A Shore hit

With its im­pres­sive ten­nis court and nearby surf breaks, Ar­nalaya Beach House is a par­adise for those who can’t sit still while they’re on va­ca­tion.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Leisure - By Renyi Lim

Any­one for ten­nis? At Ar­nalaya Beach House in Bali (from US$1,795, RM8,000 per night), there’s plenty of it to go round, given that one of the 4,430sqm es­tate’s main at­trac­tions is its in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard ten­nis court. There’s even a SAM ball ma­chine, a full range of trainer balls, coach­ing equip­ment and a ten­nis concierge ser­vice.

Equally ath­letic surf­ing en­thu­si­asts will revel in the knowl­edge that the villa – man­aged by lux­ury villa rental spe­cial­ist, Elite Havens – sits on pris­tine Ne­layan Beach in Canggu. It’s so close to the curl­ing waves of Echo Beach, the fa­mous surf break, that it’s pos­si­ble to tum­ble out of one of Ar­nalaya’s five ocean or court­yard suites and pad­dle straight into the swell.

Within the min­i­mal­ist- chic villa, de­signed by Sin­ga­pore- based ar­chi­tect Sonny Chan and fur­nished by Aus­tralian­born in­te­rior de­signer Al­bano Dam­i­nato, is a well- equipped gym in which Pi­lates in­struc­tors can keep you on your toes. A shim­mer­ing 20m salt­wa­ter pool looks out onto the seafront, lend­ing it­self ex­ces­sively well to lan­guid laps along its length, fol­lowed by a few sun­set asanas on the nearby yoga plat­forms.

Ar­nalaya’s ser­vice team, which in­cludes a villa man­ager, pri­vate chef and security

staff, can book treat­ments with spe­cial­ist ther­a­pist Oka Dewa at the on-site spa.

A sig­na­ture Ba­li­nese mas­sage un­der his prac­tised hands will re­ju­ve­nate your body and un­knot aching, over­worked mus­cles, al­low­ing you to glide freely around the ten­nis court again.

Guests of a less sporty in­cli­na­tion can top up their tans and then cool off in the en­ter­tain­ment room, which boasts an Ap­ple TV, a mu­sic li­brary and a Nin­tendo Wii.

A pool­side lounge and din­ing bale with a kitchen, cock­tail bar, built-in bar­be­cue and a solid tim­ber table that sits 14 makes en­ter­tain­ing a breeze if you’re all in party mode.

For more se­date oc­ca­sions, there’s the for­mal din­ing room with its can­dlelit hur­ri­cane lamps, split bam­boo wall pan­els and clus­ters of fresh white or­chids – a space that can be as in­ti­mate or as open to the sea and sky as you’d like.

Even the most rest­less soul can be coaxed into Ar­nalaya Beach House’s beau­ti­fully bal­anced, el­e­gant suites, which all fea­ture canopied four-poster beds, Bose ceil­ing speak­ers, open ter­razzo bath­rooms and stand­alone bath­tubs.

At full ca­pac­ity with 15 peo­ple spread across the villa’s ground and up­per floors, it’ll still feel like you have the place to your­self.

Then again, if you need a brief es­cape, Greg Nor­man’s scene-steal­ing Nir­wana Bali Golf Club course isn’t too far away – so bring your clubs along with your rac­quet and surf­board. www.ar­nalayabeach­house.com ≠

A pool­side lounge and din­ing bale makes en­ter­tain­ing a breeze.

Five dou­ble bed­rooms, plus a gym that read­ily con­verts to make a sixth, pro­vide space for up to 18 guests. Inset: the pri­vate ten­nis court.

An ocean­front bale (inset) of­fers al fresco din­ing for 14 over­look­ing the in­dian Ocean and a 20m pool (above).

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