The splendid four-bedroom property known as The Arsana rests in two-and-a-half hectares of blissful seclusion in the rural hinterland of southwest Bali. It is comprised of a large U-shaped building and four separate pavilions, which house the four bedroom-suites. There is also a 20 x 8 metre swimming pool. The Arsana takes its name from the flow of the meandering Sungi River that borders its expansive terraced gardens; the property is carved into the hillside, surrounded by nature and blessed with beautiful views.
Two of the guest bedrooms are furnished with queen-size beds, one is furnished with twin beds and a desk, and the master bedroom presents a king-size bed. Each air-conditioned bedroom is housed within a self-contained pavilion, secluded and private, with a soaring roof and the additional provision of a ceiling fan. Each enjoys plenty of light, and each boasts its own verandah at the front, affording wonderful views of the garden. Each bedroom features a warm teakwood floor, sliding glass doors at the front, and windows on two sides, making the most of the spectacular views; when the doors are opened the interior becomes at one with nature. Furnishings include built-in beds, a sofa or reclining armchair and bedside lamps.
The yellow-themed master suite comprises an air-conditioned study room, which is almost completely surrounded by glass, an air-conditioned TV room with a wall-mounted, 29-inch screen satellite TV, DVD player and quality sound system, a bedroom, dressing area and bathroom, and an open-air relaxation bale with a huge cushioned daybed. The bedroom is accessed by a short flight of black polished concrete steps. The bale is a great spot for meditating or relaxing with a book or a cocktail; it enjoys gorgeous views of the garden and the sunsets.
Swimming Pool, Pool Bar, Massage Rooms, Massage Bale
The pool area is at a lower level than the main living and dining areas and is accessed by descending one of a pair of external stairways, located on either side. The 20 x 8 metre swimming pool features two infinity edges and boasts an ironwood deck that extends the length of the pool and almost appears to float upon the surface of the water. An additional smaller deck is situated on the other side. Both decks are furnished with sunbeds and umbrellas, and there is also an outdoor pool-shower. The water cascade from the upper terrace is a striking feature; flanked by frangipani trees it flows into a shallow children’s pool at one end of the main pool. The pool is lined with a stunning slate stone that sparkles with streaks of gold. Next to it is a white Palimanan stone pool bar with a glass and teakwood roof, ceiling fans, bar stools, a table and built-in cushioned daybeds for lounging and enjoying barbeques, tapas and drinks from the bar. There is a washroom to one side. Two massage rooms are located beside the pool, and at the far end of the pool is a riverside bale, which is also a delightful spot for a massage.
Garden & River
The fast-flowing river is particularly beautiful, it is accessed by a winding path and steps, and its jungle environs are restful and cool. Stone benches are positioned in strategic places, so that guests can relax and enjoy the tranquillity. Trees include majestic breadfruit, jackfruit, giant bamboo, and towering palms, together with creepers and ferns. The vast terraced gardens cascade like a giant’s staircase down to the valley; velvety lawns are planted with sweet-scented flowering shrubs. Guests will be lulled by the soothing flow of the river and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, butterflies and birds. They can also witness the traditions of rural Bali, as one part of the garden presents a small terraced rice field and a vegetable garden.
The substantial open space within the garden, combined with the grandiose of the property and its extensive facilities, makes The Arsana the ideal tropical setting for parties, weddings, reunion celebrations, barbeques and other functions. The modern kitchen provides the staff with the equipment and facilities to cater for a wide variety of events and a large number of guests. Special events can also be coordinated by professional outside caterers who have the world-class expertise to prepare a sumptuous feast at the villa, in addition to the coordination of decorations, flowers, lighting, sound systems and entertainment. A family group can be indulged with a sizzling barbeque beside the pool at sunset. The poolside bar pavilion can be set up as an alfresco dining pavilion, guests can spill out onto the pool deck, and the elevated terrace above the pool can be utilised as a stage for Balinese dance performances. The entrance hall and bar is perfect for a cocktail reception, and the garden is large enough to comfortably accommodate hundreds of guests.
The Arsana is hidden away in the traditional, rural village of Kaba Kaba, in Bali’s Tabanan regency. Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia – is a ten-minute drive. The villa is fifty minutes’ drive from the international airport, and convenient for all of the island’s main tourist attractions, including the nearby Tanah Lot, Bali’s most dramatic and venerated sea temple.