The beach literally on your door step…
Inspired by traditional Balinese living, Villa Cemara comprises five alang-alang thatched pavilions, all carefully oriented for the stellar ocean views. A few steps beyond the traditional teakwood entrance doors is the open-sided living pavilion stretching along the beachfront and, across a koi pond to the rear, the villa kitchen. Next along the villa’s 60 metres of absolute beachfront is the 14-metre pool, then the master pavilion and raised corner balé. Looking over the length of the pool and out towards the sea are a pair of two-storey bedroom pavilions, each with two guest suites. A gate between the living pavilion and pool gives direct access to the promenade and beach.
Villa Cemara is located metres from the wide expanse of golden sand in Sanur on Bali’s south-eastern coast only half an hour from the airport. Walk through the gate and take a stroll along the beach or cycle along the promenade to the laid-back village’s many beachfront cafes, restaurants, boutiques, lifestyle shops and spas a little further north. Also close by are excellent kite surfing and water sports centres, the famed five-star Bali Hyatt and Fairmont resorts – historic temples too. What a perfect spot!
One of the delights of staying in a private villa is the personalised service accorded to guests. Villa Cemara’s well-trained and gracious nine-strong staff are on hand when needed while keeping discreetly behind the scenes when not. With every interaction, they aim to please with their warm and distinctively Balinese hospitality. Villa Cemara features a well-equipped kitchen complete with walk-in fridge. Here, the cook is at your service to prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner on request, as well as all-day snacks. Choose from an extensive suggestion menu of Indonesian, Asian and Western dishes that caters to all tastes – everything from tasty burgers to Balinese specialties and Mexican fare, all served home-style. If you crave something off-menu, the cook will happily oblige, whipping up dishes according to your tastes, as well as tailor meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements.
With a professional barbecue within the garden, why not enjoy a fresh-from-the-sea fish feast? Or if you would like to host a dinner party while in residence, the cook can prepare a gourmet meal for up to 25 guests.
Villa holidays are a great choice for families, who can enjoy their own private facilities plus the freedom to use them whenever you want. Knowing that the kids can enjoy themselves independently and safely, without you having to worry about them disturbing other guests, is a huge benefit – and one that means parents are certain to have a more relaxed holiday too.
Thanks to the configuration of bedrooms in three different beachfront pavilions, Villa Cemara provides fabulous space for a large family, or for a pair of families holidaying together.
With the beach literally on your doorstep, kids can enjoy building sandcastles and collecting shells from the shoreline. The calm, shallow sea at Sanur beach is particularly suited for young ones – perfect for paddling and splashing around in the balmy waters. Older kids can take advantage of a good choice of nearby water sports. And kids of all ages will relish the villa pool; parents can keep an eye on toddlers from the shade of the living pavilion.
All five bedroom suites are named after tropical flowers found in the villa gardens. Cooled by air-conditioning, ceiling fans or the sea breeze, they have quality beds dressed in crisp cotton linen, handsome teakwood furniture and intriguing lamps, blackout curtains and Bose speakers.
Heliconia, the impressive master suite, occupies a stand-alone alang-alang thatched pavilion adjacent to the beach and separated from the pool area by a water feature. Stepping stones lead to a shaded Palimanan stone terrace where traditional Balinese doors open onto an elaborately carved feature wall running the full length of the suite. A handsome collection of antique furniture and Indonesian art decorate this air-conditioned and fan-cooled space, which is divided into a sleeping section furnished with a king-size bed, and a living area with cane armchairs and a large daybed facing a 42-inch TV. Beyond a wall of glass is a magical rock-garden with pond and waterfall. Out of sight is a dressing room with copious shelving and hanging space.
Equally impressive is the air-conditioned bathroom with terrazzo twin vanity and, beyond glass doors, a garden courtyard where a jacuzzi is framed by a river-stone wall carved with fish and dotted with birds nest ferns, and an alfresco shower shares space with a water-wall.
Villa Cemara’s four guest bedroom suites are housed in a pair of two-storey alang-alang thatched pavilions facing the ocean across the pool. All feature king-size beds (two convertible to twins), fascinating colonial-style furniture and artefacts, walk-through wardrobes, air-conditioning and ceiling fans. There is a 42-inch TV and DVD player in the two downstairs rooms, from where traditional carved Balinese doors open onto garden terraces with marble bistro table and chairs. The two upper level suites feature vaulted ceilings and reward guests with sweeping sea views through two walls of glass.
All four bathrooms in the guest suites have an air-conditioned section with twin vanity and alfresco courtyard shower. Bathrooms in the garden suites also feature terrazzo bathtubs.
Strategically positioned by the pool to accord guests a spectacular ocean vista, the huge open-sided living pavilion is Villa Cemara’s social hub. Chic contemporary armchairs, an over-sized sofa and traditional Indonesian daybed rest on a Palimanan stone floor under the soaring alang-alang thatched roof, promising convivial space for relaxing round the antique carved panel coffee table. In the dining area, a stunning marble-topped antique dining table comfortably seating 10 is the perfect setting for candlelit dinners, cooled by ceiling fans and the sea breeze.
From the living pavilion, steps across a koi pond lead to the villa’s kitchen, handsomely designed and equipped with everything from coffee maker to commercial stove, wok to walk-in fridge.
Sun worshipers will enjoy lounging on the two pool-side decks after taking a refreshing dip in the Bali green-stone pool. Those seeking shade for a siesta will gravitate to the alang-alang thatched balé raised above a waterfall-filled rock pool overlooking the beach.