With a prime location in Seminyak’s prestigious Oberoi enclave, the six–bedroom Villa Kinara is perfectly positioned for Bali’s best–known restaurants, bars and boutiques as well as the island’s famed sunset beaches. And yet such is its sense of spaciousness, comfort and privacy, guests may be reluctant to venture much beyond its teakwood–capped walls.
Delightfully original, the villa’s architectural design draws on the Indonesian archipelago’s rich heritage and abundance of natural materials. Paying heed to traditional Balinese home layouts, Villa Kinara accommodation is spread over three pavilions, with roofs of alang–alang (thatch) and ironwood shingles. In a contemporary interpretation of the old timber joglo and limasan houses of Java, teakwood is much in evidence throughout the villa, showcasing supreme craftsmanship and creating a depth of character that belies its newness (the villa was completed mid–2012). The vast living space is defined by towering teak pillars created from trees selected by the owner’s architect; teak–embellished ceilings, and Sulawesi teak floors – some intricately inlaid with dark sonokeling (rose) wood – enrich the bedroom suites. The teak window and door shutters are another interesting feature, influenced by colonial Dutch architecture. Such expansive use of teak is complemented by other natural materials including Palimanan stone, Yogyakarta lavastone, hand–crafted terrazzo, rattan, bamboo and coconut shell.
In keeping with the enviro–architectural theme, the chic furniture, including the dining table (a magnificent slab of teak and a conversation piece in itself), has been designed specially for Villa Kinara. And sitting comfortably among these traditional materials are the trappings of convenient 21st Century living: large flat–screen TVs and home entertainment systems, WiFi throughout, and two superbly equipped kitchens.
Two other important Balinese traditions share the limelight at Villa Kinara: community spirit – as evinced in the many social gathering spaces scattered throughout the villa – and hospitality from the heart, provided by charming, well–trained, willing staff dedicated to creating a holiday haven for their guests.
Villa Kinara is the perfect residence for multiple families or groups of friends. Parties exceeding 12 people have the opportunity to take over the neighbouring mirror–image four–bedroom Villa Kinaree, providing a total of ten bedrooms.
Tucked away at the end of a cul–de–sac within an exclusive residential enclave behind the Oberoi Hotel, Villa Kinara is well placed for guests to enjoy the many attractions of Bali’s famed Seminyak area. It’s only a five–minute stroll to the beach with its surfers, sun–loungers and string of cafes and bars for sunset cocktails. A little further are the smart boutiques, spas restaurants and nightspots of Jalan Laksmana (also called Jalan Kayu Aya) and Jalan Raya Seminyak
|No. Bedrooms||No. Sleeps||Min. Nightly Rate||Max. Nightly Rate||6||12||1,050 USD||1,795 USD|
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