Surya Damai

This serene five-bedroom villa with 18m swimming pool and private tennis court rests amongst the glorious rice terraces of Umalas village on Bali’s south-west coast. Built to the design of a traditional Balinese family compound home, Villa Surya Damai’s large, open-sided living room and charming thatched bedroom pavilions are set within an enchanting walled garden, along one side of which basks the irresistible pool. Villa Surya Damai is ideally positioned just a 15-minute walk from the nearest surf beach and yet only a short drive from Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife.

Essentially, Villa Surya Damai is a much-loved private family residence that promises to make guests’ modern day stresses melt away. This is a great villa for families, however toddlers will need to be carefully supervised around the fish ponds and water features.

Villa Surya Damai features several alang alang thatch-roofed pavilions generously spread throughout an immaculately landscaped riverside garden. At the centre of the compound, and facing the pool, is an informal, open-sided living room. Stepping-stone pathways set in lush green lawns lead to a Master suite, principal guest suite and a double-storey pavilion, containing three bedrooms and a second, veranda-style, living area. Another pavilion, overlooking the swimming pool, houses the formal dining room and adjoining kitchen. A hard-court tennis court rests in the far corner of the grounds.

 

Accomodation

Property Type: Private Villa / Bedrooms: 5 / Sleeps: 10

    • Bedrooms: Courtesy of their flexible, family-friendly configurations, Villa Surya Damai’s five spacious airconditioned bedrooms can sleep up to 14 guests. All rooms are simply but very tastefully presented with top-quality teakwood furniture. For lovers of open-air living, glass sliding doors and ceiling fans allow natural breezes to flow through.The villa’s comfortable beds boast king-coil mattresses, stacks of pillows and cushions and the finest quality bed linens. Rooms are individually colour co-ordinated and feature attractive rugs, floor cushions and thick curtains. With the exception of the second storey bedroom, ensuite bathrooms are open-air Balinese style, with terrazzo stone floors and delightful enclosed tropical gardens.Master Suite:
      The Master suite is entered via a generous-sized timbered veranda with rattan furniture and ceiling fan. The bedroom features wood floors, a King-Size four-poster bed and, at either end of the room, large carved wall decorations. Doors lead to a gorgeous open-air garden bathroom with his n’ her sinks and massive ceramic bathtub under an alang alang roof. The outdoor shower and stone deck is made private with tropical foliage and high walls.

Glass sliding doors from the bedroom lead into an air-conditioned sitting room featuring satellite TV, DVD player and sound system and furnished with a sofa and small library. This adjoining room is also good for families with young children.

From the sitting room there is a second veranda, dominated by a huge cushioned daybed – perfect for surveying the lawns and pool or for enjoying a relaxing massage.

Principal Guest Suite:
Set towards the back of the compound, looking out over the delightful gardens stands the principal guest suite. It is accessed from a cosy veranda furnished with large daybed and rattan furniture. The King-Size four-poster bed in this room features an antique, Javanese carved wood frame, with hand-painted headboard, while the garden bathroom is fitted with a sunken bathtub and open-air rain shower.

Twin Bedded Guest Rooms (Bedrooms 3&4):
Side by side on the ground floor of the villa’s only double-storey pavilion are two Twin-bedded guest rooms which make ideal children’s quarters for family groups. Accessed via glass sliding doors, both share similar features of sweet, colour-coordinated furnishings, low ceilings and terrazzo stone floors. These rooms are more modern and functional in style, furnished with desks and decorated with tasteful modern art. Under the twin beds are neat trundle beds, making these rooms practical for up to four guests each. Doors from both rooms lead to openair garden bathrooms: smaller in size than those of the principle suites, but still featuring sunken bathtubs which blend with the stone floors plus outdoor tropical rain showers.

Queen Bedded Guest Room:An open stairway to the right of bedrooms three and four leads up to a breezy veranda and Villa Surya Damai’s fifth bedroom. Overlooking the gardens and with views out to the fields and rice terraces beyond, this second-storey bedroom is more traditionally Asian in style. With its lofty ceiling, bedroom five is furnished with a romantic Queen-size four-poster bed plus an antique wood wardrobe and desk. A set of aged timber doors leads to the only indoor bathroom of the house, with low ceiling, walk-in glass shower cubicle and, similar to the bedroom, cool terrazzo stone floors.

  • Lounge & Dining Area: Heart and hub – literally – of the property, the open-sided living pavilion looks out over the pool, the gardens and the rice fields beyond. Two comfy sofas and a deep daybed with white cushions frame a large antique coffee table making a sociable space which is attractively and subtly lit at night, while a satellite TV, camouflaged in a wooden cabinet along with DVD player and Bose sound system. In tropical yet homely style, this room features terrazzo stone floors and soaring alang alang ceiling, and is kept cool with natural breezes and ceiling fan.

 

In contrast to the living pavilion, the dining room is encased in glass folding doors which, when closed, project a more formal atmosphere. The room is dominated by a table crafted from a single block of aged teak wood, surrounded by 12 tall-backed cream upholstered chairs. A ceiling fan keeps the room cool and a lengthy lily pond runs alongside, featuring a water fountain and playful fish. A covered stone pathway links the dining room to a fully-equipped kitchen that is amply efficient yet homely in style. Next to the pool and shaded by large green parasols, a slatted teak table and eight chairs form a sociable outdoor dining area – marvelous for sunny breakfasts, pool-side lunches or dining under the stars.Adjoining bedroom five, upstairs in the two-storey pavilion, a wide veranda provides an alternative living area. Open-sided and with high ceilings, the fan cooled timbered veranda overlooks the entire property. Entertainment is provided with a satellite TV, DVD player and sound system, hidden in a large wooden cabinet. Comfortable seating comes in the form of a squashy L-shaped sofa and some large floor cushions.

  • Outside & Pool Area: Villa Surya Damai’s gardens consist of spongy lawns, edged with tropical foliage and trees, criss-crossed with stone-paved pathways. The striking 18 x 7m infinity-edge pool is bordered on one side by a simple grass and stone deck where cushioned sun-loungers beckon. Lawns slope down from the far side of the pool to a 60m river frontage, edged with exotic palm fronds and coconut trees; the low wall encircling the gardens allows maximum views of the rice fields beyond.Dusk is a particularly lovely time in the garden at Surya Damai. Take a dip in the pool and appreciate the peaceful rice-field views, as the fading sunlight stretches across the water, or wander the many hidden corners of the garden which is magically illuminated at night with pretty Balinese lanterns and fire beacons.

 

Family Facts

    • Sleeps: 10 to 14 guests – additional charges apply (5 ensuite bedrooms: 2 King-bedded, 1 Queenbedded, 2 Twin-bedded, plus 2 roll-away beds in each of the twin rooms)
    • Amenities: 25 min drive to the restaurants, bars and shops of Seminyak
    • Beach: A pleasant 15 minute or so walk through farming communities and rice fields brings you to the nearest beach, Batubelig. Great for surfing but not advisable for swimming. For calmer waters and more developed beachside amenities, head south to Legian Beach’s golden sands, around 30 minutes away.
    • Baby Sitting: Can be arranged at extra cost
    • Useful Baby Gear: Baby cot and high chair. Additional equipment can be provided at extra cost
    • Indoor Toys: DVD’s and board games
    • Private Pool: Private swimming pool 18 x 7m. Pool is not fenced so care should be taken with little ones
    • Children’s Menu: Specially requested kids menu available
    • Villa Staff: One part-time Manager, Chef, 5 x Housekeepers, 4 x Security Guards and 2 Gardeners
    • Villa Dining: Villa Surya Damai has a great chef. He is an excellent cook and highly capable of preparing a wide variety of Asian and Western dishes. He can also easily accommodate children’s choices and special dietary needs. Extensive suggested menus are provided, but Nengeh is happy to discuss special requests. To give the cooks sufficient advance warning, it helps to select meal options 24 hours in advance (however staff are always willing to accommodate requirements when able). While the kitchen staff are excellent, they do not have the capacity of a hotel or restaurant kitchen; thus it is very much appreciated if guests minimise the number of dishes ordered at each meal. First-day breakfast is complimentary, so too is mineral water throughout your stay. Otherwise, groceries and beverages are charged at cost price. Staff will require guests to provide a cash float for groceries, they will then purchase the goods and present receipts when they tally up final costs
    • Airport Transfers: Can be arranged
    • Driver and car/bike rental: A driver and car (seating up to six passengers) is available to villa guests for eight consecutive hours a day (excluding petrol) at a cost of US$25. If additional or after-hours transport is required, don’t hesitate to ask the villa manager to call one of the island’s safe and reasonably priced metered taxis
    • Wifi/Mobile Phone: One telephone for local calls, complimentary WiFi Internet access
    • Laundry: Laundry service is provided to take of your basic daily needs
    • Visiting Spa Therapist: Can be arranged with outside Spa provider
    • Entertainment: Three satellite TVs with DVD players, DVDs and book library, tennis court, access to Canggu Club facilities complimentary for guests

Villa Surya Damai is a great villa for families, however toddlers will need to be carefully supervised around the fish ponds and water features. Younger kids will love exploring the fairy-tale garden and big kids will enjoy having their own tennis court and taking over the upstairs games room/TV lounge. The two twin-bedded rooms are great for kids to bunk down together too, each with two extra pull-out beds.

Rates

Rates:

Prices for 2017 – 2018 (prices listed in USD)

DATES COST PER NIGHT 10+ NIGHTS MIN STAY
02 May 2017 – 15 June 2017

01 Sept 2017 – 14 Dec 2107

08 Jan 2018 – 14 Feb 2018

22 Feb 2018 – 23 Mar 2018

09 April 2018 – 27 April 2018

02 May 2018 – 15 Jun 2018

03 Sep 2018 – 4 Dec 2018

 

$660++ $561++ 2
16 Jun 2017 – 23 Jun 2017

21 Aug 2017 – 31 Aug 2017

24 Mar 2018 – 28 Mar 2018

03 Apr 2018 – 08 April 2018

16 Jun 2018 – 22 Jun 2018

20 Aug 2018- 2 Sept 2018

 

$760++ $646++ 2
24 Jun 2017 – 20 Aug 2017

15 Dec 2017 – 25 Dec 2017

02 Jan 2018 – 7 Jan 2018

15 Feb 2018 – 21 Feb 2018

29 March 2018 02 Apr 2018

28 April 2018 – 1 May 2018

23 Jun 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

15 Dec 2018 – 25 Dec 2018

 

$850++ $765++ 5
26 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018

26 Dec 2018 – 02 Jan 2019

$1090++ $1036++ 7

 

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Location

Villa Surya Damai is located at the edge of the village of Umalas, one of a group of small rural communities that constitute the Kerobokan district, just north of bustling Seminyak. Umalas is home to a growing number of foreign-owned residences and traditional dwellings.

The villa lies off a narrow lane that runs across a small bridge and dissects the rice fields. To the side of the villa, immediately outside the front wooden entrance doors, is a field of grazing cows. A pleasant 20-minute or so walk through farming communities and rice fields brings you to the nearest beach, Batubelig. Great for surfing, this black sand beach, like many along this south-west coastline, has strong currents, so is not advisable for novice swimmers. For surf-patrolled waters and more developed beachside amenities, head south to Legian Beach, seven kilometres away.

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