“Istana Semer” has for many years been considered one of Bali’s most luxurious villas available for rental accommodation. It is the “Classic Villa”. Set in beautifully landscaped, tropical gardens with views over terraced rice paddies, the position of the house enables one to enjoy the ocean breezes, as well as the famous Bali sunsets.
Villa Istana Semer was built in the Grand Bali style and is made up of several wings expanding from a centralized living pavilion. Entry to the complex is through a set of huge double wooden gates and access to each area is via a series of slatted teakwood paths and stone steps across lotus pond waterways. From these paths is entry to both bedroom wings at opposite ends of the main living pavilion.
The chic and simplistically styled living pavilion consists of a large circular room with a dramatic thatched-roof ceiling. An antique teakwood carved-wall sits behind a formal dining alcove, while on the opposite side of the room is an open-air walkway with a beautifully carved stone wall leading to a separate continuos flow plunge/spa pool. The main room also features luxurious cushioned sitting areas against an open-air backdrop with picturesque views across tiered lawns to the swimming pool and rice fields beyond.
Within the gardens there is a temple, bale (traditional Balinese pavilion), sun beds, lotus ponds, 15-meter swimming pool, children’s playhouse, and a leveled lawn area for sports as such as volleyball, or croquet. The house itself is positioned around gardens and ponds with rooms joined by canopied walkways. Within the guest wing there are two bedrooms (one with a canopied queen bed and the other with two double beds, all with bedrooms with air-con, ensuite bathrooms, TV and DVD. In the other wing two master bedrooms are situated with similar layouts, one being upstairs and the other downstairs with balconies, sitting area and large dressing rooms and bathrooms.
The circular entertaining area/ living room and dining alcove have a spectacular outlook and a covered walkway, which leads to a carved stone wall sculpture and continuous flow indoor splash pool with adjacent opium bed for relaxing. The kitchen and pantry wing is fully equipped to cater for preparation of international cuisine.
There are 9 trained staff members with years of training to assure guests staying at this superb villa a time they will never forget and with a vow to return.
Villa Istana Semer Location:
Banjar Semer / Kerobokan District, 10 minute drive north of Central Seminyak, 5 minute drive to beach, private estate. The “Classic Villa” Property size: 1 hectare.