SABA embraces seclusion, relaxation and comfort within a tranquil setting surrounded by rice paddies in the village of Berawa on Bali’s southwest coast, less than 10 minutes from the bustling heart of trendy Seminyak.
This beautiful setting offers the double attraction of being relatively close to everything that guests might need, while also offering visitors a privileged insight into the traditions of rural Bali. Cows are herded through the fields, the sound of ritual music is carried on the breeze, and guests can witness the farmers hand-ploughing the fields or harvesting the rice.
Designed by internationally-renowned architect, Ross Franklin, the contemporary styled properties feature large bedrooms, garden bathrooms, open air living and dining pavilions, well equipped kitchens, swimming pools, gorgeous tropical gardens, sculptures, commissioned artwork, water features, cable TVs and DVD players, as well as WiFi internet access throughout.
All five villas are situated around a private, central courtyard with parking facilities for up to five cars, and a 24-hour staffed, service area with a fully equipped service kitchen and laundry, plus power back-up generator.
The name SABA appropriately means “a place frequented” or “a meeting place” in Sanskrit, the originating language for Balinese.
Each spacious, air-conditioned bedroom features a teakwood floor, sliding glass doors that open into the garden, fitted wardrobes with drawers and hanging space, and a wall safe. Each of the master bedrooms in the two-bedroom villas is furnished with a king size bed, while each guest bedroom presents a queen-sized bed that can be converted into twin beds if required. The one-bedroom ‘honeymoon villa’, offers a king-sized bed which may also be converted to twin bed accommodation. Each master bedroom also has a ceiling fan, a desk and chair behind the bed and a dressing area with a dressing table and a mirror. All bedrooms are equipped with a 37” LCD TV/DVD player and cable television plus a JBL Radial iPod speaker system. Each en-suite open air bathroom is fitted with a terrazzo bathtub, a standing rain shower, double washbasins and a toilet. Bathroom floors are non-slip, while bathtubs and showers are sheltered from the elements by overhanging roofs. The bathroom in the one-bedroom villa offers direct access to the 10-metre pool.
Living and Dining
Of the four, two-bedroom villas, two have very extensive living/entertaining areas. Each has an indoor, air-conditioned dining room, furnished with a large dining table and adjoining an open plan, well equipped kitchen. These two villas also boast standalone, open-sided, living pavilions with a soaring roof, positioned beside the 15-metre pools. Living areas are furnished with deeply cushioned segmented sofas, ottomans and coffee tables.
Each of the other two, two-bedroom villas has open-air living combined with a dining area beside a 13-metre pool, complemented by a separate kitchen. The one-bedroom villa features an open-air living and dining room with an open plan kitchenette. All living areas are provided with a Bose Sound Dock and fully loaded iPod Classic, with a huge, diverse collection of music to suit all tastes.
The fully equipped, gourmet kitchens in each of the two-bedroom villas are fitted with teak units and include full-sized fridges, ovens, five-burner gas hobs, microwaves, blenders and toasters. The one bedroom villa has a kitchenette with a single-burner gas hob, a fridge and a microwave.
Gardens and Pools
The private, walled, tropical gardens of SABA present lush, flat lawns, colorful shrubs, flowering trees and impressive sculptures.
Each of the two largest villas has a 15-metre swimming pool as well as a ‘bale’ relaxation pavilion. Each of the other two-bedroom villas has a 13-metre pool, one of which is heralded by a ‘bale’ pavilion. The one-bedroom villa has a 10-metre pool with timber deck. The pool decks are furnished with sun beds and sun umbrellas. Please note the pools require toddler supervision.
Amenities include guest washrooms, extra beds or cots on request, mountain bikes, Bose or JBL music players, pre-loaded iPod, and free WiFi internet access. A wall safe and 37” cable channel LCD TV with DVD player are provided in each bedroom. Guests also have access to SABA’s library of DVDs, books, magazines and games.
Just a 10 minute walk away is the luxurious and wide-ranging Canggu Club, membership of which is provided complimentary to all guests.
Food and Beverage
SABA’s internationally trained chefs can prepare anything from snacks up to five-course dinners, or other requests as required. A full international menu is available with daily ‘Chef’s Specials’. All ingredients are carefully selected with the emphasis on freshness and healthy choices.
The villas also provide a realistically-priced beverage selection. Alternatively, guests can choose a self catering option. A full breakfast is included in the room rate and guests can order from a wide choice.
SABA is supported by a carefully selected team of highly trained, friendly staff who will do their Balinese-best to ensure that their guests experience a truly enjoyable stay in Bali.
The team is headed by an on-site manager who will oversee and coordinate the staff and property, and is available to assist guests during their stay. The team also includes in-house chefs, butlers, housekeepers, gardeners, pool attendants and security guards providing 24-hour coverage.
The chefs are trained in the preparation of both local and international cuisine, and are responsible for all the market shopping in accordance with the needs and the whims of the guests.
The housekeepers fulfill all of the housekeeping duties while also taking care of the daily laundry. Baby-sitting, spa services and the provision of a car and driver can be arranged upon request.
Located within walking distance is the magnificent Canggu Club, Bali’s first and only international private members’ club; offering sports, dining, social and leisure facilities, including a state-of-the art gym, a 25-metre swimming pool and a tennis & squash centre.
Access to the Canggu Club is complimentary to all SABA guests.
SABA is hidden away in the traditional Balinese village of Berawa, near Canggu on Bali’s south-western coast. This delightful villa complex is located within the beautiful agricultural belt between Kuta and Tanah Lot, an area that is home to some of the most luxurious private residences on the island.
Bounded by emerald rice paddies, the peaceful vista is enhanced on clear days by the magical sight of the mountains in the early mornings and evenings. Yet, the trendy Seminyak area, with its wide choice of international restaurants – including the famous ‘Ku Dé Ta’, ‘Living Room’, ‘Hu’u’, ‘La Lucciola’ and ‘Sarong’ – together with a plethora of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas and elegant boutiques, is a mere 10 minutes’ drive away. The nearby sweeping beaches are a pleasant 5 to 10 minute walk away and are renowned for panoramic coastline views, legendary sunsets and world-class surf breaks.
For horse lovers, the Umalas Equestrian Centre is just a few kilometers away, and Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and well-known as one of the best golf courses in Asia – is a 30 minute drive. A choice of local restaurants and a deli supermarket are both within a few minutes’ walk of SABA.
The neighboring district of Kerobokan is famous for its furniture workshops, antique and curio shops, as well as being the location of the internationally-acclaimed, French fine-dining restaurant, ‘Kafe Warisan’. SABA is 30 to 40 minutes’ from the international airport, and convenient for all of the island’s main shopping malls and tourist attractions, including Tanah Lot, Bali’s most dramatic and venerated sea temple.