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Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Indonesia, Bali

Private villas on a hilltop setting with uplifting views and sense of space

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Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Sleeps

3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom villas

Location

Aman Villas is situated above the village of Nusa Dua near Bali's southern-most point on the Bukit

Travel Information

20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International - a blessed relief!

Top Tips

Go boutique shopping in the nearby village of Nusa Dua and visit the local markets such as the Pasar Badung

X-Factors

The resort's most outstanding features are the beautiful pools, as well as the hilltop setting, with views across the countryside to the Indian Ocean

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Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

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Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Once known as Amanusa, this stunning resort is now a peaceful luxury villa retreat on Bali's most southern peninsula. Set within palm-fringed grounds and lush gardens, the villas are modelled on traditional Balinese buildings, using local stone and wood and built to Aman's exceptionally high. standards. Each on features a beautiful private pool and spacious terraces.

Each villa benefits from a different position within the serene garden setting, designed around its own private pool and terrace. Most are two-storey 5-star luxury villas, with three, four, five or six bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 guests. The villas feature typical Balinese open living areas, an al fresco dining pavilion, plus an air conditioned library.

Enjoy the privacy of a private villa

Villa guests can choose to enjoy the privacy of their own villa with a private chef, or use the resort's other facilities, which include the restaurant, featuring local produce and seafood from the nearby Jimbaran market and access to the wellness professionals for massages, scrubs and beauty treatments in the privacy of your own villa.

Bali's National Golf Club is adjacent to the villas and guests enjoy priority reservations. and diving, snorkeling and watersports are easily organised. Fringed by a coral reef, Nusa Dua is one of Bali's best surfing spots and is also good for sailing and kayaking. Boat charters are available to explore the nearby islands.

At nearby Uluwatu, the 11th-century Hindu temple is a perfect place to take in a mesmerising sunset and other temples are also close by.

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Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Also known as the 'morning of the world' or the 'island of the gods', Bali is appropriately enchanting. A haven of spirituality and culture, a place of great tradition with a breathtaking landscape scattered with temples, tropical jungle and soaring palms on acres of creamy white sandy beaches, rice paddies, and mighty volcanic mountains. It also cradles a growing art community and delivers some exceptional mouth-watering cuisine. It is blessed with an agreeable, near tropical, climate throughout the year.

If you are going to start your island 'pilgrimage' with a beach experience then there is no more fabulous place to start than at the awesome Aman Villas at Nusa Dua. It is here that my friend Jennifer and my baby daughter Bibi, just 10 months old, shook off the jetlag and started our love affair with the most vibrant gem in Indonesia's archipelago.

Where are Aman Villas at Nusa Dua?

Aman Villas at Nusa Dua is situated above the village of Nusa Dua. Its proximity to touchdown, just 20 minutes from the International airport, is a blessed relief. However, once you arrive, you feel a thousand miles from landing.

Nusa Dua, near Bali's southern-most point on the Bukit, is dominated by thriving coconut groves, setting it apart physically from the rest of Bali with its verdant rice paddies, jungles and mountainous terrain.

Arriving was elating. A warm and loving welcome from Aman Villas' compassionate 'family' encourages the start of relax and unwind amid outstanding architecture. The hilltop setting, with views across pretty countryside to the Indian Ocean, combined with the magnificent sense of space and perspective, is sensationally uplifting, while the 'welcome to our home' approach was exactly what was required; especially with a little babe in arms. Children are absolutely adored in Bali and that was evident from the start.

The most outstanding feature, if not its pounding 'heart', is the enormous pool. It is the prettiest lake-sized pool I have ever seen, anywhere. This is partly because of 'Lake Nusa's' unusually wide rectangular shape, set beneath a sheer paras-stone cliff wall, which gives it a magical sense of seclusion, together with far-reaching views over Nusa Dua to the ocean. Surrounded by sunset-orange bougainvillea, with several wall features spurting feisty thrusts of water onto its shimmering surface, it is hard to think of what could better this waterside paradise. However, a fine white powder beach awaits a short golf-buggy ride from the resort... and it's a textbook, postcard-pretty-one at that.

The Villas

My Pool Villa suite was sensational, with an inviting 'bale' on the terrace offering mesmerising views facing the ocean. The pool, set a few steps beneath the terrace, was exquisitely private, surrounded by a flush of tropical plants that played host to many exotic sounding songbirds and geckos. The sense of seclusion and blissful retreat was instantly overwhelming, and while the suites felt extremely discreet and wonderfully undisturbed, you still had the comforting sense of belonging to a charming, dramatically beautiful, stately home.

Inside the invitingly temperately cooled suites, the traditional Balinese-inspired four-poster, swathed in soft white muslin (which was unleashed at turn-down-time) was an invitation to peaceful sleep. The intoxicating smell of the alang alang thatch overhead was provocatively nostalgic, and blended romantically with the sweet scent of white tuberose and frangipani. The dreamy Javanese marble floor underfoot was cool and luxurious, while Bibi's crib was charmingly quaint: an old-fashioned Balinese cradle with its own muslin tepee. Attention to sleep-detail has been extremely well researched at Aman Villas at Nusa Dua. Nothing is overstated here. The luxury comes from the fine-tuning of detail without any fuss, excess or elaboration.

Bathroom Bliss

The bathrooms are designed to immerse you into Bali's tranquil vibe with large sunken bathtubs surrounded by three glass walls that look onto a surrounding water feature with a prolific crop of lilies and several coy carp. There is an outside shower on the paras stonewall, while twin vanity units and an abundance of Aman’s body potions are standard throughout the suites. Surrender yourself here, that's the message!

A white, fine powder, beach

A short buggy ride and you are at one with the sea. The drive down to the beach takes you past the velvet-smooth emerald green golf course and country club; for once I actually longed to swing a club. The well-stocked beach restaurant flows onto the palest butter-soft sand, which drops into a light turquoise shoreline before turning a deep mystical sapphire as it meets the ocean beyond the coral reef. This is a beautiful beach.

The sea was dotted with colourful fishing boats while fisherman donned the traditional rice paddy hats. It looked and felt charmingly quaint and felt remote. When the tide is out it's like a swim in a transparent lake, however for surf-lovers, when the tide is up you can enjoy a robust tussle with the breakers.

The endlessly long beach is an open invitation for walking or jogging. The secluded thatch bales are set back in the lush foliage with magnificent views to the sea together with a host of five star trappings; from iced cappuccinos to fruit platters, from sun cream to water spray, nibbles, chilled water and rolled scented flannels, as well as a flawless beach service.

Beside the beach bale was an urn of fresh water with floating frangipani flowers, together with a ladle, to wash off the sand before you step up to chill-out. A few metres in front of the bales are the recliners, set in pairs under large white parasols, which are closer to the water and great for sunning.

The beach restaurant offers fresh plates of salads and grilled fish or chicken together with some local Balinese cuisine, plus colourful fruit cocktails, wine, and light refreshments. You could easily spend two or three days just 'hanging out' on this beach. But then there's 'Lake Nusa' back at the resort, plus your very own pool if, like me, you are lucky enough to occupy a pool suite.

Activities

Aman Villas at Nusa Dua is excellently situated for boutique shopping in the nearby village of Nusa Dua and for local markets such as the Pasar Badung. There is a whole host of temples to visit as well as beauty spots and traditional villages along with bike rides, hiking and even helicopter charters for a bird's eye view. You can charter a boat for a day and cruise to the nearby islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, only 14 miles from Nusa Dua. It is also, of course, a celebrated paradise for golfers.

In fact, there is an extensive menu of exciting and interesting excursions and activities (not to mention the spa treatments) for guests to enjoy within the immediate area, and, to think that we only enjoyed the bare minimum and still felt so complete is not just a credit to Aman, it is the reason for going there.

Next stop Amandari in Ubud, Bali's spiritual core.

Sophie Marchant
Sophie Marchant


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