Karang Kembar Estate is a stylish cliff-top pad overlooking the Indian Ocean in the exclusive area of Bali's Bukit. It is owned by an Australian who lives in Hong Kong and its secluded location on Bukit Peninsula makes it ideal for honeymooners or small wedding groups wanting to escape the bustle of Bali's main tourist spots.
Decorated in neutral tones with eclectic artwork and antiques, the five-bedroom villa has three separate pavilions: a master sleeping pavilion with cute nautical-themed children's bedroom and a charming indoor and outdoor bathroom with pretty white flowers spilling down the walls.
On the other side is an expansive guest wing with three other bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms and a wonderful deck looking out over the expansive view. In the middle is a stylish central living and dining pavilion with bi fold doors that open up to carefully manicured gardens and the divine infinity pool, which appears to spill over the cliff edge and into the sea.
The property sleeps 10 all up and would be ideal for either a very intimate wedding, or to accommodate the bride and groom and bridal party with the ceremony and reception held at a larger property - either Karma Kandara or Alila Uluwatu are both nearby.
Start the day with an egg-white omelette and fresh juice served by your own chef beside the infinity pool. Just on sunset take a walk outside the estate and explore the local villages and farm life. We did this one night as a blazing red sunset burned the dusk sky, while a beautiful full moon rose on the other side. We enjoyed a cocktail together by the pool as we took in the romantic scene.
You can choose what you'd like from the expansive menu, which features a strong Indonesian bent. The black rice pudding with coconut is a must for dessert. A team of eight staff provides discreet service and a car and driver are on hand to take you to the estate's private beach club or for a spot of sightseeing or shopping. Komang, the wonderful young driver, knows all the fashionable lunch spots like La Lucciola on the beachfront at Seminyak, or where to buy unique art or antiques. But you may find it hard to prise yourselves away from the view - after all, it's all yours.
By Sheriden Rhodes