Last week my family and I stayed at an amazing secluded villa in Canggu (pronounced Changgu), Bali. We were in Bali to attend the wedding of a family friend, I flew in from Melbourne, my parents flew in from Perth and my sister managed to make a short visit from Hong Kong. My brother and his wife stayed with the wedding party at another nearby villa and visited frequently. It was the perfect venue for a rare family catch up.
We arrived in the wee hours of Sunday morning 19 May and could not believe that this entire place was just for us. There are two villas at the top of the compound and a third down by the pool, each with a large bedroom, balcony/verandah with day bed and a large bathroom with a very private outdoor courtyard garden shower. Towards the top of the villa compound is a media room with couches, tv, boardgames etc. Above this, accessible by a steep ladder is a loft with a double bed. After walking past a fish pond you enter the large living area pavilion with bathroom, comfortable chairs and a large dining table which seats up to 10 people. Further down the stairs takes you down to the pool area with 5 sunbeds and a pool bale with 2 daybeds. The staff clean the pool several times a day to ensure it is free from leaves. Next to the pool is the lower villa. The gardens at Villa Bunga Wangi are lush and add to the serene nature of the location. Bunga Wangi is Indonesian for fragrant flowers, this is particularly evident early in the morning when the smell of frangipanis permeates the air. The addition of ponds, carvings and lighting help create a peaceful ambiance.
Throughout our stay we were visited by a large number of friendly creatures including an array of butterflies, gecko’s, skinks, squirrels and birds.
The chef, Ketut, prepared amazing meals. The highlight was the seafood barbeque. He had no problems accommodating our varying dietary requirements and tastes. We would discuss our plans with him each morning and decide what dishes we would like prepared that day. Ketut would then go to the shops and bring us back the receipts to be reimbursed. Ketut and the staff Kadek, Ngurah and Parwati were always there with a friendly smile to assist us with music, a gin and tonic or to call a taxi or organise massages by the pool. We found we rarely needed to leave the villa as everything was taken care of for us. This meant we completely lost track of what day or time it was and completely unwound and relaxed.
We are already talking about our next stay at Villa Bunga Wangi! Here are some of the pictures I took during my stay there.