True Re­lax­ation

The Is­land of the Gods is a mag­net for trav­ellers from around the world, who come again and again for the famed Bali hos­pi­tal­ity, gor­geous views and cos­mopoli­tan ex­pe­ri­ence. The San­tai cov­ers it all.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Es­ter Pan­di­an­gan Pho­tos cour­tesy of The San­tai

For vis­i­tors to Bali in search of true rest and re­lax­ation, ac­com­mo­da­tion is the first pri­or­ity. The San­tai is ded­i­cated to giv­ing guests a true Bali ex­pe­ri­ence of lux­u­ri­ous com­fort and pam­per­ing for all the senses. The San­tai is man­aged by Life­style Re­treats, a ho­tel man­age­ment com­pany based in Sin­gapore with a Cor­po­rate Sales Of­fice in Den­pasar - Bali, which also man­ages The Bale in Nusa Dua, The Amala in Seminyak, The Men­jan­gan in West Bali Na­tional Park and Ho­tel Ize Seminyak. The San­tai of­fers some­thing very dif­fer­ent from the big ho­tels and re­sorts, giv­ing guests a truly peace­ful and in­di­vid­ual Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ence. It truly is like hav­ing your own pri­vate villa in Bali. Lo­cated at Umalas, The San­tai is about 15 min­utes from the vi­brant Seminyak area and 30 min­utes from the in­ter­na­tional air­port. The San­tai is an ex­clu­sive re­treat, nes­tled in a quiet neigh­bour­hood close to pic­turesque rice fields and lo­cal vil­lage tem­ples, but also

the buzzing nightlife of Seminyak. The San­tai of­fers pam­per­ing, per­fect ser­vice, ex­quis­ite ac­com­mo­da­tion, gourmet cui­sine and an un­wa­ver­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail. The San­tai’s de­sign­ers have taken tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese styles and ma­te­ri­als and merged them seam­lessly with cool, sleek, mod­ern Asian ar­chi­tec­ture. Stone walk­ways run past cool pools, through arch­ways and along­side green planted walls and nut-brown wooden trel­lises. Tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese roofs are topped with small lean­ing tow­ers that let nat­u­ral light flood down into the vil­las. The lobby space dou­bles as a com­mu­nal liv­ing room with large so­fas and an around the clock lounge café where guests can help them­selves to soft drinks, cook­ies, canapés and fruit, just like the ex­ec­u­tive club lounge floor of a five-star ho­tel. The San­tai is the ideal choice for a fam­ily hol­i­day. The San­tai has two- and three-bed­room vil­las. The five two-bed­room vil­las fea­ture a pri­vate pool, out­door sun­deck, air-con­di­tioned liv­ing room and com­plete kitchen and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The liv­ing room has slid­ing glass doors so guests can de­cided whether to stay in­doors or open up the villa and en­joy the fresh Bali breeze. These vil­las are per­fect for friends or fam­i­lies with young chil­dren. Each three-bed­room villa has a pri­vate pool, sun­deck, out­door liv­ing room, din­ing area and a fully equipped kitchen. With three air­con­di­tioned bed­rooms, these vil­las are per­fect for groups of friends or a large fam­ily. All vil­las in­clude 24-hour but­ler ser­vice, pri­vate pool, daybed, in­door and out­door show­ers and bath­tub, and a se­lec­tion of bath­room ameni­ties and handmade soaps. There is also an in-room safe, com­pli­men­tary daily mini­bar stock of soft drinks, com­pli­men­tary WiFi, tea and cof­feemak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, TV and DVD/stereo sys­tem. The small num­ber of vil­las means guests en­joy highly per­son­alised ser­vice from a warm and wel­com­ing staff who pam­per guests from the mo­ment they check in. The San­tai also of­fers a shop­ping list ser­vice; guests tell the staff what they want their villa fridge stocked with and The San­tai team will take care of it.

The San­tai can or­gan­ise per­son­alised tours to the fa­mous Tanah Lot tem­ple and pic­nic lunches near the stun­ning moun­tain lake area of Be­dugul. If guests want to travel fur­ther afield for more in­cred­i­ble Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ences, a day tour to the north coast or trekking in the foothills of the mighty Mount Agung can be ar­ranged. Guests can also take a guided walk­ing tour or bi­cy­cle tour around Umalas, meet­ing lo­cals, learn­ing about their cul­ture, sam­pling tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese foods and ac­cess­ing the best spots for that per­fect rice-field photo. If guests are lucky enough to be stay­ing dur­ing one of the many fes­ti­vals on the Ba­li­nese reli­gious cal­en­dar, The San­tai can ar­range trips to ex­pe­ri­ence all the colour and vi­brancy of the oc­ca­sion. The San­tai also pro­vides other fun fa­cil­i­ties like yoga mats, kids’ toys, bi­cy­cles, air­port trans­fers, shut­tle ser­vices to Seminyak, li­brary, pri­vate tour fa­cil­i­ties, baby-sit­ting ser­vice and in-villa spa treat­ments (all on re­quest). Talk­ing about food and bev­er­age, Gong Restau­rant serves a mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of sig­na­ture dishes from Southeast Asia and beyond, in­clud­ing a daily se­lec­tion of spe­cials. Gong is open daily from 7am to 11pm. There is also a se­lec­tion of wines and sig­na­ture cock­tails avail­able for guests, whether they are din­ing in Gong or their own villa.

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