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The Istana – Uluwatu 5 bedroom clifftop villa and luxury venue The Istana – Uluwatu 5 bedroom clifftop villa and luxury venue

With its dream location high above the Indian Ocean on a Bali cliff-top, The Istana is regarded by many as the ultimate luxury villa, and has won the hearts of the world’s most discerning travellers.

‘Istana’ means palace in Indonesian, and The Istana is truly palatial in every sense: in its profuse living space, in the symmetrical elegance of its architecture, in its stunning interior design, and in the impeccable service provided by its staff. Indeed, one can be forgiven for feeling like royalty in this sublime setting where attention to detail is second to none and every wish is fulfilled.  

The views are beyond spectacular. On a clear day Bali’s necklace of volcanoes to the north are visible on the horizon, while 60 metres below, world-class surf breaks attract seasoned wave riders. The sky blazes with fiery oranges and pinks as the sun sets on a perfect day, and when darkness deepens the sea sparkles with a latticework of lights from the fishing boats of Jimbaran Bay.

It is little wonder that the Istana is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Bali; celebrated for its cliff-top ceremonies, candlelit poolside dinners, and dance floor under the stars. Adding to the romance is the secluded master suite, which has its own private pool and is positioned well away from the four guest bedrooms in the main villa.

The space and facilities at The Istana have huge family appeal. When not cavorting in the 32-metre infinity pool, kids will be thrilled to have the run of their own special wing, where a games room is equipped with pool table, Wii and PS3, and every night is sleepover night in the four-bedded bunk room. Parents can play too – a couples’ massage at the spa perhaps, followed by sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner to rival the best of Bali’s restaurants, capped with a Cognac and Cuban cigar.

Such is The Istana’s magic that many guests choose not to stray far. But for those few who do have the urge to explore, Suluban Beach is only a five-minute walk away, and a seven-seat chauffeur driven car is on stand-by to whisk guests across the isthmus to Seminyak or further afield into Bali’s rural and cultural heart.

The Istana
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Quick facts


Uluwatu, The Bukit, south Bali, Indonesia.


10 adults (5 ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds) plus kids’ wing with bunk bedroom for 4 children.

Living areas

Living room with bar area; media room; formal dining room for 12; cliff-edge balé with lounge seating, dining for 10 and barbecue; games room; poolside sundeck.


Main pool 32m x 5m. Master suite pool 8m x 4m.


Villa manager; assistant manager; butlers; chef and cooks; housekeepers; gardeners; security; spa therapists; drivers; engineers. Babysitters available on request.


An extensive priced menu of Balinese, Indonesian, Japanese, western, vegetarian and children’s dishes; cocktails, wines and spirits, liqueurs and cigars; special and dietary requests accommodated; dinner parties can be catered.


Telephones, bar and bedrooms plus in-house phone system; WiFi internet access and fax.


Satellite TVs and DVD players in media room, master suite, 2 guestrooms and games/kids’ wing; extensive DVD library; Bose surround-sound systems in living pavilion and games room.

For families

Dedicated kids’ wing includes a games room with table tennis, pool table, Wii, PS3, TV/DVD and toys, plus a kids’ bedroom with 4 bunk beds.


The Istana Spa offers exclusive in-house treatments; a yoga instructor is available for private sessions.


Included in the rental is a chauffeured car for up to 7 guests, for up to 8 hours a day.

Weddings and events

The Istana is a wedding venue par excellence, comfortably catering for up to 150 guests.

Additional facilities

Barbecue; in-room safes; 100% generator back-up.

Property area

1,000sqm (villa), 4,000sqm (land).

Managed & marketed by

The Elite Havens Group.