Heavy antique gates of Villa Hansa immediately set a tone of exquisite style. The gates open to a stone staircase flanked by fish- and lotus-flower-filled-ponds and fragrant frangipani trees. An ancient timber joglo is repurposed to create a chic living space adorned with a stunning collection of precious Indonesian artefacts. Ceiling-to-floor glass overlooks a lush slice of this delicious estate, and beyond to traditionally farmed rice terraces.
Seven luxurious bedrooms are spaced throughout the estate, providing an ideal arrangement for extended families or groups of friends to enjoy blissful privacy. Expansive lawns separate the buildings, dotted with shady daybeds set within the established tropical gardens that also forge secluded spaces. At the centre of Villa Hansa is an 18-metre swimming pool, which is crowned by an open-fronted entertainment space and bordered by sun loungers, cushioned daybeds and a freshwater shower carved from stone. Beyond the pool, a large balé with charming views of the river and surrounding rice fields houses a pool table, abundant seating and a barbecue. The epic master suite presides over an entire wing of the villa in a converted joglo overlooking a private 12-metre swimming pool flanked with sun decks and a balé. This suite is connected to a movie room that adjoins a timber gladak, which makes a perfect bedroom for young children.
A team of ten staff ensures seamless service while the chef prepares gorgeous Indonesian and western meals. The manager is a spiritual guide and every full moon at Villa Hansa is celebrated with centuries old ceremonies at the riverside temple. Guests can enjoy days of relaxation by the pool and easy strolls to the beach offering an abundance of intriguing local scenes, from farmers tending their rice fields to the making of bamboo leaf cenang offerings and children practising traditional dances.
Bedroom at Villa Hansa
Villa Hansa’s seven luxurious bedrooms are housed beneath elegant ironwood-shingle roofs with ceilings of exposed beams and woven rattan. Ensuite bathrooms feature private walled garden spaces that epitomise chic tropical elan. From large windows views of lush green landscapes predominate. Four of the villa’s guest bedrooms are named after the Hindu gods Brahma, Wisnu, Siwa and Ganesha; all featuring netted four-poster king-size beds and cooled by fans and air conditioning.
The master suite offers unrivalled luxury and privacy with a California king-size bed positioned below a rare 400-year old joglo carving. Bedside lighting controls are integrated into the teak bedframe and café-style seating is provided at two tables. A sundeck leads to a 12-metre infinity pool and wraps around to a secluded walled courtyard. The bathroom features a huge sunken bath surrounded by a fish-filled pond. A private television room lies behind the master suite.
This beautifully earthy antique Indonesian building makes an ideal kids bedroom. The room features timber shuttered windows and slatted walls plus a sweet veranda. A wonderfully preserved four-poster queen-size daybed makes a gorgeous centrepiece to the room, which also has an antique wardrobe, desk and chair plus a cushioned wooden bench seat. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a rectangular volcanic stone bathtub, unique hand crafted tiles, separate shower and vanity. It is connected to the master suite via the television room.
This is another wonderful example of a preserved traditional Indonesian timber house with a single daybed making it particularly suitable for kids, teens or friends sharing. This gladak is located on grassy lawns and surrounded by mature gardens. The ensuite bathroom has an outdoor shower.
Riverview Suites (Siwa and Ganesha)
This building has two bedrooms – Siwa on the ground floor and Ganesha upstairs. Both are furnished with netted four-poster king-size beds and feature dressing rooms and sitting areas. Siwa boasts a small private terrace overlooking the tropical gardens and river, while the Ganesha suite has a shockingly green outlook from large windows. Both ensuites are fitted with round travertine baths and indoor showers.
Pool Suites (Wisnu and Brahma)
The Wisnu and Brahma suites both overlook the pool and have comfortable king-size four-poster beds and separate dressing rooms. Interiors here are more hip than traditional, and have a chilled vibe. Both rooms are furnished with sofas and feature interesting statuary. Ensuites are fitted with circular tubs and the private garden in Wisnu’s bathroom is an extraordinary riot of tropical flowers, including heliconia, torch ginger and an ancient frangipani tree.
Living at Villa Hansa
At Villa Hansa’s heart is a repurposed antique timber joglo with floor-to-ceiling windows and cool air conditioning. A deep cushioned sofa and soft chairs are positioned below an ornately carved timbertampung sari (the heavily stepped and sculpted centre of the joglo ceiling) while a two-metre-long table hewn from a single piece of wood is housed in a cool corner. A guest kitchen and service counter lies behind a bar that has comfortable stool seating for four people. Antiques and rare artefacts, including a beautiful old china cabinet and rattan rooster cages, give this room a sleek and polished ambiance.
Overlooking Villa Hansa’s swimming pool is a casual open-fronted, fan-cooled pavilion that is perfect for relaxed dining, board games and simply chilling. The main kitchen, where staff create gourmet meals and brew delicious ginger tea, is in this pavilion, which is bordered by gardens – both water and flowering – and is decorated with quirky pieces, including a series of chicken statues. The dining table here seats 12 people and several low-slung chairs provide a comfy base from which to relax and watch over pool shenanigans. The polished timber floors are bordered with white stone and the vibe is shabby chic.
Villa Hansa’s 18-metre swimming pool is deep at one end and very shallow at the other, making it perfect for morning laps, a spot of diving or a place for little people to splash. Elegant daybeds and sun loungers surround the pool – some under the shade of umbrellas. A fresh water shower, carved in the image of a Hindu goddess, is recessed into the garden borders.
A large balé, facing the river and rice fields at the far side of the gardens, makes a great space for lazy barbecue lunches interspersed by cooling dips in the pool and friendly tournaments at the full size pool table.
Tucked into a quite corner by the river is the spacious yoga studio. This is the perfect place to spend a quiet morning of meditation and asanas, or to watch a traditional Balinese dance performance, which the manager will happy arrange.
Service and Facilities
Location Pererenan village, Canggu, south-west Bali.
Capacity 14 people in 7 bedrooms (6 king-size beds and 1 large daybed). Extra bed available at small additional cost.
Living Areas Two living/dining pavilions with dining for 12 and 8; barbecue pavilion; TV room off master suite; riverside yoga studio/performance space.
Pool 18 x 6 metre pool plus 12 x 4 metre pool.
Staff Villa manager; private chef; housekeeping; security. Baby sitting for up to three hours is included. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request.
Dining Suggestion menu of Western, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Requests accommodated including special diets.
Communication WiFi internet access; guest mobile phone for local calls; mobile phone coverage (additional cost for credit); printer; fax.
Entertainment Satellite TV; DVD player; iPod dock.
For families Villa Hansa is exceptionally well equipped for families. Facilities include: baby cot; high chair; DVDs; board games, pool table and table tennis.
Spa In villa treatments may be selected from a comprehensive spa menu and can be carried out by professional beauty therapists by arrangement (extra cost applies).
Transport A private chauffeured car is available to hire for up to 8 hours a day at a special daily rate of US$ 25++. Parking space is available within the villa compound for self-drivers.
Weddings & events Events for up to 80 people can be arranged at the villa with prior notice.