For those looking to escape the city and the crowds, Villa Hibiscus is a unique 3-bedroom villa located down a quiet laneway just minutes from Merta Sari Beach in Sanur. Nature is the predominant theme here, as the grounds are awash in tropical flowers, coconut and frangipani trees, tranquil fish ponds and fountains, and a gorgeous 18-metre swimming pool takes centre place in front of the thatched roofed buildings. Designed in traditional Balinese style with semi-open living areas, carved wooden detailing and exotic artworks, Villa Hibiscus is the perfect hideaway for anyone seeking a peaceful and pretty escape amid nature.
Outdoor living is a given at Villa Hibiscus, where you can catch some rays on a lounger in the garden or cool off in the clear waters of the pool. The breezy relaxation bale at the end of the pool is the perfect place for catnaps and good books, and there is a traditional Indonesian lumbung, or rice barn, laden in cushions and hidden away in the garden that makes for a secluded and serene meditation spot. Of course, you can also get out and explore the many laid-back cafes and restaurants along the beach or watch the kids frolic on the sand and in the sea.
Come sunset time, the verandah next to the kitchen pavilion is the spot to be, as you can sip on chilled drinks while watching the sky fade into a myriad of hues. The smiling staff will make sure your drinks never run dry while they prepare you a gourmet feast of fine Balinese, Indonesian or international dishes. Should you feel like entertaining guests at your private garden villa, simply notify the staff ahead of time, and they can prepare cocktails, canapes, BBQ feasts and more.
After the sun sets you can head up to the lounge on the mezzanine level of the main building and sink into the cushions on the huge Chinese daybeds or settle into one of the beanbags and take in a movie or two on the 47-inch flat screen TV. You can also gather with family and friends on the sofas in the living room and have a drink or two at the cozy wooden bar while listening to good tunes played on your state-of-the-art audio system. On clear nights a dip in the pool under the stars is also a must.
At the end of the day you can retire to your spacious bedroom where you will find comfortable beds made up with fine linens and soft pillows, beautiful artworks on the walls, air-conditioning and ceiling fans for your comfort and gorgeous ensuite bathrooms with roomy stone tubs. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, the second bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and the third bedroom is perfect for children with two double beds. Each bedroom also has a verandah that overlooks the gardens, so you can drift off to sleep listening to the frogs in the ponds, and wake up to the sound of birds chirping in the trees.
Reservations: Villa Hibiscus