Villa Istana is a magnificent luxury villa residing on the southwestern tip of Bali, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
High atop the cliffs of Uluwatu sits the grand Villa Istana, one of the best known properties in Bali and a popular wedding destination villas. One look from the entry of the villa will show you why people fall in love with the estate. Only thirty meters back from the cliff face is a 32 meter infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the India Ocean.
Five suites on the property overlook the cliff looking down to white sand beaches, coral reefs and incredible sunsets. Uluwatu beach, which is a few minutes from the Villa Istana, is known for incredible surf. Five minutes’ drive in the other direction is Uluwatu temple, one of the most revered temples on the island.
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Private pool
- Media room
- Massage room
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Free Wi-Fi access
- In-room safe
- iPod dock
- Breakfast daily
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Fruit basket on arrival
- Villa manager
- Security guards
- Car and driver 8 hours/day
- Return airport transfers*
Book less then 10 days prior to arrival and receive 15% off. Valid with no other specials.
Book 10 nights or more and receive 15% off. Excluding peak season. Valid with no other specials.
Villa Istana Living
Looking at the central building, which is a rough “H” shape and each end of the “H” hosting a bedroom, the 2 wings joined to the living room accommodate the dining room on the left (the south), and the television room to the right (the north). The space affords residents privacy with an open and comfortable shared space.
Lying at the heart of The Istana is the living room. This highly sociable space is open on two sides and features a black marble cocktail bar and silk-cushion-covered contemporary seating arranged in a U-shape around a huge coffee table – all oriented towards the ocean view. Walls feature panels of tropical wood carved with ancient tales of Ramayana, and prized ethnic artefacts are artfully dotted around the space.
While the living room may be the heart of the Istana, the cliff-edge balé is unquestionably its soul. Here, guests can celebrate a spectacular Bali sunset with cocktails in the comfortable sitting area before enjoying a sumptuous seafood feast at the sunken dining table set in front of a monolithic slab of granite that forms the bar and barbecue station.
The Istana’s formal dining room is a delightful setting for gourmet meals and dinner parties, served at a stately teakwood table for 12. The interior is handsomely decorated, with a wall of Thai silk panels, an antique hand-woven songket and an eclectic collection of oceanic curios. Looking out onto stellar ocean views, glass doors can be closed for air-conditioned comfort or thrown open for sea-breeze-cooled dining.
In this decadent home-theatre-with-a-killer-view, villa guests can lounge in comfort before the 92-inch projector screen with Bose surround-sound for a full-on immersive experience. Automatic black-out blinds veil or reveal the ocean and garden beyond at the touch of a button, and the butler is on hand to serve movie snacks.
Kids of all ages will love the games room, with its full-size pool table, library of books, board games and toys, and L-shaped sofas defining a video games section complete with PS3 and Wii supported by Bose sound system.
One tempting reason to tear yourself away from the view is the Istana’s dedicated spa – a gloriously discreet haven with couples’ massage room and separate hair/nails station designed for the exclusive use of villa guests.
Garden & Pool
Only thirty meters back from the cliff face is a 32 meter infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the India Ocean.
Villa Istana Bedrooms
The Istana offers five spacious bedroom suites – each an oasis of calm. Below vaulted timber ceilings, king-size beds are set on ‘carpets’ of creamy terrazzo bordered by warm teakwood. Behind the beds, walls of Palimanan stone are embellished with carved wood reliefs and antique batik and silk panels, while tribal artefacts are inset on recessed shelves. A soothingly neutral palette enhances the sense of space, and there’s a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fans for cooling. Villa has a capacity of 10 adults (5 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds) plus kids’ wing with bunk bedroom for 4.
The master suite is nothing short of spectacular: a palatial bedroom pavilion with huge bathroom, sun terrace and 8 x 4-metre swimming pool. The extraordinary ocean vista unfolds beyond a wall of glass opening onto a private veranda with daybed; even the 42-inch TV plays second fiddle to the view, retreating discreetly into a console to free the line of sight from the bed. The enormous ensuite is a cream terrazzo haven with sunken bathtub, twin granite basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.
Guest Bedrooms Two & Three
The sound of the surf and the scent of the sea escort the stunning views that flood into the two ocean suites. With the wide glass doors flung back guests can ease themselves from slumber to pool shallows in a heartbeat. Mirroring the light and airy bedrooms are large ensuite bathrooms with double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and steps up to a terrazzo tub for a rather regal bathing experience.
Enjoying all the space and splendour of the ocean suites, the peaceful garden suites swap the sea view for 42-inch plasma TVs and DVD players with Bose surround-sound, and enjoy a private walled sunbathing area. The ensuite bathrooms have double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, a raised terrazzo tub and daybed. In the children’s wing to the back of the villa is a room with ensuite bathroom with four bunk beds.
Villa Istana Layout
The Istana’s neatly symmetrical, ‘H’-shaped main building looks out towards the 32-metre pool, the lawn and the ocean beyond the cliff edge. At the heart of this building is a living room surrounded by koi ponds, and flanked by a formal dining room to one side and a media room to the other. Beyond these rooms are two identical wings, each housing an ocean-view and a garden-view guest suite.
The very private master suite, with its own swimming pool and sun deck, lies to the north of the main building in a separate pavilion facing the ocean and cliff-edge balé. Steps lead between the master and main building to the villa’s private spa, the games room and the children’s wing. The Istana’s professional kitchen, complete with its own herb garden is tucked discreetly to the rear of the villa.
Villa Istana Staff
One of the greatest advantages of staying in a villa is the personalised service provided by dedicated staff. The Istana’s staff are consummate professionals, exceptionally well trained and highly experienced.
The Istana’s full-time manager is responsible for the overall operation of the villa, including staffing and guest satisfaction. A hospitality professional with many years’ experience in high-end hotels and resorts, he is helped by a front of house manager, and is always available by phone when not on site.
The housekeepers are responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of the villa, and work in shifts from 8am to 10pm. They are mindful of guest privacy and clean rooms with discretion according to the schedule of the guest.
The butlers take meal orders, wait at table and serve beverages throughout the day – they are dab hands at mixing cocktails. They also coordinate guest activities and act as concierge.
The villa’s highly experienced chef, head cook and assistant cooks prepare exceptional Western, Asian, and children’s dishes from the extensive individually priced menu, and are happy to discuss special requests and dietary requirements.
A chauffeur will provide you with the ultimate experience! A car and driver can be a great way to explore you holiday destination. Villa rates include complimentary 8 hours/day seven-seater Toyota Innova car and driver is on stand-by for up to eight hours of complimentary guest use (excluding petrol).
The villa estate is kept safe and secure 24 hours a day by a security team working in shifts.
Weddings at Villa Istana
Located on cliffs above the beautiful blue ocean, famous for its surfing spots this one of a kind villa is a spectacular venue to hold celebrations for up to 150 guests. The Istana is a five bedroom villa with exceptional facilities and beautiful surroundings ideal for intimate gatherings under the breathtaking sunsets and moonlight settings. This is a popular choice for couples to exchange vows in a romantic atmosphere. The villa staff share their considerable experience to help create an exceptional, personalised event that meets your expectations, perfect for building long lasting memories with your friends and family.
As caterers will need to set up a satellite kitchen, it is recommended that event organisers plan accordingly with the weather in mind. The dry season for The Istana Villa is from April until the last days of December. The parking area is to be free for guests and one hour is allowed for vehicles for loading. Ministry of Villas can recommend expert event organisers, florists, decorators and caterers so you can focus on relaxing and celebrating with your guests.
Max guests (main event): 100 seated; 150 cocktail
Max guests (second gathering): Less than main event
Min stay: 3 nights (low season); 5 nights (high season); 7 nights (peak season)
Event fees: USD $3,500 ++ plus Rp 4,000,000 Local Community (Banjar) Fee or any group of 25 guests or over
Security deposit: USD $3,000 (fully refundable if no damage to the villa)
Villa rates: Check the villa nightly rates and availability above
Curfews: 11pm for live bands and DJ; 12am for amplified music
Area of property: Approx. 4000m2
Villa Istana Location
Villa Istana Bookings
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Need to Know
- Return airport transfers included for guests arriving / departing on the same flight*
- Minimum stay: Low Season: 3 nights, High Season: 5 nights, Peak Season: 7 nights
- Our rates include Government tax and services. Other websites add this on at the end of the booking!
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- A deposit of 50% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking
- Final payment is required 60 days prior to arrival
- Check-in time: 2pm – check-out time: 12pm
- Late check out until 6pm can be arranged at half the rental rate (subject to availability)
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