The six bedroom villa Puri Nirwana is set in beautifully landscaped gardens and enjoys an absolute location beachfront on the dramatic black sand surf beach of Cucukan.
Welcome to Puri Nirwana. This six-bedroom contemporary-meets-colonial-style villa sits on a wild stretch of black-sand beach between the resort towns of Sanur and Candidasa on Bali’s south-eastern coast. This fully staffed villa offers fabulous sea vistas and direct access onto the beach — go from pool to promenade in a few paces. With generous living spaces, large suites, a dedicated spa joglo, and breezy butler service, this villa is perfect for family gatherings, special occasions and beach-chic weddings. It is also wheelchair-friendly throughout, with wide corridors, garden ramps and, a rarity among Bali villas, an elevator.
Nirwana is a state of perfect happiness, an idyllic place. It’s the perfect name for this patch of paradise poised by a black-sand beach on the edge of Cucukan, a traditional Balinese village on the island’s south-eastern shore. Villa Puri Nirwana dazzles with its sweeping sea vistas and stunning contemporary-colonial architecture —colonnaded verandas, highly decorated ceilings, acres of marble floor, plantation shuttered windows, light-filled interiors, and profound sense of space that invokes heritage hotels and bygone days of grand travel. Flitting through shaded corridors are smartly uniformed staff, ever ready with an ice-cold towel, refreshing drink and ready smile.
Somerset Maugham would have felt quite at home here, gazing through the row of Casuarina trees lining the beach across the ocean to Nusa Penida rising on the horizon. 21st Century travelers will welcome more contemporary luxuries: supremely comfortable beds in all six suites, air-conditioning even in the stately ensuite bathrooms, a media room and gourmet kitchen.
It’s easy to slip into a transcendent state in such a blissful setting. Start the day with an early morning stroll along the promenade, meeting fishermen with their catch as Gunung Agung’s mystical peak appears above the clouds. Spend mornings by the pool, mesmerised by the breakers foaming on the shore. In the heat of the day retreat to the upper level lounge to play pool or just relax in the sea breeze. Enjoy an afternoon siesta or massage in the ornately carved joglo spa. In the early evening cool, savour the sunset with a cocktail in the raised beach-edge balé, serenaded by the surf and cicadas. Then gather around the gargantuan dining table for a gourmet dinner prepared by the accomplished villa chef.
Rest, recharge, renew. Repeat. How can it get any better?
Villa Puri Nirwana rises on the edge of a beach of black volcanic sand in Cucukan, a traditional Balinese village 20km from Sanur on Bali’s south-eastern coast. Here, the rhythm of life remains largely unchanged across generations: jukungs (brighty coloured fishing outriggers) rest on the shore, farmers tend their rice fields, and at night the sea breeze carries the percussive beat of the gamelan.
Beyond the garden, a paved promenade lines the beach from the Tukad Pakerisan river mouth to Pura Masceti, one of Bali’s nine sacred directional temples and site of many ceremonies. The views are breathtaking – across the bay towards Gunung Agung rising in the distance, and across the ocean to the mountain outline of Nusa Penida on the horizon.
This stretch of coastline is popular with surfers – one of Bali’s best surf spots is a few minutes’ drive away – but strong currents make it unsafe for swimming; best to head to the sheltered lagoon waters of Sanur a short drive away along the bypass which also accords easy access to myriad attractions in the area – the closest, Bali Safari Park, being just a five-minute drive away.
Puri Nirwana’s main living areas, master suite and one guest bedroom occupy a contemporary two-storey ocean-facing building, linked to the two-storey Garden Wing sleeping pavilion behind. From the grand pivot-door entrance, an open reception area leads into the villa, where the dining room runs the full length of the ground floor, opening onto a formal living room to one side, and the Master Suite and media room (with French doors to the kitchen) on the other.
From the reception area are stairs to the open-sided lounge, ocean-vista living room (which doubles as the villa’s seventh bedroom) and Sea View guest suite.
Colonnaded verandas link this building on both levels to the Garden Wing where two ensuite guest bedrooms occupy each level, linked by another staircase as well as an elevator. A separate joglo within the gardens houses the villa spa, and at the beachfront is the pool, sundeck, balé and dining gazebo.
With an excellent choice of formal and casual living areas, guests at Puri Nirwana can gather together in comfort with space to spare, or retreat to quiet corners away from the crowd.
The formal living room is bright and breezy, with a wall of glass doors opening onto a sun-drenched terrace. Upholstered sofas and chairs cluster around a large coffee table, encouraging genial conversation. Leading off is a gallery lined with glass-fronted cabinets containing the owner’s curios and collectibles.
Above is a colonial-style living room sprawling under a soaring four-pillar teakwood joglo core. Here, plantation shutters filter the sea breeze or can be flung open to make the most of the fabulous 180-degree ocean vista. Languish on the four-poster daybed, or convene around the semi-circular sofa for a sunset cocktail. Those happy to sleep without air-conditioning can also have this room made up as a bedroom; there is an ensuite shower room and a long vanity with double basins.
Also on the second level is a breezy open-sided lounge protected to one side by a bank of plantation shutters, with pool table, and dining table for six commanding stunning sea views through a trio of open arches.
Running the length of the main pavilion is the formal dining room, oriented to the ocean views beyond a wall of glass doors that can be closed for air-conditioned comfort or opened to the breeze. Dominating this space is a monumental table formed from the cross-section of a massive tree, which seats 16 in supreme comfort, and up to 20 without a squeeze.
Sandwiched between the dining room and the professional kitchen, the media room is a magnet for guests of all ages who seek the pleasures of a movie or Sony Playstation in air-conditioned comfort. Sit back on a soft sofa or recliner with a magazine, browse through Indosat’s many TV channels, or choose a DVD and settle in front of the 55-inch TV. Or simply lie back and admire the traditional Kamasan paintings adorning the ceiling.
The kitchen is huge, well equipped and features dual gas ovens, hot plates, a glass storeroom and twin state-of-the-art refrigerators. It’s the domain of the chef, but guests are welcome to make full use of it too should the urge take them.
With its prime oceanfront location, it’s no surprise that the beach is the focus of the Puri Nirwana’s outdoor living space. The villa’s social hub is the 16-metre swimming pool with jacuzzi and shallow section for smaller kids – and nothing to separate it from the beach except for a low glass fence. Standing sentinel at either end is a raised balé, deeply cushioned for daytime siestas and people-watching, and a vine-covered gazebo backed by a tropical jungle scene wall, with clusters of seating providing alfresco dining for 12. In between, over-sized bean bags rest on an ironwood deck under a row of towering palm trees and traditional Balinese parasols.
By the villa entrance is a colonnaded veranda where rattan chairs invite repose. Within the landscaped gardens is a children’s play area with sand pits and castle-building toys, and a performance area where local villagers can be invited to perform traditional dances or play gamelan before the serene backdrop of a massive Buddha face.
Cucukan Beach, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.
12 people (6 king-bedded rooms). 4 trundle beds and 2 extra rollaway beds are available for 6 more adults (extra cost applies).
2 living rooms; media room; dining room seating 20; additional dining area for 6; poolside fan-cooled gazebo with alfresco dining for 12; poolside bale; modern kitchen.
Length 16m x width 5m x depth 0.8-1.5m, with jacuzzi section.
Owner rep; senior butler; butler; private chef; housekeepers; 24-hour security; gardeners. Additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) on request at extra charge.
Complimentary daily breakfast. Suggestions menu of western, Chinese, Asian, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Priced multi-dish dinner menus including a seafood barbecue. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
Broadband internet with WiFi; landline for local calls.
55-inch TV with Indovision and DVD player; outdoor speakers; Bluetooth; PlayStation; pool table.
Families with young children will appreciate the baby cot and high chair, sandpits and pool toys.
In-villa massage and spa treatments can be arranged on request using visiting therapists (extra costs apply), Spa joglo facilities include massage beds, back massage chair, hair station and copper bath.
A daily complimentary 7-seater car (petrol excluded) can be arranged with the villa manager at least one day in advance. The car is available for 8 consecutive hours only, extra charge applies for any additional hours.
Villa Puri Nirwana makes an idyllic beachfront wedding and special event venue, catering for up to 150 guests.
All areas are wheelchair accessible; elevator; barbecue; diesel powered back-up generator; safety deposit boxes.
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