Move over hotels– in Bali, it’s all about the villa stay nowadays. In the final instalment of our five-part special, Travel Weekly reviews a property that holds its Balinese heritage front and centre.
For those accustomed to the buzz of Canggu, the noise of Seminyak or the constant traffic of Kuta the route to Villa Pangi Gita is far more placid. Upon entry, a traditional detailed terracotta brick wall with ornate features signifies arrival through two typically narrow antique wooden doors. From there a sense of space explodes out with sandstone coloured steps cascading throughout lush, terraced tropical gardens. The din of a nearby tumbling river, chirps of birds, croaks of frogs, barks of butterflies and rusting of trees above give the property a distinct Ubud vibe, despite it’s proximity to the beach.
Located in Pererenan, Villa Pangi Gita is just five minutes from Pererenan beach, 10 minutes from the centre of Canggu and 25 minutes from Seminyak. The area of Pererenan is tipped to see more growth as travellers look to explore the next ‘new’ area in Bali. Canggu has grown in popularity and now feels more hectic than it did a couple of years ago. It still retains its ultra-funky vibe but if your clients want quiet surrounds within easy reach of bars, shops and cafes the Pererenan is a great option to include with a central Canggu stay.
Pangi Gita is a three-bedroom villa perfect for a family unit. The property is made up of a series of individual buildings that are connected by terraced gardens, with each bedroom being its own distinct residence. At the top of the villa compound, nearest to the entrance, two guest bedrooms feature polished wood floors, vaulted ceilings and queen-size four-poster beds. Both rooms have large Balinese-style garden bathrooms enclosed by lichen-covered walls. Here guests can bathe au naturel under the rain shower or soak in the bathtub set within a teak surround.
Meanwhile, the master is at the lower end of the gardens, close to the pool yet somewhat removed from the other two rooms – ideal for families with older kids. The large bedroom with carved teak doors and an even larger walk in wardrobe opens out to reveal an air-conditioned bathroom tastefully finished with polished cream terrazzo floors, his-and-hers vanities, a tiled double bathtub, massage table and walk-in shower.
Drinking and dining
The in-house chef at Villa Pangi Gita is rumoured to be one of the finest within the Elite Havens fold and judging by his mie goreng it’s a claim that has substance. He’s also one of the smiliest fellows you’re likely to meet and that infectious trait spreads throughout the team’s villa staff. Breakfast is prepared to suit your client’s preferences, and can be enjoyed within the villa, either indoor or alfresco. For other meals, a suggestion menu is provided and food is freshly prepared by the in-villa chef (for an extra fee). Guests also have the option to step out and try one of the many great restaurants and cafes that dot the nearby streets.
The villa is all about quiet time with the family, relaxing by the pool or in front of a movie in the TV room. It isn’t a high-tech prospect with in-house game consoles or private cinemas, but it is a chance to unplug from the world and enjoy the tropical surrounds.
Villa Pangi Gita is a great, reasonably priced getaway nestled on the edge of Canggu. For those interested in a taste of Ubud, but without the travel required, it’s the kind of place that makes you slow down forming the perfect end to your clients Balinese sojourn. Add in some super friendly service and you have a great mix.