Courtesy of Jiva Puri
“People from around the world have been falling in love with Bali for almost a century,” says Rahul Mookerjee, owner of Jiva Puri, a private villa that opened last year on the southwest coast of the Indonesian island. Indeed, Bali harbors an undeniable natural beauty and mystique. Musicians from Canada and Germany frequented the country in the 1920s and 1930s; Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger got married there (and converted to Hinduism during the ceremony) in 1990.
True to its location’s allure, Jiva Puri, perched on a 30-foot seaside cliff surrounded by rice fields, is truly spectacular. Designed by Singapore-based architect Ernesto Bedmar, the villa takes a contemporary approach to traditional Balinese open-courtyard layout, and comprises five bedroom pavilions (each with its own outdoor ponds and gardens) and a common living room with wraparound views of the sea.
Other highlights include extensive lawns, tropical gardens, a nearly 100-foot swimming pool and sights of one of Bali’s most beautiful temples, Pura Batu Ngaus. Pristine beaches and a world-class golf course are found outside the grounds, as is the adjacent village of Cemagi, which offers shopping and nightlife options and is perfectly positioned for side trips to the nearby towns of Ubud and Seminyak.
“There is a sense of genuine retreat from the frenetic pace of the 21st century,” says Mookerjee, adding that the idyllic escape offers another invaluable indulgence: time for oneself. Rates start at $5,000 (minimum three-night stay); 62-812/380-7286; jivapuri.com.