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Hotel Highlights

  • Private villa with personalised hotel-style service
  • Can't-do-enough-for-you staff, including 24-hour butler
  • Blissful village setting within reach of buzzy Seminyak

Overview

Get the five-star treatment with the exhilarating independence of a private villa at Sungai Gold hotel in Bali’s low-key Cepaka Village, just 20 minutes outside Seminyak. A posse of staff that cater to your every whim will facilitate luxury lounging in airy living areas or by the cool jade-green pool. Those with an entourage can snag the sister property next door, Villa Sungai, to double the fun (and room).

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Sungai Gold with us:

A 60-minute massage for each adult; a 30-minute massage for each child under 15

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Sungai Gold

Exclusive: 25% off five-night stays

Facilities

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Sungai Gold – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know

Rooms

Two suites, but this hotel is heaven for one couple. For larger groups, book it along with nearby three-bedroom sister property Villa Sungai. Each villa is exclusive-hire only, so you're not sharing with strangers.

Check–out

11am, but flexible for a half-night's extra fee. Late check-out to suit departure flights can be arranged when no new guests are checking in. Check-in, anytime if no guests are checking out that day.

Rates

Double rooms from $651.78 (AU$800), excluding tax at 15 per cent. Sungai Gold is unable to accept payment by credit card.

More details

Rates include welcome drinks, à la carte breakfast, evening canapés on the first night, chefs (ingredients cost extra), tea, coffee and bottled water, laundry, 24-hour butler service, concierge, eight-seater vehicle and chauffeur-driven airport transfers.

Also

Sungai Gold offers a pre-arrival guest preference and planning service to help you make the most of your stay. As well as a staff of chefs, drivers, butlers, bar staff, maids and gardeners, plus spa therapists, you'll get the support of a manager/concierge who acts as your PA and tour guide, booking you into restaurants or activities and arranging bespoke Bali experiences.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 21 March 2015, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga, pool, gardens, WiFi throughout (unlimited use throughout the stay is around US$30 per villa). In rooms: Tivoli Audio sound system, preloaded iPods, LED reading lights, Chopard and bespoke natural toiletries, sarongs, sandals/slippers and shopping baskets, spa gowns, flowers, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

With its net-draped four-poster, open-to-the-elements 'walls' and rustic timber furnishings, the pool-view master suite is seriously seductive. This villa is ideal for a couple, but there's a second bedroom available if you'd rather party with your pals.

Poolside

Step straight from your bed or the lounger-topped sun-deck into the swimming pool, which runs the length of the villa.

Packing tips

Books and magazines for poolside flipping, a sun hat and your yoga kit. Leave the sarong, sandals, beach bag and hair straightener at home – the villa is loaded with thought-of-everything extras.

Also

Smoking is allowed in open pavilions, but not in bedrooms. Minimum lengths of stay do apply.

Children

Children are very welcome. Babysitting, including overnight cover, is available for around US$5 an hour, ideally with half a day's notice. Poolside 1 and 3 – or 1 and 2 – can interconnect, making them perfect for young families.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The chef is a dab hand with pan-Asian and Australian flavours. Dine on modern interpretations of Indonesian treats include baby snapper steamed with Balinese spices, duck nasi goreng and a decadent full tasting dinner with suckling pig. Leave room for lemongrass and palm sugar panna cotta with orange and chilli caramel, washed down with lemon sorbet vodka shots. The eatery is exclusive to villa guests and their pals, so feel free to put in requests and time meals to suit your plans.

Hotel Bar

There's an extensive bar stocked with fruity and potent libations; let the expert barmen mix you one of the island's best cocktails. Alternatively, bring your own duty-free spirits to whip up with the bar's mixers or to help yourself anytime to beers or imported wines, which will be charged back to your room at wholesale rates (there are no in-suite minibars, as sociable quaffing in the open-air bar is the norm). You can also dictate the tunes so bring your iPod, check out the villa's music selection or hire a DJ for special events.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 5am, but otherwise there are no meal time restrictions. Last orders fit around the last guest standing.

Room service

There's 24-hour room service, with pretty much anything you want up for grabs anytime, from noodles to steak or burgers. Take a look at chef Wayan's menus for inspiration or indulge in all-day free Nespresso coffee with chocolate biscotti.

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Dress code

This place has kaftan (or its 21st-century relative the maxi dress) written all over it. Guys can rock a sarong, David Beckham-style. The villas are exclusive hire, so you set the sartorial tone.

Top table

Do sunset drinks on the pool deck, dine at the table in the breezy living room, or snack in one of the garden pavilions.

Local Guide

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Sungai Gold – Bali – Indonesia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Sister property Villa Sungai offers an extensive spa and yoga programme, with a dedicated two-room treatment space for massages, body scrubs, waxing, facials or mani-pedis. There are international therapies on offer, such as Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu massage, but we like the idea of the Indonesian local healing arts. The circulation-boosting Balinese deep-tissue massage combines stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy oils to strengthen and balance the body (think rigorous yet luxurious). The body scrubs also draw on regional ingredients, such as mountain coffee, white lulur (a mix of Javanese and Balinese herbs and spices) and Boreh Bali (a blend of fresh clove, pepper, cardamom, ginger and galangal) to make skin smooth and supple. Yoga classes cover various schools, from hatha to ashtanga, with pregnancy and children's yoga available by request.

 

Further afield, staff can organise village tours, visits to markets, shopping for sarongs and fabrics in local town Kediri or a trip to an elephant park. Nearby resorts offer Sungai guests preferential rates for golf, tennis and the gym. Hiking, white-water rafting and cycling are all options if you want to get your heart pumping, or head for the coast for a spot of swimming, surfing or diving (watch out for those pesky Balinese rips though).

 

On a cultural tip, you're not far from Bali's artistic heart Ubud, a country town that's home to world-renowned dance, gamelan orchestra music and galleries aplenty, as well as some fun shopping. You'd also be mad to miss a trip to romantic seaside temple Pura Tanah Lot, 15-minutes' drive away on the west coast, which you can team with some beach downtime and a visit to its quirky local markets.

 

For more sophisticated shopping, as well as some stylish bar- and restaurant-hopping, you'll need to drive down to Seminyak, Bali's beachside take on glam.

Local restaurants

Head towards Seminyak – about a 20-minute drive – to enjoy some of Bali’s finest restaurants and bars. Newcomer Métis (+62 (0)361 847 5472), at Jalan Petitenget No 6, has a tempting Gallic menu, superb service and a gorgeous rice-paddy setting. Watch the sun set with a cocktail, then indulge in tasty Italian fare at beachside La Lucciola (+62 (0)361 730 838), on Oberoi Road. Sit in the frangipani-fringed courtyard or under the thatched roof upstairs. 

Local bars

Beach club, restaurant and lounge bar Ku De Ta, at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak (+62 (0)361 736969), is a long-standing favourite. 

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Cepaka village countryside

Sungai Gold

Canggu, Bali, 82171

Just a 20-minute drive north of stylish central hub Seminyak, Legian and Kuta Beach, Sungai Gold is tucked away in the tranquil traditional village of Cepaka in the Tabanan Regency just inland from Bali's south-west coast.

Planes

Fly into Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com), just south of capital Denpasar, a 35- to 40-minute drive from Sungai Gold. The manager will greet you at the airport, or opt to be met right off the plane by the villa butler, who will handle all airport processes, eliminating the need for you to queue. He'll deliver you to the villa's cooled vehicle, waiting with chilled bottled water and refreshing hand-towels, or order champagne on arrival to get you in the holiday mood.

Automobiles

Self-drive isn't the norm for visitors to Bali, and why would you when Sungai Gold's rates include use of the villa's round-the-clock eight-seater chauffered vehicles and chauffeur-driven airport transfers. The villa is a 20-minute drive from Seminyak, 30 minutes from Denpasar, 35 minutes from Ubud or 45 minutes from Jimbaran. Expect to see verdant terraced rice fields and lush scenery en route.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Aimee Chan , Suitcase-toting scribe

It might not seem like the sexiest way to start a holiday, but completing a pile of paperwork as preparation for a stay at Sungai Gold is well worth it. Before we even reach our dreamy villa in Bali, we’ve tackled a wad of personal preference forms – from pick-up details and activities to meal times and menus – but as soon as we touch down on the island we realise it’s the …
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Sungai Gold

Anonymous review by Aimee Chan, Suitcase-toting scribe

It might not seem like the sexiest way to start a holiday, but completing a pile of paperwork as preparation for a stay at Sungai Gold is well worth it. Before we even reach our dreamy villa in Bali, we’ve tackled a wad of personal preference forms – from pick-up details and activities to meal times and menus – but as soon as we touch down on the island we realise it’s the best investment we ever made.

From the moment we’re collected from the airport we’re assured that our meals for the day have been taken care of and can be served anytime upon request. Kids’ food (pre-chosen by us as part of the form-filling) is already being whipped up as we drive, ready for our arrival. Even welcome drinks are being specifically mixed to our taste.

This is the real strength of Sungai Gold – its team’s ability to anticipate guests’ needs and fulfill all those little requests that turn holiday accommodation into something more like a home away from home. Because I’m travelling with a friend, not a partner, the staff opens up an additional bedroom for us in the exclusive-hire villa, which usually caters to a couple. Once we’re settled in, a tub of toys, colouring kit, water floats and a slide for the infinity pool are installed for the child we have in tow.

Everything is chic and white, just as you’d expect in a contemporary Balinese villa. Soft mosquito nets drape romantically over a four-poster bed, floors and walls are pale and clean, and super-comfy pool recliners and vibrant frangipanis dot the space. We’re wowed by the large day-bed and shaded deck area, Bose sound system (frustratingly not working during our stay), outdoor bathrooms with rainwater showerheads and communal dining, but the star of the show is definitely the infinity pool overlooking a small creek surrounded by beautiful tropical greenery. Even once the children’s playthings arrive, the villa still manages to look as cool as a cucumber.

What makes Sungai Gold stand out from its counterparts, though, are the tiny details. A well stocked fridge, significantly larger than a typical hotel minibar, full of soft drinks, lime wedges, mixers and, most importantly, cold beers. Wet towels silently and instantly replaced with fresh, dry ones. A private live performance of traditional music presented during our first night’s dinner as a welcome surprise. Ziplock bags to store wet bathers on check-out and earplugs and eye masks for the flight home.

As the villa is based in the small inland village of Cepaka many activities are a commute away, but since we are after a no-thinking, complete chill-out break, it’s perfect. Spa services come to us in-villa and, at the staff’s recommendation, we’re happy to rely on the chef’s expertise and dine in for all our meals. To be honest, we don’t ever want to leave.

A short stroll to the local kindergarten and primary school is our only external activity – another great Sungai suggestion – where we donate pens and pencils and interact with the children. It’s a heart-warming reminder of the other side of life in Bali.

Perhaps the one inconvenience that always accompanies a villa stay is that we have to commit to meal choices hours before we even develop an appetite, to give the staff time to shop in the local markets. Meals are served family style, which means everyone has to agree on the same thing and you are only charged additionally for the ingredients. 

Even on departure day, nothing is too much trouble. We have revolting late-night flights so Sungai Gold offers us multiple choices in the event that the villa cannot guarantee a late check-out. This includes an arrangement with Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort where, for a nominal fee, we can use their facilities. Sungai still plans to take care of the luggage and pick-up for the airport transfer. Luckily for us, a late check-out is available in the end and the staff is extremely accommodating – we are clearly told to use the facilities at our leisure and pleasure until it’s time to go.

Finally, the great paper trail leads us to this conclusion – it’s all smart stepping-stones to ensure Sungai Gold can meet every guest’s individual needs. And they certainly strive to do this well. They are open to feedback and quick to provide a solution to every scenario. No stay is ever perfect, but since Sungai tries so hard, they come pretty close.
 

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