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Priced From US$ 2500
Location: Uluwatu on te cliff overlooking the ocean
Bedrooms: 5 + childrens room that sleeps 5 children + a nannies room
Guests: 10 Adults + children

 

Transfer Cost: Private return transfers are US$35 perperson
Land Size: 4,000m2
Beach Access: overlooks ocean
Mins to Seminyak: it depends on traffic but allow 90mins
Pool: 32 metre pool + 2nd pool
Breakfast: not included but can be organised
Staff: 28 staff including drivers and chef's

 

 

The Istana rests upon 5,200 square metres of prime, cliff top land, 100 metres above the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean on the South-Western tip of the Island of Bali.

This five-suite estate overlooks white sand beaches and a lagoon abundant with sea life and coral, and in the evenings, magical sunsets. When the trade winds blow, a massive swell crashes onto the surrounding reef, crafting waves that attract worldwide surfing attention; the breaks are rated the best in the world. Uluwatu beach is only a ten-minute walk from the villa.
Set back 40 metre’s from the cliff face, The Istana is a gated property comprised of two swimming pools, a relaxation bale, the main house, the self-contained, single-storey master suite, and a children’s wing located above the staff service area.
The single-storey main house is a study in perfect symmetry, architecturally inspired by an Indonesian long house.
It presents a living room, dining room, an audio-video room and four identical bedroom suites. The overall style is a medley between understated modern architecture and traditional Indonesian detailing. The artwork represents a mixture of primitive art and antiques originating from Indonesia, keeping with the aura of tradition and style.

Villa The Istana Pricing 2016

Low Season Shoulder Season High Season Peak Season
3 May – 17 June1 September – 15 December 18 June – 24 June22 August – 31 August 29 April – 2 May
25 June – 21 August
16 December – 25 December
26 December – 2 January 2017
$2500 $2980 $3450 $3990

Rates are plus 10% tax & 5% service charge.

Villa The Istana Pricing 2017

Low Season Shoulder Season High Season Peak Season
8 January – 26 January
5 February – 31 March
18 April – 27 April
2 May – 15 June
1 September – 14 December
1 April – 12 April
16 June – 23 June
21 August – 31 August
3 January – 7 January
27 January – 4 February
13 April – 17 April
28 April – 1 May
24 June – 20 August
15 December – 25 December
26 December – 2 January 2018
$2500 $2980 $3450 $3990

Rates are plus 10% tax & 5% service charge.

Villa The Istana Pricing 2018

Low Season Shoulder Season High Season
8 January – 14 February
23 February – 23 March
9 April – 27 April
2 May – 15 June
24 March – 28 March
3 April – 8 April
3 January – 7 January
15 February – 21 February
29 March – 2 April
28 April – 1 May
$2500 $2980 $3450

Rates are plus 10% tax & 5% service charge.

  • Pricing is based on USD per villa per night.
  • Minimum Stay (Low & Shoulder Season 3 Nights, High Season 5 Nights, Peak Season 7 Nights)
  • Free wireless internet

Location
The west facing Istana is located on south western tip of Bali in an area designated the Bukit. This five bedroom estate overlooks white sand beaches and a blue lagoon abundant with fish and living coral, and offers a prime location from which to witness the island’s stunning sunsets.
When the trade winds blow, a massive swell from the Pacific Ocean crashes onto the reefs surrounding the area creating waves that attract surfers from around the world; the breaks are rated to be the fifth best in the world, and Uluwatu beach is only a ten minute walk from the villa.
With the property located so close to the holy Pura Uluwatu, one of island’s nine mother temples, the site is spiritually inspiring and undeniably unique.

Villa Overview
Bedrooms

Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is located within a self-contained, single-storey guesthouse, which is separate from and slightly more elevated than the main building, and set back so as to offer complete privacy. It has its own entrance way, parking facilities, and private L-shaped 12 x 5 metre swimming pool, lined with black volcanic stone. There is also a pool shower, sun-lounge’s and umbrella.

The bedroom features a soaring roof, timber-clad walls and a recycled teakwood floor. It is furnished with a king-size bed complete with a padded headboard. At the base of the bed, a flat screen ‘Pioneer’ TV with DVD is hidden within a rising cabinet that appears at the press of a button. Additionally, a large daybed affords a stunning view of the ocean. French windows open onto a timber-floored verandah, sheltered by a roof.

The expansive en-suite bathroom is fashioned in cream terrazzo and fitted with a sunken bathtub. There is also a walk-in shower and a toilet hidden behind frosted glass. Twin marble washbasins rest on a long vanity unit complete with large wall mirrors. Wardrobes with mirrored doors present plenty of hanging and storage space. Glass doors open to an outside walled area complete with an outdoor rain-shower and a cushioned daybed.
Guest Suites

The ocean suites open up to the dramatic ocean, while the garden suites open up to the gardens facing the entrance. The garden suites are equipped with TV/DVD players and each garden suite is complemented by a private walled sun lounge area with a raised wooden deck and daybeds for relaxing.

Each suite entry is decorated with carved limestone blocks representing traditional Ikat weavings from the islands of Flores and Sumba. Each of the matching suites is comprised of a bedroom with a capacious walk-in closet, and indoor and outdoor Bali-style bathrooms. All of the bedroom walls are faced with timber paneling to mid-height with white sand wash on top, leading up to the high cathedral timber-lined ceilings with ceiling fans and air-conditioning. The furniture in the bedrooms was designed especially for The Istana, as were the exquisite lighting fixtures, and are made exclusively of recycled teakwood. The décor in each room is primarily the same, with differences in the colour schemes. All of the bedrooms are walled on two sides by folding glass doors which open up to the private gardens in the case of the bedrooms facing the entrance of the property, and on the other side which open onto the ocean.

Each en-suite bathroom is walled in white sandstone and features bands of intricate designs in carved stone. Each features huge teak-framed mirrors above twin vanities set in wood. The indoor rain-head showers are enclosed on two sides with glass but open to open-air private gardens with sunken bathtubs, allowing for immersion al fresco.
Children’s Wing
One wing, located on an upper floor at the back of the property, is devoted entirely to children. It features a lounge/living space complete with sofas, a pool table, Playstation, TV/DVD and Bose sound system.
A bedroom with fitted bunks provides sleeping space for five kids, and there is also a nanny’s room.

Living Room
The open air living room is designed to maximise the view. Accessed via the main entrance, from the garden, or via colonnaded walkways on either side, it features a honey-coloured teakwood floor and is furnished with segmented daybed-style sofas and ottomans. Bubbling water features in the adjacent ponds enhance the ambience with the tranquil sound of running water. The room is cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans positioned within the high roof. Palimanan stone walls on either side of the room are embellished with alcoves and decorative features.
There is also a large bar fashioned in black marble, complete with chic barstools; this is a perfect spot for enjoying a cocktail, and is fully stocked with international wines, spirits liqueurs & mixers. Two symmetrical wings attached to the living room accommodate the dining room to one side, and the AV room to the other.

Outdoor living

Spectacularly positioned on the cliff top with breathtaking views of the ocean and Suluban Beach, the large relaxation balé incorporates a lounging area, a bar, and a sunken tatami table with cushioned seating for twelve.
Furthermore, it is fitted with a monolithic slab of black granite that extends into the garden to form a gas barbeque.
Music speakers are installed in the roof and the cushioned lounge area provides the perfect space to chill and enjoy a sunset cocktail. Automatic blinds and a half-wall of glass protect guests from the elements.
The panoramic view spans the Indian Ocean and Bali’s spectacular coastline. To the north, the narrow isthmus that links the Bukit with the rest of the island is clearly visible, with the view extending past the crescent-shaped Jimbaran Bay and the airport to Bali’s sunset coast, incorporating the settlements of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, before reaching inland to the highlands of Bedugul.
On a clear day, the awesome vista takes in Bali’s chain of volcanoes from the mighty Mt Agung in the east and Mt Batur in the northeast, to Mt Pohen, Mt Sangkiang and Mt Batukaru, extending across the highlands of West Bali National Park towards the distant volcanoes of East Java. The lights of the fishing boats at night also provide a magical backdrop.
Swimming Pools and Gardens
Set on 4,000m2 the 32 metre swimming pool stretches along the front of the estate, Istana’s main swimming pool has a breathtaking side to side infinity edge on the ocean side.
There is a second pool in-front of the children’s wing.
West Javanese green granite stone lines the pool which, when lit, glows aquamarine and provides one of the Estate’s most aesthetic elements.
The two-level lawn is bordered by flowering bougainvillea and dotted with coconut palms.

Dining Room

This air-conditioned dining room is fully paneled internally and externally with teakwood, evoking a warm comfortable feel. The room is enclosed by four sets of swinging glass doors that can open up if desired to overlook the water lily gardens to one side, and the ocean to the other. The solid teakwood feature table comfortably seats twelve, and the specially designed mood lighting provides an intimate atmosphere, complemented by the meditative sounds of the water feature in the garden. A guest toilet is located next door.
Dining

The Istana boasts a dining service better than most restaurants, and the menu features a wonderful array of dishes. Extensive Western dining options are available, but we also recommend you to try some of the Balinese dishes for a unique cultural experience.

The menu
A number of special lunch and dinner menus are offered, which require a day’s notice to the chef in order to make arrangements. Please remember while the villa’s facilities and staff capabilities are of the highest quality, the villa’s kitchen cannot maintain the same inventory as a restaurant that serves hundreds of patrons in a day, thus pre-ordering is a key component of the villa’s food service.
Dinner parties and functions can all be catered to – please ask the chef or manager for more details at any time of the day, whether you are requesting breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks.
If you have a large group it is advisable that the group dines on the same dish or that you order several dishes to be shared. Please allow at least one day’s notice, and feel free to discuss any requirements with the chef or villa manager.

Food and beverage system
The Villa has a menu system with individual price. Should you have a request for a dish not on the menu, or a special dietary requirement, please feel free to ask the chef, who will strive to comply with all of your wishes.

Food and beverage charges
For your convenience, as with all charges, food & beverage charges will be billed to your final account and payable in total upon checkout. Please advise the villa manager should you wish to check your bill daily.

Kitchen

Media Room

The AV room is an air-conditioned home theatre with timber-clad walls and bookshelves. Glass doors can be opened to overlook both the front and back of the estate. A massive relaxation couch easily seats the guest capacity. Covered in Thai silk pillows, it faces a wide-screen projection TV and entertainment centre. A guest toilet is located next door.

Spa
Bali is synonymous with luxury massage, but the privacy & serenity of the Istana makes such pleasures a pure indulgence. Massage, body scrubs, body wraps, facials, pedicures, and manicures inside its dedicated spa facilities, are just some of the treatments which can be enjoyed in-house.
Children’s Wing
One wing, located on an upper floor at the back of the property, is devoted entirely to children. It features a lounge/living space complete with sofas, a pool table, Playstation, TV/DVD and Bose sound system.
A bedroom with fitted bunks provides sleeping space for five kids, and there is also a nanny’s room.
Kid’s Facilities
The Istana caters to children of all ages. The games and children’s wing is located on the upper floor just behind the master bedroom suite on the northeast side of the property.
It features one large room that boasts a pool table and video game corner (with both Wii and PS3 machines). There are also three other smaller rooms (and bathrooms), one of which possesses a set of four bunk beds for children.
There is also one room designed for domestic staff (who may be traveling with guests or locally hired and given overnight charges) featuring two small beds, and another room which can be arranged to host children’s cots or other configurations. For infants – two sleeping cots are available, as well as a highchair and pool safety toys.
The games room has a number of kids’ DVDs, CDs, extensive toy selection, and books for entertainment. A number of children television programs can also be accessed on the satellite television and the room is equipped with a Bose sound system. A special kids food menu is available at The Istana.

Babysitting Service
Balinese are famous for the importance they place on family and their love of children, and the Istana’s staff are no exception. Arrangements can be made for The Istana staff to babysit, and a professional babysitting service is also offered if extended hours are required.
Please mention any special requests in your booking enquiry and we will provide all information for you.

Transport

Every rental of the Istana includes the use of the Toyota Alphard car (which seats seven apart from the driver) and personal driver. The Istana also has one ‘beach car’, refurbished VW convertible car available for complimentary usage by guests. All Istana vehicles are iPod compatible.

Weddings and events
The Istana’s extensive grounds, and facilities, run by a professional hospitality team results in a venue in Bali that is both exciting and exclusive.
Weddings are a big favourite at the villa. Experience the intimacy of having the exclusive uses of a luxury villa on a private estate – and really create something special for your family and friends. No packages are offered by the villa. Each event is unique and tailored to clients requests.
Please remember special permission to stage events at the Istana must be given by the management in writing. A rental booking does not necessarily mean an event will be accepted. Please check with your reservations agent for all costs and conditions.

The Staff

The staff of The Istana is trained at the luxury hotel level.

The team is comprised of a villa manager, an assistant manager, a western chef, three cooks, four butlers, maids and housekeeping staff, two chauffeurs and around-the-clock security. The villa’s team numbers 28 people in total (these numbers can fluctuate but the villa always strives to provide the best service).

All are devoted to facilitating intimate service and to ensure every stay at The Istana is most memorable and enjoyable.
One Full Time Manager and One Assistant Villa Manager
The villa manager of The Istana, along with the assistant manager, is responsible for the overall operation of The Istana including staffing, special requests and ensuring guest satisfaction.

One Chef and Two Cooks
Led by a western trained chef, the cooking team of three others at The Istana has developed a wonderful in-house menu of gourmet standards. The F&B team is happy to accommodate any special requests or dietary needs. Dinner parties and events can be catered to.

Four Butlers and Four Housekeepers
Four butlers and four housekeepers are in charge of maintaining the 5-star standard of cleanliness and tidiness at The Istana. The team also assists the F&B team in servings all form of meals or events.
Two Drivers
Two drivers are employed by the villa

Five gardeners and pool attendants.
A team of five people ensures the grounds and all the machinery which runs the villa are kept in top shape

Spa Staff
The villa employs several dedicated spa staff to accommodate guests’ needs.

Six Security Guards
The Istana is safe and secure 24 hours a day. Rotating shifts of six security staff work provide for round the clock security.

Quick Facts
• Location: Uluwatu, The Bukit, South Bali, Indonesia.
• Neighborhood: Cliff-top location, 5 minute walk to beach, surfing & swimming at nearby beaches.
• Capacity: 10 adults along with addition rooms for 5 children and 2 domestic staffs (additional charged applied).
• Living Areas: living room, dining room, AV room, bale and games room.
• Pool: Two on the property (main pool at 32 m x 5 m and master suite pool at 8 m x 4 m).
• Staff: One villa Manager, one Asst. villa manager, one Western chef and two local cooks, four butlers, four housekeepers, two drivers, five gardeners and pool attendants, six security guards two engineers and several spa staffs.
• Dining: Wide range of international and Indonesian food; special requests and dietary needs accommodated.
• Communication: IDD, local call, fax machine, intercom, complimentary WI-FI internet access.
• Entertainment: Full Bose system in all main living areas, I-pod docks and speakers, DVD and CD players with inside & outside sound control, pool table, play stations.
• For Children: Children’s wing featuring a lounge/living space complete with sofas, a pool table, Playstation, TV/DVD and Bose sound system. A bedroom with fitted bunks provides sleeping space for five kids, and there is also a nanny’s room, DVDs, CDs, toys, books and pool toys
• Additional facilities: Full backup diesel powered electrical generator, chauffeured personal car on standby for up to 10 hours a day. 1 convertible beach cars also available for guest use
• Events: Accommodates up to 150 guests
• Property Area: 4000m2

Communication
Telephone
The Istana has two telephone lines. Fixed line PABX phones are situated in the audio visual room, at the bar, and in all of the bedrooms.
An in-house phone system is available to make calls to other areas of the villa, including to the Villa Manager or Butlers. Wireless phones are also available throughout the villa.
All phones are capable of making IDD calls (for which there are extra charges).
Facsimile
The Istana staff will provide services for incoming and outgoing faxes from the administration office on-site.
Internet
Connection to the internet using broadband is available on-site. The villa has a laptop which is available on request to guests, and WIFI facilities are available throughout most of the villa and the grounds should guests wish to use their own laptops.
Mobile Phones
Please note while there is cell phone coverage at the Istana, connection quality can be best described as frustrating. Inclement weather has a huge negative impact.
Friends and work (if absolutely necessary…) are best advised to reach you through internet or calling through the villa.