First impressions – Welcome to your home in Bali – we heard at the beginning, as we entered our secluded getaway. Our villa was hidden in the jungle. We arrived after midnight – couldn’t see much, but the atmosphere of luxury was easy to spot even in the dark. Drinks and plates of delicious snacks were served, the speakers were filled with delicate rhythms, but the fatigue quickly took over … Good that someone turned the lights out.
The rooster and the barking dog woke me up just after sunrise. I opened the curtain and … We had it all to ourselves! Soon I was sitting in the pool, drinking watermelon juice. The waiters always came out of nowhere, exactly at the moment at which you wanted them. What more do you want on holidays? In the afternoon our driver took us on a trip to a little-known temple where only the locals go. For some balance, at sunset, we went to the popular, crowded Tanah Lot Temple. We had a nice dinner in the evening, back in the Villa, with the mood of melting candles and live music. Two players were sitting in the garden, playing Balinese rhythms. The next day we were offered a walk in the village of Cepaka and among the rice fields. Within the few hours we only met a couple of tourists – they rode down the street on a scooter. Cepaka is clean and well taken care of, which unfortunately is not always the case in Bali.
Hotel Villa Sungai is located in the mountains, in the village of Cepaka, in southwestern Bali. The villa is not too far from the airport, but unfortunately through the traffic jams in Kuta, it takes over an hour. Guests arriving at the airport are picked up by a driver, who may also be available for the duration of their stay. Villa Sungai is not a typical hotel – it’s a private residence that you can rent out all to yourself and your group of friends, hidden away, among the trees – a perfect location for any special occasion or a quiet holiday with your family. It consists of three rooms and a common area with a dining room, bar, comfortable lounge’s and a swimming pool – all open air. There is also a small SPA where you can enjoy relaxing massages and beauty treatments. There is no reception or typical lobby. The staff are available 24 hours a day, but appear only when needed – there is a door bell in the dining area that facilitates communication. Next to it is a second, more luxurious facility – Sungai Gold. Villa Sungai has been awarded many times by Luxury Travel magazine.
Room There are three rooms in the Villa. All are spacious and bright, designed in modern Balinese style. Large four poster beds add to the luxurious atmosphere. The rooms have air conditioning and thick curtains, making it easy to stay in the tropics. All bathrooms are located outside. Rooms have showers and the main one also has an outdoor bath. Bathing in plumeria flowers, under the blue sky, is an unforgettable experience!
Food Staying at Villa Sungai, comes with breakfas and dinner. The breakfast is served with juicy fruit and good coffee. In addition, you can choose something from the menu – we really enjoyed the banana pancakes. The freshly squeezed juices were also great. The dinner menu is set before your arrival and consists of several dishes. The food really deserves the five stars – the combination of local flavors with good quality products, equates to some amazing meals. Here we ate the best grilled chicken – it doesn’t sound very special, but it really just tasted amazing!
Summary Villa Sungai is the Bali that everyone dreams of. Beautiful, a great atmosphere with good food. A dream residence with the atmosphere of jungle sounds. It allows you to escape from your daily routine and simply reset. It is an ideal choice for a romantic getaway, a trip with friends or a family vacation. Villa Sungai
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The staff at our Bali Villa pride themselves on making your stay extra special.
We wanted you to meet our lovely staff including our chefs, chauffeurs, butlers and babysitters will materialize promptly to cater to your every whim, 24 hours a day, so the only effort you need exert is to stretch your imagination. Want to set up an ice-cream buffet by your infinity pool or stargaze with a midnight feast? All you need to do is ask. Craving an in-villa couples’ massage, while the kids learn about Balinese culture? No problem, staff will set up candles and massage tables, as the children tinker with gamelan instruments. As a guest of the Sungai’s, you will be treated with the deference and kindness inherent in Balinese culture.
Our Bali villa team have the talent for somehow materialising at just the right moment to present you with another cup of ginger tea, or perhaps the kaffir and lemongrass infused signature cocktail.
Our Bali villa manager, Made, having met you at the airport, will help you plan your daily itinerary, make reservations in the best-known restaurants, or in some of the more unusual and unique, and can arrange a wide variety of custom Bali adventures, from white water rafting to bicycle riding or even to Balinese dance lessons.
“What an incredible time we all had at Villa Sungai & Sungai Gold!!! From the moment we saw Made’s smiling face greeting us at the airport, I knew we were in for something truly special. Every detail is absolutely impeccable at the Villa, truly, truly beautiful & with such touching & heartfelt care & pride & hospitality from the team, honestly they all felt like family. Each & every one of them bringing a personal touch & their skill & pride & smiles, so, so lovely, it’s a destination with heart & that can be a rare & precious thing to find, just beautiful” says a recent guest LM from Sydney.
To find out more about our Bali Villa Staff and the Sungai Bali’s luxury Bali villa team, have a look at our guest testimonials on the Rave Reviews page.
Bali Dream Villa – our guests tell us about their Bali holiday highlights.
We absolutely love to hear guest reviews and this is no exception. A recent guest spoke about their Bali dream villa and we couldn’t me more pleased to hear these wonderful reviews thank you!
Bali Dream Villa Guest Review 1
Thank you so much for touching base today and for sharing the absolutely stunning Sungai Gold with us. We had a brilliant holiday. We are soooooo relaxed and we feel the time we spent at the villa has helped us to become closer as a family. We’ve certainly created memories to last a lifetime! We will miss our friends Made, Putu, Iluh, Bumi and Wayan very much. Their thoughtfulness and good company was the highlight of our stay. Thank you too for posting the cook book. I am touched by your generosity and I greatly look forward to receiving it – and finding out the secret to all those delicious dishes!!! We’re not sure when, but we will definitely be back to stay at Sungai Gold again one day.
Cecchini Family, Melbourne
Bali Dream Villa Guest Review 2
Dear Pamela & Made,
Pamela, my apologies for the delay in responding to your email, but the trip has impacted me at a number of levels and I have taken a little while to reflect on the experience before emailing you I hadn’t realised just how tightly wound my mind had become, and it is only now that I can appreciate walking through the gate at Sungai Gold was the perfect tonic. After much reflection, I think I can sum up my week by telling you it was – the. best. holiday. ever.
Friends have asked me “how was Bali?” and each time I have smiled warmly and replied that the week felt like a carefree childhood holiday – I lived in my bathers, wore no shoes, slept well, read a book, gazed into the distance, swam, and didn’t have to think. Of course the team were wonderful and ensured all our needs were met…even when we didn’t realise it. I commend each and every one of them.
I have returned to my regular life relaxed and smiling…and holding a little bit of that Sungai Gold magic close to my heart. Thank you. We are already talking about a return visit…but this time for MUCH longer than 6 nights.
Bali Dream Villa Guest Review 3
Firstly we had a fantastic time so thank you! Also the lovely gift is now proudly at our front door and a reminder each day of our relaxing and peaceful ‘other home’. I have completed the Luxury Traveller voting and also a trip advisor review (see below) which you might like to see a copy of. The combination of the beautiful villa is perfectly matched with the beautiful people who look after all the guests. You must consider it a blessing to be able to trust Made and the team to deliver your desire for a luxurious relaxing holiday of choice. Even the most luxurious place could be let down by the staff who do not make the experience special. You have a wonderful combination, thank you for our fantastic experience. We have already told many people of our fantastic stay and I certainly hope that some book their holiday at Villa Sungai or Sungai Gold so that you remain as successful as you are. Thanks again, Warm regards
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Bali Dream Villa Guest Review 4
“You will be relaxed as soon as you arrive in this paradise.”
It’s hard to write a review that doesn’t repeat what everyone else writes about this beautiful place – but it’s all true and more. From the perfectly organised airport butler and driver to the special welcome at the villa, the smiling faces and willing team members (not going to use the word staff as these people are above and beyond that word) every day is special and the service keeps coming up 10 out of 10 always. Nothing is too much trouble and any request is met with a smiling face, something that other places could learn from. The villa – Sungai Gold is a beautiful haven with so much space that you don’t feel like you are cramped at all but in someone’s special holiday home – ours for the week this time, but will I am sure become a familiar place to us. The manager Made has the whole place running like a well-oiled machine. The Team, most have been there with Made from the beginning 12 years ago – wow! The girls are all beautiful and if we went out for the day our return to the villa, all lit up and smelling of the beautiful signature scent, would be so welcoming when we got back we would just go ‘ahh we are home”! Only home doesn’t have your room all perfectly prepared, your washing from the day all done and back hanging, the evening canapes ready with a drink whenever you are and Wayan waiting for you to let him know the time you would like dinner served! (could I really be royalty after all?) Pamela, the owner has a wonderful relationship with the team and a great sense of providing the very best of anything you may want to make your stay special. The days we were driven about by Made, Bumi or Wayan were always very comfortable and accommodating in every way. Cool drinks and cool towels on board were always so very thoughtful. If you want to feel relaxed, luxuriate with style and made feel very special then this is for you. Thanks to Pamela, Made and the Team.
The Lychee Martini is a favourite Cocktail at our Bali Villa
We recently had a lovely group of Australian bloggers come and stay with us at our Bali Villa. One of the group’s favourite cocktails was our Lychee Martini, so we thought we might share this special signature recipe with you.
According to Lychees Online “One of the most important characteristics of a lychee martini is the wonderful sweet fragrance and flavor of the fresh lychee fruit. A good lychee martini should smell and taste like lychee. As the martini is slowly sipped it should conjure up images of exotic and far away tropical places. The more authentic is the lychee flavoring the better the drinking experience”
Lychee Martini Recipe
45ml vodka 30ml
15ml lychee juice/syrup
Lime juice from 1 lime wedge
Shake with ice
Garnish: lychee in bottom of glass
The Villa Sungai Recipe Book
If you love this Lychee Martini recipe, don’t forget that you can now purchase the VILLA SUNGAI cookbook – a lovely collection of all of your favourite recipes from the Villa. From breakfast, lunch & dinner to delicious desserts and your favourite cocktails you can now enjoy all of your favourites at home. The cook book is $30AUD and all of the sales will go towards ongoing funding of MADE’S English classes. If you are interested in supporting the classes, or purchasing a cook book then please do email us at [email protected]
About the The Villa Sungai Bar
Australian, French, Italian, New Zealand and local wines plus a comprehensive range of cocktails are available from the bar at wholesale prices and unlike restaurants and resorts, attract no extra taxes.
A wider range of wines, champagnes & beers can be ordered in for you in advance of your arrival (also at wholesale prices and without corkage). Such special orders will be charged to your account immediately, irrespective of whether you consume them all during your stay at the villa or not…we will be happy to send you our wholesalers list if you are interested, however, most guests rely on the villa range.
Please note that USD10 corkage per bottle will be charged for wines brought in by guests, however, BYO duty free spirits are welcome without corkage for use with mixed drinks (not cocktails). [Please note that there is a 1 litre alcohol limit per adult into Bali]
Bali Luxury Villas host blogger retreat and pop up dinner
Some of the top Australian photographers and bloggers come to explore our Bali Luxury Villas and host the very first Bali blogger retreat and eat read love pop up dinner. If you follow us on social media you will have seen reports of the Bloggers Retreat that was held across both villas: Sungai and Sungai Gold (= Sungai Platinum Residence) in late August.
Our Bali Luxury Villa played host to an extraordinarily talented group from the Sydney area. Their websites and social media links make for intriguing reading!
The blogger retreat at our Bali luxury Villas culminated in a fabulouseat read love pop up dinner. Natalie Hayllar is a master of these, hostingin various locations including Sydney’s Hotel Centennial. Natalie is also the Sydney host for Kinfolk Magazine events, so we were thrilled that she chose the SUNGAI’s for her inaugural international pop up event. Lisa Madigan and Natalie Hayllar created magic in the SUNGAI ‘great room’ for the event.
Videographers David Child and Katrina Parker stayed on after the Pop Up Dinner to shoot some video footage for the villas that should be on our website shortly. We can’t wait to see it as their work is amongst the best!
Villa Sungai is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with friends, and also one of the most perfect wedding and honeymoon villas you will find in Bali. We hope to share more from the Bali pop up dinner soon to inspire your very own special event at Villa Sungai. Stay tuned to the Villa Sungai blog for all of the photos and stories from the Blogger Retreat coming very soon.
Couples at Australia’s favourite Balinese luxury villa, Villa Sungai, get even more love with the expansion of Sungai Gold, the exclusive ‘owner’s villa.’
Sungai Gold already features the same premium services as Villa Sungai with exclusive only hire, twenty-four hour butlers, personal chefs and chauffeurs and a private concierge in the same magical village location twenty minutes from Legian. Only now, after recent renovations, Sungai Gold has more space with two identical master suites.
Couples can choose to use the second master suite as a dedicated spa treatment room for in-house spa therapy or convert the master suite to two king singles when travelling with children. Two couples travelling together also have the option of a third sleeping space if needed in the Sungai Gold leisure pavilion with a king or king singles bed with private ensuite.
Further expansions to the purpose built Sungai Gold include a second pool deck giving guests a total of four luxury pool loungers plus a king day bed that overlooks the full size pool. Sungai Gold rates for couples have been protected with the expansion to ensure that Sungai Gold is still the best option for those looking for bespoke and intimate romance with luxury in Bali.
Expect the full service and sophistication of the finest hotel with the privacy and exclusivity of a private residence. Bespoke white washed teak furniture mixes it up with Kartell and Philippe Starck trimmings, Chopard and bespoke toiletries and the softest white linens – the best luxury in Bali.
Sungai Gold’s jungle setting in an authentic village twenty five minutes from Legian, provides a natural soundtrack for the ideal holiday destination where intuitive service leads. It is no surprise that the flagship Villa Sungai together with Sungai Gold have featured on Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List for ‘best overseas boutique property’ every year since 2009 and topped the list in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Larger parties may wish to exclusively book both the three bedroom Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold for the ultimate house party with glamour, two full size pools, six king bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
“Two ridiculously private residences that fuse a traditional village experience with five-star trappings to create a bespoke idyll”