Hotel Highlights

  • Super-stylish, light, white villas, open to the outdoors, with private pools
  • Glam dining, with a Russian-inspired vodka bar
  • Holistic Oazia Spa with Bali's only Watsu pool, and creative activities and retreats

Overview

Tropical-modern oasis Oazia Spa Villas boutique hotel in Canggu will pamper you with three super-stylish, exclusive-hire villas, inspired dining and Bali's only Watsu pool at its holistic spa. Chilled-out abodes embrace the outdoors, with inviting pools and light white-and-wood interiors, smartly curated by Russian owner Veronika Blomgren. The vodka bar picks up on the Russian theme, but the creative activities are all about Indonesia.

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Dinner for two in the Oazia Restaurant

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven suites, divided between three exclusive-villas (one-bedroom Villa Orchid, two-bed Villa Aqua and four-bed Villa White).

Check–out

Check-out, 12 noon. Subject to availability and prior notification, late check-outs until 6pm will be charged 50 per cent of the room rate; after 6pm, a full extra night's charge applies. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $350.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast, airport transfers and free local phone calls.

Also

Oazia Spa is a health-boosting, holistic affair, with Bali's only Watsu pool for water-based therapies as well as treatments timed around the lunar cycles. Go for a Balinese Herbal or Four-hands Massage, or a centring Balinese Shamanic Healing massage. Yoga, meditation, lifestyle consultations, reiki and couples' and men's spa experiences are also sure to chill you out.

At the hotel

Spa, concierge, DVD library, boutique. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, preloaded iPod, free WiFi, minibar, kitchenette, private pool and space for spa treatments.

Our favourite rooms

All three villas are seductively stylish, but honeymooners (or die-hard romantics) will love intimate one-bedroom Oazia Orchid, set in an old heritage joglo house, with a four-poster bed and a roof-terrace gazebo with rice-paddy views. Like the other pool villas, it's secluded in its own tropical garden, with fragrant orchids enticing you to wine and dine outdoors. If you're travelling with a troupe, opt for two-bedroom Oazia Aqua or four-bed Oazia White.

Poolside

Each of the three private villas has its own dreamy saltwater pool, flanked by generous decking topped with white-upholstered sunloungers, day-beds, potted plants and frangipani trees. Living and dining areas open onto the poolside terrace, so you're only a hop away from a cool drink or snack.

Packing tips

Sybarites should bring the three Ss: sunglasses, swimwear and suncream. If you're pooled out, the beaches of Canggu and Seminyak are a short drive away. If you want to get active, pack kit for yoga, cycling or walking; shoppers should stow away extra totes.

Also

Pets are permitted.

Children

Welcome: there are free baby cots and extra beds for children aged 11 or under; for older kids it's US$70 a child a night (maximum one child in each villa). Babysitting is available after 5pm for US$5 an hour, and kids are welcome in the restaurant.

Eco‐friendly

Oazia's spa and dining have a holistic focus, with healthy, seasonal food on offer. The hotel is also committed to recycling, composting and green cleaning products, using solar batteries for some power needs and recycled timber as a design feature. The team are active in keeping the local river clean.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Though its tempting to dine in the privacy of your villa or out by your serene pool, main restaurant Oazia Spavodka Bar and Kitchen is worth wandering to. Choose between comfy sofas or chairs for outdoor dining, backdropped by original decor touches including old Fedora hats and crystal glasses suspended from the ceiling, and graffiti-esque quotes on the walls about life and love.

Hotel Bar

True to the hotel's Russian roots, vodka is the house speciality of Spavodka Bar, with a jaw-dropping selection and innovative infusions whipped up by the too-cool staff (there's wine and other liquors as well). Smith loved the antique Russian glassware, which belonged to the owner's grandmother. Expect entertainment, too, with live flamenco guitar on Wednesdays, a jazz, soul and blues band on Fridays and a vocalist accompanying Saturday dinners, followed by a moody DJ set. The usual bar soundtrack blends lounge music, hip-hop and house to happy effect. 

Last orders

The restaurant opens from Wednesday to Sunday, 7pm until midnight, as does the bar, with last orders at 11pm. On other days, in-villa dining is the go.

Room service

Available from 7am to 10pm, offering the full restaurant menu when it's open, and a dedicated villa menu at other times. Breakfast is served in your villa.

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Dress code

Glam up for dinner or drinks at Spavodka: floaty dresses and strappy heels for girls; white linen with minimal leather sandals for guys. For in-villa dining, anything goes.

Top table

Your villa garden. Tables at the back of the restaurant are quiet for romantic dates, or sit near the bar for conversations over cocktails. Groups should bag the sociable large tables near the stage, ideal for enjoying the live music.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

At classy Métis (+62 (0)361 473 7888; www.metisbali.com), on Jalan Petitenget in Kerobokan Kelod, dine on French Mediterranean cuisine, or gorge on an entire menu of foie gras dishes.

 

A firm favourite is Sardine (+62 361 738 20 ; www.sardinebali.com) at 21 Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak, set in a striking bamboo house overlooking pretty rice paddies. Not surprisingly, sardines are the house speciality on the daily-changing menu, and there's a lovely bar for a pre-dinner sharpener.

 

Chandi (+62 (0)361 731 060; www.chandibali.com), at Jalan Laksmana 72 in Seminyak, is also worth a trip for dim sum lunches, trad Balinese roasts and freshly caught fish, as well local fruit and vegetables, and imported Australian meats and wines.

Local bars

For superlative sunset cocktails, try Ku De Ta (+62 (0)361 736969; www.kudeta.net), at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak, which combines a beach club, lounge bar and restaurant on the waterfront.

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Canggu riverside sanctuary

Oazia Spa Villas

Jalan Sahadewa Br. , Anyar, Canggu, Bali, 80361

Set on both sides of a river in a peaceful paddy-flanked village near Canggu, south-west Bali, Oazia Spa Villas is within easy reach of the coast and Seminyak's stylish scene.

Planes

South of capital Denpasar, Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com) is served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. You can buy a Visa on Arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash. The hotel is 16 kilometres from the airport, and free transfers both ways are included in rates (a 50-minute journey, depending on traffic).

Automobiles

Tackling Bali's bumpy, busy roads isn't for the faint-hearted. If you plan to go exploring, ask the hotel to arrange a chauffeur-driven car for you. If you are self-driving, the hotel is just 30 minutes north-west of Seminyak, and staff can provide detailed directions. There's car-parking just metres from Oazia.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Shannon McGrath , Interiors snapper

Dressing up for dinner, we make our way to Oazia Spavodka Bar and Kitchen. After passing large-scale signs painted with ‘Love’ and other mood-boosting mantras, it comes as a surprise to arrive at a clubby, glam space, complete with a mirror ball and giant unicorn.

Here we’re treated to a fabulous meal (including the best squid-ink risotto I’ve ever had), but what...

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Oazia Spa Villas

Anonymous review by Shannon McGrath, Interiors snapper

Dressing up for dinner, we make our way to Oazia Spavodka Bar and Kitchen. After passing large-scale signs painted with ‘Love’ and other mood-boosting mantras, it comes as a surprise to arrive at a clubby, glam space, complete with a mirror ball and giant unicorn.

Here we’re treated to a fabulous meal (including the best squid-ink risotto I’ve ever had), but what impresses us most is the aphrodisiac cocktail list, loaded with devilishly named drinks such as ‘I’ve Got Love’ and ‘The Secret Beach’. I order the ‘Hours to Flowers’, a delicious wild hibiscus (rosella) and vodka concoction that’s said to increase desire. It’s the perfect way to wrap up our first night at Oazia Spa Villas, and our cue to head back to our room.

Flash back to earlier that morning. Leaving behind Canggu’s chaotic streets, it’s with relief that Mr Smith and I slip into this gorgeous boutique retreat, hidden away from the Bali crowds. Greeted at the entrance, we’re led down a beautiful corridor straight to our one-bed escape, Oazia Orchid.

Ornate timber doors swing open to reveal a huge sanctuary (and we’re told this is the smallest villa!), where a large pool takes pride of place, surrounded by ornamental gardens and a lush canopy of tropical trees. Views across neighbouring rice paddies, the sounds of a trickling creek and the gentle hum of kites being flown overheard create an unmistakable sense of place. ‘I could get used to this,’ exclaims Mr Smith.

The idyllic setting may be textbook Bali, but the villa interiors are more of a global grab bag. A fresh white-on-white colour scheme plays host to a mix of trad wooden furniture, Buddha statues, crystal chandeliers and velvet cushions, for a look that’s best described as Hamptons-chic meets Balinese-rustic, with a touch of Russian bling for good measure.

Ticking all our Bali essentials, the indoors and outdoors mesh seamlessly, with alfresco living areas, a breezy bedroom with an oversized four-poster, and an open-air pebbled bathroom with freestanding oval terrazzo bath tub.

This rockstar-ready package comes with the bonus of a driver, who’s on hand to take us wherever we like. We make good use of this service over the weekend, heading to nearby Seminyak to peruse the fashion stores and kids’ boutiques. We also travel to famed Echo Beach, where Hamish surfs the popular break, and visit Sardine, a cool seafood restaurant set right on the edge of a rice field.

Feeling like one of those jet-setting New York power couples with a personal assistant, we’re also handed a phone at check-in, filled with the numbers of staff happy to cater to our every whim. One such whim is a massage at the day spa, a riverfront retreat with flowing white curtains, open-air treatment spaces and a large Watsu pool for water massages. As if it wasn’t enough to be treated to a blissful Balinese massage, one of the therapists offers to mind our daughter, so we can enjoy the experience together. We wrap up the night with that seductive dinner.

Lingering over breakfast at our kitchen table the next morning, we savour a bountiful spread of fresh juices, fruit and nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice topped with an egg). As we’re well and truly in the holiday mood by now, we treat ourselves to another spa session, this time signing up for a holistic therapy. Rather impressively, the practitioner is able to sum up exactly what I need after barely touching me. A usually sceptical Mr Smith is also taken aback by this left-of-centre, yet effective approach. Bali is working its magic.

After floating back to the villa, we spend the afternoon in the tranquil garden, lounging on day-beds, soaking in the tub and watching the sun set. Mr Smith even manages to finish reading his first book in three years. There’s no need to dial up the driver, our spa wizard or one of the staff. For now we’re content just to be.
 

 

 

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