Villa Mako, In Canggu
Villa Mako is a peaceful 3-bedroom retreat, complete with swimming pool, located in a quiet traditional village above a small river valley, close to canggu in south-west Bali. The single-storey villa is colonial in style, characterised by louvre shutters, old teak doors and spectacular high wooden ceilings built of seasoned timbers. The eclectic interiors reflect the travels and passions of the owners, introducing Balinese and Javanese antiques, combined with a bold use of colour to create a very personal atmosphere.
Designed to maximise the natural light, and catch the cool breezes even at the hottest time of year, the property offers a blend of air-conditioned comfort and open-air tropical living. Its elevated position affords beautiful open views over the pool to a jungle canopy against a backdrop of rice terraces.
Villa Mako was built in the early 1990s and substantially refurbished in 2006. The original design was based on an old college in Bandung, in Central Java, which provided the inspiration for the central hall with its high wooden ceiling with timber struts. The colonial feel again owes much to the architecture of the Javanese plantation houses. The design also incorporates wide eaves which, combined with the elevated position of the plot, allow for good air circulation and let in plenty of light.
Villa Mako’s interiors are designed for comfort and relaxation. Furnishings feature oversized sofas, daybeds, poolside loungers and plenty of cushions, so guests will always find a private spot for peace and quiet. In fact, a family or group of people staying at Villa Mako can easily lose each other within its depths, should they choose to. In addition to the many indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, guests have the choice of three dining areas, all of which present a unique ambiance.
Set well away from the tourist areas in the tiny village of Tiying Tutul amid the rhythms of agricultural life, Villa Mako honours Balinese culture. Guests are welcome at Hindu ceremonies in the nearby temple, which provide a unique insight into the religion and customs of Bali, while helpful villa staff – a dedicated team of seven, including manager and cook – will be pleased offer guidance on temple etiquette. Guests may even be lucky enough to see a barong dance – a sacred ritual staged not for tourists but for the local community to bring good fortune to the village.
Approached via a private driveway with a secure car parking area, Villa Mako is entered by set of double Balinese doors guarded by a pair of Chinese welcome statues. The doors open to reveal a covered walkway with a pitched roof which circumvents an ornamental pond complete with a bubbling water feature in its centre. The villa comprises an open-sided feature kitchen and an air-conditioned media room facing each other across the pond while, on the far side, the main building incorporates a living and dining hall and three bedrooms. Beyond this is a beautiful garden which rolls down to a swimming pool and outdoor dining pavilion.
Each of the three bedrooms presents a theme; each has an ensuite bathroom, and each is equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, a mini-bar/fridge and safe deposit box. The two master bedrooms enjoy soaring roofs and magnificent views together with sunny balconies furnished with lazy chairs overlooking the garden and pool. Fitted with ceiling fans, the balconies are great spots for relaxing over morning tea or evening cocktails.
The Bali room is furnished with a king-size four-poster bed canopied with ikat (traditional hand-woven textile). The room features polished teak floors and French windows with louvre shutters, which open out onto the terrace and balcony. Timeworn stained glass doors lead into a large dressing room with a massage bed and fitted cupboards with antique louvre doors. Another colonial-style door leads into the terrazzo bathroom, fitted with twin wash basins and a powerful overhead rain shower. A glass skylight in the roof allows the sunlight to stream in above a sunken sculptured terrazzo bathtub.
The Colonial room presents a polished teak floor, French windows with louvre shutters and a king-size four-poster bed with white drapes and ‘snakeskin’ cushions. The bedroom is furnished with a desk, armchairs, and an ottoman at the end of the bed, and there is a dressing area with fitted cupboards. The ensuite bathroom features an oversized sunken sculptured terrazzo bathtub, twin wash basins, a rain shower, a massage bed and ceiling fans. The bathroom has an open-air feel, due to the provision of glass windows in the roof, maximising the natural light.
The Bamboo room is accessed by double antique doors, and can be set up with two beds for younger guests or as double room. The ensuite cream terrazzo bathroom is fitted with twin wash basins, ceiling fans, and a rain shower. Glass windows in the roof maximise the natural light.
- 15 x 5m private pool with lounge chairs
- Cars and drivers can be arranged upon request
- Child-friendly villa
- Babysitters available upon request
- A library of children’s videos and DVDs
- Children’s books, games and toys available
- Satellite TV with VCD and DVD players, stereo system with CD player
- Video/VCD/DVD and book library
- Complimentary WiFi internet connection
- International phone and fax machine
- Spa treatment available upon reservation
- Two massage beds
- Small functions for up to 50 people accommodated, with event coordinator available upon request
- Board games
- 24-hour security
- Villa Mako is a member of the Canggu Club (Bali’s first country club) and the villa guests are eligible to use the club’s sports, leisure and F&B facilities.
Children at Villa Mako
Villa holidays are an excellent option for families, and Villa Mako’s owners designed this villa specifically with their two young daughters in mind.
Family-friendly advantages of villa stays include having access to your own private facilities, such as swimming pool, living space and gardens and having the freedom to use them whenever you want. Knowing that the kids can run around happily, independently and safely, without you having to worry about other guests, is a real plus – and one that means parents are certain to have a more relaxed holiday too. Villa Mako has plenty of open space, a gated fence that separates the building from the pool to ensure the safety of young children, a bedroom furnished and decorated with kids in mind and a cosy TV room with DVDs, toys and a library of children’s books.
A particular highlight at Villa Mako is the kid-friendly staff. All Asians have an inherent love of children which means that the villa staff make them feel as welcome as adults – whether it’s cooking in the kitchen, playing in the garden, or including them as guests at a village ceremony. Babysitting and childminding services can easily be arranged, giving you plenty of flexibility and freedom to do your own exploring beyond the villa grounds. Although equipped kitchens allow you to prepare meals for fussy eaters or babies with ease, staff will happily to do this for you – just talk through your requirements and meal schedules with the villa manager or cook and they will take care of the rest. Beef burgers in the balé at six? Poolside pancakes for breakfast? No problem. Ketut the cook will customise all meals to suit children’s taste buds.
Neither do you have to worry about packing all that cumbersome extra equipment when you stay at Villa Mako as we can provide you with all the essentials, and more – from pool safety fences to baby baths, cots, high chairs and car seats. What we don’t have in-house, we can generally hire in for a small fee. Just talk through your requirements with us when you make your reservation and we’ll make sure it’s all there ready and waiting for your arrival.
And when the excitement of exploring the villa starts to wear off, check out our Things to do page; there’s plenty in the area to keep kids of all ages amused throughout the holiday.
Some of the family-friendly facilities offered at Villa Mako include:
- Baby cot
- Babysitting service (small service charge)
- Board games
- Children’s books
- Children’s bedroom for two kids
- Children’s pool toys
- Children’s DVDs
- High chair
- Pool fencing
- Swimming pool with shallow shelf
- TV/Entertainment room
Villa Mako has a dedicated team of seven Balinese staff. They all live a short scooter ride away and several come from the village itself. Villa Mako has been operating a relatively short time so the staff are young, very friendly and keen but still developing their skills.
is Made is the full-time manager; his job is to oversee and coordinate the staff and property and to assist guests during their stay. He is on call 24 hours a day.
is Ketut, the cook, is a great resource. She trained as a line chef in a busy local restaurant and worked in other villas before coming to Villa Mako; she has an excellent ‘feel’ for food. She will prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to the wishes and whims of her guests.
is Ketut and Kadek look after the housekeeping; they will attend to all of the daily cleaning and domestic duties at the villa, as well as waiting on tables and assisting the kitchen at mealtimes.
is Nyoman tends the garden and pool at Villa Mako. He works discreetly to maintain the high standards without disturbing the guests.
is Off-site, fully-trained spa staff will visit the villa on request to provide a range of spa treatments on the villa’s two massage beds.
is Villa Mako is kept safe and secure by a two security guards Gede and Nyoman.
Patty the dog
Patty adopted the villa as a small puppy in 2006, although she remains very independent, spending most of her time on the village social round. She has had all her shots and the staff look after her feeding, immunisations etc. She is well behaved but guests should let the staff know if they would rather not have her visiting the villa – she will then happily live with the gardener. She is not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
The villa offers a menu (with Balinese and international dishes) to make ordering easier but guests should chat with Ketut, the cook, if there are other items they would like to try, as she is also very happy to work with new recipes and ingredients. She has both English and Indonesian versions of several cookbooks to ease translation.
Ketut can, of course, adjust the seasoning of dishes for different palates – Balinese food tends not to be too spicy but often rich and well-seasoned. This is a good opportunity to try standard Indonesian dishes such as Mie Goreng, Gado Gado or Soto Ayam, as well as some other more exotic Balinese dishes. The villa is close to the coast so fresh seafood is usually easy to source depending on the catch (good squid and prawns as well as fish and small lobsters). Ketut’s specialities include a Balinese banquet and a seafood feast.
To get the best out of the kitchen, it is a good idea to plan meals with the cook the evening before, or over breakfast, allowing plenty of time for deliveries and shopping to be done. Food and drink is provided on a ‘cost’ basis with a small mark-up to cover pick-ups/delivery and stock ingredients. Meat is sourced from quality suppliers and Ketut will buy other ingredients from the market daily. The owners suggest leaving a kitty/float with the manager who will keep a track of spending.
Guests at Villa Mako can enjoy a traditional massage in the privacy of one of the bedrooms or in the poolside balé. Massage treatments are provided by an outside spa therapist, and the villa staff are on hand to assist with appointments.
Complimentary one-time airport return transfers are included in the villa rate, and a local car hire company with several vehicles and drivers provides a good service at sensible rates. There is also a taxi rank with good quality cars and drivers just a few minutes away.
Tiying Tutul, the village or ‘banjjar’ around Villa Mako, remains primarily agricultural although some of the residents make their living from the tourist business. At the bottom of the garden is a rustic brick wall with a door opening onto the river bank; here guests will find a simple and private riverside balé, perfect for meditation. This is also the site of a holy spring, where offerings to the gods are made by the local villagers; 80m along the river-bank is the village temple. Guests will be welcomed at temple festivals, some may even be lucky enough to witness a barong dance or other Hindu ceremony. The villa staff will be happy to help with ceremonial clothing and advice on etiquette.
- Echo Beach is 4 km
- Canggu Club is 4km
- seminyak is 8km
- Nirwana Bali Golf Club is 15km
- Kuta is 15 km
- Waterbom Park is 16km
- Denpasar Airport is 27 km
- Ubud is 32 km
- Mt Batukaru is 35 km
- Elephant Safari Park is 47km
- Lounge room : The expansive living and dining hall features folding doors at either end that open wide to allow the cool breezes to circulate. The soaring roof in this splendid pavilion is 8.5m high and supports paddle ceiling fans. The room is furnished with a formal teak dining table for ten, lit by globe-shaped lanterns. Traditional Indonesian artefacts are displayed on wall shelves, wooden lamp-stands are fashioned from Javanese statues, and chairs and a huge daybed are positioned around a coffee table beneath a large wall mirror. A sunny stone terrace doubles the living space making this a perfect venue for parties.
- Entertainment : The cosy media room is furnished with an oversized sofa, a sofa bed, a leather lay-z boy chair, and a coffee table. The timber-clad room is built around four recycled wooden pillars with folding doors that open directly on to the pond, so that the pavilion appears to float. Guests can relax in air-conditioned comfort or they can open the doors wide and be cooled by ceiling fans and natural breezes. The room is equipped with a TV and DVD/CD player and the high quality sound system is linked via a portable iPod docking station to speakers all around the villa.
- Dining Room : The expansive living and dining hall features folding doors at either end that open wide to allow the cool breezes to circulate. The soaring roof in this splendid pavilion is 8.5m high and supports paddle ceiling fans. The room is furnished with a formal teak dining table for ten, lit by globe-shaped lanterns. Traditional Indonesian artefacts are displayed on wall shelves, wooden lamp-stands are fashioned from Javanese statues, and chairs and a huge daybed are positioned around a coffee table beneath a large wall mirror. A sunny stone terrace doubles the living space making this a perfect venue for parties.
|Villa Type||Season Rate||Book|
|3 Bedroom Villas||$425.00 ++||$475.00 ++||$575.00 ++||Inquiry|
High and peak season periods
January 9 2012 - 31 May 2012
(excl. Easter, CNY)
September 16 2012 - December 14 2012
June 1 2012- September 15 2012
Xmas - NY
(December 15 2012 - January 8 2013)
Easter week: 4th April 2012 to 14th Aprril 2012 inclusive
CNY week: 20th January 2012 to 25th January 2012 inclusive
Low Season 2 Nights
Height Season 5 Nights
Peak Season 7 Nights