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Welcome to Taman Ahimsa… a peaceful retreat by the sea!

Directly facing spectacular ocean sunsets, Taman Ahimsa retreat is a rare combination of sustainable luxury based on the Balinese philosophy,Tri Hita Karana, thus creating a harmony among Human, God and Nature to be experienced in this “Garden of Peace.” This eco-conscious ' retreat by the sea' is designed to enhance the gentle surroundings with the natural elements for a stay that is intended not only for a valuable holiday in Bali, but to create an organic, integral experience for contemplation, rejuvenation and nurturing among friends and family.

Constructed almost entirely of organic materials, Taman Ahimsa (which translates to ‘garden of peace’ in Indonesian) is a magical hideaway on a windblown beach in the traditional village of Cemagi on Bali’s southwest coast. The design of the villa is timeless, in keeping with the natural surroundings and aesthetically beautiful. A series of thatched pavilions, inspired by the curvilinear forms of boat hulls, seashells and sacred spirals, is woven together by pathways, yet separated by lotus ponds, coconut palms and hibiscus hedges. These gorgeous tropical gardens tumble down to the freeform 15m swimming pool and the beach; the melodious sound of the waves is constant, while – unbroken by walls or fences – the view of the ocean and coastline is truly breathtaking.

Taman Ahimsa is a special place to unite and nurture mind, body and soul through the practice of yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies administered with ancient wisdom by traditional Balinese healers who will visit the villa at guests’ request. The seven chakras can be observed in the naming of each bedroom and the chosen colours of the soft furnishings within, while a significant touch is the placement of an extraordinary crystal in each room to magnetise and balance the energy.

The construction incorporates natural and recycled materials, including alang alang grass, bamboo and old timbers, yet the rustic innovation of the architecture is blended with Western comfort and quality. Other eco-friendly initiatives include an ozone swimming pool, the use of photovoltaic energy, on-site composting, waste management, and bio-technology, which treats and recycles water for irrigation.

This holistic sanctuary employs two cooks skilled in the preparation of fresh, wholesome, healthy cuisine, using organically-grown produce, ayurvedic ingredients, and locally-caught fish. Guests’ groceries (including children’s choices) are purchased by the staff at market price, with no additional cost. The cooks are supported by a team of Balinese staff who look after guests with genuine service, sincerity and grace. Although principally aimed at those seeking a spiritual or yoga retreat, Taman Ahimsa is suitable for anyone who wishes to escape and relax, fully living up to its claim of being a peaceful sanctuary beside the sea.

Accommodation

Manipura

This stunning master bedroom accessed via a wooden bridge over a Balinese pond offers guests the ultimate of romance. This bedroom represents a combination of the yellow Solar-Plexus and the Crown Chakras, linking self esteem, intuition and a connection with spirit. Its graceful boat-shaped curves, combined with a high ceiling and 12 metre squared space graciously houses a 2.3 metre-wide bed and royal mosquitto net canape.

This master bedroom features handmade soft furnishings, a large dressing area with fitted wardrobes, air conditioning as well as a private terrace. The large ensuite semi open-air bathroom incorporates a slate paved floor and a bamboo ceiling, and is bordered by a lovely garden. This romantic bathroom is fitted with a huge hollowed out river rock tub, twin river rock washbasins, and a standing rainshower.

Sahasrana

This large air-conditioned bedroom follows a violet color theme, representative of the Crown Chakra, meaning oneness with the infinite – peace and wisdom. The room is furnished with a super-king rattan bed and built-in wardrobes. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a terrazzo bathtub, river rock washbasin, and a walk-in rainshower. A TV room is positioned next to the bedroom and creates the feeling of a large suite. There are stunning panoramic views from the terrace. This is an ideal family area as it is linked to the bedroom next door by a charming bridge.

Vissudha

This air-conditioned bedroom has an oval roof reminiscent of the hull of a ship, with sliding glass doors at front and windows that wrap around the sides. It is furnished with a king size bed and follows a blue color theme representing the Throat Chakra and the expression of truth through the power of the spoken word. A round window behind the bed looks into the dressing room, and behind this is a bathroom with a recycled ironwood floor. The bathroom is fitted with an over sized terrazzo bathtub, a glass walled shower, and a river rock basin on a tamarind wood vanity stand. There is a sweet balcony at the front for private relaxation.

Anahata

This circular air-conditioned bedroom is designed in the shape of a sacred spiral. It is located close to the main living and dining pavilion and follows a green theme representative of the Heart Chakra and the expression of love. It is furnished with a king bed and features a small dressing area with fitted wardrobes, as well as a private terrace, hidden by short hedges. The beautiful ensuite garden bathroom is fitted with a hollowed out river rock bathtub, twin river rock washbasins, and a standing rainshower.

Ajna

This circular air-conditioned bedroom is designed in the shape of a sacred spiral. It follows an indigo theme representative of the Third Eye Chakra, the channel of intuition. It is furnished with a king bed and features a small dressing area with fitted wardrobes. The ensuite garden bathroom is fitted with a hollowed out river rock bathtub, twin river rock washbasins, and a standing rainshower. There is also a private terrace, hidden by short hedges and shrubs; no bedroom is overlooked by any of the other buildings.

Svadhisthana

This circular air-conditioned bedroom is designed in the shape of a sacred spiral. It follows an orange theme representative of the Sacral Chakra – the utilization of creative forces in all aspects of being. It is furnished with a king bed and features a small dressing area with fitted wardrobes, as well as a private terrace, hidden by short hedges and shrubs. The ensuite garden bathroom is fitted with a hollowed out river rock bathtub, twin river rock washbasins, and a standing rainshower.

Muladhara

This circular air-conditioned bedroom is designed in the shape of a sacred spiral and positioned closest – of all the bedrooms – to the beach. It follows a red theme representative of the Base Chakra, the ground spirit force of the body and the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. It is furnished with a king bed and features a small dressing area with fitted wardrobes, as well as a private terrace, hidden by short hedges and shrubs. The ensuite garden bathroom is fitted with a hollowed out river rock bathtub, twin river rock washbasins, and a standing rainshower.

Living Area

One enters Taman Ahimsa into a boat-like shaped bamboo façade living area with comfortable interior design of recycled wood furniture and Indonesian batik pillows. It is connected to a large dining area. This gracious living area is located in the main two-storey pavilion, which presides over the entire property.

There are two sitting areas facing the gardens and sea, one is an elevated section with two antique daybeds, a chair and a coffee table, while at the lower level are two long built-in couches facing the garden and sea, as well as a magnificent antique low table, created from an old wooden boat, complete with six chairs. On the other side of this level is an open-air deck, with a frangipani tree growing through the floor. Walls and ceilings in this building are lined with bamboo.

Dining Room

The dining room is incorporated in the elevated open plan living area with lovely views of the garden. It is furnished with a huge wooden dining table that seats 14, over which dangles a pair of exquisitely designed copper lanterns. Adjacent to this is an antique hand-carved wooden window panel, which frames the cooking area of the gourmet kitchen.

Entertainment Room

The TV room is located upstairs, between the large bedroom and the terrace. This spacious sitting room has a recycled ironwood floor, and comfortable rattan furnishings, as well as a 37” TV and DVD player.

Swimming Pool Area

The freeform 20-metre swimming pool is lined with green Java stone, and bordered by an ironwood deck furnished with over-sized rattan sun beds and umbrellas. It employs a low-to-no chemical ozone system that is soft on the earth and gentle on the skin. There is a large poolside lounge area here with connecting second pool dining area with kitchen and sitting area – ideal for leisure breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea and sunset gatherings. It also doubles as a yoga/martial arts studio. Two ’bales’ or relaxation pavilions are in this area for therapeutic massages that can be arranged with some of the best masseurs on the island.

Garden

The enchanting garden meanders down to the swimming pool and beach, via stone pathways. The rolling lawns are dotted with palms and punctuated with lily ponds and lanterns, fragrant flowering trees and giant taro leaves, creating a stunning garden of peace, ’Taman Ahimsa,’where one can discover spaces created for retreat.

Massage Bale

In a corner of the garden, immediately beside the beach, is a delightful elevated massage pavilion with antique wooden paneling, originally an old Javanese Joglo. This is one of several spots for a therapeutic massage, which can be arranged with a Balinese healer.

Location

Taman Ahimsa is located on Bali’s southwest coast, within the beautiful agricultural belt between Canggu and Tanah Lot; an area that is home to some of the most luxurious private residences on the island. The approach to the retreat is along a quiet winding road through a traditional Balinese village. The narrow streets are bordered by rice fields and punctuated by holy banyan trees, and colourful temple ceremonies are a common sight.

Remarkably laidback and undeveloped, this tranquil out-of-town setting offers the double attraction of being relatively close to everything that guests might need, while also offering visitors a privileged insight into the traditions of rural Bali. The rugged beach is renowned for its world-class surf breaks. Glorious coastline views extend all the way down to Uluwatu on the island’s extreme southwest peninsula, and the legendary sunsets here are among the best in Bali. The trendy Seminyak area, 30 minutes’ drive away, offers a wide choice of international restaurants and elegant boutiques.

Taman Ahimsa is approximately 50 minutes drive from Balis International Airport and ten minutes from Nirwana Golf Course, designed by Greg Norman and renowned as one of the best golf courses in Asia. Next to the golf course is Tanah Lot, Balis most dramatic and venerated sea temple, which is probably the most photographed sight in Bali, perched on a spectacular, wave-lashed rock just at the edge of the glistening shoreline. The majority of the island’s shopping, theme parks and tourist attractions are also within easy reach.

Staff

The training of the staff and service at Taman Ahimsa is based on the philosophy of the home and with an experienced anticipation of the needs of guests visiting Bali. There is an onsite manager to directly communicate any requests from guests, ranging from restaurant reservations to horse riding, surfing, cycling, fishing, rafting, hiking and unique cultural experiences. Taman Ahimsa is supported by a carefully selected team of well-trained, friendly staff. Our team includes two cooks, six housekeepers, four security guards operating on a 24-hour shift basis, one on-site engineering and maintenance technician, two gardeners and a supervisor. 

Services and Facilities

Services:
  • Complimentary pick-up and departure service
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Free wireless internet connection
  • Welcome drink and chilled towel upon arrival
Facilities:
  • 7 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with ocean views
  • Two open living areas
  • Large dining area with seating for 14 people
  • Large fully equipped kitchen and staff area with storage
  • Office space with computer use available upon request
  • Satellite TV, DVD
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Spacious garden with unique landscaping
  • Organic cooking massage pavilion, meditation and yoga areas
  • Private pool of 20M x 6M - beach front
  • Babysitting available upon request.
  • Personal yoga, aqua gym, and trainers available upon request.
  • Car and driver available upon request.
  • Large parking area.
  • Wireless internet access
  • iPod Readers/speaker system in every room
  • Private office available upon request
  • Safety deposit box in each bedroom
  • Satellite-channel TV and DVD player in TV room
  • Laundry, Bicycles and Canoes

Rates & Season

Rates
Villa Type Low Season High Season Peak Season
7 bedroom villaUSD 2500 ++USD 2700 ++USD 2900 ++
Seasons
  • Low Season   : January 16th - June 30th, September 11th - December 19th
  • High Season  : 1st July to 10th September
  • Peak Season : 20th December to 15th January
Booking Conditions
  • Rates are subject to 10% Government Tax & 5% Service Charge
  • Minimum Stay: Low Season: 3 nights, High Season: 7 nights, Peak Season: 7 nights

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