Larger families and groups of friends will feel the gravitational pull of Villa Taman Sorga. Its name meaning ë¥heavenly gardenë, this spacious tropical oasis promises a divinely relaxing vacation that will keep a dozen guests of all ages on cloud nine.> View more information
Jl. Pengembak, Gang 1 No. 3, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Villa Taman Sorga is tucked away down a quiet tree-lined lane in a mellow residential area of Sanur, worlds away from the bustle of the main tourist area a few kilometres north. Alongside the local warungs (cafÕ©s) are some interesting gems, among them Man Friday, serving excellent inexpensive fish and chips, Glo Day Spa & Salon, and the showroom for Carlo Pessiniës collection of contemporary furniture. Five minutesë walk south brings you to Mertasari Beach, the southernmost stretch of Sanurës famed golden sands, where you can enjoy seafood and a cold Bintang beer. Heading north are myriad restaurants, among them the villa ownersë favourites ë_ Massimo, Arena Sports CafÕ©, and Firestation. Sporting guests have the choice of a nine-hole golf course, wakeboarding, kite surfing, kayaking, surfing and scuba diving, while culture buffs should make a beeline to Le Mayeur Museum and visit unique temples such as Pura Segara constructed entirely of coral, and Pura Belanjong, home to the islandës oldest example of writing. For a day out (and back in time), take the half-hour boat trip to Nusa Lembongan.
Taman Sorga has a great choice of living space so family and friends can enjoy social time together as well as quiet time apart. At the villaës social heart is the wantilan-style living pavilion with its impressive two-tiered vaulted roof. This stately room can be flung open for semi-alfresco living or closed for air-conditioned comfort. Daytime, guests converge on the Bougainvillaea-draped pavilion by the 17-metre pool, sprawling on the oversized daybed or plumply cushioned chairs. The villa offers a sumptuous selection of eating areas: in the dining pavilion, thereës a formal air-conditioned section with a table for 12 plus an open-sided section furnished with a breakfast table and low table for Asia-style eating; then thereës a poolside dining terrace and an air-conditioned kitchen-diner where wonderful meals are whipped up by an accomplished cook ë_ part of a long-serving team dedicated to looking after guests.
The six large air-conditioned bedrooms are sensibly configured to give guests lots of personal space, privacy and flexibility ë_ three with king-size beds, two twins (convertible to kings), and one with two doubles. Alongside heritage furniture and antiques are contemporary gizmos: satellite TVs and DVD players in each room, marble bathrooms with hydro-massage showers and (in most) jacuzzi or bathtub, plus a media room and gym.
Located in a genteel residential area away from the bustle of the hotel belt, Villa Taman Sorga is a short stroll from the southern end of Sanur beach. With its shallow waters and strip of golden sand, the beach makes a perfect playground for the kids while parents enjoy a cold Bintang beer and fresh-from-the-fishing-fleet seafood in one of the eateries dotting the shoreline.