From the moment you cross the traditional wooden bridge and walk through the boat-inspired bamboo entrance you are transported to a magical oasis at Taman Ahimsa, the ‘Garden of Peace’.
The use of organic materials such as alang-alang roofing, coconut husks, bamboo, rattan and recycled woodallows the pavilions tomeld into the landscape, enhancing, rather than imposing on, the stunning natural setting. The sprawling, lush gardens, abundant with swaying coconut palms, alive with effervescent splashes of color from the hibiscus and bougainvillea, and vibrant with birdsong, cascade all the way down to the
black-sand beach. Inside, a wonderful selection of Indonesian artefacts, including ornate handmade Balinese fabrics sourced from the hillsides of Tabanan, give unique charm and character to every space.
Luxuriate under a sunshade by the Java-stone pool and gaze towards Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most sacred temples. Enjoy a massage in an outdoor massage balé, or still your thoughts as yougaze overthe jade-green ocean. Borrow one of the resort’s bikes and follow theroad through the sculpted rice paddies surrounding the charming seaside village of Cemagi. This is unchanged Bali, a land steeped in tradition and the spiritual,
where, at any moment, you might stumble upon a colorful ceremony and find yourself in the midst of the exotic and ancient.
Congregate for meals at the elegant teak dining table and let your taste buds be dazzled by the stunning cuisine prepared by the highly skilled chef and his team.And after dinner, use the villa’s telescope to gaze at the blanket of stars adorning the Balinese night sky. Taman Ahimsa will soothe your senses, invigorate your soul, and provide you with a renewed sense of oneness.At the end of your stay you will, literally, have to tear yourself away – Taman Ahimsa does not relinquish its guests easily.
Each of the seven colour-themed bedrooms at Taman Ahimsa is named after a Hindu chakra and boasts a rich array of ornate artisanal fabrics,a hand-selected crystal and a unique gamelan instrument symbolizing charm and balance. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a canopied king size bed, a dressing area with fitted wardrobes, a writing desk, a safe deposit box and a private terrace. Ensuite bathrooms provide a delightful mixture of indoor and outdoor areas with huge hollowed out river-rock tubs, river-rock basins, rain showers, slate paved floors and bamboo ceilings.
The two upstairs bedrooms, Sahasrana and Vissudha, lie adjacent to the TV room and are linked by a bamboo bridge to make an ideal family retreat. Both of these rooms have bamboo balconies at the front with views taking in coconut palms and beyond to the ocean giving them a Robinson Crusoe feel.
The other five bedrooms are privately laid out within Taman Ahimsa’s beautiful beachside gardens,including the pride of the fleet, master bedroom Manipura, with its high vaulted ceilings and luxuriously draped 2.3-metre-wide bed.
- Manipura ( Master Bedrooms)
Colour: Gold/yellow. Meaning: centre of power; identity, experience.
- Muladhara ( Beachfront Guest room)
Colour: Red. Meaning: energy; earth; security.
- Sahasrana ( Upstair Bedroom)
Colour: Purple. Meaning: awareness and perception.
- Vissudha ( Upstairs Guest room)
Colour: Light blue. Meaning: spiritual centre.
- Svadhisthana ( Garden Guest room)
Colour: Orange. Meaning: the utilization of creative forces in all aspects of being.
- Ajna ( Garden Guest Room)
Colour: Indigo Meaning: language.
- Anahata (garden guest room)
Colour: Green. Meaning: expressions of love.
Taman Ahimsa has two living areas where guests can choose to relax completely alfresco or sheltered by an alang-alang thatch roof. Decorated with recycled wood furniture and a sumptuous array of Indonesian batik fabrics, these spaces are personalized with beautiful antiques and musical instruments spread tastefully throughout. Antique daybeds make the upper living area a wonderful space to congregate with friends. Timber stairs lead to the lower level where two long built-in couches and a magnificent antique table, created from an old wooden boat, are framed by a a frangipani tree growing through the floor, effortlessly melding nature and design.
Guests feel immediately at one with the environment as they relax in the enoromous open living spaces, with the bamboo lined walls, timber floor and sweeping views of the bountiful garden straight through to the sea.
Dining & Kitchen
The dining area features a rustic teak dining table that seats 16. During day light hoursdiners will enjoy views over the lush tropical garden as they are refreshed by the rufflingsea breezes. At night the room, lit by a pair of exquisitely designed copper lanterns, takes on a magical glow as diners are serenaded by the gentle croaking of the garden’s resident frogs. The enormous state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen is located directly behind the dining area and guests can marvel at the delicious creations being whipped up by the chefs through antique
hand-carved window frames.
The spacious TV room lies between the Sahasrana bedroom and its terrace. It has a recycled ironwood floor and is furnished with oversized rattan sofas scattered with an abundance of cushions decorated with ornate batik fabrics. The walls are adorned with a marvelous array of Balinese shadow puppets, or wayang kulit, which traditionally provide much loved entertainment across the island of Bali. The room is equipped with a 32-inchTV and a DVD player and a selection of DVDsavailable for guests.
One of the greatest advantages of staying in a villa is the personal service provided by a dedicated team of professional staff.
At Taman Ahimsa, warm and radiant Balinese smiles are the signature of the staff teamwho hail predominantly from the local village of Cemagi and are always delighted to share their insights into Balinese culture and the surrounding area, looking after every guest to ensure a perfect holiday.Taman Ahimsa staff are attentive yet discreet, able to second guess the needs of even the
most discerning guests.
Guests will be treated to a sumptuous array of culinary treats at Taman Ahimsa, where chef Nyoman and his team will tantalistastebuds withfresh, wholesome and healthy food.
- The system
Taman Ahimsa’svast suggestion menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and all-day snacks. We recommend that you discuss your meal choices with manager Pramawathi and chef Nyoman and let them know about any special likes, dislikes or dietary needs. If you’d like a special celebratory meal we suggest giving Nyoman and his team at least 24 hours notice so that the necessay arangements can be made.
- Food and beverage charges
Groceries and beverages are charged at cost price plus a 15% shopping fee. On arrival, guests are asked toprovide a ‘float’ with which the chef and his team will buy the groceries, keeping all receipts for guest reference.
Succumb to the touch of a traditional Balinese healer and book a massge under the covered bale overlooking the ocean, or head toFivelements, Bidadari Beauty Sanctuary at Puri Ahimsa (Taman Ahimsa’s sister property in Tabanan) for a vast array of healing spa treatments using pure, plant-sourced products inspired by traditional Balinese recipes.
A driver and car seven seater, Taman Ahimsa is available to villa guests for eight hours a day (excluding petrol).Extra hours are charged accordingly.
Taman Ahimsa is located in the wonderfully bucolic seaside village of Cemagi. The villa is approached via rolling lush green rice paddies tended by local farmers. And once at the villa the sweeping views across the ocean to Uluwatu, on Bali’s southernmost tip, are breathtaking. A few short steps and you are on the beach itself, the warm sand between your toes. And unlike the crowded beaches at Kuta or Legian, you will have this one pretty much to yourself!
If you have the urge to explore, some of the island’s best surf breaks are located within a short drive, including Batu Bolong, Echo Beach and Seseh. Nirwana Bali Golf Club, named one of the best golf courses in Asia, is a mere eight kilometres away and is one of the most exotic places to play a round of golf with its tropical setting and spectacularocean backdrop.And guests should not miss watching the sun set over Tanah
Lot, Bali’s most famous and revered temple, next to the Nirwana golf course.
While there may be some reluctance to leave the beauty and comfort of the villa and all it has to offer, the restaurants and nightlife of Seminyak are only half an hour (15km) away and Taman Ahimsa’s car and driver are at your disposal.
- Tanah Lot Sea Temple 8km
- Nirwana Bali Golf Course 8km
- Echo Beach 10km
- Seminyak 15km
- Denpasar Airport 25km
- Jimbaran 28km
- Tabanan 30km