Bali: Villa Tirta Nila

Head East To Paradise

Located well away from the hustle and bustle, with excellent levels of comfort, attentive staff and self-contained facilities, the villa is ideal for families or small groups who wish to unwind and spend quality time together.

Villa Tirta Nila is a gorgeous, modern, fully staffed two-storey beach house located on the southern outskirts of Candidasa, a delightful resort town on the east coast of Bali and just a 90-minute drive from the island’s international airport.

Built about a year ago, this splendid and beautifully decorated seafront property includes a large infinity pool, four en-suite bedrooms, a substantial lounge with kitchenette, two dining spaces, a multimedia room, extensive gardens with a manmade beach and, in the basement, the main kitchen and staff quarters.

The villa is bordered inland by banana groves and palm trees, whilst its seafront location offers uninterrupted views over Padangbai and a number of small islands that can be easily explored via local boat, with a backdrop of misty mountains looming over clear, shallow waters.

On arrival, access is via a small water garden, which only hints at the expansive property that is nestled within. Set over two levels, the villa has masses of glass doors that open fully to create a wonderful outdoor-indoor space. The huge lounge, with its long dining table, enormous sofas and kitchenette, sits adjacent to the lush tropical garden and a marvellous 15-metre infinity pool with its own decked lounging area.

Outside, to the left of the pool, is a dining pavilion perched over the sea. With a large table, soft lighting and ceiling fan, this open area is ideal for anytime dining, or as a place to relax in the shade with a coffee or juice to just take in the view. The villa’s sundrenched seawall loungers, a bale bengong (a traditional, Balinese-style outdoor pavilion) and an integrated private sand-filled outdoor play and games area are accessible to the right of the infinity pool.

The interior is wonderfully welcoming and open in its design, with three very comfortable and beautifully appointed double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, which, with the additional beds available, can sleep up to 10. All the bedrooms have large walk-in wardrobes and delightful en-suite facilities. The vast master bedroom en-suite also features an oversized bath, whilst the downstairs bedrooms have private outdoor rain showers. Like the lounge, all the bedrooms have large glass doors that open onto balconies or directly into the garden. The rooms are not only air-conditioned, they also include a large ceiling fan.

The villa benefits from a family media and games room, which, like the rest of the villa, is comfortable and a perfect place to kick back and relax, perhaps taking in a TV show from the cable channels available.

The overall design is ideal for a beachfront villa, with high, Balinese-style ceilings ensuring good air flow, stone patios, paths and natural wooden decking. The light-coloured interior walls and flooring are lifted by a mix of antique wood and stone artefacts, framed jewellery and colourful contemporary art. Colours are inspired by nature’s palate, with sandy beige, granite grey and marine shades of blue, tastefully highlighted with eclectic knickknacks, such as the parade of silver elephants, and the stunning lightshades of finely draped metal chains hanging from a conch-like silver frame.

Outdoors, thoughtfully planted vegetation, fish ponds and a selection of statues create a colourful frame for this substantial, luxurious property.

As well as being in a charming location, the villa comes with a group of well-trained and very amenable staff and there is always someone on hand to deal with any requests or needs. The chef presents a tasty and varied menu and will cook meals to order and, along with the manager, butler and housekeeper, colludes to make Villa Tirta Nila a wonderful place to spend your vacation in comfort, well away from the crowds. Comfortable quarters are also available for your own nanny, should they be required.

The villa is just a short drive from the main road into Candidasa, making it an ideal gateway into the unspoilt northeast of the island and a great base for divers.

While relaxation comes easy at Tirta Nila, it’s also a good base from which to discover the popular destinations of Ubud and Klungklung, or to visit local temples such as Pura Goa Lawah, or some of the lesser-known local gems, like the palaces of Tirta Gangga and the Ujung Water Palace. A number of small Bali Aga villages are within a few miles, where it is said life has not changed for centuries. These increasingly popular cultural tourist destinations offer a glimpse into Bali’s unique past and, if you do visit them, take a look at the ikat fabric that the villagers weave. It is simply incredible in its beauty and complexity and is, of course, available to buy directly from the local artisans, making it a perfect gift.