There are not many places in the world where you can have a bespoke holiday, and not many places that are as beautiful as Bali. Villa Sungai is such a place. It is the ultimate private villa resort, set in the tiny village of Cepaka. Your experience begins as soon as you arrive in Bali and meet your airport butler. He whisks you through all the airport and immigration formalities. Within minutes you are relaxing in a cooled SUV, with drinks and snacks, and Villa Manager Made is driving you to Sungai, pointing out sites along the way.
Whether you have booked the entire resort (sleeping 12 to 17) or just the Villa Sungai (3 bedrooms) or Villa Gold side (2 bedrooms), your stay will be the ultimate private luxury experience. Your nose first notices the scent of frangipani and tuberose. Your eyes are drawn to the serene white and beige interiors, and to the bright green jungle behind the sparkling pools. Your ears hear only the surrounding countryside, not cars, not planes, and certainly not other people. Your tastebuds are delighted with everything the chefs make for you (select what you like, or ask them to surprise you).
The service at Sungai is exceptional. Everything is catered exactly to you and your desires. Staff appear just when your thoughts turn to thinking it might be nice to stroll through the village, when you’ve decided a cocktail would be in order, or when you have a question about Balinese culture. Otherwise they are marvellously discrete. They can plan your entire visit in advance or you can play it by ear and they will arrange experiences for you as the whim occurs.
Sungai is characterised by uncompromising attention to detail. Amenities are Acqua di Parma and have a signature Sungai scent. Spa services are brought directly to you. Bose, Tivoli Audio, iPods, plasma screens, and DVD players meet your tech needs. Chefs shop daily to ensure everything you’re served (regardless of the time of day or night you want it) is as fresh and delicious as possible. A wide-range of premium wines and spirits are available to you, and you can order your favourites too. A chauffeured vehicle is available for you around the clock.
Everything at Sungai is flawless and luxurious, but at the same time completely unpretentious. You won’t see any other guests and your experience will be bespoke — exactly as you want it.
A review of Villa Sungai is on LuxuryAndBoutiqueHotels.com where it placed in their top 8 worldwide hotels.
Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold
Cepaka village, Tabanan (near Canggu), Bali, Indonesia
By Johanna Read – see her travel blog here
Johanna Read is a travel and food writer / photographer. While she calls Canada home, she spends much of the year abroad researching wonderful things to share with her readers. Find links to all her writing and photography and follow her on social media via TravelEater.wordpress.com.