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EDGY STAYCATIONS : The Edge Bali

It’s no secret that I like (well love) a little luxe in my life and since coming across the incredible insta snaps of The Edge, I immediately knew that this was a resort that I HAD to experience. On line I hopped and booked myself a one night staycation at what looked like heaven perched high on the cliffs of Uluwatu.

We were collected from our Seminyak villa in a sleek black people mover by a resort driver along with Apong, who politely told us that he was our private Butler for our our stay. HELLO, Im starting to get used to this private butler business, its one that many high-end resorts in Bali do offer, but I have to say, The Edge have got it right.

We were whisked off to our destination in complete luxury arriving to a lobby full of staff with smiles for miles.

Upon our arrival, we were given a tour of the property; I just don’t think there are enough words in the thesaurus to describe what lay in front of us. Sitting high upon the limestone cliffs, The Edge literally takes in the 180 degree views of the spectacular Indian ocean – this sight is quite simply jaw dropping and one that I spent a lot of time during my stay gazing at.

Apong escorted us to our villa, The One. For the first time in a long time I was speechless. Larger than you could possibly imagine, of course taking in more of those spectacular views,  this villa is fit for Royalty.  Contemporary Javanese styling, featuring a large lounge area, along with a beautiful dining area, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors taking in the views of the ocean and your private 20m long infinity edge pool that literally runs the length of the villa. There is a sprawling deck area, which I was told is often used for weddings, and I can see why, I could not think of a more beautiful place to hold my nuptials.

The bedroom was bigger than some of my friend’s apartments, lush, plush, lovely and luxe with more floor to ceiling glass sliding doors looking out onto your pool, but bordered with metres of luxurious black out curtaining. Walking through the stylish and super large dressing room, is the Bathroom – wow, wow and one more wow, marble, opulent and enormous. Separate shower, his and hers vanity, jacuzzi style bathtub, separate toilet and of course an outdoor shower.


This villa is meant for 2 but could very comfortably hold a party for 50 or more. Literally larger than any resort villa I have ever stayed in.

There is detail everywhere you look, whether it be the white robes placed beautifully at the end of your bed with a goodnight note, bookmarks left on your pillows, the amenities tray in the bathroom stocked with perfectly presented items. Everything is thought of here.

The Edge may not have a private beach, but it has the amazing One Eighty Sky Pool, this now very insta famous pool extends 6 metres over the clifftop, 150 metres above the waves and rocky shoreline below, featuring a glass bottom which gives you a birds-eye view to everything happening directly below you. I watched in wonder at the people taking their pics whilst leaning on the edge of this spectacular pool. I gave it a go myself, but being slightly scared of heights, it was only seconds before I quickly swam back to the safety of the larger in ground section of this big blue pool

One Eighty has a sand lounge where you can relax poolside on sun loungers or daybeds under big white sun umbrellas, the VIP lounge is rock star, and the enclosed terrace features a restaurant along with a sleek bar area, It’s a really cool place to sip cocktails, chow down on the delicious poolside menu, take in the view and of course, people watch. Best thing – One Eighty is open to the public, so everyone gets to enjoy this beautiful pool club, please note : bookings are required.

We spent the afternoon eating, drinking, lazing around our enormous pool, reading and relaxing. Bali bliss. Snob Tip : try the  prawns – om gosh – these little seafood critters are delicious and huge !

Our breakfast order was taken by Apong, before we went retired to our gigantic comfortable bed, and we woke to the most delicious spread of fruit, yoghurts, muffins, juice, coffee and eggs, as much as I tried to, there was just no way I was going to ever get through all this food. I did give it a red hot go though.


Apong, our wonderful butler, was literally with us throughout our stay, but we never ever noticed him. He just appeared when he sensed we needed him. At one stage it started raining, and like magic, he was next to us holding 2 umbrellas! Another thing I loved, there is no check in at reception, it’s all done via your butler in the comfort of your villa, need a massage at the Edge Spa, your butler will organise, anything we needed, Apong was available 24/7 to take care of us and I mean 24/7, as he was dimming our lights and wishing us a good night sleep, he reminded us that if anything was wrong even at 3am in the morning, just to call him and he would come to help. This is service – and goes hand in hand with this luxury villa.

The morning proved to be a little grey so decided that a gym session could be in order, and given that the gym at the Edge has one of the best views of any gyms in Bali, it made for a rather enjoyable workout. We then decided to treat ourselves to a one hour massage at the Edge Spa, the ambience is so relaxing – you literally walk through water to get to the massage table, again all taking in the most amazing vista. I left there relaxed and totally blissed out.

This stunning resort might be large in scale, but it is small whereby it only has 8 villas, keeping it exclusive, personal, and so very special.

The staff are nothing short of amazing (I seriously wanted to sneak Apong in the car back to my villa) the views are literally jaw dropping and the villas are most certainly fit for a king and queen.


We will definitely be back for another stay, but until then, we will be visiting One Eighty Sky Lounge very soon as I need more pics of that insanely infinity edge pool.

Makasih Banyak The Edge – we loved our staycation with you.

 

 

The edge – Uluwatu Bali
Jl. Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu – Uluwatu BALI 80364 – INDONESIA
T. (62) 361 8470 700| F. (62) 361 8470880 | E. intouch@edge.mesahotelsandresorts.com 

ADDICTED TO PARADISE : Villa Coral Nusa Lembongan

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It’s no secret that our go to getaway when we need to escape the silly that sometimes Seminyak is known for is Nusa Lembongan. We are pretty fussy about where we stay returning to our favorites again and again. But this time we thought – lets mix it up and try somewhere completely different. We got in touch with our friends at The Lembongan Traveller, who told us about a brand spanking new beach front villa in a secluded part of the island, so beach front in fact, you have to walk across the white sand to gain entry. Hello – book us in!

villa coral beach front

I must admit I was pretty excited to try some new digs on the island, a change is as good as a holiday, and that’s what we are on Lembongan for. As the Rocky’s Van made its way through the bumpy roads and overgrown foliage we were pretty eager to get to this new villa we had heard so much about – Villa Coral. Pulling up on a narrow road right next to Tamarind Beach – I knew I was staying somewhere absolutely beach front when the waves were lapping at my feet as I was wheeling my luggage as promised thru the white sand to get to Villa Corals entrance. We were not disappointed by what greeted us.

villa coral nusa lembongan

Very large and lovely, modern but in an elegant island style way this villa is cleverly designed so every inch of the bay is captured from every point of this double story villa.

This beach front beauty is tucked away in a private and very quiet part of the island, it’s truly beautiful, with every amenity that you will need during your stay provided for you. With four staff to take care of everything – all you need to do is sit back and do nothing – something I’m very good at.

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The villa has 4 enormous, repeat ENORMOUS, air-conditioned bedrooms, each with king size beds and very generous ensuite bathrooms – all bedrooms have views of the beach and bay that stretch out as far as the eye can see.

villa coral nusa lembongan

We spent our days by or I should say laying in the infinity pool taking in the impressive outlook – the star of the show being Mt Agung – which, when he makes an appearance is seen perfectly from every location in this villa.

mount agung villa coral

The poolside bar got a good work out– that impressive stainless steel refrigerator kept our champagne chilled to perfection. The staff were always on hand with menus from local warungs and happily ordered delicious meals for us, collected them and lay out our dishes for us in the beautiful open-air dining area overlooking the pool and the beach.

Breakfast at villa coral is a great way to start your day – the staff cook up a some tasty treats that will keep you full right thru to lunch – so good in fact – we requested 2nd servings (my constant diet was forgotten for this getaway).

breakfast villa coral

This villa is literally on the beach! When the tide comes in – you open the front gate – and the waves almost reach the beautiful stone boundary. A walk along the beach you will find local fisherman untangling their nets whilst their young children play in the rock pools and waves.

At night take in the sunset from the poolside bar – or the view is just as good if not better from the upstairs lounge area.

With an air- conditioned entertainment room that also doubles as a massage room – This villa has everything to ensure your holiday is perfect in every way.

villa coral

There is lots to do on this island paradise, snorkel, explore, etc., but we have been to Lembongan many times before, so we decided just to chillax and enjoy everything that Villa Coral had to offer – that being the peaceful and secluded position – leaving us with the feeling that we had this whole stretch of beach to ourselves.

villa coral

Villa Coral is most certainly a beachfront beauty, a picture perfect position which will ensure your island getaway is as every bit as wonderful as the view it looks out to.

The Lembongan Traveller have this island covered – they can match you and your requirements to the perfect villa and book snorkelling trips, boating trips,  you want to do something – TLT can assist you.

If you haven’t been to Nusa Lembongan – can i suggest you put it on your itinerary next time you visit Bali – only a 30 minute boat ride from Sanur, i can promise you, you will become addicted.

Villa Coral can be booked through The Lembongan Traveller 

villa coral

 

 

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LUSH & LUXURIOUS : Villa Shambala Seminyak

Want to stay in a luxurious, lush and large private villa smack bang in the heart of Seminyak – but feels like your in the hills of Ubud ? Of course you do! Villa Shambala is just that. This stunning 5 bedroom villa is spacious, peaceful, eclectic and totally luxe blending the old with the new, having all the mod cons that you would expect from a five star property.

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This captivating villa includes a main building with two bedrooms, and a separate guest house with three bedrooms, set at either end of a sublime 19m swimming pool lined with palms and manicured lawns.  You are literally in your own private tropical oasis and seminyak beach is so close you can hear the waves crashing on the sand if you listen hard enough.

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The bedrooms are large and of course air-conditioned each one with their own private ensuite. The living / dining areas a gorgeous – set in stunning javanese joglos which all add to the tropical paradise feel. There is a huge modern kitchen as well as 2 tv rooms. 5 bedrooms, Shambala sleeps 10 – but this place is so big there is no way ever you will feel like you are on top of each other.

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And of course the best thing about holidaying in a private villa like this is the personalised service provided by a team of staff all there to ensure your stay with them is an amazing one. Each of the staff at Villa Shambala have been professionally trained, from the villa manager who is always on hand to assist with anything and everything, to the in house chef who is there to cook you breakfast, lunch and dinners whenever your tummy starts rumbling. The housekeepers will keep everything in order and the  dedicated massage therapists are on hand to soothe away any tired muscles after a hard day of doing nothing all in the privacy of your poolside spa pavilion.

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Villa Shambala enjoys one of the best locations, you are just minutes from Seminyaks main streets where you will find an array of restaurants, boutiques and homeware stores. Kudeta is just a stroll away as are all the other popular must see spots.

This place is pure heaven,  you will find it hard to drag yourself away from the pool to leave to do anything – especially when everything and i mean everything is there for you, and if its not – the staff can go and get it for you.  Villa Shambala is ideal for a large family, or a group of couples / friends wanting to holiday together. Seriously one to consider if you are looking for a big villa in the perfect location.

Want to stay at Villa Shambala or search out some more stunning places in seminyak ? We highly recommend Ministry of Villas – these guys have this island covered when it comes to accommodation, their portfolio includes some of the best properties in Seminyak and its surrounds – they can help you find your perfect holiday accommodation – contact them here and they will be happy to help you – better still if you book thru them – be sure to tell them the snobs sent you and you will receive a free bottle of champagne upon arrival.

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