Villa Sahana, Indonesia


There's nothing quite like a tropical getaway. Somewhere the humidity is high and the water is turquoise, somewhere like the magical little place squished in-between the islands of Java and Lombok. Bali is a peaceful refugee for Australians; a mere six hours of travel will land you amidst a rich culture and an effortless climate. The island itself fosters volcanic mountains, which are active year-round, expansive rice paddies and delicate coral reefs.

In an Island so full of life it's almost impossible to know where to stay, if you want to experience it all I recommend taking yourself to Villa Sahana. Located in the very trendy Seminyak, you'll find yourself right in the heart of it all. Moments from the main stretch means you're never far from anywhere; just moments from authentic Balinese warungs' and a short walk to a number of local treasure troves where you can find hand-woven rugs and quality leather goods. Western-favourites are no further, like the very cool smoothie-bar Nalu Bowls (we recommend trying the pipeline). You would think it would be hard to find calm in such a bustling spot, but Villa Sahana really has it all, with an intense essence of peace. The Villas are tucked all the way at the end of a quiet laneway, protected with high stonewalls and long rows of palms.

The villa's themselves are an architectural work of art, which is noted in the open-plan manner they've been executed; each is adorned with a lap pool, gazebo and standalone bedroom. The kitchen is semi-outdoor with the dining area flowing into the garden. Each morning two-villa attendees prepare for you a breakfast of chopped local fruit and fresh eggs; accompanied with a strong-brew of coffee from their own plantation (located in Bedgul), the beans are delicately prepared using traditional Balinese methods.

The Villa attendees will happily organise you a driver for the day, who can take you to visit the majestic waterfalls of Ubud, or the caved beaches of Ulutwatu. The location is central to the most beautiful sights in Bali, so nothing is to out of reach. As the night rolls in the outdoor lights spark on, making the outdoor living space the perfect location to watch the dark cloak of night roll across the sky as you pour yourself a sparkling glass of rosé.

Leaving this tropical oasis was no easy feat, but rest assured we will definitely be back.

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