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  • Written by Linda Lim

We thought there was no such thing as a Balinese-style luxury villa; a villa designed in the style of traditional Balinese family compound and built in the classic Bali style. We assumed open-sided living areas, alang-alang thatched roofs, soaring pitched ceilings, semi-open air bathrooms and rooms decorated with Indonesian antiques and artworks were a thing of the past.

We would never have imagined stepping foot into a villa situated amidst sloping rice terraces, the sprawling property occupying thousands of square metres of land and boasting luxurious tropical living. Spending mornings meandering around an expansive and well-manicured garden brimming with coconut palms, mature trees and fragrant frangipanis sounded like a far-fetched dream. As far as we knew, a luxury villa didn't mean an enormous private pool for swimming laps, or rows of poolside sun loungers to soak up the sun. On the contrary, we had always imagined a luxury villa as an extremely private hideaway with little room for socializing. Activities such as challenging friends and family to a game of tennis on a private tennis court, watching the latest movies together in the media room or gathering around the dining table for gourmet meals cooked by a private chef were unheard of.

We remember telling ourselves to stop looking for THE perfect villa.

That was before we discovered Villa Surya Damai.

About Elite Havens - Luxury Villa Rentals 

Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals is Asia's market leader in high-end holiday villa vacations handling over 60,000 guests a year. Established in 1998 the company has curated a spectacular collection of over 200 private luxury villas in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Offering a diverse range of holiday experiences from absolute beachfront to rural escapes; from honeymoon hideaways to 9-bedroom party pads; and from contemporary funk to traditional chic, all Elite Havens properties are staffed to the highest level including villa managers, gourmet chefs and personal butlers.


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