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Arnalaya Beach House, Canggu 5 bedroom villa for rent Arnalaya Beach House, Canggu 5 bedroom villa for rent
Minimalist vertical lines accent this uber cool and contemporary sanctuary, which is a brief barefoot stroll from the colourful fishing boats and mighty surf of Nelayan Beach. The coveted skills of internationally acclaimed Singapore architect Sonny Chan are on full display at this rarefied ocean estate, softened with a chic mix of textures and colours rendered by Australian-born interior designer Albano Daminato. The magical lighting and every piece of furniture was custom designed in the Daminato studio specifically for the villa: spilt bamboo wall panels juxtapose reeds and grasses crafted with natural linens for window shades; sofas are wrapped in rich, delicate European and Indonesian textiles. In the expert hands of Chan and Daminato, design concepts converge to create refined elegance that is family functional and beautifully balanced.

Aesthetically gratifying for the design addict while being superbly luxurious, Arnalaya Beach House's flexible design can accommodate up to 18 guests, with romantically canopied beds that can be configured to either kings or twins, and point blank ocean views from the picture windows of the third-floor master ensuites.

Families, sports fiends and pamper pusses will adore the private tennis court, 20-metre salt-water pool, gym, spa room and yoga platforms positioned to catch the sunrise and watch over the Hindu rituals at the neighbouring temple.  Make use of the special-rate car and driver and visit some of Bali’s ethereal temples, grab a game of golf at the spectacular Nirwana course, or browse the boutiques of sophisticated Seminyak, just 20 minutes away.

The entertainment room is a real showstopper and will be a hotspot for the entire family.  It’s in a separate wing – along with three guest bedrooms – and is equipped with a huge TV screen that connects you to your personal iTunes account, plus stacks of games, books, arts and craft gear.

Almost 4,500 square metres of neatly terraced lawns create a phenomenal space for special celebrations and sophisticated soirees.  Then there’s the gorgeous pool- and ocean-front bale for sundowners followed by exquisite meals prepared by Arnalaya Beach House’s master chef from a mouthwatering menu of Western and pan-Asian delicacies.

Arnalaya means ‘rhythm of the waves’ in Sanskrit, and this chic retreat with its excellent staff and dream location seamlessly cultivates that allusively serene state.

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Things to do

Arnalaya Beach House is loaded with information about the many wonderful things to do in Canggu and further away. It has it’s own Black Book revealing the best restaurants and cafes and the manager has the inside drum on what’s not to be missed. Chat with the staff as many live locally and can share their insight. You may find yourself invited to a unique and unforgettable Balinese Hindu ceremony. Meanwhile, here are a few suggestions to get your vacation started. The villa manager will happily arrange transport and specialist tours too.

  • Learn to surf at Batu Bolong or Berawa beaches.
  • Imbibe in the Sunday sessions where local hero DJ’s spin their stuff at Old Man’s, Batu Bolong. It’s great for kids with table tennis and other games.
  • Indulge in a culinary journey to Bali’s spiritual centre of Ubud, where some of Bali’s finest restaurants await.
  • Swing through the trees and eat fresh strawberries at Tree Tops Adventure Park, which is about an hour’s drive north in the cool hills of Bedugul. There is also a stunning lake temple here that should not be missed.
  • Wash and feed rescued Sumatran elephants at the superb Elephant Safari Park in the lush mountains of Taro.
  • Play a round of golf at the scene-stealing masterpiece designed by Greg Norman, The Nirwana Bali Golf Course has five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes sculpted into rice-paddies.  The 7th overlooks Bali’s Tanah Lot sea temple.  Expect a hole-in-one to go unnoticed at this extraordinary golfing experience.
  • Shoot the rapids and slip along the serene waters of one of Bali’s mind blowingly beautiful rivers.  Let the adrenalin sizzle through your body and take in the dazzling jungle scene with Bali’s premier white water rafting company. This fabulous family fling can be wild or mild.  The choice is yours.
  • Get on your bike and head for the hills for some cruisey downhill mountain biking.  Be chauffeured to a perfect mountainside point where you mount your bike and coast down the hill with an expert guide who will pull over to reveal some of the island’s best-kept secrets.