An aerial view of Villa Sungai and its natural surrounding

In true homage to its name (which means “river villa” in Indonesian), Villa Sungai is a luxurious sanctuary situated on a riverbank in Cepaka, Bali. The private enclave, which comprises a three-suite villa and the more intimate two-bedroom Sungai Gold, is about a 45 minute-drive from Seminyak Beach, making it the ideal destination for those who want a spot of privacy without having to give up the trappings of an island holiday. Even more important is the fact that Villa Sungai takes pride in providing its guests with an authentic Balinese experience, coupled with five-star treatment.

The dining area and divan overlook the Cepaka river and private swimming pool.

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The villa’s impeccable service starts even before the trip begins: Guests have to fill up an in-depth questionnaire so the resort is able to cater to their needs and preferences upon their arrival. A no-check-in policy allows for a seamless arrival and departure process, while a personal butler is on-hand to settle guests in and help them unpack. A comprehensive kitchen staffed by in-house chefs ensures that dietary requirements are met and appetites satiated, while local munchies and other tidbits are readily available as you lounge on by the pool post call-in spa session. If you’re looking to explore the vicinity, the villa’s staff are more than happy to introduce you to locals in the nearby village who offer that famous Balinese hospitality.

The 2-bedroom villa

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Parents will also be pleased to know that their kids will give their stamp of approval here. Be it a flamingo float for splash time in the pool, or babysitting services and kid-friendly activities to keep little ones entertained, Villa Sungai’s staff go the extra length to ensure your children have as good a stay as you do. Between the excellent staff, top service and intimate setting, Villa Sungai makes for the perfect getaway that the whole family can enjoy.

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For more information and booking go to Mr & Mrs Smith website