Villa Atas Ombak is extraordinary – a spectacular, absolute beachfront estate set in one and a half acres of mature tropical garden, yet so close to Seminyak that some of Bali’s hippest restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Stroll across the villa’s manicured lawns dotted with lotus ponds and ancient frangipani trees to the beach-edge palm trees and penjors (Balinese offering decorations) and watch the towering waves break onto the sand. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
The villa’s living areas and five bedroom suites are housed in three alang-alang thatched pavilions that extend across the estate. All enjoy magnificent sea views, and the sound of the surf is a constant reminder of Atas Ombak’s pleasingly appropriate name, which means ‘top of the waves’.
Every moment spent in this quintessential Balinese beach retreat is full of magic: luxuriate in the shallows of the 14-metre pool or lounge in the shade of the deeply-cushioned poolside balé; retreat to the sea breeze-cooled living pavilion for a siesta; sip a cool drink on the beachside deck in the glow of one of Bali’s legendary sunsets; or savour a gourmet dinner created by the accomplished chef and served by charming staff in the candle-lit gardens. Little wonder that this gorgeous villa is a favourite of young groups, as well as lifestyle magazines looking to showcase extraordinary holiday homes.
One of the delights of staying at Villa Atas Ombak is having easy access to the beach –the scene of many of the ocean-based rituals of Bali’s religious calendar. The newly opened Café del Mar is right behind the villa across a small river, and Tropicola Beach Club is a beach stroll away, as are the celebrated hotspots of Potato Head Beach Club and W Bali. Walking a little further along the beach, you’ll come to La Lucciola, where you can enjoy the exotic ambiance of this pioneer Bali beachfront restaurant. Indeed, there’s no dearth of options when you’re staying at Villa Atas Ombak.