The Istana
  • The Istana - Bale Pano
  • The Istana - Bale sunset
  • The Istana - Pool 2
  • The Istana - Pool 3
  • The Istana - Plenty of staff to cater for your every need
  • The Istana - Living room sunset 1
  • The Istana - Dining room model
  • The Istana - Entertainment center
  • The Istana - Spa massage
  • The Istana - Kids' room 2
  • The Istana - Master looking in
  • The Istana - Master looking out
  • The Istana - Bed southwest
  • The Istana - Bath master
  • The Istana - Kids' room 6

Welcome to
The Istana

A mind-blowing cliff-top setting, breathtaking ocean views, serene architecture and superb staff have propelled the Istana to prominence among the world’s most remarkable destination villas. 

Located on The Bukit Peninsula in south Bali, minutes from the revered sea temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, The Istana is designed for lavish entertaining and is in much demand for weddings and large family gatherings. There’s extravagant living and dining space (both formal and informal), a massive independent master suite with pool, four generous guestroom suites, a dedicated children’s wing, games room, media room, spa and magnificent cliff-edge balé across the lawn from the 32-metre infinity pool.

Legends are created with far less.

The layout

The Istana’s neatly symmetrical, ‘H’-shaped main building looks out towards the 32-metre pool, the lawn and the ocean beyond the cliff edge. At the heart of this building is a living room surrounded by koi ponds, and flanked by a formal dining room to one side and a media room to the other. Beyond these rooms are two identical wings, each housing an ocean-view and a garden-view guest suite.

The very private master suite, with its own swimming pool and sun deck, lies to the north of the main building in a separate pavilion facing the ocean and cliff-edge balé. Steps lead between the master and main building to the villa’s private spa, the games room and the children’s wing. The Istana’s professional kitchen, complete with its own herb garden is tucked discreetly to the rear of the villa.

The rooms

The Istana offers five spacious bedroom suites – each an oasis of calm. Below vaulted timber ceilings, king-size beds are set on ‘carpets’ of creamy terrazzo bordered by warm teakwood. Behind the beds, walls of Palimanan stone are embellished with carved wood reliefs and antique batik and silk panels, while tribal artefacts are inset on recessed shelves. A soothingly neutral palette enhances the sense of space, and there’s a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fans for cooling.

Master Suite

The master suite is nothing short of spectacular: a palatial bedroom pavilion with huge bathroom, sun terrace and 8 x 4-metre swimming pool. The extraordinary ocean vista unfolds beyond a wall of glass opening onto a private veranda with daybed; even the 42-inch TV plays second fiddle to the view, retreating discreetly into a console to free the line of sight from the bed. The enormous ensuite is a cream terrazzo haven with sunken bathtub, twin granite basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.

Ocean Suites

The sound of the surf and the scent of the sea escort the stunning views that flood into the two ocean suites. With the wide glass doors flung back guests can ease themselves from slumber to pool shallows in a heartbeat. Mirroring the light and airy bedrooms are large ensuite bathrooms with double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and steps up to a terrazzo tub for a rather regal bathing experience.

Garden Suites

Enjoying all the space and splendour of the ocean suites, the peaceful garden suites swap the sea view for 42-inch plasma TVs and DVD players with Bose surround-sound, and enjoy a private walled sunbathing area. The ensuite bathrooms have double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, a raised terrazzo tub and daybed.

Children’s bunk room

In the children’s wing to the back of the villa is a room with ensuite bathroom with four bunk beds.

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