With direct beach access Villa Batujimbar is the essence of authentic ‘Bali style’ – a treasure-filled destination with a rich history.
Originally the home of Bali resident and famous Australian artist Donald Friend. Built in 1970, designed by Sri Lankan ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa – renowned for creating harmonious relationships between buildings and landscape – exemplified by the two-storey moat-encircled Lembu Balé, centre stage within the beautifully designed gardens.
The lower level of the Lembu Balé displays the current owner’s astonishing collection of Balinese art – including the Donald Friend painting he bought from the artist in 1972. This collection rivals Bali’s finest galleries and museums (guests are welcome to view the collection on special request).
Throughout the villa there are architectural treasures, rare artefacts, and heirloom paintings that celebrate Balinese art and craftsmanship. Within the extensive gardens are many moss-encrusted statuary and intricately carved stone reliefs. The island’s beauty is reflected in the construction of the villa – alang-alang thatched roofs, coral walls, lava stone steps, and teakwood and terrazzo floors.
The location, art and craft are the reasons Villa Batujimbar has attracted celebrity guests. Batujimbar’s guests include Sting (who gave an impromptu concert), Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (who got married here), Yoko Ono, and members of the Thai, Malaysian and British royal families.
The villa sleeps up to 16, can hold 180 for a special event, and has a room for the nanny next to the children’s quarters.
Location: Batujimbar Estate, Bali, Indonesia
Capacity: 14 adults and 2 children (8 bedrooms: 7 with king-size beds, 1 with small twins). 2 additional beds available for an extra charge.
Living areas: Open-sided living pavilion; Lembu Balé lounge; poolside veranda; garden dining bale with table for 10; air-conditioned dining room with table for 12; beachfront balé.
Pool: 20 x 7 x 1.75 metres.
Staff: Villa manager; butlers; housekeepers; cook; gardeners; engineer; security. Masseuses and babysitters available on request (extra charge).
Dining: A wide variety of Balinese, Indonesian and international dishes are available for in-house dining.
Communication: Fixed line PABX phones in all rooms; wireless broadband internet access.
Entertainment: Satellite channel TVs, Bose speakers.
For families: A baby cot, high chair and toys are available on request.
Sports: Air-conditioned gym with Vectra weight machine, treadmill, cross-trainer, and Life Fitness abdominal machine; full-size tennis court (rackets and balls supplied); 2 canoes.
Transport: Batujimbar is centrally located, and most local attractions can be easily reached on foot. Villa staff can call one of Bali’s safe and reasonably priced metered taxis, or arrange for car and driver hire if guests wish to travel further afield.
Weddings and events: Weddings and special events for up to 180 people can be arranged with prior notice.
Additional facilities: Barbecue grill; in-room safes; generator back-up; air-conditioning in all bedrooms.
Property area: 3,000 sqm (villa), 5,100 sqm (land).
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