The Arsana has been designed for the 21st century. Its sleek, modern structures, ironwood shingle roofs, and an abundance of folding glass walls, reflect the ambience of the location and the purity of the natural surroundings. The sophisticated contemporary Balinese architecture utilizes indigenous stones, native wood finishes and refined craft-made fabrics.
Taking an inspirational approach to modern lifestyle, The Arsana blends its exceptional location with outstanding facilities, service and privacy. Embracing the trend of ‘Destination’ villas, the property has been designed to contain as many features and amenities as possible, complemented by top levels of service, intended to ensure that guests feel no need to go out for top quality dining and entertainment.
The Arsana is approached via a spacious car park with a security post and a Balinese gateway heralded by a pair of welcome statues. Passing through this gateway is like entering another world. An avenue of feathery palms leads to a serene lotus pond, guarded by two Ganesha statues. From here a dramatic entrance, styled after a traditional Balinese Wantilan or meeting pavilion, brings guests into the villa down a wide flight of Batu Yogya creamy-white stone steps flanked by twin fountains and Serai stone walls.
The main building is the social hub of the villa, this symmetrical U-shaped edifice, presides over the gardens and swimming pool, and incorporates a grand entrance hall with a polished black terrazzo floor. One wing comprises a fan-cooled living area, a bar and an air-conditioned TV room. The other wing comprises a fan-cooled dining room, an open-plan kitchen, and an air-conditioned billiard room. The fan-cooled spaces feature glass walls that can be opened up completely to create a truly tropical open-living experience or an alfresco dining experience. The bold colour theme in each room is the hallmark of The Arsana’s interior design.
This large living space overlooks the swimming pool below, and its folding glass doors open onto a sunny terrace. The room features a teakwood floor and is furnished with a huge, deeply cushioned red sofa, an arching chrome standard lamp and a coffee table.
The semi-circular black terrazzo bar is located next to the living room, and is equipped with six red bar stools, red lamps and well-positioned music speakers. This well-stocked bar is a great place for sitting and chatting with family and friends; it also presents the perfect reception facility for parties and events.
The air-conditioned TV room is located to one side of the bar. It is equipped with a 39-inch, LCD, flat screen, satellite TV, together with a DVD player and a quality sound system with surround sound speakers positioned on the ceiling. The colour scheme is olive green, and this cosy room is furnished with a large sofa complemented by corner units and ottomans, bean bags, floor rugs, shelves of books, storage space and paintings by a local artist.
The large dining room is a mirror version of the living room, situated on the opposite side of the open-air terrace. The colour scheme is royal blue, and the room is furnished with an impressive glass-topped dining table that seats twelve people in comfortable cushioned dining chairs. Like the living room, it boasts glass walls on three sides, which fold open onto the terrace.
The stylish open-plan kitchen is a designer-dream in white terrazzo and stainless steel. Fully equipped, it features wall units in a chic shade of French navy and a four-burner hob. Pendulous woven-aluminum lanterns hang over the worktop, which doubles as an eating area due to the provision of eight white ‘satellite dish’ stools. Behind the kitchen is a ‘wet kitchen’, and it is in these two facilities that the staff will prepare delicious meals.
The air-conditioned billiard room is located beside the kitchen; it presents a blue décor, a billiard table, a chess set, a large mirror, two big blue armchairs and some bar stools positioned next to a bar-shelf, where guests can sit and rest their drinks while watching their opponents potting the balls. A washroom is situated to one side.
The open-air breakfast room is a pergola with a terracotta tiled floor. It is furnished with a wood and chrome table and matching chairs and is decorated with beautiful potted orchids.
The sunny, open-air terrace is located between the living room and the dining room, resting upon the same level, several metres above the pool. Guests can relax here on rattan-look, cushioned chairs. The terrace is bordered at the front by a shallow reflective pond with an infinity edge that appears to overflow into the jungle. In actual fact, the gin-clear water flows over the edge into a water cascade that, in turn, flows into the swimming pool below.
Two of the guest bedrooms are furnished with queen-size beds, one is furnished with twin beds and a desk, and the master bedroom presents a king-size bed. Each air-conditioned bedroom is housed within a self-contained pavilion, secluded and private, with a soaring roof and the additional provision of a ceiling fan. Each enjoys plenty of light, and each boasts its own verandah at the front, affording wonderful views of the garden. Each bedroom features a warm teakwood floor, sliding glass doors at the front, and windows on two sides, making the most of the spectacular views; when the doors are opened the interior becomes at one with nature. Furnishings include built-in beds, a sofa or reclining armchair and bedside lamps.
Located in between the sleeping area and the bathroom of each pavilion is a spacious dressing area with twin ceramic washbasins, large wall mirrors, and plenty of storage and hanging space. Each of the cream terrazzo bathrooms is bordered by a bulrush pond, and each features a sunken soaking tub, a toilet within its own frosted glass cubicle, and a spacious, glass shower cubicle. Glass doors alongside the tubs, toilets and showers, fold open to create an open-air experience. Guests’ privacy is protected by the presence of the peaceful Buddha statues, each one resting in front of the high walls that girdle each pond. Each bedroom follows a bold colour theme – blue, green, yellow or red – with coordinating cushions, lampshades, upholstery, accessories and attractive local artwork. Each verandah is furnished with a pair of comfortable cushioned armchairs.
The yellow-themed master suite comprises an air-conditioned study room, which is almost completely surrounded by glass, an air-conditioned TV room with a wall-mounted, 29-inch screen satellite TV, DVD player and quality sound system, a bedroom, dressing area and bathroom, and an open-air relaxation bale with a huge cushioned daybed. The bedroom is accessed by a short flight of black polished concrete steps. The bale is a great spot for meditating or relaxing with a book or a cocktail; it enjoys gorgeous views of the garden and the sunsets.
Swimming Pool, Pool Bar, Massage Rooms, Massage Bale
The pool area is at a lower level than the main living and dining areas and is accessed by descending one of a pair of external stairways, located on either side. The 20 x 8 meter swimming pool features two infinity edges and boasts an ironwood deck that extends the length of the pool and almost appears to float upon the surface of the water. An additional smaller deck is situated on the other side. Both decks are furnished with sunbeds and umbrellas, and there is also an outdoor pool-shower. The water cascade from the upper terrace is a striking feature; flanked by frangipani trees it flows into a shallow children’s pool at one end of the main pool. The pool is lined with a stunning slate stone that sparkles with streaks of gold. Next to it is a white Palimanan stone pool bar with a glass and teakwood roof, ceiling fans, bar stools, a table and built-in cushioned daybeds for lounging and enjoying barbeques, tapas and drinks from the bar. There is a washroom to one side. Two massage rooms are located beside the pool, and at the far end of the pool is a riverside bale, which is also a delightful spot for a massage.
Garden & River
The fast-flowing river is particularly beautiful, it is accessed by a winding path and steps, and its jungle environs are restful and cool. Stone benches are positioned in strategic places, so that guests can relax and enjoy the tranquility. Trees include majestic breadfruit, jackfruit, giant bamboo, and towering palms, together with creepers and ferns. The vast terraced gardens cascade like a giant’s staircase down to the valley; velvety lawns are planted with sweet-scented flowering shrubs. Guests will be lulled by the soothing flow of the river and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, butterflies and birds. They can also witness the traditions of rural Bali, as one part of the garden presents a small terraced rice field and a vegetable garden.
The substantial open space within the garden, combined with the grandiose of the property and its extensive facilities, makes The Arsana the ideal tropical setting for parties, weddings, reunion celebrations, barbeques and other functions. The modern kitchen provides the staff with the equipment and facilities to cater for a wide variety of events and a large number of guests. Special events can also be coordinated by professional outside caterers who have the world-class expertise to prepare a sumptuous feast at the villa, in addition to the coordination of decorations, flowers, lighting, sound systems and entertainment. A family group can be indulged with a sizzling barbeque beside the pool at sunset. The poolside bar pavilion can be set up as an alfresco dining pavilion, guests can spill out onto the pool deck, and the elevated terrace above the pool can be utilized as a stage for Balinese dance performances. The entrance hall and bar is perfect for a cocktail reception, and the garden is large enough to comfortably accommodate hundreds of guests.
The Arsana is hidden away in the traditional, rural village of Kaba Kaba, in Bali’s Tabanan regency. Nirwana Golf Course – designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia – is a ten-minute drive. The villa is fifty minutes’ drive from the international airport, and convenient for all of the island’s main tourist attractions, including the nearby Tanah Lot, Bali’s most dramatic and venerated sea temple.