Whether the name Umah di Beji ("Bath of the Gods") refers to this five bedroom villa's signature swimming pool, dramatic floating bathtub or the river that runs the entire length of the grounds is rather lost in the midst of time. What is certain is that this magnificent property represents one of Bali's finest vacation properties that was featured in a Financial Times article regarding luxury villas in Bali.
Accessed via its own 150 metres driveway and bridge, Umah di Beji enjoys a most secluded location amongst the padi (rice) fields. The villa itself is set in a picturesque location, with gardens forming a natural amphitheatre. Various buildings, all with traditional Balinese alang-alang (thatch) roofs, frame the gardens and house the five king-sized suites. The mature garden and numerous water features range down towards the dramatic, lava rock swimming pool.
Umah di Beji is a magnificent, tranquil property of exceptional visual appeal.
In fact, the size and design of the grounds provides for many secluded seating areas making this villa the perfect location for large groups of friends or family to congregate together or enjoy private holiday time.
A large pavilion houses the main living space; an elongated open-air living and dining room with the enclosed kitchen at one end. With room to easily accommodate a twelve-seat dining table, centered below a gorgeous teak chandelier, and an eclectic mix of sofas and easy chairs, you begin to get a sense of impressive scale. Complimentary antique pieces from Lombok and tasteful modern wall hangings combine to create an ideal location for entertaining large or small groups of guests. The state-of-the-art kitchen is usefully located directly off this area so staff can easily serve and clear.
An informal dining bale (Balinese gazebo) complete with a dining/games table and daybed is positioned atop the river bank, and makes the ideal spot for afternoon drinks and quiet repose. The sound of slow flowing water from the river below and the dancing of bamboos in the breeze provide a natural serenade. A massage bale, just in front, completes the ensemble.
The master suite is enclosed in a private structure at the edge of the property, with a wooden deck atop the riverbank and a comfortable daybed from which to treasure this natural retreat. The interior of the suite is the epitome of modern Chinese luxury, housed beneath a high, dramatic ceiling displaying the intricate craft of alang-alang. The room is dominated by an enormous bed that is headed by a full-length floral wall hanging framed by dark teak beams and a beautiful example of Chinese ceramic work. Overlooking the river is a corner lounge area with soft furnishings and a study room, featuring an impressive vase collection set in built-in wall boxes and a striking golden Buddha lamp.
In keeping with the overall style of the villa, water plays a key role in the opulent design of the en suite bathroom. The focal point is a teak bale housing a sunken Kerobokan stone bathtub flanked by male and female Pembantu (helper) statues. A rectangular lotus pond with stepping stone access surrounds the bale. At night, with candles, you almost feel like you are floating amongst the lilies as you soak away a hard days relaxing! There is also a shower room, a completely enclosed lawn area for private sunbathing and a separate decked bale, ideal for Ti Chi or meditation.
The second and third bedrooms share an outdoor lounge with natural furnishings and immaculate gardens. Both rooms also boast private terraces, including a breakfasting terrace in the third bedroom. The white washed rooms host examples of Indonesian batik designs and stamps. The second bedroom has a mosquito-canopied king-sized bed mounted on a teak platform and lavished with layers of white cushions. The third bedroom is of similar design with twin beds. Sandwiched between the Oriental glass doors of the bedrooms and en suite bathrooms, are dressing rooms with sunken square basins.
The fourth bedroom has a sumptuous four-poster bed and the interior design combines a mixture of woods and natural fiber furnishings. The structure housing bedroom five has ornate Balinese carved doors, a private seating deck overlooking the river valley and the rice terraces beyond. Furnishings include a teak four-poster and an antique mounted Javanese topeng (mask) set on the writing desk.
All bedrooms benefit from en suites which are among the best examples of all fresco bathrooms. Each boasts a sunken stone bathtub and gargoyle showers within a private garden where you can indulge the senses in a warm shower under a star-filled evening sky. All bedrooms are equipped with VCD players and sound systems can be found throughout the living and dining areas. The master bedroom boasts a DVD player.
The deep 15m x 5m infinity edged pool rises against the falling slope for dramatic effect. Lava rock stone tastefully blends into the garden surround and is fronted by a smaller pool complete with gargoyle fountains that resemble the royal hot springs found elsewhere in Bali. A wooden sundeck reaches back from the poolside towards the boundary river below. Patterned pathways, throughout the landscaped grounds, lead to many delightfully secluded spots and examples of both Buddhist and Balinese Hindu statues.
Located within easy reach of Bali's Southern beach resort of Seminyak and the luxurious restaurants, clubs and boutiques in Oberoi, Umah di Beji is an excellent base for holiday rest or Bali exploration. Specifically, the villa is 1km from the beach, and approximately 40 minutes from the airport. The prestigious Meridien golf course by Tanah Lot temple is around 15 minutes away. Bali's cultural centre, Ubud, can be reached within 45 minutes.
Umah di Beji commands the very essence of luxury; superior interior and exterior presentation; an eye for quality art and creative flair, making this premier villa a first class choice for a vacation in Bali.
The staff compliment includes: one house manager, one full-time cook, four maids, eight security guards, two gardeners and two pool attendant.