with countless cafes, restaurants and shops to choose from. This central Canggu location is ideal for those wishing to get amongst it! Echo beach is near by with trendy sunset bars and Old Mans and the surf scene of Batubolong is also in the neighbourhood.
Four of the bedrooms at Bendega Nui have lovely open views across the luxuriant rice fields of Canggu, while the large and very private fifth bedroom has sliding doors opening onto a private garden area. The villa can accommodate 10 adults in three king-bedded rooms and two twin rooms (which can both convert to king-bedded rooms). There is capacity to add three more foldaway beds for children if required, and a privately enclosed one-bedroom suite between Bendega Nui and neighbouring Bendega Rato creates an optional sixth bedroom. All bedrooms are air conditioned, generously sized, tastefully furnished, and have ensuite bathrooms.
Bendega Nui is well set up for families, offering flexible bedroom configurations, plenty of garden space, and well-stocked games and TV rooms. Knowing that the kids can run around happily, independently and safely, without you having to worry about other guests, is a real plus – and one that means parents are certain to have a more relaxed holiday too. We would, however, advise caution for families with toddlers due to the numerous water features throughout the property.
Purple room (master pavilion)
Accessed by steppingstones across a garden pond, the first master bedroom is housed in its own pavilion at the front of the gardens and overlooking the rice fields. This room is private, peaceful and perfectly placed. A canopied, four-poster, king-size bed facing a private terrace is the focus of the room. Behind the bed is a large, walk-through dressing area. At one end of the vast ensuite bathroom is a sunken double bathtub, while, at the far end, is a spacious shower area. A door at the side of the bedroom leads out to the pool and gardens.
Orange room (upstairs master)
In this upper-floor bedroom, a centrally placed four-poster king-size bed looks out onto a private terrace with daybed that, in turn, overlooks the gardens, pool and rice fields. Behind the bed, a dressing area leads through to the large ensuite bathroom where a super-size bathtub looks over the gardens at rear of the villa. Adjoining the bedroom is a study equipped with a laptop computer and printer for guest use, also popular for babies in a cot near to parents.
Green room (upstairs master)
The Green room, also furnished with a king-size four-poster bed, looks out over a ‘wall’ of sliding glass doors that open onto a balcony furnished with a colourful daybed shared with the twin room next door. The large bathroom is fitted with a shower area and bathtub with views of the ocean.
Turquoise room (upstairs twin)
Bendega Nui has been designed with families in mind and this twin-bedded room, with its cheerful turquoise accessories is ideal for children (the beds can be easily converted to a king size if preferred). This bedroom also features a 37-inch flat screen TV. The ensuite bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower and double wash basins.
Black & White room (downstairs twin)
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of the gardens is the Black & White bedroom pavilion, with its own sitting area, twin beds which can be effortlessly converted to a king and three sets of sliding glass doors open onto the gardens. The pièce de resistance here is the huge river-rock tub, which appears to float at the centre of a fishpond in the decadent indoor/outdoor ensuite bathroom.
Optional one-bedroom suite (with private plunge pool)
Set in an intimate walled garden, this very private suite is accessed through a traditional Balinese gate from the main villa. It comes complete with its own 6 x 3-metre plunge pool, sun deck and pool balé. The outdoor bathroom has a decadent stone soaking tub for two and a shower. Inside, the four-poster king-size bed sits beneath a traditional thatched roof. The room is equipped with an iPod dock, television, DVD player and minibar.
Two sets of tall sliding doors open to reveal a spectacular open-air, double-height sitting room facing the gardens, pool and rice fields. This fan-cooled space, which seats 12, is simply but stylishly furnished with two oversized black teak sofas and armchairs set around matching coffee tables. The black upholstery is brought to life with vibrant contrasting green and orange patterned scatter cushions.
Along the back wall of the sitting room, an ancient canoe has been topped with glass and transformed into a 6m-long table; a stunning centrepiece for a buffet dinner. Above the canoe, a set of antique carved panels are framed against a wall of golden sandstone. A galleried walkway runs above the sitting area providing another opportunity to enjoy the views.
Dining and kitchen
To the right of the sitting room, glass doors lead into the wooden-floored, dining room, showcasing a massive, five-metre-long solid Merbau dining table that seats up to 20 people. More glass doors open onto the garden at the front, while a large mirror is set in an antique door frame at the far end of the room. A charming glass-fronted cabinet houses glassware and crockery next to a door leading through to the kitchen.
The kitchen at Bendega Nui reflects the owners’ love of cooking. This fully fitted, air-conditioned room has such appeal that it’s almost tempting to give the chef a day off! Dark wood cabinets, cream-colored Corian work tops and glass splash-backs create clean lines, while a large central island ensures plenty of work space.
The chef’s biggest delight is the range of equipment available to him here – including an extra large oven, a Jura Impressa coffee machine, waffle-maker, Cuisinart panini toaster, ice cream maker and dishwasher, to name but a few. The kitchen is also equipped with two large fridges, and a freezer and wine fridge in the pantry. Just outside is a custom-built pizza oven.
Library and games room
In the comfortable library and adjoining games room, a set of floor-to-ceiling shelves contains numerous books on Bali and Indonesia as well as more popular holiday reading. The library has a 50-inch flat-screen television with DVD player and more than 50 international satellite channels. An L-shaped sofa and two floral print chairs offer plenty of comfort in front of the TV.
The games room is almost completely surrounded by glass and can be opened up to the gardens on three sides. Bar stools and easy chairs provide seating for spectators around the full-sized pool table and there’s a wide selection of other games available too. Opposite the games room is a delightful guest washroom. Finished in warm Indian Sandstone, and furnished with an antique cabinet, this washroom opens into a pretty walled garden.
The 11 x 11-metre stone-tiled infinity-edged swimming pool overlooks the rice fields. As well as being large enough for some serious swimming, the pool is perfectly positioned for sunset cocktails, which can be enjoyed from the wide stone shelves set into the pool at just the right depth.
Next to the pool a breezy open-sided pavilion is furnished with a huge built-in daybed and a table for up to 10 people. This is a great place to congregate at the start of the day for a ‘come-as-you-please’ breakfast. A handy kitchenette with a water cooler, bar fridge and sink is concealed neatly behind louvered doors and around the corner is a guest changing room with toilet and shower.
To the far side of the lawn, perched over a koi pond, is a peaceful relaxation balé. furnished with a comfortable daybed, floor cushions and two petrified-wood stools.
With its superb facilities, plentiful accommodation and fantastic central Canggu location, Bendega Nui is the perfect destination for large groups, family holidays, and lovers of relaxed beach-side living, magnificent tropical sunsets, and all the finer things in life.