Awang Awang means “floating in the space between heaven and earth” , the 5 bedroom , 3 level villa is perched dramatically on the edge of a ravine with breathtaking views from the terrace& pool of the sacred Petanu River & lush tropical forest .
Designed by Balinese architect Ir. Ida Bagus Wiadnyana, the style is calming and under-stated, ensuring that nothing detracts from the extraordinary view. The restful decor comprises unique pieces of antique furniture from Bali, Java and Lombok, local artwork, traditional weavings, carvings, statues and antique shadow puppets.
Integrated into the natural contours of the steep-sided river gorge, the house is cooled by ceiling fans and cross breezes from the river. The three-storey building is entered on the top floor.
There are 5 bedrooms; three on the upper floor and two on the middle floor. All are accessed by antique Javanese doors and are fan-cooled as you will have no need for air-conditioning in these refreshingly cool highland climes. One bedroom on the middle-level is air-conditioned for heat sensitive guests.
The delightfully spacious, high-roofed master bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with a queen-sized bed crafted from old teakwood, as well as an antique Javanese batik table and a glass-fronted cabinet of books. The ensuite marble bathroom is accessed via a walk-through dressing room and is fitted with a luxurious terrazzo corner soaking tub for two. A door opens to a open-air shower deck, bordered by walls that are high enough for privacy yet low enough at the front to enjoy the view. One wall is decorated with a hand-carved frieze depicting Dewi Sri, the rice goddess, while carved panels in the front wall showcase lotus flower motifs and allow a glimpse of the rainforest . Glass doors at the front of the bedroom open onto the terrace where there is a cushioned daybed for relaxing. This is a serene spot for enjoying the glorious valley view.
The second bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with an antique Javanese queen-sized bed, the third bedroom also has a queen bed . A large marble bathroom with a deep terrazzo soaking tub, an outdoor shower and a double vanity is shared between these two bedrooms and accessible from both. The semi-circular marble shower deck is bounded by high walls for privacy, with a rainshower open to the sky. The queen room is fitted with glass doors that open to the terrace and the river gorge at the front.
The middle level presents two more bedrooms, positioned on either side of the main dining area. One with a queen bed and one with 2 single beds . One bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to the terrace and an ensuite indoor bathroom with a terrazzo bathtub and handheld shower. The other bedroom has a window overlooking the view and an ensuite bathroom with a corner soaking tub, as well as a big open-air shower deck with bathing goddesses carved into a stone panel.
Main Living Area
A traditional gateway protected by stone guardians heralds the entrance to the villa. A garden path leads through tranquil lotus and water-lily filled fish ponds to an open porch furnished with two carved sofas. A pair of huge, antique Javanese doors opens onto the upper level and main living area, which is characterised by a soaring ‘alang-alang’ roof hung with pendulous fish-trap lanterns, and an open terrace at the front. The living space is furnished with Dutch colonial-style rattan chairs and a sofa, and equipped with a satellite-channel TV with a VCR and DVD player. In the corner is a desk and laptop computer for guest use with free WiFi internet access. Antique furnishings include a kartini sofa, and a gerobok chest originally used for storing rice. The terrace, which is sheltered by the eaves of the roof and bounded by a paras stone balustrade wall provides an breath-taking vista of the forest. This is accompanied by an abundance of fresh air, natural light, and the constant swirl of the Petanu River as it carves its way through the valley below.
From the upper floor, a staircase curves down to the middle floor, presenting a large dining area with an integrated terrace, open at the front to the view. In the centre of the room is a dining table, constructed from sections of an antique Javanese house. The table can comfortably seat up to 10 guests, and is lit by two glass hanging lanterns, while the back wall is furnished with a carved sideboard and embellished with softly-lit alcoves showcasing woodcarvings of Balinese goddesses. The room is equipped with a sound system incorporating a CD player and speakers.
The spectacular open-air terrace serves the two bedrooms on this level. Sheltered by a roof and furnished with a small circular table with two low chairs, Dutch-colonial-styled seating for four, and a cushioned daybed, it is a lovely area for relaxing.
A small kitchen is situated next to the dining area where the staff prepare breakfast. It is fitted with terrazzo worktops, a four-burner gas hob, modern appliances and utensils. There is a full-size fridge for guests to store their own food and drinks along with tea and coffee making facilities. The main kitchen is located in the separate staff service building.
Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
On the lowest level, accessed by a stone stairway, is a freeform, infinity-edge swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the jungle below and offers stunning views of the tropical forest and the rush of the river. To one side of the pool is a terracotta tiled sundeck with four sunbeds.
There is a large open-sided pavilion in the garden which can be used for relaxing , meditation or yoga.
Our lovely staff who also look after the other villas are mostly from the local village. They will prepare your breakfast and bring it to the house at your requested time and clean the house daily. Our on-site chef is available to prepare lunch or dinner if requested ( charged as per the villa menu ) The rest of the day you will be undisturbed unless you need something . We can be contacted on the house phone until 11pm. Our friendly security man Ketut is on duty from 11pm to 7am .
Melayang is a traditional Balinese Village where you can stroll down the street and see the beautiful family compounds- you will probably be invited in to visit by one of the families, and if you happen to be staying when there is a temple ceremony you will be invited to attend.
You will experience age old farming methods and we can show you walks in the rice fields to see planting or threshing, ducks and cows. There is also a path down to the river where you can swim or just sit by the natural springs.
Just 10 minutes away is Ubud centre, home to art museums, galleries, restaurants and cafes. In the neighbouring villages you can watch the island’s most accomplished painters, stonemasons, woodcarvers, mask makers and silversmiths at work. The market is open every day selling handicrafts, garments, spices and foods, and Ubud even has its own sacred Monkey Forest. Ubud is the seat of the Sukawati Royal Family; the palace is centrally located and open to the public. There are many cultural performances staged here, in particular the famous Kecak dance, the fire dance, the monkey dance and the Legong dance.
We can arrange yoga, meditation, spa treatments and cooking classes either in Ubud or in-house, as well as visits to healers. For the adventurous we can arrange trekking, cycling and white water rafting.
We can provide an airport pick up for USD40 per car and our car driver can be used for day tours, and sightseeing Ubud for very reasonable rates . Hourly rate in the local area rp 80,000 per car. If you have your own transport we have secure undercover parking.We have a free shuttle to and from Ubud 3 times daily .
As in all Balinese houses, daily offerings are made. Every morning our local priest presents flower petal and incense offerings inside every building and at the various house temple shrines within the garden.
The Petanu River is considered sacred by the Balinese and a special temple for the spirits of the river is situated on the slope below the house. Particularly elaborate and beautiful offerings are presented during the full moon period. Many sites in Melayang are of great spiritual and archaeological significance. An ancient civilization existed here more than 2,000 years ago. Two stone sarcophagi were unearthed in the village which are estimated to be 2,500 years old and are believed to have contained the bodies of local kings. They can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum in Pejeng.
Included in the rate is
Breakfast for daily and weekly bookings
All taxes & charges
House staff.House Rules:We hope that you will love our house and the wonderful staff as much as we do. We just ask that you treat the house and furnishings with care and please only smoke outside in the garden or on the verandah .
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