Chalina Estate lies on the outer edge of south-west Bali’s greenbelt and is consequently surrounded by rural village culture. There are no shops, boutiques or bristling restaurants to be found in this locale, just rice fields, farmers and sunshine. A great surf beach lies just a kilometre away where can be found a charming local restaurant offering grilled seafood and Indonesian favourites, along with cold beer and locally made wines. A little further to the south is Echo Beach, a formerly small surfer enclave with a handful of good quality shabby chic restaurants that is gradually turning (with the development of an ugly 80 apartment condotel block and shopping centre) into a new commercial hub for the ever-expanding Canggu area. Rest assured, however, it can’t be seen nor heard from the villa.
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.
Ever woken up to find yourself facing a giant postcard? Well it happened to us at Chalina Estate this morning. Having left the master suite curtains open, we awoke to rice fields and coconut trees of the deepest green against a backdrop of blue sky and mountains, all neatly framed by wide glass doors. Wish-you-were-here picture perfect and not a bad way to start a day.
And it just got better and better. We had a leisurely breakfast of perfectly cooked eggs and too much coffee before eventually relocating to the sun beds beside the pool to bake in the sun, read books, swim and be waited on by the butlers: and hardly a man-made noise to be heard all day, unless you count the clink of ice cubes in an empty glass anticipating a refill.
The Chalina Estate comprises several buildings and an impressive 30m swimming pool resting upon 5300sqm of marvellously manicured gardens bordered by the Pangi River and rice terraces, with glorious mountain views. The gardens are planted with towering coconut trees, lipstick palms and frangipanis, while a relaxation pavilion ‘floats’ above the pool.
The two-storey main pavilion presents two master suites and a guest room. On the upper floor, an enormous master suite has a sitting area, and a large balcony furnished with a sofa for relishing the awesome vista, especially at sunset. The bedroom has a centrally positioned king bed and a sexy ensuite bathroom fitted with a huge stainless steel bathtub and a monsoon shower. The second master suite is ideal for a family, with a king bed, a study area with a built-in desk, and a mezzanine floor furnished with a queen-size bed. The room is adjoined by a bathroom fitted with a bathtub and shower. Downstairs is a study room that can be converted into a twin bedroom, plus a king-bedded guest bedroom, both with ensuites fitted with bathtubs and showers.
Three more guest rooms are housed in stand-alone garden pavilions, furnished with king-size, four-poster beds. The bathrooms are fitted with walk-in rain showers. Sliding glass doors open to stone terraces with access to the swimming pool. All of the bedrooms are air-conditioned, and feature dressing areas and satellite-channel TV/DVD players.
A bunk room, with room for 10 extra guests (WC but no adjoining bathroom) is also available for large groups or those holding special events at the villa.
The huge living and dining pavilion is open on four sides under a soaring thatched roof; cooled by ceiling fans and furnished with a large L-shaped sofa around a coffee table. Four steps lead to up to the dining area where a table seats up to 14 guests. A professional stainless steel kitchen is positioned behind here.
The remaining pavilion houses an air-conditioned lounge bar and is furnished with two daybeds and a coffee table. TV and movies can be viewed on a large screen via a projector with surround-sound. The pavilion features concertina doors that fold open on two sides. On one side a terrace overlooks the river, and on the other a glass-topped table for eight provides an alfresco dining venue under the shade of a canvas sail.