Named after the beautiful king’s daughter at the centre of the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, Villa Shinta Dewi is a serene four-bedroom villa, peacefully set in the upmarket Laksmana estate.
Yes, it is only a few hundred metres from the beach, and an easy walk from some of Bali’s most iconic restaurants, boutiques and sunset bars.
The three pavilions positioned around a waterfall-fed swimming pool provides an unexpected amount of living space, including an open-sided upper living room with sunset terrace, poolside dining room, second living room and an air-conditioned study. While the master bedroom is magnificent, taking up much of the second pool-edge pavilion, the three guest bedrooms are equally impressive; the interiors are luxuriously furnished and feature rice-paper screens and marble-lined bathrooms.
In this fully-staffed Seminyak villa, there are plenty of options to relax; suntan by the pool, retire to the shade of the dining room for a leisurely lunch (prepared by the villa’s excellent chef – with a fixed price menu to make the choice easier), doze off on a massage table, sweat in the gym (if you are feeling energetic), enjoy open-air sunset cocktails on the terrace or sashay across the road to La Lucciola for dinner – and, with 24-hour butler service, still be pampered when you return to the villa in the early hours.
For an equally magical villa stay in the charming rice field surrounds of Ubud, stay at Villa Shinta Dewi in Ubud for few days. Located only a few minutes from the Ubud Royal Palace, the four-bedroom villa has been finished and furnished to the same flawless standard as the sister villa in Seminyak. That’s when one gets the best of both worlds. Bliss!