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Inspiring Art-Filled Villas in Bali

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One of the best things about private villas in Bali is that none of them are the same. Forget uniform lobbies, drab bedding and boring white walls. Think fascinating artefacts, colourful furnishings, amazing art and unique design from around the world, all representing the heritage and lifestyle of their owners. To give you an idea of the delights on offer, we’ve scoured Bali for ‘art-full’ villas that will win over the heart of even the most sophisticated art connoisseur.

Villa Asada, Candidasa

Villa Asada is a contemporary expression of Balinese style, filled with antiques and comfortable furnishings. In every corner is a spot of simple elegance and luxury, lovingly strewn with Oriental decor.  Buddha and other characters in Asian history take centre stage. Little pockets of space prove that in decorating, as in life, less is truly more. 

Villa Canggu, Canggu

Indonesian contemporary artists turn Villa Canggu into a living exhibition that could easily compete with many art galleries around the world. Eddy Susanto’s visual interpretation on the heritage of the Mayan people, who scandalised the world with their 2012 Armageddon prediction, is displayed here just around the corner from Yudi Sulistyo’s interpretation of modern-day life: a hanging metal spaceship entitled “World Without Sea”. Ronald Apriyan’s series of three paintings represents how modern-day women can choose to be whatever they want to be. Grab a glass of wine and start exploring.

Kaba Kaba Estate, Tabanan

For more than 20 years, the owners of Kaba Kaba Estate have been avid art collectors, and the villa serves as a showcase for their beloved treasures, which range from fascinating antiques to contemporary works of art displayed throughout the gardens and pavilions. These include Cai Zhi Song’s Ode to Motherland #5, a striking 2013 bronze of a male figure, inspired by an ancient image of a Qin dynasty warrior, to Sohan Jakhar’s Untitled (2009), which hangs above a guest bedroom headboard, and Hannes D’Haese’s sculpture Just a Dog, a pink resin bulldog that, along with its yellow counterpart, guards the entrance to the guesthouse. 

Then there’s the surprisingly recent (three decades old) 8-foot-long Indonesian carving of paddlers in a boat, displayed above a puckish Dodit Artawan oil on canvas depicting Barbie dolls and liquor bottles; Dadi Setiyadi’s White Goat, a 2011 canvas that reimagines Caravaggio’s John the Baptist as a loincloth-clad figure festooned with swirling Dayak tattoos,

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Glow Like a Goddess on Day One

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Fancy being able to flaunt a beautiful golden vacation glow on day one of your holiday rather than the ‘roasted tomato look’ that so often results after first exposure to the unforgiving tropical sun? We’ve got a solution for you – organic spray tan on arrival in the privacy of your own villa.

What is Eco Tan?

Eco Tan spray tan is 100% organic, vegan and made only from natural ingredients. This means no synthetic colours, parabens, alcohol, oil, perfume are extremely harmful to your beautiful skin. To top this up its also odour–free. Your tan will be long lasting and fade evenly, because it intensively hydrates the skin. It also disguises cellulite and blemishes to produce an evenly toned body. What else could you wish for?

Make it Happen

Just let your villa manager know you would like Tan On Arrival and they will organise it for you. Allow 12 hours notice or pay a little extra and get it done immediately. Alternatively, book online at https://tanonarrival.com/booking/.

One session costs USD47. Surrender to the experts of Tan on Arrival in the privacy of your villa bathroom and come out glowing like a goddess.

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Island Style: Dresses You Can’t Say No To

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Need a dress or two for your next tropical vacation? Check out Mister Zimi, our most loved fashion label on the island of the Gods (and elsewhere). It’s travel and fashion united, easy silhouettes, rich colours and exquisite prints for the stylish adventurer in all of us.

Created by a husband and wife team in 2007, Mister Zimi is a young label that’s diverse, ageless and not dictated to by trends. Creating patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations (Bali, Morocco, Majorca, Mexico) and cultures, each season features carefully designed edits of 70s-inspired garments including classic shift dresses, maxi skirts, harem pants, leather jackets and footwear.

Their latest collection ‘Poolside’ evokes long days spent lounging in the sun and summer cocktails oozing effortless style and tropical glamour. The collection features new styles named after some of the most glamorous ladies of the 60’s and 70’s – Dusty, Goldie, Farrah, Barbi and Twiggy – alongside the much-loved styles which continue to trademark the vibrant Mister Zimi brand.

Get your dresses in one of the two Mister Zimi Bali boutiques or online.

Happy shopping!

Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya no. 22, Seminyak
and Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati no. 8X, Seminyak
Open seven days, 09.00 to 21.00

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Laksmana Estate: Luxury Living in Seminyak

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Location, location, location. If you’re after a luxury villa, which is just a short stroll from the golden beaches of Legian and Kuta and a stone’s throw from the gorgeous boutiques and world-class restaurants of Seminyak Square, Laksmana Estate is hard to beat. With villas ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, each featuring a private swimming pool and with its own manager and skilled chef, Laksmana Estate puts everything at your fingertips.

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Villa Adasa
3 bedrooms

From the cast bronze ‘mudra’ hands adorning the entrance door to the colourful batik cushions piled up on the poolside bale, Villa Adasa delivers a mega-dose of style, right down to the smallest detail. Gather in the huge living pavilion for a convivial meal prepared by the accomplished villa chef; retire to the double bale for a massage after a dip in the 14-metre green-stone-tiled pool; retreat to the upper deck for some sunbathing or yoga or enjoy sunset cocktails on the second level master bedroom terrace.

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Villa Shinta Dewi
4 bedrooms

This opulently furnished glamorous villa is a thoroughly grown-up fully-staffed villa, where you can relax by the pool, retire to the shade of the dining room for a leisurely lunch (prepared by the villa’s excellent chef – with a fixed price menu to make the choice easier), work out in the gym, enjoy sunset cocktails on the terrace, pop across the road to La Lucciola for dinner – and, with 24-hour butler service, still be pampered when you return to the villa in the early hours. It doesn’t get better than that!

1. Villa Shinta Dewi - Poolside

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Villa Ramadewa
3 bedrooms

This paean to laid-back tropical living was created by Bali-based Dutch architect Joost Van Grieken as a stunning holiday retreat for its sociable, style-conscious owner. Think spacious vaulted living pavilion, multiple dining areas, glamorous bedrooms, Philippe Starck bathrooms, and gorgeous statue-graced garden with 17-metre pool, antique balé, ornamental ponds and rooftop terrace. Add an air-conditioned gym, temperature-controlled wine room, dedicated music control room with centralised iPad-controlled Bose sound system, home office with iMac, Apple TVs, and iPods in every room and a super talented chef to whip up yummy meals for you. This could not get any better!

1. Villa Ramadewa - The pool

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Villa Batavia
5 bedrooms

Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors,

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Christmas in Bali: festive feasts for brunch and dinner

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Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK  
Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE

FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO

It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

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Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 3000106

MÉTIS – SEMINYAK

MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.

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Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 4737888

MOZAIC – UBUD 

Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.

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Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

Tel +62 361 975768

KU DE TA – SEMINYAK 

Carols by the Sea,

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