Villa Mandalay is an enchanting oasis stunningly located among verdant rice fields flowing down to the Indian Ocean on the south-west coast, yet only 10 minutes from Canggu. The villa is just minutes from Seseh Beach and the beautiful sea temple of Tanah Lot.
A stepping-stone path leads across a flourishing lily pond to the entrance of Villa Mandalay, whose symmetrical design creates a tasteful and elegant ambiance. Single story contemporary Balinese-style pavilions are arranged in a U-shape around a long rectangular swimming pool, with two guest bedrooms bordering each side and the two master suites flanking the main living and dining area. Stairs lead down to a studio bedroom adjacent to the sauna overlooking the golf lawns. This retreat features a fan-cooled living and dining pavilion with its wooden floors, soaring ceiling, and evocative Indonesian artwork. A glass-topped dining table seats 12, with an additional small table seating four. Large alcoves on either side have built-in sofas upholstered in earthy hues, and coffee tables are strewn with magazines. A bar at the back is equipped with an iPod dock and surround-sound system, while ethnic artifacts are displayed against a red feature wall. A guest washroom lies to one side and on the other is a kitchen equipped with everything required to cook up a storm. The steep sloping rattan ceilings of the mezzanine media room create an atmospheric air-conditioned space for reclining on mattresses and cushions and watching the 62-inch TV and movies with surround-sound. Shelves are filled with DVDs and novels.
Steps lead down from the living room to the 25-meter swimming pool tiled in greenstone and surrounded by sun loungers shaded by stylish parasols. Walk along the timber deck to the atmospheric bamboo bale pavilion set in water gardens flourishing with brightly hued calla lilies and colorful fish. Furnished with a dining table, eight chairs, and a comfortable rattan lounge suite, the bale offers stunning rice-terrace views stretching towards the ocean. Descending to the lower level and adjacent to the studio bedroom, the aroma of cedarwood awaits in a full-sized Finnish-style sauna with a lovely garden outlook, and a separate shower room. The whole property is ringed with flourishing foliage, from frangipani to palms, and birds of paradise flowers. The six-tee pitch and putt golf course is laid out on perfectly manicured lawns but gives the sensation of being right in the middle of the rice fields. A thatched bale (pavilion) at the far side of the garden provides a place for a peaceful respite.