Villa Levi sits on a river island 200m down a long driveway, with only forest, fields, local houses and other private villas nearby, with a revered temple positioned on the opposite side of the river. Out on the main road are a couple of local shops selling basic grocery items and snacks, while less than two kilometres away is Echo Beach, with great surf and an enclave of cheap and cheerful but good quality seaside restaurants. A huge new apartment development will be opening soon at Echo Beach and will no doubt bring more great restaurants and retail outlets to the area.
Villa Levi – Canggu 3 bedroom luxury villa, BaliElite Havens
Rising from the banks of a small river shaded by a towering banyan tree, this peaceful villa is blessed with an abundance of tropical flora and immaculate lawns. Partly designed by Alberto Cortes and Yvonne Hulst, the designers responsible for The Purist in Ubud, The Giri Residence in Ibiza and Ryad Dyor in Marrakech, Villa Levi combines contemporary design with eclectic Indonesian antiques and a sublime back-to-nature setting.
While the ambiance is intimate, the expansive rice fields that surround the villa create a wonderful sense of space. The use of recycled timber and local stone throughout – from ironwood decking, to stone tables and marble bathtubs – creates wonderful texture and earthy tones; a perfect reflection of the natural setting.
The villa’s three uniquely styled bedroom suites are ideal for small groups, families, solo travellers or honeymooners. Groups will enjoy the open-plan lounge and alfresco dining terraces – supported by fabulous gourmet kitchen facilities and a suggestion menu – and the pool deck with a collection of oversize sun beds and rustic table settings. Then again, if me-time is on the agenda, you can slip away into the luxurious spa treatment area, soak in the jacuzzi, or curl up with a book on a giant sofa and leave the world behind. Not sure how to spend your days? Ask the helpful villa staff for inspiration. It’s just a short stroll to Echo Beach, or head to Seminyak, with its chic restaurants, designer boutiques and buzzing nightlife.
Few people are as naturally gracious and welcoming as the Balinese and it is the warmth of their genuine and seemingly endless smiles that you will remember long after your holiday is over.