On an island renowned for its great hotels, luxury accommodation, cutting edge service and uncompromising attention to detail, it's a joy to find retreats that combine all of the above and make you feel completely at home at the same time.
Set in the tranquil Cepaka village in the island's south-west, Villa Sungai is 10 minutes inland from the exclusive hotspot, Canggu, on the south western coast of Bali, just north of Seminyak and Legian.
From its immaculate, elegant interiors to the extraordinary service, this villa is the last word in spoiling and relaxation, taking the 5-star hotel experience to the next level.
"At Sungai we like to think of ourselves as a luxury private villa with a difference," says Pamela Hayes, the Australian mastermind behind Villa Sungai. "Unlike most resorts and villa complexes, at Sungai we have no reception desk, lobby or bellboys – we have designed it that way to give the impression to guests that they are staying in a private residence, who indicatively are met at the airport by the villa manager."
Pavilions perfumed with tuberoses, a standout 18m horizon pool spilling into the valley, palms and frangipanis, khaki and whitewash, and sleek and sexy white on white…. here time stands still.
Floating above a river, beneath a towering canopy of rainforest, Villa Sungai has everything you expect from the finest hotels, but with exclusivity. It is Bali's version of a luxury lodge - intimate and bespoke, tailored to the sophisticated and discerning experiential traveller looking for luxury Bali accommodation with access to local experiences.
The service begins the moment you step off the plane with the VIP airport butler service and the chauffeured transfers that whisk you to the villa where the chefs and staff are dedicated to you alone. "We aim to offer a guest experience that is intimate and discreet while providing the highest level of service, exceptional but not intrusive or invasive."
The three-suite flagship Sungai and the two-suite 'Owner's Villa' Sungai Gold next door can be booked individually, or groups can take over both for the ultimate glamorous house party in one of the most distinguished luxury Bali villas.