Reminiscent of the lush green rice fields that surround it, the enchanting Villa Pangi Gita gently flows down a terraced hillside to a delightful free-form swimming pool next to the tranquil, 'singing' Pangi River that meanders through the sleepy rural village of Pererenan.
Designed for relaxation, peace and privacy, this three-bedroom luxury villa pays homage to its Balinese heritage with traditionally styled and exquisitely furnished living and sleeping pavilions, adorned with Asian antiques and nestled amongst sublime tropical gardens and trickling fish ponds.
Whether it's the warm smiles of the friendly staff, the hypnotic sounds of flowing water, or the sheer beauty of the villa and its Garden of Eden setting, one thing's for sure: this little piece of paradise is bound to delight families, attract couples and seduce even the most hardened workaholic into restful submission.
Designed by the same architects responsible for the iconic Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, this immaculate villa combines classic architecture with modern luxury and tropical landscaped gardens to create a truly standout property.
Guests enter the villa through carved wooden doors which lead to a covered Palimanan stone staircase flanked on one side by intricate limestone murals crafted by local artists, and on the other by a stepped water feature, home to a school of colourful carp. From here, a series of steps and flagstones crisscross luxuriant terraced gardens and connect the villa's three very private, stand-alone bedroom pavilions, impressive open-sided living area, study and dining room, eventually reaching a delightful free-form swimming pool by the river's edge.
Presiding over the gardens at the centre of the villa compound the open-sided living pavilion with its lofty two-tier roof, coconut wood pillars and cool cream terrazzo floors, makes an ideal base for entertaining and relaxing. A large Buddha statue flanked by vases of tropical flowers casts its eye over the white-cushioned lounge where guests can lie back, cooled by ceiling fans, and take in the natural setting or admire the owner's collection of antiques.
To one side of the living pavilion is a cozy air-conditioned study that can be converted as another bedroom when required (charges apply). It features a large TV and DVD player. A wall of bookshelves holds a good selection of books, games and puzzles as well as an extensive CD and DVD collection. In front of the study a fish pond is fed by water from decorative stone spouts carved in the image of the barong - a lion-like mythical Balinese character.
Stepping stones cross the fish pond to a handsome dining pavilion where a gleaming teak table seats up to eight guests. Although the dining pavilion offers the option of air-conditioning, three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows can be flung open to appreciate the songs of the river and the birdlife, the fragrances of the garden and views over the villa's temple towards the pool. A notable feature here is the antique wooden paneling that separates the dining room from the adjacent kitchen with its marble breakfast bar and bar stools.
Pangi Gita's garden provides a sensory experience like no other: the twittering birds, brightly coloured heliconias, darting dragonflies, fragrant frangipanis, tinkling fish ponds, river rapids, delicate temple offerings and farmers tending their crops in the neighbouring rice fields, combine to create the sights, sounds and smells of the real Bali. And to taste the real Bali you need go no further than the villa kitchen.
One of the best places to absorb the ambiance is alongside the green-stone pool, where the garden meets the river bank. Sun loungers shaded by bright red umbrellas and a thatched poolside bale offer a choice of spots for rest and relaxation. Those craving a bit of quiet time should seek out the single recliner on the wooden deck half way up the gardens, overlooking the river rapids.