Minggu, 06 Juli 2008

Bali Villas - Villa Vajra


Deep in the heart of Bali, perched on a venerated spur of land at the confluence of two rivers, is the stunning hideaway known as Villa Vajra. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Guy Morgan, this modern, spacious villa sleeps up to eight guests and offers the ultimate in luxurious accommodation within a totally private and exclusive, close-to-nature setting.

The property and gardens are landscaped into the slopes of the steep valley, and the approach, via a raised wooden walkway through undisturbed rice fields, gives no clue to the remarkable design of the villa, or the breathtaking views of the jungle and river gorge.

Constructed with high quality local materials including 'alang alang' thatch, Palimanan stone and teak wood; the property combines the very best of Balinese architectural elements with contemporary flair, elegant finishes and modern amenities. The villa presents a blend of outdoor living and air-conditioned comfort.

Villa Vajra is named after the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism, a five-pronged ritual object often employed in conjunction with a bell. The Vajra is represented by a carving in a freestanding stone at the main entrance.


Villa Vajra is situated in the quiet traditional village of Sebali in the district of Kaliki, an hour and fifteen minutes' drive from Ngurah Rai international airport, and about ten minutes' drive from the cultural town of Ubud. This remarkable town is Bali's centre for fine arts, dance and music, and the surrounding villages are home to Bali's most accomplished painters, dancers, musicians and carvers.

It is located 300 metres above sea level in the foothills of the central mountain range; this gives it a fresher, more pleasant climate than the southern coastal regions. The numerous art galleries in Ubud display traditional and modern work; the museums showcase the island's rich history, and the shops and the market stalls sell handicrafts, jewellery, woodcarvings, textiles, paintings and antiques.

There are many, well-presented, cultural performances staged in the town, in particular the Hindu epic, the Ramayana; also the Kecak Dance, the Fire Dance, the Monkey Dance and the Legong Dance.

The countryside around Ubud is particularly beautiful, with an abundance of trails offering memorable walks through the peaceful rice fields. The location is convenient for tours all over the island and is only a forty-minute drive from the coast.


Vajra Villa is comprised of several thatched pavillions joined by stepping stones across a magical lotus pond; a pergola covered by hanging thunbergia flowers; floating stairs that stand beside a cascading waterfall veiling a traditional seated Buddha. A comfortable lounge area rests beside the cooling swimming pool and warming jacuzzi. Stone stairs lead to a 'moon' garden of white flowers and an intimate deck for massage. On the next level is a traditional open-sided pavillion known as a 'bale' for rest, meditation, yoga practice or simply to absorb the exquisite natural beauty. Wide open to the elements is the cathedral sized living/dining area with it's marble floor, aviary and orchid garden. Protective blinds are lowered when the weather requires. Each bedroom is equipped with telephone and distinguished by its furnishings, antique and contemporary art objects and unique view. Two of the bathrooms have large terrazzo bathtubs and are set in their own gardens.

Music, which can be heard throughout the grounds, is controlled from the comfortable library which overlooks the living room. It is the entertainment center, offering a growing library, games, music, television, and DVD movies.

The night lighting is particularly breathtaking.

The villa includes 3 full bedrooms, and a lounge which can be converted to sleep two persons (hence our description of the villa as containing "3.5 bedrooms"). Two of the bedrooms face the river valley, one faces the rice fields. To read full descriptions of each room, use the links on the left side of this page.

The total living area of the villa is 8,000 m2, and the total area of the ground is 18,867 m2.

The Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Studio and Study each feature individually controlled air-conditioning units and powerful ceiling fans to keep the rooms pleasantly cool. There are telephone lines for IDD calls and in-house calls in each room, and also safety deposit boxes.

At night the villa takes on a different persona, with cleverly concealed lighting. Guests will appreciate the fresh cool air, and will be serenaded by a chorus of frog song to the accompaniment of ritual music from the village temples and the constant murmur of the river.

There is a barbeque terrace at the front of the villa beside the rice fields and parking space for up to six vehicles. Due to the steep hillside elevation, the villa is not recommended for disabled people or young children.

• Stereo music system for CDs and tapes
• Satellite TV
• DVD player

• Fully air-conditioned Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom
• Fully air-conditioned Guest Bedroom with en-suite bathroom
• Fully air-conditioned Studio Room that doubles as a bedroom, with en-suite shower room
• Fully air-conditioned Study Room that doubles as a bedroom, with en-suite shower room
• Open-air Living and Dining Pavilion suitable for large parties and functions
• Exterior decks and terraces for outdoor dining, entertaining and relaxing.
• Fully equipped gym
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Swimming pool and Jacuzzi
• Relaxation balé
• Tropical gardens
• Barbeque terrace
• Household staff
• Stereo system, Satellite TV, DVD Player
• Safety Deposit Boxes
• IDD Telephone
• Night security

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