About this listing
Lovingly restored 3 bedroom antique villa with private pool set in beautiful courtyard garden filled with frangipani trees, creating a great hideaway from the tropical heat. Sunbeds around the pool, superb staff to help you with anything you may need
The 1st Bedroom has a King sized bed and lighting created from traditional bird cages.
Featuring a private pool and courtyard garden in the heart of Seminyak, Bali, Shikumen Villa is a luxury villa with an option to book 2 or 3 bedrooms. Blending antique wooden houses with contemporary design, the 2 bedroom Shikumen Villa, and the adjoining 1 bedroom Shikumen Suite are unique, elegant and beautiful, with the flexibility to be booked independently or together as a 3 bedroom villa. Antique, unique, and very, very sexy. Enjoy fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant night life and the popular Seminyak beach only 500 metres away. The Shikumen Villa includes a kitchen living, dining area opening to a private pool and tropical garden.
The structure is antique, but contemporary luxury is a key feature of the Shikumen Villa and Suite. The beds are big and comfortable, and dressed with bamboo linen and towels for that extra special feel on your skin. Daybeds beside the pool are a great spot for relaxing in the colourful private courtyard.
“Asian heritage meets urban chic with exquisite detail” Tineke, (website hidden)
The Shikumen Villa is complete with 2 bedrooms, spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen, private swimming pool, Cable TV, DVD, Free Wi-Fi, complimentary bath products and oriental courtyard setting. The well trained staff are discreet and attentive, providing personalised guest service. Packages can include your own cook to prepare a delicious cooked breakfast for you at a time that suites you in the villa.
“This villa was even more gorgeous in real life than it was in the photos, which is rarely the case. “ guest, tripadvisor
The Shikumen Villa can be combined with the Shikumen Suite to create a 3 bedroom private villa.
The Shikumen Suite is a romantic and spacious suite featuring an antique Chinese hip bath in the stunning bedroom, as well as a private ensuite and courtyard. It can be booked independently of the Shikumen Villa with the use of the 14 metre pool in Bali Ginger Suites. It is a great option for a honeymoon or anniversary, or any other romantic interlude you have planned. Ask about our 50 Shades of Ginger romance Packages.
“We cancelled our other accommodation and decided to stay the whole time here.” Kevin, (website hidden)
The location is ideal for guests looking to experience inner city living, Bali style.
Hidden down a secluded lane, but within Bali’s premiere tourist district, the Shikumen are located in fine company; fine dining, fine shopping and fine night-life. It is walking distance to many great restaurants and venues, and a 5 minute taxi-ride to places such as ku de ta, “Eat Street”, Potato Head etc.
Only 500 metres from the beach, it is the perfect location for a relaxing and sensuous holiday with numerous options for you to explore, including the option to stay right where you are.
“Shikumen Villa is a unique and special experience. There are a lot of Villa's in Seminyak but not many that have such a nice attention to detail. The location is perfect, protected from the hustle and bustle yet still right in the centre of Seminyak. “ Jono, (website hidden)
Shikumen houses originated in China in the mid 1800′s, and featured large stone gateways opening onto enclosed courtyards, and a mixture of Eastern and Western architecture. With the advancing pace of development, Shikumen are fast disappearing in mainland China, and are the inspiration behind the Shikumen Villa & Suite.
The antique houses used in the Shikumen Villa & Suite were originally from Java, which has a significant Chinese population, and the original structure, comprising a traditional Chinese square arch, is constructed from century old teak wood. The distinctive design for the Shikumen features the use of large gateways and shaded courtyards, and the interior design incorporates rich reds, crisp whites and natural wood, as well as artifacts from the Indonesian archipelago. The lighting has been built into colourful traditional bird cages hung from bamboo racks, creating a gentle ambience. All these elements are skilfully blended with modern conveniences and contemporary aesthetics to create a comfortable and elegant environment.
“Tucked away, gorgeous room, and private pool area - spacey, balinese and lovely - really enjoyed these little boutique villas & suites.” Sherie
All guests have access to:
• Ginger Swimming Pool which is set in a stunning walled courtyard with tropical flowers. It has 4 large sun lounges available for villa guests to use and is partly shaded by mature palm trees. A feature of the courtyard is the hand-crafted glass triptych which is backlit at night to stunning effect.
• Sweet Ginger Cafe which serves drinks and breakfast between 7-11. Guests at the villa can either enjoy their breakfast at the cafe or in the privacy of the villa.
• Breakfast includes free espresso coffee with single origin coffee beans from Aceh - we think it’s the best coffee in town, but you be the judge. There are 4 breakfast options to choose from.
• 24 hour reception and concierge service.
• Our wonderful staff are here to help you around the clock with bookings, transfers, tours etc.
• Welcome drinks on arrival
• Free unlimited mineral water
• Free tea, instant coffee, milk and sugar
• King beds with quality Bamboo Linen and towels
• Silkfresh Fruit and Herb Shampoo and Lotus Green Tea Shower Gel
• Full housekeeping and turn down service including mosquito spray.
• Free WiFi, Cable TV, DVD player and hair dryer
• IDD telephone system (International Direct Dial)
Additional facilities available at extra charge include:
• Airport Transfers only $25 per car and driver (unless included with special offer)
• In room massage and spa treatments
Bali Ginger Suites and Shikumen Villa are located next door to each other, and share the same management, front office, driveway and parking area. This gives some flexibility when booking. For example, you may have a group of up 10 people you could book any combination of bedrooms as you require. Stylistically they are very different, with the Shikumen built utilising antique timber houses and includes a private pool whilst Bali Ginger Suites are modern and they each open onto a shared swimming pool.
Interaction with Guests
The villa is for your private use. If you need any assistance with finding your way around or recommendations of where to go or help with booking a restaurant or tour just go to the reception office at the entrance to the property and our wonderful staff will be very happy to help you with your every need, as best they can giving the local conditions. Before you arrive they can pre-book any activities and pass on any discounts available at the time of booking or they can do this for you throughout your stay.
Only 500 meters from Seminyak Beach, this is the perfect location for a relaxing and sensuous vacation with numerous options for you to explore, including the option to stay right where you are.
“Hidden away from the hustle and bustle that Bali can be, but is close enough to everything you could want or need. The best way to describe it is WOW “ Steven, Australia
Hidden down a secluded lane in the heart of Seminyak, the location is ideal for guests looking to experience inner city living, dining and shopping Bali style and be close to the beach.
5-10 min walk
Seminyak Beach with its bean bag bars and cafes, surf and swim.
Many nice lunch spots; Kreol, Cosa Nostra, Baby Biku, Sushi Train, Kzu.
Great restaurants for dinner; Chez Gado Gado, Mama San, Lacalaca, Queens Tandoor
Restaurants with live music; Manekapis, JP’s Warung Club, Santa Fe and several nightclubs.
Spas; Spa Bali and many others (plus our very own in-house therapists), hairdressers
Fashionable boutiques, jewelry
Galaxy Sports Bar is just around the corner.
Laundry, Mini Market, ATM, Art Galleries, Pilates Studio, Yoga
10 min drive
Many of the best dining and entertainment venues in Bali are a short taxi ride away including;
Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Red Drum, Hu’u Bar, La Luciola, Sardine, Metis, Warasan, Ginger Moon, Mama San. There really is a great selection, including the whole of Eat Street and the blossoming Petitengit area.
Bintang Supermarket, Bali Deli, Seminyak Square for any daily needs.
Vin+ for great wines.
Sea Circus and Revolver for breakfast, Adrenalin Bar for Sports.
Legian Art Market for all the Bintang T-shirts, original DVD copies, genuine $5 Rolex watches and wooden things that make Australian Customs go cross-eyed.
30 min drive
Kuta and Legian are easily accessed via taxi (or a good walk along the beach).
Beach Walk with its boutiques, movie theatre and restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe.
Echo Beach (surf, seafood BBQ)
Deus Ex Machina (funky refitted motor bikes, original surf gear, Thai bar/restaurant)
Ngurah Rai International Airport (stay a little longer)
The Temple at Tanah Lot (the ultimate Bali sunset photo, traditional dance)
Ubud (rafting, boutiques, arts and crafts, lunch, Balinese cooking classes)
Jimbaran (beautiful beach, seafood dining)
Sanur (relaxed and laid back shopping)
The Bukit (surf hotspots)
Kintamani volcano (bike ride, volcano museum, crater lake, rice terraces)
Bedugul (treetop adventure course, lakeside temple, beautiful scenary)
Bali Elephant Safari Park
Indulge yourself in the pleasures of Seminyak’s fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant nightlife and the popular beach only a short walk away.
Shikumen Villa is nestled in the heart of Seminyak.
• Taxis - plentiful and affordable $3-$5 anywhere between Seminyak and Kuta. They are a little inconsistent so best to book ahead or go for a car & driver.
•If the rate does not include airport transfer we can arrange a car and driver to meet you at the airport if required. The charge is about $25 which is cheaper than the airport taxis.
• Car & Driver
Rates are approximately $60 for a full day, including petrol.
Half day rate is also available.
Other Things to Note
The villa is supplied with a refrigerator and is stocked with a selection of drinks and beer supplied at supermarket prices. You are also welcome to bring in your own food and drinks. Drinks purchased at the Sweet Ginger Cafe are also very reasonably priced.
The villa is fully equipped with cook top, large fridge, kettle, toaster, free mineral water, tea and coffee, cutlery, crockery and basic kitchen equipment to prepare a simple meal. If you don’t want to cook but do want to eat in, there are excellent delivery services available from restaurants in the area. Hello Bali! lists some of these restaurants along with their menus and The Beat Magazine has contact details for many of the restaurants and night life between Kuta, Seminyak and beyond. We can also organise a cook to come and prepare a meal for you in the villa for a small charge.
By all means tip staff if you feel like you wish to. It is not expected or required but very much appreciated. Tips are shared unless guests request otherwise. We do provide bonuses to staff, and welcome your feedback as a guide to this.
What to Do
There is so much to see and do, with something for everyone. We highly recommend that you arrive with at least a few ideas about what you would like to do so that you get the kind of holiday you want, or you can just follow your nose. Most information about what to do and where to go can be easily found on the internet. Our staff are very happy to help you with recommendations, information and booking tours etc.
• No smoking in bedrooms
• Any damages must be fully paid for before leaving.
• No loud or noise behaviour after 11pm
Bali Ginger Suites and Shikumen Villa share the same entrance and reception with staff available 24 hours a day. For your added security we have CCTV cameras monitoring the main entrance and public areas. All bedrooms have safe deposit boxes. Outside visitors must register at the Front Office before being permitted to enter.
Shikumen Villa has 2 bedrooms with private swimming pool and interconnecting door with Shikumen Suite to create a 3 bedroom villa.
About the Host, Lou
We moved to Bali from Australia in 2007 with our youngest son. In Australia, my husband Grahame was a highly acclaimed Theatre Director and Writer whilst I was a successful Theatre Set and Costume Designer, Tour Manager and Producer. Having reached the peak in our respective careers and with our eldest son married and living in Sydney, it was time for a new adventure, a new life and a new challenge. We had finished renovating our dream home in Fremantle and I had my dream job as Cultural Development Officer for the City of Fremantle. But I've learnt that the problem with making your dreams come true, you are sure to have another dream. We were ready for a new adventure. When I was offered a job to teach at a school in Bali we leaped at the opportunity and within 6 weeks we had packed and moved to Bali to the surprise of friends and family. We were ready to immerse ourselves into a new culture whilst at the same time we hoped to indulge in some of the delights this tropical island has to offer. We built our Bali tropical dream home and that was meant to be that. Our plan wasn't to work in the hospitality industry running a small boutique hotel but that is what we have ended up doing. It started with Grahame finding a couple of antique Chinese houses which we immediately fell in love with and thought we could do something interesting with. As a professional set designer I feel like I have set the stage again, but this time it is for a tropical holiday for our guests to indulge all of their senses in the sights, sounds, tastes and tropical delights this beautiful island has to offer. Grahame on the other hand is still directing and writing, but now he is directing numerous workers, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, tradesmen and maintenance people in the task of providing a relaxing tropical holiday so that this time your dream can come true.
We feel very fortunate to be able to call Bali home and join our Bali friends and family in welcoming you to this special island and trust you have a wonderful holiday in the good care of our wonderful staff.