Villa Mattise

5 br  |  from USD 500

The riverside Villa Mattisse is hidden away in the heart of the traditional fishing village of Seseh, just footsteps away from the beach on Bali’s southwest coast. The villa can accommodate up to ten guests; there are four double bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, and a fifth bedroom with a single bed. Two of the bedrooms are situated within self-contained guest houses in the garden, and there is also a large swimming pool that almost seems to overflow into the river. The style is unashamedly romantic, and the funky colonial architecture is enhanced by a thatched roof and a bold black, white and silver décor.

Verandah, outdoor lounge, pool and garden
The property is entered by a large silver gate, and guests will be greeted by a bubbling water feature and pink flowering bougainvillea. The villa is elevated above the garden, accessed by seven steps, and fronted by an impressive, raised, colonial-style verandah, complete with large round grey marble-effect pillars and silver louvre doors. Ever mindful of preserving the environment, the owners have demonstrated their respect for nature by building the property around a towering fig tree, which grows through the verandah and through the upstairs balcony and roof.

All of the downstairs rooms open onto the breezy verandah, so this is the social hub of the villa, presenting a polished concrete floor with a marbled effect. It is furnished with mats, cushions, and a dining table that can comfortably seat ten for an alfresco dining experience in real Bali style. Within the garden is another hang out, a large lounging area, big enough for ten, complete with low tables and speakers from the sound system; it is sheltered by a thatched roof.

The infinity-edge swimming pool measures 23 x 6 metres and is 1.2 metres in depth at the deep end with a shallow shelf for sitting and for kids. It is fed by three little waterfalls and bordered by a timber deck. It also features a wooden platform that appears to float on the surface of the water, complete with daybeds and a serene Buddha statue, making this a delightful and peaceful spot to relax and chill out. Furthermore, the pool utilises an advanced salt water filtration system that is soft on the earth and gentle on the skin. The garden is suitable for weddings and parties with up to fifty guests. At the back of the villa is a walled courtyard with a pebbled floor, flowering shrubs, and another Buddha statue.

Entrance hall and entertainment room
Testament to satisfied customers, the wall in the entrance hall has become a ‘guest book’ adorned with messages from the many happy guests and returnees who have stayed at Villa Mattisse. The Entertainment Room is located next to the hall on the ground floor; this cosy air-conditioned snug is equipped with satellite TV, DVD and VRC players, stereo music system, WiFi Internet access, ceiling fans, a built-in desk, large mirror and a large comfortable daybed. Colourful artwork adorns the walls and – with its striking orange and red tiled floor – this is the only room in the villa that doesn’t stay completely true to the black, white and silver theme.

Kitchen
The service kitchen is also located on the ground floor; it is well equipped and fitted with glass-fronted silver-doored wall cupboards. It is here that the staff will prepare delicious meals and freshly squeezed fruit juices. The dining table is located immediately next to the kitchen on the verandah.

Bedrooms 1 & 2
Accessed by a flight of polished concrete stairs at the back of the villa, the two upstairs bedrooms offer guests an open-air experience, cooled only by natural sea breezes and ceiling fans. The glassless windows on either side allow for cross ventilation. Both spacious bedrooms feature a wooden floor under the soaring roof, and both open onto a wide balcony at the front, furnished with colonial-style chairs and presenting wonderful views of the river, which will lull guests to sleep with its peaceful melody.

Bedroom 1 is dominated by a built-in king-size bed canopied with a diaphanous mosquito net. It is furnished with comfortable arm chairs, built in dressing table and shelves, and boasts plenty of storage space and a safe deposit box. The en-suite open-air bathroom features a black and white tiled floor, a circular wall mirror, a washbasin on a black polished concrete vanity unit, a toilet and a rainshower.

Bedroom 2 is very similar to Bedroom 1, with a built-in king-size bed canopied with a mosquito net, comfy armchairs, safe deposit box, and an en-suite bathroom with twin washbasins.

Bedroom 5
This small bedroom is furnished with a single bed and cooled by a fan. It is ideal for a child or a nanny. The eye-catching black and white striped and chequered décor is inspired by the Balinese poleng cloth, which represents the opposing forces of life. A baby’s cot is also available.

River bungalow
The air-conditioned River Bungalow is a charming self-contained guesthouse, located in the garden. As the name suggests, it borders the river and is characterised by a wrap around verandah complete with pillars and holes in the floor to accommodate living trees. Guests can sit immediately beside the shady river, where they might spot kingfishers or giant water lizards. The bungalow is entered by antique teakwood double doors and features teak floorboards, a high roof, a king-size bed, and safe deposit box. Wooden shutters add to the rustic charm. The adjoining bathroom is semi open, with a dreamy sunken bathtub for two, a rainshower, washbasin, a toilet hidden behind an alcove, and plenty of storage space.

Pool bungalow
The air-conditioned Pool Bungalow is located right beside the pool with its own personal pool deck. It is also next to the river, so guests can enjoy the constant sound of running water. It is similar in style to the River Bungalow complete with white walls, king-size bed, safe deposit box, and en-suite bathroom with rainshower, stainless steel washbasin, and toilet.

Location
Seseh is a traditional fishing village on Bali’s south west coast, nestled within the beautiful agricultural belt between Kuta and Tanah Lot. Seseh Beach boasts world-famous surf breaks, and is renowned for its panoramic coastline views and legendary sunsets. Villa Matisse is only twenty-five minutes’ drive from the fashionable shops, world-class restaurants and vibrant nightspots of Seminyak, and about forty-five minutes' drive from Bali's International Airport. Easily accessible sporting amenities include the neighbouring ‘Canggu Club’, and the ‘Nirwana Bali Golf Course’, which was designed by Greg Norman and voted the number 1 golf course in Indonesia. For horse lovers, the ‘Umalas Equestrian Centre’ is just a few kilometres away, and the majority of the island’s tourist attractions are also within easy reach.

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Rates

Low USD 500
rest of the year

High USD 875
Easter week, Chinese new year, July, September 1 to 15

Peak USD 995
August and Dec 20 to Jan 10

Rate above are subject to 21% Government tax and service charge.

Minimum Stay:
Low Season: 3 nights
High Season: 5 nights
Peak Season: 7 nights

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