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Villa Tao is a beachfront vacation residence that embodies the seamless blend, in both architecture and design, of the traditional and the contemporary. Interiors – of recycled wood and stone – are appointed with weathered and chic woven wood furnishings, as well as with modern, comfortable pieces. Amenities are deliberately first rate – to assure each and every guest’s absolute convenience and diversion. Built on a hill above the shores of Balian Beach, Villa Tao, truly, accords you stylish and easy living amidst a coastal and rustic air.
The villa has four bedrooms – two bedrooms on each wing of the villa. Two of these bedrooms are on the topmost floor – in fully restored, 200-year old Javanese Gladek houses. These bedrooms have king-sized beds – one of which is draped – as well as dedicated bathrooms with fitted bathtubs by large windows, and rain showers – both indoor and outdoor. These bedrooms also open out to furnished balconies with breathtaking views of the ocean. On the ground floors of the villa’s both wings – just below the Gladek house bedrooms – are two more bedrooms. One of these has a double bed, while the other has four single beds. Both bedrooms, however, have dedicated bathrooms with bathtubs as well as indoor and outdoor rain showers. Both bedrooms also open out to furnished balconies with fantastic sea views.
At the edge of the property – parallel to the beach – is the 14-meter infinity pool. Dip into its alluring, crystal clear waters for some aimless wading around, it appears, the open sea. If you wish to bathe, instead, in the sun, you can laze on cushioned, woven wood pool beds on the wooden deck surrounding the pool.
On the airy, semi-open and spacious middle floor of the villa is the living area with two sitting set ups. Here, you can all assemble for some amusing and animated sharing and storytelling. Around the living area’s sunken portion which is aligned with the infinity pool, you can also relax – entranced as you gaze out to sea. On one end of this middle floor is the dining area. On its dark, wooden table for 10, you can all feast on authentic Balinese cuisine – as well as your most requested comfort food, or a menu of healthy choices – concocted by the in-house chef at the villa’s fully-equipped kitchen. The villa also has a media room where you can, for the nth instance, watch your all-time favorite films. On the roof top is a garden and a covered deck – ideal for breezy, sunset cocktail parties.
Assigned to attend to the villa’s daily services is a staff composed of a pool attendant, a gardener as well as housekeepers and security personnel. In addition to the chef, a personal guest assistant, a babysitter, a driver, a laundry helper and a spa therapist may, upon your request, be called in. However, their services will be charged separately. Bike, scooter, car and boat rentals are available.
Villa Tao is based along Balian Beach which, for a time, was Bali’s best-kept surfing secret. If you’re a surfer, you can, right here, hit the waves – famed for its multiple reef breaks. On your first day tour, you can explore the area by combing the long coast of pristine, squid-ink, black sand, where, along the way, you’ll encounter the Soka Bat Temple. On another day trip, you can go and see a local mekepung or bull race, followed by a stop at the Lumbung Berkat Dragon Fruit Gardens.
The villa was very comfortable - living areas had fabulous comfortable lounging spots to read, play cards, sunbake. The surf rolled in day after day- a surfer's dream. The pool was fantastic for a refreshing swim. Although the house is some distance from the nearby village with restaurants, we did not mind the isolation. All the villa's staff were very pleasant and helpful. Our chef/cook Leena provided fantastic meals on request: she needed a bit of encouragement to cook Balinese spicy food and add chilli, so be specific in your tastes when asking requesting a meal! Our manager Made was very helpful in arranging transport, daytrips, family surfing lessons, in-house massages and local information. A daytrip up to Pupuan to walk through a coffee plantation to a beautiful waterfall, then through villages growing cacao, coffee, cloves and other spices, down to Medewi was particularly memorable. The manager's assistants kept the place swept and tidy from an early hour and into the night, & provided endless cups of coffee and other refreshments. Our 6 days (5 guests) were great value for money and super relaxing. By the way, the community warung directly in front of the house was great for simple lunches/meals/drinks. The only improvements that I can suggest are to be directed to the owner, who needs to do some maintenance. All bedrooms were great except for the lower bedroom (with mutiple beds -closest to pool) This room was unpleasantly mouldy and dank, the bedding smelt mouldy, and my children did not want to sleep in here because of the stale dank air. The mosquito nets were decorative? - covered in dust and unusable. I would have preferred to turn off the aircon, open the balcony doors when sleeping, but this was not possible without mosquito nets.
|Minimum stay||4 bedrooms|
|from 01/07/2019 to 01/09/2019||Peak season||5 nights||GBP £ 496|
|from 01/09/2019 to 20/12/2019||Low season||3 nights||GBP £ 325|
|from 20/12/2019 to 08/01/2020||Peak season||5 nights||GBP £ 496|
|from 08/01/2020 to 01/07/2020||Low season||3 nights||GBP £ 325|