|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
This tropical Bali dream house, located in Padanggalak, 3 miles north of Sanur, is what my husband Mel and I like to call our 'third child' (we also have 2 boys). Building on our cross-cultural marriage, we chose to blend the open-air feel & tropical materials of Mel's native Indonesia with the exposed wood, open floor plan, & cathedral ceilings of the old barns of my native rural Massachusetts.
Before building, we'd spent years renting houses in Bali, so we were very clear what we did not want. We wanted to avoid the sort of villa you see all over the island that is built to look romantic - open-air, no doors, thatched roofed - but is in fact very impractical. Coming from New England where the winters are so rough, I'd always thought of the tropics as gentle, but those houses taught me that a tropical climate has its own hazards: bugs, dust, mosquitoes, ants, mold, gecko's, smoke from burning fields, & a very fast pace of decay. In the open houses, we couldn't keep nature out because there was no way to close in the space. Mosquitoes were abundant, & the thatch would shed, & the geckos living in the thatch would contribute their own fall-out. We'd essentially spend a good part of each day just sweeping up!
Armed with a concept and a list of things to avoid, we chose Balinese architect Ketut Arthana. Internationally recognized, Ketut has a reputation for optimizing and managing space. He instantly understood what we wanted. He set the ceilings high, like a barn's, but added variety to the roof-line by slightly lowering the kitchen roof and using the typically Balinese cross-hatched exposed rafters. He wasn't afraid to recommend tile over thatch for its strength, quality and ease of maintenance, and we found that by lining the under-side of the tile with basket-colored woven rattan, we were able to achieve the same soft, natural effect from inside as you get with thatch, but without the problems. Ketut placed giant sliding glass doors and windows around the perimeters of the entire house, giving the space light and ventilation during the day and an open-air feel, but with the option of shutting out the bugs, wind, water and dust at night and during storms. Above these doors, Ketut added a ring of slim rectangular windows for ventilation and style.
Once complete, Ketut handed the drawings over and we took charge.Mel oversaw the building process, and I made the interior design decisions. I was never focused on making the house fit into a category (rustic, modern, contemporary…). I just did what I found beautiful. The result is a huge mix of influences, combining primitive and modern, old and new, raw and finished. I brought my love of Mexican color into my paint choices, and my appreciation for Shaker simplicity into my choice of old, strong, and simple wood furniture. I was very relieved when, in the end, it did in fact all come together.
Color is a major theme. The main living space has a soft cream terrazzo floor contrasting with two bold papaya-orange walls and another sailor blue wall. The ventilation windows hold circular coins of colored glass framed in teak, giving a warmth and funky flare to the entire space.The kitchen and bedroom floors are richly colored in traditional Dutch-style cement tiles. More color flows through the deep-set, vertical, and whimsically stained-glass windows along the stairs.
In contrast to the bright colors, raw materials ground the house in the natural and neutral, creating what architect Yew Kwan famously described as 'high-style primitive.' Raw teak trees frame the kitchen space and act as pillars on the terrace; Y-shaped stripped coffee balusters and teak banisters form the railings along the stairs and balcony; marble stones and large plates of slate form a mosaic on the master bathroom wall; and worn gray river stones provide drainage where house meets land.
Outside, the property is ringed with a mustard-yellow fence overflowing with pink, purple and yellow bougainvillea. Verdant gardens border the wallsl, offering the eye a tropical richness. A rice-terraced-shaped pool fills one corner, while lush mango and Frangipani trees create umbrellas against the sun. Ocean breezes blow in from the east, cooling the land and house, even in the hottest season.
And you can see the ocean from the house! That third floor room wasn't in the drawings, but one day, Mel was up on the rafters and he realized that from up there we could see the sea. We learned that it wouldn't cost much to raise up the roof and add an extra room, so we just did it. No permits needed. Nothing. Just like a wave of the hand. You could never do that in the US! That room is a retreat, way up high, for meditation or writing, a place to be alone, or for play for young kids.
In 2006, Mel and I made the decision to move back to the US after living in our house for only several years. We were at a cross-roads professionally, and we wanted our kids to be educated in the US, so it was the time to go. We have been renting the house out since then, but we return every year with our boys for a month to repair and spruce up the house and, of course, to enjoy it ourselves.
'This house has a warmth and grace and artistry to it, but it is also a very livable house, peaceful and soothing, also fabulous for entertaining, and very convenient to Sanur, Denpasar and Ubud, ' says one renter. 'Many happy memories were made in that house,' he continued, 'and we want to return again if we can.'
Keywords: Convenient, close to beach, close to Sanur & Denpasar & Ubud, maid and gardener included, breakfast and one meal cooked daily, wi-fi internet connection, convenient 24-hr taxi service, artistic, soul-filling, spacious, breezy, cool, practical, oasis, fully equipped house, warm, open, kid-friendly, comfortable
Mel grew up in east Java. I grew up in western Massachusetts. We met when I was teaching ESL as a volunteer at an Academy of Foreign Languages in Jember, east Java, and Mel was my student! I was 24 and Mel was 21. We have lived together in Boston, Bali and now the Berkshires in western MA. We have two boys, Zephyr and Kaylo. We make our living selling silver jewelry that Anni designs, all made in Bali.
Anni Crofut purchased this house in 2004
As I wrote in the description, we built this house for ourselves. We never intended to rent it while we were building it. We chose the area because it is so convenient, while still being quiet, and because the 'banjar' system in this village is not so strong, which makes it friendlier (less obligations, rules and restrictions) to non-Balinese, and as Mel is Javanese and I am American, this suits us.
Wati, our lovely friend & maid, lives nearby & works full-time at the house. Wati will do your laundry (no ironing), make your beds every day, wash towels & linens once/week, & keep the house clean. She is available to prepare breakfast every morning: coffee, tea, fruit, toast, pancakes, yogurt &/or French toast. Wati is also an excellent Javanese cook. She is available to cook EITHER lunch or dinner for you for a small additional cooking fee (paid directly to Wati) & all food costs at tenants' expense. Food shopping is tenants' responsibility. Our policy is that Wati is not permitted to cook more than 1 main meal/day so as not to take her away from her other responsibilities. IF for some reason you wish to hire Wati to cook after her working hours (5 pm Monday - Sat), this is fine so long as Wati agrees & you pay her independently for her additional time & service. Sis, our gardener & grounds keeper, is Wati's brother. He also lives nearby & works full time at the house. Sis cleans the pool & tends to the gardens, lawn, buildings & property.
We were two couple looking for some extra space for our stay in Bali. The house was lovely and there was lots of private space throughout the house. The garden was peaceful and we ended up having our private wedding ceremony there. It was a good alternative to a beach wedding. We also enjoyed the pool to cool down in and Wati the housekeeper was a lot of help with taxis and our all our questions.
Myself, husband and 3 children (15, 13 & 7) stayed at the house for 8 nights. It was nothing less than perfect. The house had all the space we required and more. Photos show exactly how inviting this home is. I call it 'home' because that is the feel you get from the moment you step inside the front gate. The grounds were meticulously manicured and the entire home was extremely clean. The staff where very accommodating and helpful. We had such a wonderful time at the home. Highly recommend this home to anyone travelling to Bali - all ages!
We've stayed in places all over the world and this was by far the nicest place we've ever rented. The pics, descriptions and other reviews say it well. And you're close enough to all the sights and attractions of Bali but removed from some of the craziness. And you get at least a little taste of life outside the tourist zone by roaming the residential streets where the villa is.
For those who worry about such things, we weren't the least bit concerned about safety--even with our 2 beautiful teenage daughters along. And once you figure out how to book taxis etc., it's very easy to come and go.
By all means, take up the chance to have Wati (the housekeeper etc.) cook some local food for you. The meals she prepared were definitely the best we had all week. Many of the restaurants in the tourist ghetto serve the same things with the spice levels pulled way back. The food Wati prepared was amazing! We can't recommend highly enough booking the Bali tropical house for a wonderful respite in this beautiful part of the world!
Best of all are the many sitting areas where you're serenaded with the sounds of tropical birds, the crowing roosters, and sights of the ocean from the top floor studio. This is truly an oasis.
Cette maison nous a comblé. L'ensemble de cette villa est très bien agencé, elle dispose d'un coin de vie spacieux avec une vue sur le jardin paysagé qui vous donne l'impression d’être a la fois dehors et dedans!
Les deux suites des parents sont décorées avec beaucoup de gout.
La villa est située a deux pas de Sanur dans un quartier résidentiel très calme.
Wati est la personne qui s'occupe de l'intendance. Sa discrétion et ses talents culinaires nous ont permis de découvrir des plats(spécialités indonésiennes) qui ont fait frétiller nos papilles...encore merci wati!
Si je devais donner une adresse a des amis proches se serait sans hésiter celle là!
We've spent one week in this lovely villa! All was perfect.
Thank you to anni and mel.
Four of us - 2 mothers and 2 adult daughters - stayed here for 2 weeks. We could not have asked for a better introduction to Bali. The owners were very responsive to all my questions and concerns about the property when I was still trying to decide where to stay. The house itself is beautiful and very comfortable. A huge bonus is their lovely housekeeper, Wati, who keeps everything spotless and is a wonderful cook as well and Sis, the gardener, who unobtrusively keeps the garden and pool beautiful and, who I suspect does a number of other things to keep everything working and comfortable.
My one concern, the fact that the house was not within walking distance of the beach or even much in the way of restaurants and shops, turned out to be a non-issue. When I was there I checked out a few of the other properties I had considered renting that were on the beach in Sanur. I came to the conclusion that my choice to stay in Anni and Mel's house had been a very wise decision. The beach houses were in noisy, crowded areas that weren't very pleasant. Besides, transportation (taxis, and/or a car and driver for longer excursions) to and from every place we wanted to go was quick easy and very inexpensive. And, the best part is that when we got back in the evening, there was a lovely garden and pool waiting for us as well as a delicious supper!
We were very happy and would recommend this house to anyone. We would love to go back ourselves!
We stayed in this house for 5 weeks and we loved our stay. The house is absolutely adoreable. It is beautiful, peaceful and very personal. We were two small swedish families (one baby each) that stayed in the house. It is easy to share the house with another couple or small family because it is two big separate bedrooms with two bathrooms each. There is also an extra room for older kids and an open area to hang out together in. The house is perfect for young kids. The garden is beautiful with a lovely swimmingpool. The house itself is very balinese and feels genuine. Wati, our housekeeper was brilliant, she was so good with the babies and she made our stay unforgetable. Her food is a must to try. She cooked javanese food for us every day and it was even better than in restaurants. The owner was very flexible and helpful before our arrival and during our stay. We went travelling for three months in Asia and this was the higlight of our vacation. Stay there! And say hello to Wati from us. You will love this place!
Nestled away from the buzz of traffic and activity, this serene house is welcoming for families, couples or individuals seeking to surround themselves with beauty, comfort, privacy, artistic surroundings and exceptional service. Conveniently located only minutes drive from Sanur, a well established family friendly resort area with shopping and restaurants, only a half-hour drive from Ubud - the cultural center of Bali - and far enough but not too far from the heart of Denpasar -Bali's capital city with its travel agencies, banks, department stores and government offices. Sanur offers a large number of international standard restaurants, entertainment, great shopping and white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Also, the house is very close to Padang Galak beach, a black sand beach offering surfers excellent waves. The airport is 25 min drive away, depending on traffic.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 15 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.