Have you ever heard your friends say, “let’s go on a holiday to the Dutch East Indies”? Up until the 1950’s, Indonesia was formally a Dutch colony and while we want to discuss all things travel it is important to understand that there are still many traces of the Dutch past littered throughout the island paradise of Bali. Many words in the Indonesian language have Dutch history and many properties and architecture owe their design to the Dutch pioneers. Villa Tjitrap is still owned by a Dutch family who has a long history in Indonesia. As you enter through the large gates into the villa property you get a feeling of stepping through the hourglass and back in time to the not so distant colonial past of typical black and white houses made famous throughout the Asian region. With high arched roofs, royal-like foundations surrounded by a lower and upper balcony encasing the historic gem for all guests to enjoy.
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VILLA TJITRAP – THE AESTHETIC
Villa Tjitrap, like most luxury villas in Bali, wraps itself around a stunning pool. This turquoise centrepiece acts as a neutral hue allowing the villa’s features to leap off the canvas that is the beautiful green property and surrounds offering another focal point, the overwhelming dining area. This open room has all the tradition of a colonial homestead with the perfect amount of Balinese flare. Sky high ceilings lead to a traditional thatched roof, feature lighting drip like vines from a jungle canopy as the light globes stretch and swell like raindrops just before they fall to the ground. The low lighting delicately hangs over a stunning teak wood table offering guests a banquet style dining.
The dining room, fighting the pool for the jewel in Villa Tjitrap’s 6 bedroom crown, is accessible from almost every room in the house and offers a free-flowing easy feeling as you can enter with a whisper and exit with the breeze of the wind. The main entrance is balanced with an open design and large Buddha head utilised as a tranquil water feature leading way to beautiful images of the untouched paradise the villa owner’s forefathers discovered when first landing on these pristine shores, a nod to their proud Dutch heritage.
Nestled in the heart of Seminyak, Villa Tjitrap offers an excellent location that has a number of world-class restaurants only a stone’s throw away from Jalan Oberoi, better known as Bali’s eat street and is within a comfortable 5-minute walk to some of the best restaurants in Seminyak.
TAC Tip: Purchase Hungry in Bali to receive special privileges at all the best restaurants, cafes and spas in Seminyak, as well as Canggu, Ubud and Uluwatu.
OUR VILLA TJITRAP EXPERIENCE
We were spoilt by the attentive staff and were in awe of the dreamy surrounds. The beauty of Villa Tjitrap is the sheer number of options you have to shape the perfect holiday for you, your family, your anniversary, your big milestone or a simple getaway. Venture out and make use of the amazing surrounds, or simply relax in awe of the villa’s beauty, a rare gem still surrounded by rice paddies in Seminyak. We give it our vote as one of the best luxury villas in Bali.
This review was written by James and kelly_beckwith of The Asia Collective.
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