Bali Diaries…Cepaka/Canggu

9 years since I have been to Bali and first O/S holiday as a family of 5! I couldn’t wait to show Bali off to the husband and escape the Sydney Winter!!

I literally booked this holiday a year ago after being introduced to Villa Sungai through a friend. The photos looked beautiful and a family friendly Villa just out of Canngu (the new Seminyak) was exactly what the Dr ordered!

What’s special about Villa Sungai is the location.  Surrounding you is dense luscious greenery, yet you are also within a local quiet village of Warungs and rice paddies. No tourists, just the real Bali.

The villa itself is in Cepaka, on the fashionable West coast and is the most luxurious and secluded Villa I have seen. 

From the gorgeous terrazzo floors, white on white interiors and timber furniture to the luxurious four poster bed, stunning outdoor bathrooms (with shower or bath) for star gazing!! and lovely open plan living, You are surrounded by tranquil sounds of flowing water, crickets and local farm animals.  The stunning crystal clear infinity pool is a stand out feature, as well as the exquisite service and cuisine!

Let me touch on the service as seriously it is beyond! Our driver Made was waiting for us at the airport (literally as the plane door opened) fast tracked us through customs and we were chauffeur driven (with snacks and refreshments) to the Villa to be greeted by our lovely staff with a welcome cocktail in hand – Vodka, lime juice and palm sugar with kaffir and lemongrass infusions mind you!

The Villa owner Pamela was extremely helpful, coordinating room configurations for the kids, car seats, meals on arrival etc! She has really created something so special and unique here!

The biggest decisions were what we were going to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner so the staff could shop and prepare for us. The food choices were amazing!! 5 star restaurant quality (with Noosa Spirit House influences) and great kids menu too!

We had a driver on hand whenever we were ready to shop, eat out or explore and a massage room ready whenever we were! The hot stone massage was bliss!!

Do yourself a favour and explore this stunning Villa with a group of friends or family (Villa Sungai consists of 3 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms) and Villa Gold has 2 seperate bedrooms with ensuites too. My parents stayed next to us in Villa Gold and was great to meet up for meals but still have our own space.

A few faves from our adventures into Canngu… image 1 and 3 is the very cool The Slow…funky new hotel and minimal fitout. We had lunch here and a look at some of the cool clothes stores next door. Middle pic is The Lawn, grab a spot under the brollies poolside to sip the day away overlooking Canggu beach.

Image 4 and 5 from Goldust Bali… in the middle of the cool cafs and shops is this gold haven…the most amazing stress buster massage and 24k gold facials!! Book it now! And maybe have a delicious smoothie at Crate cafe when you are done! Yaaaas!

Part one of Bali complete!! Terima Kasih!

For accommodation enquiries email Pamela at

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