Normally we’d have to choose between Balinese sisters Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold… but in a rare Hotel of the Week exclusive, we’re feeling greedy and have plumped for a twosome. Who would say no to double the Balinese sunshine?
Style Bali goes Ibiza
Setting Charming Cepaka village
Why this week? February is traditionally a slower time in Bali – but for canny travellers, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the island without the crowds. Villa Sungai’s exclusive sleeping quarters mean you can grab a group and spend your days lying by the 18m infinity pool, getting pampered before exploring the countryside. You may have to deal with a little afternoon rain, but with no-one else around, the island will be your posse’s playground. Chinese New Year falls on 19 February this year, so keep an eye out for red lanterns and lots of celebrations around Chinese Buddhist temples. We’re getting the party started with an exclusive 25 per cent off Villa Sungai or Sungai Gold.
Our favourite bits Hire out three-suite Villa Sungai and its smaller sister Sungai Gold for a house party, Indo-style. Dedicated staff will look after everything: a 24-hour butler, chefs, chauffeur, bar staff, maids, gardeners and spa therapists are all on hard to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger. A manager/concierge can also book you into restaurants and arrange bespoke Bali experiences. Suites are soothing, with a neutral colour palette, net-draped king-size beds and romantic ensuites. A spacious alfresco bathroom is the highlight of Bedroom 3; it’s also home to the villa’s only plasma TV and DVD library. The kitchen staff work under the knowledgeable eyes of chef Wayan, whipping up delectable pan-Asian and Australian dishes that use local market produce, including . Since the restaurant is exclusive to your group, requests are more than welcome. Sungai bar is open 24-hours, serving up everything from Bloody Marys at breakfast to champagne when the clock strikes 12.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Villa Sungai has the knack of being everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not overly garish or overflowing with gadgets, and it could work equally well for a hedonistic bash or relaxing downtime. But this does not stop me from imagining myself doing a Keith Moon for a couple of days – although I’ll probably stop short of driving a Rolls-Royce into the pool, as the Who’s drummer was wont to do. Let the party/family holiday commence…’ Read the full Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold reviews…
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