- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:12
- Min Stay:2
- Pets Allowed:No
- security system
- washing machine
- ceiling fans
- towels provided
- clothes dryer
- private pool
Sleeping twelve guests in three pairs of bedroom suites (the master suite having its own TV lounge in between the twin and king-bedded rooms), Villa San appears to have been designed with families in mind, but its layout also works well for groups of friends and couples, with all rooms having plenty of space and spanking new (2011) luxurious bathrooms. A good choice of living areas, including an entertainment room with home theatre, an air-conditioned glass-walled playroom brimming with toys and games and a large comfortable balé pavilion at the far end of the 25m lap pool, means there’s a place for everyone.
Villa San’s owners are regular visitors and their presence and style is evident in the room space, walls and even floors (beautiful and colourful rugs in the bedrooms) which have been adorned with a delightfully eclectic collection of artwork, sculpture and handicrafts from both Asia and Africa. (See if you can identify the subjects of the captivating wood sculpture above the TV in the entertainment room.)
It’s clear that the large team of staff at Villa San want you to enjoy your holiday too. The chef has trained in Europe and can turn his hand to an impressive range of cuisine – from Japanese to Mexican – preparing meals for up to 20 people (provisions are on guest account). If you want to cook up your own storm however, the open-plan, well equipped guest kitchen is socially situated next to the living area and there is someone to shop for you.
Unless being near the beach is a holiday pre-requisite, Villa San ticks all the boxes for a luxury villa getaway, perfectly positioned as a base from which families and friends can explore the rich culture and captivating countryside of Bali.
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