The Longhouse is located 5km from Jimbaran on a secure estate of luxurious private villas, which cascade down a precipitously steep hill. Beyond the estate, the hill rises to the ancient Balinese temple of Goa Gong. There is very little else in the immediate area. Jimbaran lies on the western side of Bali’s narrow isthmus, a sweeping bay that curves from the southern side of the airport to the bushy headland that is the home of the Four Seasons Resort. In spite of the many five-star developments in the area, Jimbaran Beach remains unspoilt and tranquil, the pace is unhurried, the atmosphere relaxed and the sand soft and golden. The calm water of the bay, protected by unbroken coral reef, is safe for swimming. Jimbaran also marks the start of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.
Jimbaran lies on the western side of Bali’s narrow isthmus, a sweeping bay that curves for five kilometres from the southern side of the airport to the bushy headland that is the home of the Four Seasons Resort and the start of The Bukit peninsula.
In spite of the many five-star developments in the area, Jimbaran Beach remains unspoilt and tranquil, the pace is still unhurried, the atmosphere relaxed and the sand soft and golden. The entrance to the bay is blocked by an unbroken coral reef, so although the calm water is not suitable for surfing, it is a safe haven for swimming. During the daytime it attracts guests from the nearby resorts, together with the occasional windsurfer. In the late afternoons, Balinese families come down to the beach. Kids paddle in the shallows and build sandcastles that are more reminiscent of miniature Taj Mahals than of Norman fortresses. Ice cream pedlars cruise for custom on pushbikes, dogs gambol through the sand, young men play football with makeshift goalposts, and the delectable smell of grilled sweet corn blended with charcoal smoke emanates from food trolleys parked at the water’s edge.
The magnificent crescent bay is west facing, so at sunset the beach becomes the scene of a daily ritual as hundreds of visitors take their ringside seats at the plethora of seafood warungs; these simple beachside cafes run virtually the length of the bay and serve up the catch of the day.
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life’s more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours’ flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
The Longhouse is full of surprises; it’s so big that it takes a good day to orientate yourself. We stayed at the villa with another couple and kept losing each other! In the process of searching for your fellow guests you’ll find hidden atriums with ponds and water cascades, and daybeds strategically positioned in private corners of the steep terraced gardens to capture the view. Kids will have a ball exploring this place and playing hide-and-seek. The villa is great for entertaining and as a fun party venue, especially with the karaoke machine in the home theatre. The whole place is wired for sound, including the air-conditioned gym, which is equipped with a treadmill, Swiss Pilates balls and yoga mats. The staff can arrange for a yoga or Pilates instructor to come in for personal sessions, and spa therapists are also on call to administer treatments in the private spa room (costs for these services are not included in villa rate) – complete with two massage beds and a bath.
The staff are amazing. They went to Kedonganan fish market for us and bought fresh prawns and snapper for a really good price, which the chef served up as a seafood feast in the comfort of the villa. If you’re eating at the villa and you fancy something that’s not on the menu, the staff will happily provision for you for a small fee. There’s an impressive wine cellar too! Finally – something to enjoy at the end of the day – the home theatre is like a real cinema, one of the best we’ve seen in Bali.
Viewing The Longhouse from the top floor, it is easy to see how this long, thin, three-storey villa it got its name. From the lobby a passageway leads to the immaculate, fully-equipped kitchen, which is adjacent to the dining room furnished with a solid teak 14-seater table and fitted with folding glass doors for an alfresco experience. Next is the living pavilion: open-sided, fan-cooled, and with a soaring roof supported by coconut-wood pillars. The infinity pool runs the full length of this pavilion, overhanging the terraced gardens below. The passageway continues to the master suite – the Bali Room. Entered through a private sitting room with sofa, desk and satellite-channel TV, the air conditioned bedroom is simply furnished with a queen-bed. Double doors open onto a small private terrace with a plunge pool, and a corridor leads through to the bathroom with walk-in rain shower and a bathtub with a view to die for. Beyond this, in a private garden, is a bamboo shower.
The other bedrooms are on the middle floor, reached via a staircase from the living pavilion. All five rooms have satellite-channel TVs and are air conditioned. The layout of the Lombok Room is the same as the Bali Room directly above, but without a sitting room or plunge pool. The Sumba Room, with its rustic four-poster bed, is decorated with Sumbanese textiles and objets d’art. It has a narrow balcony and a beautiful onyx bathroom with an ornate mirror, walk-in rain shower and spacious dressing area. The queen-bedded Sumatra Room has a jungle theme and a delightful indoor/outdoor bathroom with rain shower and copper washbasin flanked by a timber deck with a bamboo fence, potted plants and a river-rock bathtub under a pergola roof. The East and West Java Rooms are twin-bedded, mirror versions of each other. Each has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with rain shower. The two rooms share a garden with its own bale (gazebo) as well as a wide hallway furnished with a marble-topped table. The home-theatre, with surround sound, 52-inch TV and DVD player, is also on this floor. The lower level is home to a spa room, a gym and a children's play area complete with toys and games.
Villa Aiko is a high-spec hilltop home with spectacular views across Jimbaran Bay. Families will appreciate the four large bedrooms, library, children’s playroom, massage room, multiple living spaces, massive rooftop terraces, jacuzzi and swimming pool. A polished staff of seven and a professional chef help to ensure a memorable stay.