Villa Batujimbar, Sanur

Villa Batujimbar is one of Bali’s most extraordinary residences, with a rich and colourful history, a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree, and a celebrity houseguest list that includes ruling monarchs and rock legends. Within its enchanting gardens – situated right by the beach in Sanur’s exclusive Batujimbar Estate – are nine bedrooms, multiple living and dining pavilions, and a 20-metre pool and tennis court. There’s direct access onto a glorious white sandy swimming beach from the gardens, and Sanur’s many restaurants and boutiques are a five-minute walk away. Villa Batujimbar is the perfect choice for family get-togethers and groups of friends, and a captivating setting for weddings.

  • Sanur (View Map)
  • 6, 7, 9 Bedroom
  • View : Walking distance to the beach

Descriptions

If anywhere epitomizes the authentic ‘Bali style’ that has enraptured so many over the past decades, it is Villa Batujimbar – a treasure-filled travel destination in itself.  This sublime property, which sits on over an acre of beachfront land, was originally the home of long-time Bali resident and Australian artist Donald Friend who, in 1970, invited Sri Lankan ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa – celebrated for breaking down barriers and creating harmonious relationships between buildings and landscape – to collaborate in developing the beachfront estate.  The Balinese palaces at Amlapura and Klungkung plus the famed water gardens of Tirta Gangga influenced his ideas – clearly expressed in the two-storey moat-encircled Lembu Balé that commands centre stage within the meticulously designed gardens.

The lower gallery of the Lembu Balé houses the current Australian owner’s astonishing collection of Balinese art – including the Donald Friend painting he bought from the artist himself on first visiting Villa Batujimbar in 1972.  This private collection rivals the island’s finest galleries and museums and is a unique feature of the villa.  Guests are welcome to view the collection on special request.  Yet art is not confined to this space alone throughout the living and sleeping pavilions you’ll come across architectural treasures, rare artefacts, painted antique doors and windows, and heirloom paintings that reveal the owner’s passion for Balinese art and craftsmanship.  And within the expansive gardens are myriad moss-encrusted statuary and intricately carved stone reliefs. Bali’s beauty shines in the materials used too – vaulted alang-alang thatched roofs, lava stone steps, coral walls, and terrazzo and teakwood floors.

With such a fascinating history, no wonder Villa Batujimbar has attracted celebrity guests over the years. Today’s guests are following in the footsteps of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (who got married here), Sting (who gave an impromptu concert), Yoko Ono, and members of the Thai and Malaysian and British royal families. In such splendid surroundings, and pampered by a team of staff that includes a private chef, personal butlers and villa manager, you can look forward to royal treatment too.

VILLA LAYOUT

Influenced by traditional Balinese family living, Villa Batujimbar comprises a series of alang-alang thatched pavilions spread through the substantial estate.  At its centre is the Lembu Bale – a moated double-storey brick-built pavilion which houses an open-sided lounge on its upper floor looking onto the swimming pool on one side and across the gardens to the ocean on the other.

Closest to the beach are the living pavilion, the dining bale, and the splendid two-storey master bedroom suite. To one side is the Longhouse, comprising two bedroom suites, a formal dining room and professionally equipped kitchen.  Opposite is the Bali Pavilion, with two bedrooms, garden bathrooms and courtyard.  Furthest from the beach, two more guest bedroom suites occupy the two-storey Pool Pavilion and share an open-fronted living area looking onto the 20-metre swimming pool.  Two additional bedrooms are housed in the Family Pavilion situated near the villa entrance, while a tennis court and shower room lie just across the driveway.

BEDROOMS

Villa Batujimbar offers nine spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, each oriented for privacy in five separate pavilions. Seven have ensuite bathrooms while the two Family Pavilion bedrooms – one designed for kids – share a shower room. All have contemporary luxuries such as 40-inch or 32-inch satellite channel TVs, safes and bar fridges, matched with historic paintings, collectibles, furniture and oriental rugs that hark back to the villa’s distinguished heritage.

Beachfront master suite

The grand, two-storey master suite is situated close to the ocean, just behind the beachfront living balé.   On the ground floor of this palatial pavilion is a peaceful study and sitting area furnished with a large antique writing desk and an elegant chaise longue. Walls are lined with teak shelving and display units and, in one corner is a circular glass-topped table for four and a bar area.

Upstairs an ornately carved, king-size, four-poster bed luxuriates below a lofty alang-alang thatched roof.  Warm teakwood flooring and richly coloured antique rugs adorn the floor and a comfortable sofa at the foot of the bed faces a large flat-screen TV.  A delightful private furnished balcony overlooks the ocean to the front of the room.

A WC leads from the upper-floor bedroom and a full bathroom lies just down the stairs, adjoining the study and sitting room.

The Longhouse

The two large master bedrooms in the Longhouse open onto lawns on one side and a water garden terrace on the other. In each, a super-king four-poster rests under a soaring pavilion roof on a polished terrazzo floor that flows into the dressing area. Flanking the mirrored vanity alcove sliding doors lead to the stately WC enclosure and a large shower area that opens onto the water garden.

The Bali Pavilion

Within this most romantic of pavilions, with its brightly painted antique Balinese doors and teakwood parquet floor, are two inter-connecting bedrooms with king-size beds swathed in mosquito nets, and inter-connecting garden bathrooms with alfresco showers. Beyond sliding double doors lies a walled garden with private relaxation bale, huge shade-giving Jewent tree, and a separate entrance to the main villa gardens. The second room also has a small private courtyard with seating.

The Pool Pavilion

On the upper level of the Pool Pavilion are two king-bedded guest suites, with bengkirai-wood floors, ceilings of bedeg (woven rattan) and delightful treetop views beyond full-width windows. The suites are split-level, and each has its own entrance from the garden, ensuring complete privacy.  At ground level are dressing areas, bathrooms with Palimanan-lined showers and statement bathtubs, and spiral staircases.  Conveniently, WCs and washbasins adjoin the bedrooms upstairs.

The Family Pavilion

On the second level of a building tucked away behind the villa entrance are two more bedrooms – one with a king bed and the other with small twin beds – that share a bathroom with separate WC and shower. They are ideal for a family, or as a separate enclave for up to four kids who will appreciate a little independence.

LIVING AREAS

One of the pleasures of a sojourn at Villa Batujimbar is the sheer amount of living space. While there’s plenty of room for a full house to socialise under the same roof, there are also lots of quiet corners for breaking away from the crowd.

The main living pavilion is open to the garden alongside the beach; its soaring alang-alang roof supported by towering coconut columns. Three sides of the pavilion are lined with comfortably upholstered built-in benches and at its centre four traditional Indonesian sofas with curved teakwood frames are set around an elaborately carved coffee table.

A breezy, fan-cooled lounge graces the upper level of the historic Lembu Balé, reached by a pair of stately staircases. With its roof supported by elaborate columns rooted in sandstone plinths carved in the shape of animals and mythical figures, this space is defined by two monumental bovine statues (lembu means cow in the Indonesian language). Cane and teak colonial-style seating provides the perfect spot to enjoy the sea view.

Guests have a choice of dining areas. Towards the beach is an enchanting raised dining bale with antique marble table and ten rattan chairs set under a thatched roof. For formal meals, there’s an air-conditioned dining room in the Longhouse, where a 12-seater stunning teakwood table faces sliding glass doors that open onto fish ponds.  Next to the dining room is a huge professionally equipped kitchen and, behind, a staff service kitchen and laundry.

In Villa Batujimbar’s fabulous formal gardens ancient moss-encrusted statues stand sentinel by the 20-metre pool whose stone terrace is lined with sun-loungers and parasols. Seemingly floating above a lotus pond is a large relaxation balé – the perfect spot for afternoon tea while admiring scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabarata carved into the wall behind. From the beachfront balé glorious views across the sea to the sacred Mount Agung and the island of Nusa Penida can be enjoyed; Sanur’s acclaimed sandy beach and sheltered waters lie just beyond the traditional gate in the boundary wall. Elsewhere on the estate are the tennis court, refreshment area and sports shower.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Services
  • Complimentary return airport transport on arrival and on departure.
  • Welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival.
  • Turn down service.
  • Butlers attend to guests, serve meals, and take care of daily housekeeping and domestic duties.
  • Personal service by the villa staff round the-clock-service.
  • Security from 7pm to 7am.
  • Skilled chef is experienced in Balinese, Indonesian and international cuisine, and is in charge of shopping for provisions as well as preparation of meals (at cost plus handling fee).
  • Providing car and driver on standby for up to 8 hours at a special daily rate of USD35++ (excludes petrol).
  • The spa carried out by fully trained therapists (extra charges apply).
Facilities
  • Area: 3,000 sqm (villa), 5,100 sqm (land).
  • Pool: Swimming pool 20 x 7 x 1.75 metres; Poolside veranda; Beachfront bale.
  • Accommodation: 8 with king-size beds; 1 with small twins; 2 additional beds available for an extra charge; Open-sided living pavilion; Lembu Bale lounge; Garden dining bale with table for 10; Air-conditioned dining room with table for 12; Study; Sitting room below master bedroom.
  • Entertainment: Satellite channel TVs; Bose speakers.
  • Communication: Wireless broadband internet access; Fixed line PABX phones in all rooms.
  • Families: A baby cot; High chair; Toys are available (on request).
  • Spa: Massage; Foot reflexology; Body scrub; Manicure; Pedicure.
  • Sport: Full-size tennis court (Rackets; Balls supplied); 2 canoes.
  • Events: Weddings and special events for up to 180 people (standing); 150 people (sitting) can be arranged with prior notice.
  • Car and driver on standby for up to 8 hours at a special daily rate of USD35++ (excludes petrol).
  • Additional facilities: Barbecue grill; In-room safes; Generator back-up; Air-conditioning in all bedrooms.

Prices

Bedroom Low Season Shoulder Season High Season Peak Season
6 Bedroom Bed $ 1290 Nights $ 1440 Nights $ 1590 Nights $ 2500 Nights
7 Bedroom Bed $ 1450 Nights $ 1600 Nights $ 1750 Nights $ 2500 Nights
9 Bedroom Bed $ 1590 Nights $ 1790 Nights $ 1990 Nights $ 2500 Nights
Tax : 15.5 %

Map

Near

Sanur Shops; Sanur Beach.