Villa The Beji sits in the rural district of Canggu on a west facing rice terrace, down a short track off Pantai Berawa about 2 kilometres from the main Canggu Road and a similar distance to the Indian Ocean. The villa faces a small stream lined with trees behind which are the Finns Recreation Club (10 mins), some villas and local village houses, and the tiny village of Pelambengan. The nearest beach is Berawa but the rolling surf of Echo Beach (Batu Mejan) with its many casual restaurants is more popular. To the southeast, about 10 minutes drive away, are the trendy shops and restaurants of Seminyak. Legian and the more crowded nightlife hub of Kuta are a further 15 minutes drive away depending on the traffic. Shops such as the Bali Deli, Canggu Deli and Carrefour are easily accessible although provisioning is willingly undertaken by the villa staff on your behalf at small extra charge. Villa The Beji is remote so a car is recommended although there are taxis in the area.
Canggu has become the collective name for a number of villages (including Berawa, Tegal Gundul, Tiyingtukul, Pererenan, Nelayan and Babakan), which, until very recently, could still be described as a sleepy coastal locale. It's now one of Bali's coolest districts.
Here, amongst the rice fields which extend all the way down to the beach, you will not only find some of the most luxurious private residences on the island, but also a great selection of eclectic restaurants, cafes, bakeries, boutiques and beach bars – especially along Jalan Batu Bolong, which runs right down to the beach. Popular spots include Finns Beach Club, Old Mans, La Laguna, The Lawn and Ji @ Bale Sutra.
Canggu is also an area that most surfers will know about, with reef swells that are larger than those you will find further south in Kuta and Seminyak. Swimming isn’t advisable however as the rips can be dangerous, but there are plenty of other things to do from horseback riding to cooking classes. Finns Recreation Club (for which many holiday villas in the area include guest membership) offers social and leisure amenities, including Splash waterpark, Bounce trampoline centre, Strike bowling, a state-of-the art gym, a 25m swimming pool and a tennis and squash centre.
Along the coast to the north of Canggu is Pura Tanah Lot; a sea temple perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock and probably the most photographed sight in Bali. Sophisticated Seminyak, a few kilometres south of Canggu, lays claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, including Sarong, La Lucciola and Ku Dé Ta, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas and elegant boutiques.
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life’s more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours’ flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
Our stay at Villa The Beji was delightful. The villa is incredibly well laid out, especially for families – it would make a smashing venue for two or three families to share. All six bedrooms are fabulously spacious and have extravagant bathrooms, and the living areas are all strategically positioned for parents to keep a watchful eye on children. There’s a huge amount to do at the villa itself – swimming pool, home theatre room, table tennis and gym, as well as a tennis and basketball court and a mini football pitch (the latter shared with the adjacent sister villa). If that’s not enough, nearby is the beach and the Finns Recreation Club, which provides first class recreational and leisure facilities. Guests of Villa The Beji enjoys complimentary access to the exclusive Finns Recreation Club Guests for up to 6 guests daily.
The Beji’s staff were a real pleasure and made our stay very easy – the chef produced great food, the waiters and waitresses were discreetly attentive and the villa manager very keen to assist. They made the villa particularly hard to leave when it was time to head home!
Entry into Villa The Beji is through an imposing cantilevered door standing two metres tall. Most of the villa is hidden until you reach the open-sided living room, where the full array of pavilions, lawn and swimming pool are revealed below.
The villa’s six bedroom suites are housed in individual pavilions. Either side of the pool are the two huge master suites. Each has an expansive terrace overlooking the pool with steps leading down into the turquoise waters. King-size four-posters dominate these bedrooms, leading from which are dressing areas and vast semi-open-air bathrooms with teak-decked baths and rain showers.
The remaining four bedrooms are in pairs alongside the lawn. Each enjoys its own terrace, and similarly generous dressing areas and bathrooms with sunken baths and outside showers. A large decked living space is shared by each pair – an ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon out of the heat of the Bali sun.
Vaulted ceilings, TVs with DVD players, stereos and air-conditioning feature in all six bedrooms. Sliding wood-weave doors, mature gardens and koi-carp-filled ponds give each bedroom its own space and a sense of privacy.
Adjacent to the living room is an open dining area with a four-meter-long table made from a single tree. Benches seat 16. Service is from the modern and extremely well-equipped kitchen, the domain of the in-house chef and his support staff. Drinks are typically served in the open-air sunken lounge bar between the living and dining rooms.
Above the kitchen and staff quarters is a media room with projection TV screen, DVD player and stereo. An outside terrace offers commanding views of the tennis court and surrounding rice terraces.