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Welcome to our press room where we keep you up to date with the most significant media coverages.

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Luxury Travel Media Gold List

Best Overseas Small Hotel 2018…….

Gold List Award

Vacations & Travel Magazine

Heaven has a new name…….

Vacations & Travel

Absolutely London

A lovely link….. 7 Best Places to stay in Bali & Lombok

Absolutely London


When you experience that unique personal touch




A Luxury Travel Blog

Luxury Travel Blog’s SUITE OF THE WEEK

A Luxury Travel Blog

The Whole Tara

The Villa in Bali for Honeymooners and Friends: Sungai Villas

The Whole Tara

Vacation style

Sungai Gold: The Super Intimate One

Vacation style

Holidays with Kids

There is a variety of accommodation choices for families but for something out of the ordinary, the stunning Villa Sungai, a bespoke luxury villa situated in lush jungle overlooking a river, lies just 10 minutes from Canggu in the village of Cepaka. With it comes personal service fit for royalty and incredible access to local experiences that the kids will adore.

Luxury and Boutique Hotels

My stay at Sungai is simply exquisite. Everything is perfectly designed, planned and executed. There are not enough superlatives to describe staying at Sungai.


Luxury and Boutique Hotels

[SUNGAI placed in their top 8 worldwide hotels]

Khush Magazine

Make this slice of paradise your Honeymoon HQ

Khush Magazine

We always welcome journalist visits so do come and stay so that you can experience Sungai and Sungai Gold first hand in all their glory.

Gourmet Traveller

Eat, Play, Love:

Nestled in the rice-farming village of Cepaka, about 35 minutes from Seminyak, Villa Sungai costs from $1,100++ a night for up to six guests; Sungai Gold costs from $650++ for one couple; $800++ for use of both master suites. Sungai Platinum Residence (use of 5 king guest suites across both villas) costs from AUD1,900++. Dedicated chauffeured vehicle, laundry, breakfast and first night canapés are included.

Gourmet Traveller

Sydney Morning Herald

Bali has made a name for itself as a leader in luxury digs. Belinda Jackson reveals 10 of the island’s very best.

Sydney Morning Herald

NineMSN Travel

Best for pampering service: Villa Sungai, Bali, Indonesia

NineMSN Travel

Australian Financial Review

Australian Financial Review’s pick of glamorous resort pools

Jaw-dropping views often divide the sexiest hotel pools from the council-run variety. Take for instance, the untouched jungle enveloping the wet-edge pool at the award-winning Villa Sungai in Bali…

Australian Financial Review

Classic Lifestyle Magazine 2014 World Edition

Villa Sungai: Heaven on Earth

Having experienced many hotels and resorts the world over, I definitely have the qualifications to rate these properties, and I can honestly say that Villa Sungai is the most exclusive hotel or resort I have ever seen…[Phil Harte, Publisher]

Gazia Luxist Lullaby

Poolside bliss-outs, princess-worthy service, four-poster beds, showers under the stars…

Heaven has a new name, discovers Susie Burge

Luxury Travel Magazine

World’s 36 Best Private Villas

Smith Hotels

Melbourne hairdresser supremo Steven Blick lets his hair down reviewing tropical Villa Sungai in Bali for Smith, but restrains his Keith Moon tendencies

Mr & Mrs Smith 

House and Garden

Far from the madding crowds, Australian House and Garden’s Melissa Mylchreest finds a kind of luxurious solitude at the award-winning Sungai Gold villa.

The Age

The Age Traveller: Sheer Villa Power

The Age

The accommodation is luxurious, the food is some of the best I’ve eaten (anywhere in the world), and best of all, despite being tucked away in a village, there is a driver at your disposal to take you out and about if you’re an explorer like me. Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Ubud are all an enjoyable drive away.

Working with The Luxe Nomad, Jasmin and I were lucky to stay at the gorgeous Villa Sungai, our own mini villa complete with the most enormous (and frankly most comfortable) beds I’ve ever slept in. Our villa was located amongst the jungle on the banks of a river, between Seminyak and Ubud – the perfect balance of relaxed and party atmosphere.

Villa Sungai – for the ultimate in luxury you cannot look past Villa Sungai. Winner of the Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List 2013, with VIP Customs express, chauffeur driver, private day spa, personal chef and the most amazing secluded Villa you will not need for anything in this ultimate Bali haven. The service is without a doubt the best I have ever had and the Villa is just divine. With luxe extras like Aqua di Parma beauty products, large white canopy beds, white washed interiors and Louis Ghost Chairs this is Bali 6 star! Kid friendly or secluded honeymoon retreat, take your pick.

Luxury Travellers Guide

A Bespoke Experience in Bali – Villa Sungai

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.

Luxury Travellers Guide

Luxury Travel Gold List

After placing second to Huka Lodge NZ in 2009 ahead of Como Shambala and several Amans within Indonesia, the cream of New Zealand and South African lodges, Blakes in London and the best of Fiji’s islands, SUNGAI BALI topped the Luxury Travel’s GOLD LIST as ‘Best Overseas Boutique Property, Villa or Lodge’ in 2010, 2011, and then again in 2013. Amongst the Top Ten properties this year were Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy and the New Zealand lodges: Huka, Blanket Bay, Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri.

UPDATE 2015:

In 2014 Villa Sungai was (i) the only private villa, (ii) the only Bali property, (iii) and ahead of all South Pacific, South African and European properties, amongst the record 30 finalists. In 2015 SUNGAI was thrilled to achieve top 5 in a huge field, and once again ahead of its great competition HUKA LODGE and all the other amazing New Zealand luxury lodges.

Luxury Travel Gold List

Harper’s Bazaar

“Far from Bali’s madding peak-season crowds sits Villa Sungai and its romantic little sister, SUNGAI GOLD: two ridiculously private residences that fuse a traditional village experience with five-star trappings to create a bespoke idyll.”

Harper’s Bazaar – Escape World Tour

XO Private Collection

“Within an unspoiled village on the south-west coast, Sungai Bali is a distinguished luxury villa with the sophistication, inclusions and full service of the finest hotel, but with privacy and the exclusivity of a private residence.”

Chic Honeymoons

“Certain elements make for a great romantic vacation – a quiet location within an interesting and beautiful area, lavishly appointed rooms complete with luxurious amenities, delicious wholesome food whipped up by gourmet chefs using fresh ingredients and in-house spa services. Villa Sungai Bali provides all these.”

HFC Great Destination Weddings

They are the epitome of privacy and outrageous pampering for extraordinary honeymoons. Your overwhelming memories will be the magical location, exquisite food, flawless service … chic destinations with the wow factor.

JETSETTER: Villa living

Located a world away from the bustle of Kuta and the bar strips of Legian, one Balinese villa property instils the magic of an island undiscovered.

Scoop Traveller: Bali bliss

I would recommend the Villas Sungai and Gold to anyone looking for an exclusive villa experience with family, friends or as a couple. In my estimation, it is equal to the finest of its kind in Bali.

The Hot List Bali

Like a highly sought-after precious metal, Sungai Gold is worthy of its name. It’s a heavenly retreat in which to rest and be revitalised, while the rest of them are contending with boisterous Bintang-guzzling backpacker types.

Sungai – a world that time forgot

This isn’t a villa; it’s a rural experience of sumptuous proportions. Staying here is juxtaposition between Balinese village life and living like the Sultan of Brunei.

The Weekend Australian

Destination Luxury

Villa Sungai in Bali is the perfect sanctuary for stressed holiday-makers

– Susan Kurosawa

The Weekend Australian

Where to wake up to the best panoramas on earth

The view through glass doors from the net-canopied four-poster bed is of a silky private pool and, beyond, the jungle-clad banks of the sluggish Penet River.

– Susan Kurosawa

Ultimate Boating and Lifestyle: Superlative Sungai

On an island rhapsodised by backpackers and the jet-set alike, Villa Sungai stands alone

Vacations and Travel: Bali Highs

The Indonesian resort island of Bali never fails to impress with its ever-more-luxurious collection

of resorts and villas, breezy beachside bars and restaurants, and blissful spas.

– Natasha Dragun

Westweekend: Heaven Can Wait

Welcome to a world where nothing is too much trouble, a private sanctuary of beauty and bounty.

Can such a place really welcome children, too?

“For someone like me with an incredible amount of food allergies and intolerances, this personalised service is priceless as it means I’ll be able to relax and enjoy our vacation.”

Luxury Travel Magazine
We featured in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Annual Travel Planner

Thank you – we had a WONDERFUL time! It was magic! (your team are superstars)

Hayley Rotteveel