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Jungle vibes at Villa Sungai

A trip to Bali is a magical experience whichever way you visit but, for that truly exceptional, once in a lifetime experience, you need to visit Villa Sungai.

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Set on the fashionable west coast but away from the bustling side of Bali, Villa Sungai blends two exquisite Balinese private residences with 5* super luxury services and amenities to give you an unforgettable experience.

Imagine the most luxurious lodge, tailored to suit your every requirement with extraordinary staff in a beautiful setting - and then imagine it one hundred times better and you get the idea.

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From the moment you book, the experience is all about you. On arriving at the stunning villas you can feel the peace and relaxation around you, see the turquoise river below – Sungai means river - and the amazing jungle spreading out before you.

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You hear the cicadas and gentle noises from the animals around - the frogs at night are a great sound to fall asleep to!The flowers – frangipani and tuberoses - perfume the air and it all makes for a truly wonderful arrival that just keeps getting better.

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The resort is divided into two villas: the main Sungai Villa with three suites and the slightly smaller ‘Owner’s Villa with three bedrooms. The attention to detail, comfort and luxury in both is wonderful.

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From the huge comfortable beds with thick white bedlinen, beautiful wrapround lap pool, outdoor bathrooms and more, this is a pamper fest like no other. As a boutique and privately run business, Villa Sungai can be exactly what you want it to be: for a family holiday with or without children, you can book both villas and treat the place as the home you deserve.

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For a romantic and private dose of luxury and bliss, then this a perfect engagement or honeymoon destination. The focus is fully on your wellbeing and happiness.

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The staff are amazing; they have that ability to be there exactly when you need them but totally invisible at other times so you really feel that you are in your own private world. However, a private world with a menu straight from heaven. Offering gastronomy, the Villa Sungai more than delivers with a fresh, delicious, local Balinese menu.

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Even better is the actual experience of a day to night service – you can see why I was so impressed! – of breakfast, snacks, lunch, canapés and candlelight dinner on the verandas. The chefs shop local produce every day so you can request your favourite or let them surprise you. It is basically having your own private chef and, for a foodie, that is pretty much paradise on a plate.

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Although the villas are very close to all the things you may want to do in Bali – from temples to beaches, golf courses orjungle trekking to the volcanoes, you can also just relax and soak up the bliss that is Villa Sungai.

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One evening, we were delighted with a musical evening of rindik – traditional Balinese music played on bamboo and flute. This was just so beautiful and a privilege to listen to.

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Everything that the villa arranges is professional, beautifully executed and authentically Balinese. Recently they won Best Overseas Boutique Hotel, Villa or Lodge, an award that is thoroughly well deserved.

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This is a gem of place and like nowhere I have every stayed before. Every tiny aspect is beautifully thought out and perfectly delivered to your satisfaction. No wonder their tag line is ‘Exclusively yours’. We will be back.

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Photo by Suzana Simijonovic

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