Live the architectural dream in this marvelous contemporary retreat located on the beachfront in Bali’s beautiful Canggu area, with a team of staff on hand to ensure that every whim is gracefully met. A unique creative collaboration by the architects and designers Sonny Chan (CSYA) and Albano Daminato (Studio Daminato), Arnalaya Beach House is a sophisticated yet supremely relaxed family-friendly villa set amid private terraced landscaping.
Five double bedrooms, plus a gym that readily converts to make a sixth, provide space for up to 18 guests. An ocean front bale – the local lexicon for garden pavilion – offers alfresco dining for 14 overlooking the Indian Ocean and a crystal clear 20 metre swimming pool. The private tennis court is action ready and the spa pampers and polishes, while lush green lawns and gardens bowed with fragrant tropical flowers will bring blissful repose in no time.
Enter via a high gate into the villa’s landscaped equatorial gardens stepping up to the ocean-front balé and pool. Climb the wonderfully angular staircase in the main pavilion to the lounge and dining rooms, and be lulled by the languid seascape. Two master bedrooms crown this building and have front row seats for the sunset show, with brilliant views to the horizon.
A second pavilion, overlooking the tennis court and with more spectacular sea views from its upper floor, houses the entertainment room plus three identical guest bedrooms with canopied beds, sculptured terrazzo bathrooms and gardens with fish-filled lotus ponds. In a separate single-storey building is a sumptuous spa room and the gym, which can easily and ingeniously be transformed into an extra bedroom.
Arnalaya Beach House has five ensuite bedrooms enveloped in air-conditioned comfort. By virtue of their coveted views, the two Ocean suites in the main pavilion might be considered masters, but all five rooms are of a similar size and have flexibly configured beds offering both twin or king options, making the villa ideal for fair sharing.
For larger groups, the gym can be converted to a sixth bedroom with two pull-down beds plus two extra portable beds. On the ground floor of the main building, next to the commercial kitchen, there’s also a handy small extra bedroom fitted with bunk beds and adjoined by a shower room; suitable for a nanny or other additional staff.
Two mirror-image bedrooms lie at the top of the main building, with their own terraces and a refreshingly simple design. Wardrobes are walk-in and the bathtub is stand-alone and set in front of huge windows that maximise the views. The beds create a canopied boudoir. Music wafts from Bose ceiling speakers and the TV is neatly concealed behind sleek fitted units. A comfortable sitting area is furnished with a custom-made sofa and desk and every outlook is enhanced by the seductive seascape.
A second pair of Ocean Suites, beautiful in their balance and simplicity, occupy the upper floor of the adjacent two-storey building. Softly muted colours and canopied four-poster beds create a soothing space, and the neat lines of custom-designed units conceal hanging space, luggage storage, TV and sound system. A desk and lounge area underscores an apartment-like appeal. The open terrazzo bathrooms have softly curved walls and freestanding oval tubs as well as spacious shower stalls.
Spilling out onto the green lawn, lotus ponds and family temple, this suite is tucked into a pretty garden and offers direct access to the gym and spa. Although similar to the bedrooms above in most respects, this room also has a pull-down single bed in place of a desk making it ideal for families with a toddler, or for three older kids to share.
The lounge and dining room on the second floor of the main building has windows that seem to magically disappear and morph the space into avant-garde outdoor living with terraces seaward and over the courtyard.
Plush white sofas face one another, hand crafted tribal tables and skeletal bamboo chairs are scattered about, and a wall is hung with an antique batik print. The air-conditioned formal dining room seats up to 14 people at a bespoke solid teak table, and split bamboo wall panels give the space a casual vibe. Side tables are adorned with clusters of fresh white orchids, an exquisite trio of antique hair combs and mood-creating candle-lit hurricane lamps.
Over on the ground floor of the second pavilion is a sensational retreat for kids large and small. As the only room with Apple TV – loaded with Netflix, HBO, ABC, PBS KIDS and more – the entertainment room is a popular haunt with its big versatile modular sofa and sets of café-style tables and chairs. The sound system is loaded with an excellent music library, there’s a Nintendo Wii, and the bookshelves carry abundant reading material for kids and adults. This is a perfect place to wind down in the cool while watching a movie or viewing a tennis match through the wall-to-wall windows that face the court.
Facing the ocean and flanked by the shimmering swimming pool, timber decking and gardens, the pool lounge and dining bale is furnished with a metres long solid timber table for 14, hand-rendered rattan chairs and polished concrete banquette seating littered with comfy cushions. This space, which is sea-breeze- and fan-cooled, has its own fully functional kitchen with a built-in barbecue, induction cooker and cocktail bar.
- Capacity : 15 adults (5 ensuite bedrooms with split king beds, one with an extra pull-down single bed; gym convertible to twin room with two further portable beds). Three extra beds available (additional charge). Bunk-bedded room also available for extra staff/nanny.
- Living areas : Air-conditioned lounge and formal dining for 14; entertainment room; pool lounge and dining bale also with table for 14.
- Pool : 20 x 8 metres, salt filtration.
- Staff : Villa manager; private chef; housekeeping; security. Additional staff such as babysitters, personal trainers and masseuses on request (additional charge).
- Dining : A suggestion menu of Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
- Communication : WiFi internet access; landline and mobile phone for local calls, computer, printer and fax.
- Entertainment : 60-inch TV screen in entertainment room; Satellite TVs in bedrooms; DVD player; surround-sound system; CD player; iPod dock.
- Sports : Private tennis court; gym and personal trainer (on request); boxing gear; golf clubs; Pilates and yoga (instructors on request).
- For families : Arnalaya Beach House is exceptionally well equipped for families. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; bath; monitor; changing mats; cutlery and plates; car seat; DVDs; games.
- Spa : Spa room with two massage tables. In-villa treatments can be selected from a comprehensive spa menu and carried out by professional therapists including sport massage (extra cost applies).
- Transport : A seven-seater car and driver is available for up to 8 hours a day at a special rate of US$25++ (petrol excluded).
- Weddings & events : Arnalaya Beach House makes a spectacular event venue and celebrations for up to 150 people can be arranged with prior notice.
- Additional facilities : Office for guest use; barbecue; diesel powered back-up generator; safety deposit box.
- Property area : 1,300sqm (villa). 4,430sqm (land).
The chef has devised a menu that embraces an impressive range of international and Indonesian dishes from lunch wraps to formal multi-course dinners that will tickle your taste buds.
Always seeking out fresh and – wherever possible – organic produce, the chef is inspired by the fruit and vegetable markets of Bali and of produce from the sea. A barbecue at the pool bale is not to be missed, with juicy steaks and fresh lobster for the carnivores and herb-marinated vegetable skewers, chargrilled sweet corn with chili lime butter and quinoa tabouleh for the lucky vegetarians of the group. Chef has developed a healthy kids menu too, with an impressive list of traditional favourites and delicious snacks. Watermelon granita anyone?
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 are requested to provide grocery money in advance, and the staff will shop and keep the receipts for reference. It’s best to plan meals the evening before so staff can get to the early market to secure the best produce
FAMILIES AT ARNALAYA VILLA
This villa is a family dream made reality. Apart from the convenience of having a kitchen ready to roll out endless drinks and snacks, there are no other guests to be concerned about and you have all the security (and more) of home. Kid size tennis and badminton rackets are virtually falling out of the closet alongside a range of boredom busting games and activities. Given the sprawling nature of the villa, it is perfect for eternal games of hide and seek. Three fabulous lawns call for balls to be kicked and the beach is at the end of the garden, with a surf school nearby, body boarding and plenty of sand for castle making.
You can forget about packing the usual travelling circus of kid’s equipment, safe in the knowledge that this escape has got the kids covered. Not only are there high chairs, booster seat, a baby bath and a monitor, there is an enclosed playpen and mat and a toilet trainer seat for toddlers. Little fingers need little knives, forks and china and the kitchen is well-stocked with all.
The chef offers an exciting children’s menu and is happy to handle special requests. He is well versed at making super soft foods for learner eaters and goodies for fussy bubs.
SPA & SPORTS
The bliss of having an onsite spa should never be underestimated. With its pair of professional massage beds and deeply decadent bathtub overlooking the estate temple and gardens from a discreet corner of the grounds, Arnalaya’s peaceful spa is designed for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Spa packages can include hours of divine treatments including body scrubs, hair masks, a gentle but deeply effective Balinese massage followed by soak in a warm bath filled with fragrant tropical blooms. Sports massages, foot reflexology and beauty therapies are administered by highly experienced, internationally trained practitioners. All our very reasonably priced spa treatments are charged according to the individual therapist’s hourly rate
The private tennis court at Arnalaya Beach House is set-up to international standards and guests are welcome to use the SAM ball machine and a full range of trainer balls and tennis coaching equipment. A tennis concierge service is also available, as is a sparring partner or tennis coach, according to your preference. Tennis programmes ranging from two-hour clinics to week-long training camps under the instruction of a world class coach can be organised for adults and/or children. Bring your own raquet or, if luggage space is tight, chose from Arnalaya’s wide selection of Babolat raquets for adults and children.