Magnificent 180-degree rice-field panorama…
Villa Mana is super-sized. Its generous proportions are obvious from the moment you cross the shallow pool marking its zen-serene entrance. Soaring ceilings, walls of glass opening onto expansive terraces, multiple media rooms – the sheer amount of living space is enough to relax you!
Uncompromisingly modern, with clean lines, contemporary furnishings and a strong colour scheme, Villa Mana makes abundant use of local natural materials, with striking walls of rough river stone, woven rattan and tropical woods. Brightly coloured kilim rugs and plushly upholstered sofas scattered across the black concrete floors bring boho-chic to the minimalist interiors. This is indoor-outdoor living at its best, focused on the 17-metre infinity pool and ‘football-pitch’ garden below. Luxury extras like Bose sound systems, iPod docks in every room and bathtubs big enough for two raise the bar on villa living.
With six large bedroom suites and seemingly acres of multi-level open and enclosed living areas, Villa Mana is perfect for extended families or groups of friends who love holidaying together yet appreciate having their own breathing space and the support of full-time staff, including resident cook to take care of all meals. With its large lawn, rooftop terrace and glorious rice-field outlook, the villa is also an idyllic venue for family celebrations!
One of the delights of staying at Villa Mana is exploring the traditional villages in the area and dipping into local rural and religious life. Six bicycles are available for guests to use, providing a healthy way to visit the black-sand beach and famed surf breaks just three kilometres away.
The entrance to Villa Mana bridges a wading pool fed by a wall of cascading water, and opens into a massive T-shaped living area that flows through the centre of the villa, then spreads across its full width and wraps around the swimming pool in front.
Accommodation is arranged over two storeys: on the ground floor, a corridor off the living area leads to three bedroom suites on one side and a twin bedroom, bathroom, home cinema room, manager’s office, and open plan kitchen on the other. On the upper floor two more spacious bedroom suites and an office/TV room open onto an enormous terrace with large pergola.
From the pool deck, broad wooden ‘amphitheatre-style’ steps lead down to a large flat lawn edged by rice terraces.
Villa Mana’s six, very spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms feature high ceilings, walls of padded silk, polished-concrete floors, rattan and wood furniture, and sliding glass doors onto the gardens or terrace. Five are furnished with king-size beds, while on the ground floor, opposite the games room/home cinema, is a twin bedded room. All have large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins of polished concrete and statement bathtubs big enough for two.
Two of Villa Mana’s master bedrooms are positioned at opposite ends of the upper floor for optimal privacy. These huge rooms are accessed through Japanese-style sliding screen doors, their beds positioned towards a wall of glass doors opening onto the roof terrace. Artfully concealed behind padded silk panels are the ensuite bathrooms, with walk-in rain showers and Japanese-influenced suar wood bathtubs overlooking the roof garden.
Opening onto the pool terrace below is the third master bedroom, its elongated ensuite bathroom features a two-storey river-stone wall towering towards the sky.
Alongside the ground-floor master room are two ensuite guest bedrooms each with sliding glass doors onto the rear garden. On the opposite side of the villa’s ground floor, and opening onto the pool terrace, is a twin-bedded room, slightly smaller than the other five and with a bathroom lying just across the passageway. Conveniently placed opposite the entertainment room, this makes a good kids bedroom. In addition to the 6 main bedrooms, there is an extra bunk room which can sleep up to four more children. There is a nightly charge for these extra guests.
Villa Mana is a party-giver’s dream. The huge open-plan living area spilling seamlessly onto the expanse of pool terrace provides masses of space for formal or casual gatherings. For candlelit dinners, a substantial teak dining table seats 12 guests in comfort. Tucked around the corner on the poolside terrace is a breakfast table with benches also seating 12. Separated from the living area by a river-rock wall is the well-stocked kitchen with its long island bar creating a stage for theatrical culinary feats.
There’s further entertainment space upstairs on the enormous roof terrace: a third dining table for 12, plenty of sun loungers and, within a slatted-roof pergola, a series of super-sized mattresses for reclining in the shade.
On this same level you can escape from the sun into the comfortably furnished air-conditioned TV room/study – there’s a jumbo beanbag for serious sprawlers. But the main entertainment hub is on the ground floor – a large air-conditioned room furnished with an over-sized sofas and equipped with TV, DVD player, PlayStation, table football, and shelves groaning with books, games and toys.
Outside, sun loungers and daybeds surround the deck of the 17-metre swimming pool and a double hammock is slung from an ancient frangipani tree – one of five that shade the sundeck. Grand, amphitheatre-style wooden steps beyond the pool lead past a comfy half-moon-shaped pergola tucked into the terrace slope, down to a large flat lawn bordered by rice fields and set up for football with goalposts in place.
Good food, effortlessly provided and gracefully served, is key to a relaxing and rewarding holiday experience. The personal chef at Villa Mana is at your service to prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The villa offers a simple suggestion menu of delicious home-style meals featuring Asian and international dishes to cater to all tastes. Favourite dishes include beef rendang, spicy fish in banana leaf, gado-gado, and barbecued lobster. The chef is also more than happy to discuss individual food preferences and customise meals to accommodate any special dietary requirements.
Groceries and beverages are charged at market price (plus a 20% handling fee which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate). Guests will be requested to provide grocery money in advance to cover all in-villa food and drink, and the staff will do the shopping and keep the receipts for reference. You are welcome to accompany the staff for a unique Asia market-shopping experience.
Villa Mana is hidden away in the village of Babakan in the popular district of Canggu on Bali’s south-west coast. Opposite the villa entrance is an important village temple, Pura Kahyangan, and beyond Villa Mana’s gardens are rice terraces stretching to the horizon. The villa has a ringside seat on an authentic way of life that has remained constant over generations. A gentle bike ride along quiet roads guided by the villa staff accords fascinating glimpses into this largely unchanged world and its hard to believe that Seminyak’s acclaimed restaurants, nightspots and boutiques are just 10 kilometres away. The world-class surf breaks and sunset views of Echo Beach are a 5-minute drive away, as is the famed Tanah Lot sea temple.
This is a great location for families wanting to explore the hip scene of Canggu, visit Seminyak for some nights out and shopping while also having a deluxe Villa retreat experience. This Villa always leaves Guests wanting more!