The absolutely stunning view of the Ayung River right below the villa and the tropical garden make this simple artist's retreat perfect for a very relaxed vacation in truly Balinese surroundings. The views and space offered are superior to the Four Seasons' and Amandari's, but the rate is less than 20% per bedroom compared to these luxury resorts!
However, this is NOT your dream villa if you expect to be served caviar and champagne on short notice and because of its location on the steep ridge small children should be supervised.
"Villa Dhyan" is set on the steep ridge of the Ayung River in Sayan near the famous Four Seasons and Amandari resorts and offers stunning views of the Ayung River and the valley. It's a short walk (about 70 meters) from the private covered parking area and the busy main road. In less than 10 minutes drive you reach the artists village of Ubud with its many art galleries, shops and excellent restaurants (e.g. Mozaic and Lamak), daily traditional dance performances, frequent cultural events and temple festivals. It's about 40 minutes to Sanur or Denpasar, and about one hour to Bali's international airport, Kuta and Legian. White water rafting on the Ayung River starts close-by, and the nearest beaches are about 30 minutes away.
Built by the famous German painter Peter Dittmar about 20 years ago and renovated in 2004, this unique artist's retreat is an excellent example of how traditional houses were built at that time with thatched roofs, open living areas and bedrooms with walls from woven rattan. Your reach the gate walking a narrow path from the main road, and inside the tropical garden you face several separate buildings. The main house accommodates on the ground floor a two-level living area with large sofas, several traditional sofa chairs and tables to enjoy the breath-taking view of the river below and the surroundings. On the ground floor is also a bathroom, and two staircases lead to the up-stairs master bedroom.
A square dining pavilion with a table for up to 6 guests is located next to the main house and close to the separate kitchen building and a studio (locked when Dittmar is in Sydney, in Munich or traveling) and a guest bedroom above. An additional guest cottage is set in the garden behind the main building next to the swimming pool.
The air-conditioned master bedroom above the living room in the main house can be accessed via a staircase from the ground-floor bathroom or via an outside staircase. It offers spectacular views of the Ayung River and the valley below. On the desk is a telephone & fax machine, and here you can connect your computer to the Internet. The air-conditioned bedroom Number 2 is located in a small traditional guest cottage with thatched roof behind the main house. It features a private open bathroom and a small terrace which overlooks the swimming pool and valley.
Bedroom Number 3 has been added in 2005 and is air-conditioned as well as fan-cooled and located above the painter's studio, offering from its balcony a great view of the Ayung River and the surroundings. This bedroom has also a private bathroom.
Kitchen & Services
The open kitchen is located next to the dining pavilion and equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator, blender, glasses, crockery and cutlery, etc. The well-trained villa staff includes a cook to prepare delicious meals, a maid to clean the premises and handle your laundry, a gardener and security guard. All live near Villa Dhyan and are available whenever needed. All staff members wear uniform and name tags to make identification easy. Your air-conditioned car with a reliable driver is available up to 10 hours per day for excursions throughout the island or just to go shopping or for a meal in nearby Ubud.
Facilities & Features:
- Small swimming pool
- Television with DVD player and satellite system to receive over 50 international news, sports and movie channels in the living room
- Direct telephone line & fax machine in the master bedroom
- Private safe in the upstairs master bedroom
- Excellent full-time cook, house maid, gardener, security guard
- Free use of mountain bikes (please reserve in advance)
- Chilled bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
- Welcome pack containing a Bali guidebook with maps, up-to-date practical information on Bali, an audio CD and a CD Rom with a complete Balinese cooking course (introduction plus 7 lessons) as well as over 60 recipes to take home as a souvenir.