WHERE TO STAY IN CANGGU, BALI
If you’re looking for a 5 star luxury villa experience.
Villa Sungai is located in the rural village of Cepaka, just a short drive from Canggu. It’s perfectly suited for families or groups of friends traveling together, with the choice of two 1-3-bedroom suite villas. There’s of course always the option to take over both villas for the ultimate holiday experience. Both villas are perched along the banks of a small river that’s surrounded by jungle and offers complete privacy. The local village also features sprawling green rice fields, temples and marigold fields (my new favourite flower). Staying here not only gives you the experience of living in a local village, but it also feels a world away from the congested roads and tourist filled paths of Seminyak.
The overall vibe and design of the villas is a mix of white and neutral colours so as to not detract from its stunning natural surroundings, and it works as everything seems to blend in seamlessly. All rooms of course feature an outdoor shower, with the master room also having a bathtub. I mean are you even in Bali if there isn’t an outdoor shower?? However, the main feature of the 3-bedroom suite villa we stayed in is clearly the 18m-lap pool with an infinity edge that plunges into the river and jungle below. There’s also a spa facility where you can indulge in anything your heart desires, from massages to facials or manicures.
The staff at Villa Sungai have been exceptionally trained to ensure every guest feels truly looked after. This all started from the moment I was picked up from my previous accommodation by the villa manager Made, with the car stocked with water, peanuts and cold towels. It’s the small details like this that really sets Villa Sungai apart. Made also offers tours of the local Cepaka village where he and the majority of the villa staff live. I was able to spend a morning walking around with Made through the quiet streets visiting the local shop where families buy their supplies each morning, through the rice fields and my personal favourite the marigold fields. We also visited his home to see the difference between the design and layout of a Balinese family compound compared to homes in the Western world. Made also hosts an English program in a make shift classroom that’s been built at his house for the children in his village. Guests at Villa Sungai are encouraged during the reservation process to bring pencils and books or simply make a donation to the English program. It really is great to see when hotels and guests are able to give back to the local community.
Villa Sungai also has perhaps the world’s largest movie collection, which comes in very handy during those rainy days. With an entire booklet listing every single movie including a synopsis, they’d clearly gone to quiet some effort to ensure you have a never-ending supply of movies. In regards to the meals at Villa Sungai, they were easily on par with the most well known fine dining and award-winning restaurants in Bali. With fresh locally sourced ingredients and their innovative approach to food (in particular their Indonesian dishes), their 6 star quality meals were truly the highlight of my time there and what I’ll remember most.
[Article reposted with permission. Original article from One World Just Go]