Utopia in the midst of Canggu…
Villa Zelie is a cluster of about 10 pavilions that represents traditional Balinese architecture especially with the prominent Joglo roofs as the predominant structural element. Earthy, wood interiors are appointed with lavish and ornate period furnishings, as well as decorated with tribal accouterment and wood carvings of traditional figures. In contrast, amenities are thoughtfully first rate – assuring each and every guest of absolute convenience and enjoyment. In the midst of Canggu’s famous rice terraces, Villa Zelie presents to you a synergy of tasteful and old-fashioned as well as modern and urban comfort with a mood that’s truly rustic and tranquil.
The villa has five bedrooms – each in its very own pavilion. All bedrooms have king-sized beds as well as dedicated, semi-open bathrooms with natural stone bathtubs. All bedrooms also have covered terraces with sitting areas.
The center piece of the property’s extensive garden and well-maintained lawn is the 25-meter swimming pool. Dive into its alluring, crystal clear waters for routine laps and some relaxed wading. Or, push everyone in for some splashy fun and games. For a breather, you can stretch out on wide and cushioned wooden pool beds on the lawn surrounding the swimming pool. Parents with toddlers or young children must be vigilent around the water features too.
At the airy, semi-open, high-ceilinged main pavilion is the living area. Around its large and long couches, you can all gather for engaging and lively conversation. At one end of this pavilion is a bar where cocktails and after-dinner drinks are poured out, mixed and served up. At a separate pavilion is the dining area with its long wooden table that can accommodate 10. Here, you can all have your fill of authentic local cuisine – as well as international favorites – concocted by the in-house chef at the fully-equipped, modern kitchen in a stand-alone pavilion behind the dining pavilion. In another pavilion on one side of the main pavilion is the TV room where you can catch the show you’ve been closely following. Or, go on a marathon of your can’t-get-enough-of movies. Out on the garden is an elevated bale where you can relieve sore muscles with a traditional Balinese massage along with pampering spa treatments.
Tasked to render the villa’s day-to-day services is a staff composed of a personal guest assistant, a chef, a pool attendant, a gardener as well as housekeepers and security personnel. A babysitter, a driver, a laundry helper and a spa therapist may, upon your request be called in. Their services, however, come with a separate charge. A scooter and a car are also for rent.
Villa Zelie is located in Berewa, on the border of Batubelig where Canggu blends through to become Seminyak. A 10-minute ride from the villa will take you to Seminyak – Bali’s center of tourism. Navigate your way to the Oberoi District’s Eat Street – known among foodies for its casual to fine dining restaurants. Notable among these are La Lucciola, Mamasan, Metis, Sardine and Sarong. Roam around and you’ll encounter malls, fashion boutiques, novelty shops and souvenir stores. You will hit Seminyak Beach eventually. Pick a spot at any of the cozy beach cafes and chill out until sundown. By night fall, experience, firsthand, the pulsating nightlife at in bars and clubs such as Potato Head and Ku De Ta.
The neighbourhood itself offers families great variety. Finns recreation club offers your little VIPs plenty of fun holiday activities, including Splash waterpark, Strike ten pin bowling and Bounce trampoline centre. You also have Bali Equestrian Centre, the Joglo playground café and The Garden play centre near by. Batubelig is also great for cafes, and spas as well as the relaxed beach bars for sunset fun.