Villa Mana is hidden away in the village of Babakan in the popular district of Canggu on Bali’s south-west coast. Opposite the villa entrance is an important village temple, Pura Kahyangan, and beyond Villa Mana’s gardens are rice terraces stretching to the horizon. The villa has a ringside seat on an authentic way of life that has remained constant over generations. A gentle bike ride along quiet roads guided by the villa staff accords fascinating glimpses into this largely unchanged world and its hard to believe that Seminyak’s acclaimed restaurants, nightspots and boutiques are just 10 kilometres away. The world-class surf breaks and sunset views of Echo Beach are a 5-minute drive away, as is the famed Tanah Lot sea temple.
Villa Mana – Canggu 7 bedroom luxury villa, BaliElite Havens
Villa Mana is super-sized. Its generous proportions are obvious from the moment you cross the shallow pool marking its zen-serene entrance. Soaring ceilings, walls of glass opening onto expansive terraces, multiple media rooms – the sheer amount of living space is peerless, and completely in keeping with the villa’s magnificent 180-degree rice-field panorama.
Uncompromisingly modern, with clean lines, contemporary furnishings and a strong colour scheme, Villa Mana makes abundant use of local natural materials, with striking walls of rough river stone, woven rattan and tropical woods. Brightly coloured kilim rugs and plushly upholstered sofas scattered across the black concrete floors bring boho-chic to the minimalist interiors. This is indoor-outdoor living at its best, focused on the 17-metre infinity pool and ‘football-pitch’ garden below. Luxury extras like Bose sound systems, iPod docks in every room and bathtubs big enough for two raise the bar on villa living.
With seven large bedroom suites and seemingly acres of multi-level open and enclosed living areas, Villa Mana is perfect for extended families or groups of friends who love holidaying together yet appreciate having their own breathing space and the support of full-time staff, including resident cook to take care of all meals. With its large lawn, rooftop terrace and glorious rice-field outlook, the villa is also an idyllic wedding venue.
One of the delights of staying at Villa Mana is exploring the traditional villages in the area and dipping into local rural and religious life. Six bicycles are available for guests to use, providing a healthy way to visit the black-sand beach and famed surf breaks just three kilometres away.