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You know you’re well and truly in Bali as soon as you step foot in Villa Ria Sayan. This gorgeous 2-Bedroom private villa resting atop the Sayan Ridge is tropical living at its best, with natural wood and stone architecture, lush manicured gardens with ponds and fountains, an infinity pool overlooking the rice fields and the village temple across the gorge, and beautiful antique furnishings and art. Plus, you are only minutes away from the centre of Ubud, where you’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants, art galleries and cultural performances.
A private driveway leads you to the antique gateway that marks the entrance of Villa Ria Sayan. Walk through the wooden doors, and you find yourself on a pathway of stepping stones that makes its way across tranquil fish ponds to the main building. Here you can turn right to enter the large open-air living and dining room, or keep going straight to the pool deck and stunning infinity pool.
Inside the villa, alang-alang ceilings add a touch of the tropical and antique Indonesian furniture and artwork creates an exotic feel to the rooms. Hand-woven textiles and silk pillows adorn the plush sofas, armchairs and daybeds, and open-sided walls and floor to ceiling windows allow light and air to stream in and offer views of the tropical greenery and volcanic peaks in the distance.
At Villa Ria Sayan, you get the best of both worlds, as the rooms inside offer A/C, comfortable spots to recline and relax and modern amenities, while the gardens outside are where you’ll find tropical flowers and fruit trees, the refreshing infinity pool, and plenty of shady places to enjoy the gentle breezes and sounds of the birds in the trees, water bubbling in the fountains and the haunting melodies of the gamelan orchestra from the temple across the river valley.
The living and dining area at Villa Ria Sayan takes up almost the entire the ground floor, and is open on three sides, so you feel as though you are amid greenery and the sounds of nature, yet protected from the elements. Everywhere you look you see carved wooden doors and screens, antique stone statues, intriguing paintings, cushioned chairs and wooden tables. On one side of the room, an oversized sofa with soft pillows sits facing the pool and river gorge, and on the other side, a wooden dining table is set with contemporary plates, glasses and colorful napkins. Surrounding the living and dining area are stone walls for privacy, water fountains, ponds and tropical plants and flowers.
From the entrance foyer, you can go through the antique wooden Balinese doors in the back of the main building to access the 2 master luxury bedrooms. Each bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed draped in colorful linens and light mosquito netting and garden-style ensuite bathrooms with huge stone bathtubs and natural stone tiled showers. Large windows and sliding glass doors look out to the gardens, soft lighting sets the mood at night, and guests can opt for A/C to cool down or ceiling fans for a more natural feeling.
If you head up the timber stairs in the entrance foyer, you reach the second level of Villa Ria Sayan, where you will find a large balcony overlooking the pool in front of the study. In the study, there is an oversized desk where you can check up on emails or get some work done, plush armchairs, an entertainment center with a satellite TV, VCD and CD player, a well-stocked library with books on everything from travel to fiction to architecture, and a bar fridge so you don’t have to go downstairs every time you need a drink. There is also an antique Javanese bed here and an ensuite bathroom, so this room can double as an extra bedroom.
For those who want to stay fit during your holiday Villa Ria Sayan also offers a small gym next to the separate staff quarters near the entrance gate. However, most people find that doing laps in the lengthy pool or trekking in the surrounding hills and jungles is exercise enough.
Villa Ria Sayan’s natural stone tiled infinity pool is one of the key focal points of the villa, as the turquoise waters of the pool are surrounded by a lovely pool deck with sun loungers, umbrellas and a shaded dining table, as well as a small covered bale (gazebo) that sits over the water. The views from the pool deck are simply spectacular, as you can see all the way to the other side of the Sayan gorge, and on particular evenings, you may even catch glimpses of a ceremony taking place at the temple on the other side.
|Period||Price per night||Min stay|
|10 Jan 2018 to 30 Mar 2018||US$ 375 ++||2 nights|
|30 Mar 2018 to 06 Apr 2018||US$ 450 ++||5 nights|
|06 Apr 2018 to 26 Jun 2018||US$ 375 ++||2 nights|
|26 Jun 2018 to 02 Aug 2018||US$ 450 ++||5 nights|
|02 Aug 2018 to 17 Aug 2018||US$ 485 ++||7 nights|
|17 Aug 2018 to 01 Sep 2018||US$ 450 ++||5 nights|
|01 Sep 2018 to 19 Dec 2018||US$ 375 ++||2 nights|
|19 Dec 2018 to 09 Jan 2019||US$ 485 ++||7 nights|
++ Villa rates are subject to 15.5% service charge and taxes.
Despite feeling like your own private home, Villa Ria Sayan also offers five-star personal service that rivals any hotel. The professional team here includes a villa manager, chef, housekeeper, security guards and garden and pool attendants.
Although the staff go out of their way to be as unobtrusive as possible, they are always on hand to serve cold drinks, prepare delicious meals made to order, make sure the rooms and grounds are spotless, and arrange activities like tours, spa services, shopping trips, or cultural performances.
In addition, the private dining menu was created by a chef from a five-star resort who also trained the staff in safe food handling, preparation and presentation. Guests can order light lunches, cocktail snacks and delectable dinners, and you only pay for the cost of the ingredients.
|LOCATION||Ubud, Bali, Indonesia|
|CAPACITY||4 Guests (plus additional antique Javanese bed in the study including an ensuite bathroom).|
|LIVING AREAS||Living and dining pavilion, kitchen, large gardens, infinity pool, patio and bale, alfresco dining, study/media room, gym.|
|GUEST SUITES||Two master guest bedrooms with garden style ensuite bathrooms. Each is furnished with four poster, king size bed with mosquito net, ceiling fan, and air conditioning.|
|POOL||5 x 10 m infinity pool.|
|STAFF||Villa manager, chef, villa attendants, security guards. Additional staff, including babysitters and masseuses, available on request (extra charges apply).|
|DINING||Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).|
|COMMUNICATION||WiFi internet access, landline for local calls, mobile phone coverage.|
|ENTERTAINMENT||The study is furnished with a three quarter size antique Javanese bed, oversize desk, armchairs and entertainment center. Equipment includes a bar fridge, telephone/fax, satellite flat screen HD television, VCD and CD players; and a growing library of recent fiction, books on culture, local design, and guidebooks.|
|CHILDREN||Baby Cots available.|
|SPA||In-villa treatments selected can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies).|
|ADDITIONAL||Back-up generator, safety deposit boxes.|
|TRANSPORT||Car & driver can be arranged at special rate of $25++ per day.|
|PROPERTY AREA||230 sqm (villa), 1500 sqm (land)|
Villa Ria Sayan is located down a narrow, private drive in a traditional Balinese village, a few minute drive from Ubud, the arts and culture capital of Bali. The private, walled compound is perched on the edge of the famous Sayan Ridge with spectacular views across the gorge to terraced rice fields, an active Balinese temple, and views to the volcanoes beyond.