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Villa Imogiri

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The magnificent estate of Villa Imogiri sits above a lush green canyon above the Wos River near the beautiful traditional village of Ubud which is Bali's artistic centre.

Villa Imogiri is on the perimeter of the tiny villages of Bangkiang Sidem and Kliki. Its name comes from a beautiful and ancient place in Java, chosen by the Imperial family as the eternal royal resting place — closer to heaven than to earth. The villa's beauty reflects just that — gardens of frangipani, hibiscus, orchids and bougainvillea, views across terraced rice paddies and coconut palms present a calmness and serenity not found in many places.

There are just five pavilions at Imogiri — the entrance pavilion, two guest villas, a larger imperial villa and a main lounge pavilion.

A maximum of six guests are accommodated in the three thatched roof villas. They are spacious and elegant in the Balinese style. Floors are Javanese marble, doors are carved from rich mahogany, windows frame surrounding water gardens and sliding glass door with louvred shutters overlook reflecting ponds, pool and the canyon. Bathrooms feature semi-sunken baths and mother-of-pearl-lined basins.

The lounge pavilion has quiet areas for reading, writing or just taking in the beauty of the green rice paddies.

The dining pavilion, on the pool level, caters for formal dining, casual meals or poolside barbecues.

The villa's internationally-trained staff speak English and are made up of on-site manager, guest relations officer, housekeepers, kitchen staff, groundsmen, security guards and each villa has a trained butler.

Activities include swimming, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, table tennis, badminton, white-water rafting and Villa Imogiri has arrangements with many of Bali's leading spa properties.

Guests are welcomed to Villa Imogiri with French champagne, canapès and fresh strawberries and each evening are invited to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Fresh fruit, flowers and newspapers are provided every day, and guests are welcome to morning and afternoon tea. Other delightful touches are chilled towels scented with Omani frankincense and all ice is made from Evian water.

Location

Near Ubud on the island of Bali.

Cost

Villa Imogiri guest villas start at around $455 a couple a night. The entire estate is around $1220 a night.

Flight Centre has return economy airfares to Denpasar. Valid for sale until August 17, 2005 and for travel until December 1, 2005, prices, including taxes, start at:
  • Perth $758
  • Melbourne $906
  • Brisbane $910
  • Adelaide $917
  • Sydney $923
    To book call Flight Centre on 131 600

    Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

    More information

    Villa Imogiri
    Kliki Ubud
    Indonesia
    Ph: 61 8 8212 6480
    Fax: 61 8 8231 6616
    www.villaimogiri.com
    mail@villaimogiri.com

    INDONESIA: It is recommended travellers to Indonesia see their doctor at least six weeks before departure, as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor.
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