Villa Batujimbar is one of Bali’s most extraordinary residences, with a rich and colourful history, a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree, and a celebrity houseguest list that includes ruling monarchs and rock legends. Within its enchanting gardens – situated right by the beach in Sanur’s exclusive Batujimbar Estate – are nine bedrooms, multiple living and dining pavilions, and a 20-metre pool and tennis court. There’s direct access onto a glorious white sandy swimming beach from the gardens, and Sanur’s many restaurants and boutiques are a five-minute walk away. Villa Batujimbar is the perfect choice for family get-togethers and groups of friends, and a captivating setting for weddings.
About Villa Batujimbar
If anywhere epitomizes the authentic ‘Bali style’ that has enraptured so many over the past decades, it is Villa Batujimbar – a treasure-filled travel destination in itself. This sublime property, which sits on over an acre of beachfront land, was originally the home of long-time Bali resident and Australian artist Donald Friend who, in 1970, invited Sri Lankan ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa – celebrated for breaking down barriers and creating harmonious relationships between buildings and landscape – to collaborate in developing the beachfront estate. The Balinese palaces at Amlapura and Klungkung plus the famed water gardens of Tirta Gangga influenced his ideas – clearly expressed in the two-storey moat-encircled Lembu Balé that commands centre stage within the meticulously designed gardens.
The lower gallery of the Lembu Balé houses the current Australian owner’s astonishing collection of Balinese art – including the Donald Friend painting he bought from the artist himself on first visiting Villa Batujimbar in 1972. This private collection rivals the island’s finest galleries and museums and is a unique feature of the villa. Guests are welcome to view the collection on special request. Yet art is not confined to this space alone throughout the living and sleeping pavilions you’ll come across architectural treasures, rare artefacts, painted antique doors and windows, and heirloom paintings that reveal the owner’s passion for Balinese art and craftsmanship. And within the expansive gardens are myriad moss-encrusted statuary and intricately carved stone reliefs. Bali’s beauty shines in the materials used too – vaulted alang-alang thatched roofs, lava stone steps, coral walls, and terrazzo and teakwood floors.
With such a fascinating history, no wonder Villa Batujimbar has attracted celebrity guests over the years. Today’s guests are following in the footsteps of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (who got married here), Sting (who gave an impromptu concert), Yoko Ono, and members of the Thai and Malaysian and British royal families. In such splendid surroundings, and pampered by a team of staff that includes a private chef, personal butlers and villa manager, you can look forward to royal treatment too.
Influenced by traditional Balinese family living, Villa Batujimbar comprises a series of alang-alang thatched pavilions spread through the substantial estate. At its centre is the Lembu Bale – a moated double-storey brick-built pavilion which houses an open-sided lounge on its upper floor looking onto the swimming pool on one side and across the gardens to the ocean on the other.
Closest to the beach are the living pavilion, the dining bale, and the splendid two-storey master bedroom suite. To one side is the Longhouse, comprising two bedroom suites, a formal dining room and professionally equipped kitchen. Opposite is the Bali Pavilion, with two bedrooms, garden bathrooms and courtyard. Furthest from the beach, two more guest bedroom suites occupy the two-storey Pool Pavilion and share an open-fronted living area looking onto the 20-metre swimming pool. Two additional bedrooms are housed in the Family Pavilion situated near the villa entrance, while a tennis court and shower room lie just across the driveway.
Villa Batujimbar offers nine spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, each oriented for privacy in five separate pavilions. Seven have ensuite bathrooms while the two Family Pavilion bedrooms – one designed for kids – share a shower room. All have contemporary luxuries such as 40-inch or 32-inch satellite channel TVs, safes and bar fridges, matched with historic paintings, collectibles, furniture and oriental rugs that hark back to the villa’s distinguished heritage.
Beachfront master suite
The grand, two-storey master suite is situated close to the ocean, just behind the beachfront living balé. On the ground floor of this palatial pavilion is a peaceful study and sitting area furnished with a large antique writing desk and an elegant chaise longue. Walls are lined with teak shelving and display units and, in one corner is a circular glass-topped table for four and a bar area.
Upstairs an ornately carved, king-size, four-poster bed luxuriates below a lofty alang-alang thatched roof. Warm teakwood flooring and richly coloured antique rugs adorn the floor and a comfortable sofa at the foot of the bed faces a large flat-screen TV. A delightful private furnished balcony overlooks the ocean to the front of the room.
A WC leads from the upper-floor bedroom and a full bathroom lies just down the stairs, adjoining the study and sitting room.
The two large master bedrooms in the Longhouse open onto lawns on one side and a water garden terrace on the other. In each, a super-king four-poster rests under a soaring pavilion roof on a polished terrazzo floor that flows into the dressing area. Flanking the mirrored vanity alcove sliding doors lead to the stately WC enclosure and a large shower area that opens onto the water garden.
The Bali Pavilion
Within this most romantic of pavilions, with its brightly painted antique Balinese doors and teakwood parquet floor, are two inter-connecting bedrooms with king-size beds swathed in mosquito nets, and inter-connecting garden bathrooms with alfresco showers. Beyond sliding double doors lies a walled garden with private relaxation bale, huge shade-giving Jewent tree, and a separate entrance to the main villa gardens. The second room also has a small private courtyard with seating.
The Pool Pavilion
On the upper level of the Pool Pavilion are two king-bedded guest suites, with bengkirai-wood floors, ceilings of bedeg (woven rattan) and delightful treetop views beyond full-width windows. The suites are split-level, and each has its own entrance from the garden, ensuring complete privacy. At ground level are dressing areas, bathrooms with Palimanan-lined showers and statement bathtubs, and spiral staircases. Conveniently, WCs and washbasins adjoin the bedrooms upstairs.
The Family Pavilion
On the second level of a building tucked away behind the villa entrance are two more bedrooms – one with a king bed and the other with small twin beds – that share a bathroom with separate WC and shower. They are ideal for a family, or as a separate enclave for up to four kids who will appreciate a little independence.
One of the pleasures of a sojourn at Villa Batujimbar is the sheer amount of living space. While there’s plenty of room for a full house to socialise under the same roof, there are also lots of quiet corners for breaking away from the crowd.
The main living pavilion is open to the garden alongside the beach; its soaring alang-alang roof supported by towering coconut columns. Three sides of the pavilion are lined with comfortably upholstered built-in benches and at its centre four traditional Indonesian sofas with curved teakwood frames are set around an elaborately carved coffee table.
A breezy, fan-cooled lounge graces the upper level of the historic Lembu Balé, reached by a pair of stately staircases. With its roof supported by elaborate columns rooted in sandstone plinths carved in the shape of animals and mythical figures, this space is defined by two monumental bovine statues (lembu means cow in the Indonesian language). Cane and teak colonial-style seating provides the perfect spot to enjoy the sea view.
The Poolside Pavilion’s living area provides yet another space for relaxation, with clusters of handsome seating, an alcove carpeted with thick comfy cushions, and a breakfast table facing the pool. There’s a small kitchenette and a guest shower room tucked out of sight.
Guests have a choice of dining areas. Towards the beach is an enchanting raised dining bale with antique marble table and ten rattan chairs set under a thatched roof. For formal meals, there’s an air-conditioned dining room in the Longhouse, where a 12-seater stunning teakwood table faces sliding glass doors that open onto fish ponds. Next to the dining room is a huge professionally equipped kitchen and, behind, a staff service kitchen and laundry.
In Villa Batujimbar’s fabulous formal gardens ancient moss-encrusted statues stand sentinel by the 20-metre pool whose stone terrace is lined with sun-loungers and parasols. Seemingly floating above a lotus pond is a large relaxation balé – the perfect spot for afternoon tea while admiring scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabarata carved into the wall behind. From the beachfront balé glorious views across the sea to the sacred Mount Agung and the island of Nusa Penida can be enjoyed; Sanur’s acclaimed sandy beach and sheltered waters lie just beyond the traditional gate in the boundary wall. Elsewhere on the estate are the tennis court, refreshment area and sports shower.
Barbecue grill; in-room safes; generator back-up; air-conditioning in all bedrooms.
Villa Batujimbar accords guests an extraordinary location right on the edge of Sanur Beach: a private gate leads directly from the villa gardens onto the footpath that stretches the length of the white sand swimming beach in both directions. Privacy and peace are the promise of its privileged setting within the exclusive Batujimbar Estate, yet just 150 metres away is the buzz of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main street, with its throng of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Guests may pick up Bali’s famous Jenggala ceramics (originally created in the villa’s grounds decades ago), enjoy an espresso at Café Batu Jimbar, snack on sushi at Ryoshi, or dance to live music at Three Monkeys – all within a five-minute walk. There’s a good choice of water sports along the beach, a nine-hole golf course within a few kilometres, and the delights of dive- and surf-spot Nusa Lembongan a half-hour boat ride away.
Sanur Shops 0.15 km
Bali Beach Golf Course 3 km
Seminyak 15 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) 15 km
Kuta 17 km
Bali Marine Park 21 km
Ubud 24 km
Candidasa 52 km
Entertainment, well-being & sports
Satellite or cable program
Private tennis court
Garden lounge furniture
Gym - Fitness room
Internet access (broadband, wifi)
TV (all bedrooms)
BOSE sound system
Outdoor private swimming pool
Kitchen & Appliances
Fully equipped kitchen
For your comfort and convenience
Air conditioning (all bedrooms)
Dining room with dining table
Study room or den
Pool lounge chairs
Lounge area on the terrace
Direct access to the beach
Outdoor dining table
Lounge chairs on the terrace
Equipment, facilities, events
Suitable for wedding and events
Safe deposit box
Child care and baby sitting on request
Extra beds available on request
Resort services and entertainment
Fully staffed villa
What is Included
Included in rates
Welcome drink and fruit basket upon arrival
Electricity, water, gas
Bed and household linens
Not included in rates
Gasoline - Fuel usage (car)
Cot + High Chair
Cost of food +20%
Child care, Baby sitting
Car with chauffeur (8 hrs / day) : starting from 30.77 EUR Per Day
- Children must be supervised by an adult at all times when using hot tub, pool, sauna or hammam - Children welcome - No safety fence around the pool - Pool has no swimming guard - Language spoken by staff : English - Check in : 15:00 h - Check out : 12:00 h - Amount of security deposit : - Security deposit must be paid in the form of :
- Guarantee deposit charged by Villanovo upon reservation : 30 % - 2nd payment 85 Days to arrival day : 70 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo. - Advance payments can be made with the following payment method : Visa - Mastercard - Carte Bleue - Bank transfer. - On site payment can be made with the following payment method : Visa - Mastercard - Carte Bleue - Bank transfer. - The reservation price does not include optional incidentals or on-request items which will be added to your final bill. - Credit card payments at the villa/hotel will incur a surcharge 2.6 %
Cancellation policy and cancellation fees
- Any booking modification or cancellation must be sent to us by email - Cancellation policy is applied according to villa local time - For all cancellations, the initial guarantee deposit is non-refundable. - Cancellation occurs less than 75 Days to arrival day : 100 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo. - No show 100 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo
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Villa BatujimbarRecommended by 100% of our customers (1 reviews)
Des espaces communs magnifiques, et une mention particulière pour le staff adorable et pour son manager Ari Nengah, qui a su répondre magnifiquement à certaines remarques que je lui ai faites sur des détails, en nous offrant un diner et une soirée balinaise pour 16 personnes ! j'ai beaucoup apprécié et le remercie chaleureusement.
Tres positif concernant Villanovo, une belle disponibilité de vos interlocuteurs, et des réponses très satisfaisantes à toutes mes attentes.
besoin de rénovation sur certaines chambres, et des petits détails qui manquent, comme des peignoirs et pantoufles dans toutes les chambres (certaines en avaient d'autre non, des patères (dans les salles de bain par exemple), des étendoirs pour pendre son linge, pas suffisamment de matelas et parasol autour de la piscine.
Les chambres ne sont pas toutes égales, mais c'est rarement le cas quand on loue une maison, contrairement à un hotel.
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