Stunningly Colorful, Spacious, Artistic Bali House for Short Term Rent
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Sanur house description
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
- 3800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Daily Maid Service
- Housekeeper Included
This house is fabulous for kids. They love the openness of the main room & there are plenty of places for them to explore. The pool is visible from the veranda so adults can sit and enjoy the cool shade while keeping an eye on the kids. A shower room is accessible from the outside so kids can wash and dry off from the pool before entering the main house. The wall surrounding the property offers emotional intimacy, privacy, and safety....moreless
- Smoking Allowed:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Events Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Hand-crafted teak king-sized beds in both the master and upstairs bedrooms. Full mosquito netting on both beds. Two painted white mahogany twin beds in kids' room, both with full mosquito netting. One of the twin beds can be made into a toddler's bed by inserting a wooden rail (provided) on one side of the bed. This rail will prevent the child from falling out of the bed. Two lovely wooden baby cots/cribs are available to be placed in either downstairs room on request. All three rooms have AC and can be fully closed. Two single floor mattresses are also included in the rental and can be used as extra bedding. Bedding includes high thread-count linens and duvet cover, hypo-allergenic pillows and duvet, and light weight blankets for hotter temps....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Each bathroom has its own character. The Master bedroom is the most spacious, with plants circling its interior/exterior and a real tropical garden to look at as you take your outdoor (but covered) shower. A private door leads out through the garden to the pool, so you do not need to go through the house before or after swimming. The upstairs bathroom is vibrant, private and lovely, with a combined bath/shower, and a separate closet with dresser. The public bathroom is fully tiled with warm red marble, and can be accessed both from the main room and the outdoors, making it easy to shower before or after swimming without first entering the house. This bathroom is just around the corner from the kids' room. A copper sink sits just outside the public bathroom for easy hand washing....moreless
Kitchen & Dining
Dishes & Utensils:
10 complete sets of classy Marks & Spencer dinnerware (lg. dinner plate, salad plate, lg. soup bowl, smaller bowl, mugs.) Plenty of water glasses, wine glasses, beer mugs. Plastic bowls for kids....moreless
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
All clothes are hung in semi-sun to dry. If you have special washing instructions for your clothes, please just let her know. (Wati is not permitted to iron.) Wati is very careful with her work. ...moreless
We have a washing machine and Wati will do your laundry for you. Wati is not permitted to iron as it is too time-consuming. However, if you wish to iron, just ask Wati and she will set you up....moreless
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided:
- Covered Parking:
- Air Conditioning:
- Private caretaker. Separate/private helper's quarters and entrance with bedroom and bathroom (note: they use bedroom to rest, but do not sleep there at night). Separate office building with AC & double bed with mosquito net (option to use as emergency bedroom). Cathedral ceiling in main living space. Large sliding glass doors and/or windows in every room offer open-air option during the day and wind and bug protection at night. Open-air master bathroom. 3rd floor cupola room with view to ocean. Lovely shaded lawn and garden. Dead-end quiet street. Convenient to Sanur with its stores, restaurants, banks and beaches. Convenient to Ubud with its cultural riches. Convenient to Denpasar with its travel agencies, department stores and government offices. Convenient to big road headed to east Bali (adventures!). Only 30 - 45 min.(depending on traffic) to airport....moreless
The bookshelf is filled with novels, non-fiction & children's books, mostly in English, but also Dutch, Swedish, German & French. We work on the honor system, so if you take a book, leave one behind....moreless
6 Balinese prayer boxes can be found in the main room, filled with practical items such as toys (cards, drawing pencils, a few games), first aid (band-aids, antibiotic cream, etc.), sewing kit, etc....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Wireless Internet:
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
Lawn / Garden:
The lawn is ringed with a lush garden & shaded by mango, frangipani, jack-fruit & palm trees. Thick bouganville climbs up walls surrounding the property. Slate stones create paths from house to pool....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Whitewater Rafting
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- 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. ...moreless
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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.
- Guest stephane p.
- Date of stay 05/06/13
- Review Submitted 06/03/13
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
Charming, comfortable and relaxing
Charming, comfortable and relaxing
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!
- Guest susan t.
- Date of stay 04/14/13
- Review Submitted 05/28/13
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
The best of our trip
The best of our trip
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!
- Guest Sara S.
- Date of stay 01/13/13
- Review Submitted 04/02/13
I stayed here with two other colleagues for one week. We were doing work in Benoa Harbour and wanted somewhere quiet and lovely to relax after long days at work. This house is so beautiful. The two large bedrooms are incredible, each with their own ensuite. The pool is so refreshing and the garden is beautiful. Wati and Sis were both friendly and helpful. Wati's cooking is sublime. I would give this 10 stars if I could. Also, the owners are great - had email contact with them both. You can't go wrong with this house! If I am back in Bali for work again I will definitely stay here.
- Guest Megan B.
- Date of stay 09/12/12
- Review Submitted 09/19/12
Fantastic house - more like a home - even nicer than the pictures promise
Fantastic house - more like a home - even nicer than the pictures promise
We were three generations coming together in this house, and it was a perfect place to spend quality time. The space was just so beautiful, and the rooms even more lovely than photos can say. The best thing was that it felt like a home - probably because it is a real home, to a real family (who has now moved elsewhere but still manages the house very closely). As a result, everything "works", not just as functionally, but as in the spaces work. Kids can jump and run around (did they ever!), sit and draw, swing in the hammock and last but not least; swim in the pool! Which has enough shade AND light, and different depths for different sizes. My kids were just so happy going between these different spaces and activities, which gave the adults a chance to relax in any of the comfortable chairs and overlook the gorgeous garden. Then there is the food... The maid is delightful and a gorgeous cook. The owner went out of her way to help us out with tips and toys. As the descriptions state, transport is needed. If you want to go anywhere, taxis are readily available. We took 10 minutes to the beach in low traffic and over double in heavy traffic. The house is set in a suburban area among other houses (and cows and chickens, which is the charm of Bali). Since one of our children is very young, it would have been great to be able to just "pop out" and immediately be somewhere, but for others this is probably just an issue. When we did go out, no matter how nice the place was, it was always lovely to come home. I think that is one of the highest commendations I can give a place.
- Guest Lotta (Sydney, Australia)
- Date of stay 03/28/12
- Review Submitted 04/12/12
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
We booked six months in advance of our arrival to Bali. Prior to arrival the owners were great communicators, answering all of our questions promptly and giving us excellent ideas to enhance our vacation. The house was beyond belief, and the staff was superb. Taxi service excellent and cheap to anywhere you want to go. The 500 thread count sheets and king size bed allowed us to rest with ease. Air conditioning if needed. The bustling neighborhood offered anything you needed, especially fresh coconut milk for our daily refreshment. Cooking by Wati was delightful. The house was very clean and comfortable, delightfully decorated with the local flair, open walls and fresh air. The pool was refreshing and so nice to always be able to hop in for a swim any time of day or night. Yoga and pilates on the lawn are a must, along with reading in the hammock. I read in previous review about barking dogs, yes, they are there, but now know that the owners have tamed the dog it was no bother at all. It was just another extension of the Bali graciousness. Three Monkey's, great restaurant. Comfort, luxury, safety, an all around A+ for the house and the vacation.
- Guest Hillary (California)
- Date of stay 03/13/12
- Review Submitted 03/24/12
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
stunningly colofrul, artistic and spacious bali house for rent
stunningly colofrul, artistic and spacious bali house for rent
Beautiful house, superb staff. Clean and well-maintained. Very helpful owners. Anyone sensitive to barking dogs may not be happy here.
- Guest armin (Berkeley, California, USA)
- Date of stay 10/07/11
- Review Submitted 11/23/11
Recommended for: People with disabilities, pet owners.
Owner response: We feel it important to point out that dogs are a part of life in Bali and one will find them living side by side with people all over the island. The relationship between people and dogs is a peaceful one on the whole. Dogs act as security guards and pets, while some seem to wander the streets un-owned. Overall, they add character to the island and are integral to the society. Our house is located near Sanur, and we are therefore in a neighborhood where people own dogs who occasionally bark. We have not found this to be too bothersome, and it is simply part of the experience of being in Bali. However, if you wish for absolute silence, you may prefer to stay in a more remote area, further from the South of Bali. Having said that, even in very remote areas you will likely find yourself kept company by the sounds of roosters crowing, cicadas chirping, dogs barking and many other island noises.
What a wonderful way to really sink into the rhythm of life on Bali! Our eyes were soothed by the open floor plan of the house, beautiful stained glass windows, natural wood beams and railings, esthetic and comfortable furniture, and the shaded view of the lush gardens. Our bare feet enjoyed the cool floors and the green lawn on the way to the sparkling pool. Our meals were so easy to prepare in the well appointed kitchen and our nights were spent dreaming in the quiet rooms upstairs. We sigh as we remember and hope to return to the Maliki home once again.
- Guest pobox (Jupiter, Florida, USA)
- Date of stay 07/01/11
- Review Submitted 10/03/11
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Jan 15-June 30: $180/night, $1,140/week, $4,100/month July 1-Aug 30: $200/night, $1,260/week, $4,540/month Sep 1 - Nov 30: $180/night, $1,140/week, $4,100/month Dec 1 - Jan 15: $200/night, $1,260/week, $4,540/month 50% deposit required to confirm booking.Balance due 10 days b4 arrival. Included in rent: 1 full-time grounds/pool staff, 1 full-time maid (cleaning laundry, b-fast & 1 meal prep/day. Food shopping & expenses at Tenants'expense. For extra work or overtime (after 5 pm or on Sundays), staff must be paid extra.
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Of all the dances seen on Bali today, the Kecak dance is perhaps the most dramatic. Taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil King of Lanka. Unlike other dances, there is no gamelan orchestra accompanying it. Instead, a troupe of over 150 bare-chested men serve as the chorus, making a wondrous cacophany of synchronized "chak-achak-achak" clicking sounds while swaying their bodies and waving their hands....MoreCollapse
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Sanur:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Living room, & stairs leading to guest bedrooms at far end
View of yard and house from entrance.
View of dining table with kitchen behind.
Sitting area w/ teak sofa, rocking chair and two comfortable arm chairs.
View from loft of main living space - comfortable chairs, dining table, kitchen.
King-sized teak bed in master bedroom. Glass doors open to pool & garden.
King-sized bed in upstairs bedroom with high thread-count sheets and comforter.
'Kids' rm w/ traditional Dutch floor & pool & garden view.
Pool and Master Bedroom verandah
View of yard and pool from external office.
View of master bedroom from infinity pool.
Sofa, chairs & table on veranda with view of pool.
Long view of dining table, sitting area, & stairs leading to bedrooms at far end
Fruit baskets and Balinese prayer boxes with necessities.
Stained glass windows behind staircase with coffee-tree banister.
Large master bathroom w/ mosaic slate wall. Outdoor shower not shown.
Upstairs bathroom. Terrazzo floors, full bathtub and shower not shown.
View of public copper sink and bathroom from main living space.
View of mango tree and rice-terrace-shaped infinity pool from upstairs balcony.
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