Unique Villa Mathis compound surrounded by rice paddies and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of South Bali offers a serene sanctuary and the vibe of old Bali.
Umalas area – home to Villa Mathis – is conveniently wedged between fancy Seminyak and hip(ster) Canggu and still maintains a lot of its original slow and sleepy character of the small, rural village.
What makes Villa Mathis truly special is its settings. The private villas and rooms are dispersed on a one hectare property of perfectly manicured lush, tropical garden. It’s filled with tall swaying palm trees, verdant vegetation of all shapes and colors and beautifully smelling Frangipani trees – one of the symbols of the island. Balinese use the trees’ beautifully shaped flowers in their many every day offerings.
The art of hospitality is reflected in every detail at Mathis.
All rooms are different, but unified by the same soft and sophisticated atmosphere and designed with privacy in mind. For interiors, you’ll find traditional Balinese materials used throughout – sturdy teak wood furniture with its distinctive brown – yellowish color, signature “alang-alang” elevated roof and drapes and cushions in batik.
The rooms open onto a patio surrounded by tropical flowers for complete privacy.
There is four different sized pools scattered across the property, complemented by cabanas, gazebos, sun bends and a variety of intricately designed nooks and crannies.
The opportunities for quiet relaxation are boundless. There is a muted Balinese gamelan music played throughout the estate in evenings, adding another authentic cultural touch.
The four compounds are cleverly connected by secret passageways, small paths and walkways over charming lily ponds. The modular architectural design allows for a complete sense of intimacy. Because of this intelligent make up – it can be booked by a room, four or five-bedroom villa or even as an entire property for any occasion.
They promote slow life at Mathis and they will pamper you into a state of perfect bliss. Don’t forget to book yourself in for their signature, traditional Balinese massage. Above the spa, the restaurant Nuit Baroques offers romantic, fine dining at its best. The young and creative culinary team serves the spicy Balinese cuisine mixed in with other flavors of the Indonesian archipelago.
You might be surprised to find out you can also pick your favorite place throughout the property and have a unique dining experience outdoors.
The villas and the charming land it sits on, are so thoughtfully designed, appointed and decorated to the single last detail, they look like they fell out of the pages of Architectural digest magazine.
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Words & Pics: Vero