About Villa Batujimbar
If any place epitomises authentic Balinese architecture and true island living, it is Villa Batujimbar. A treasure-filled travel destination in itself, this sublime property sits on over an acre of beachfront land, with expansive lawns and tropical gardens. The Balinese palaces at Amlapura and Klungkung plus the famed water gardens of Tirta Gangga influenced Sri Lankan ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa who designed the property. You can see these inspirations clearly reflected in the two-storey moat-encircled Lembu balé that commands centre stage, towering over the pool on one side and the garden-facing rooms on the other.
The lower gallery of the Lembu balé lies locked, home to an astonishing collection of Balinese art. This private collection rivals the island’s finest galleries and museums and can be viewed by guests on special request. Yet art is not confined to this space alone. It is embedded in the very soul of the villa. Throughout the living and sleeping pavilions you’ll come across architectural treasures, rare artefacts, painted antique doors and windows, and heirloom paintings that reveal a passion for Balinese art and craftsmanship. And within the expansive gardens are myriad moss-encrusted statuary and intricately carved stone reliefs. Bali’s beauty shines in the materials used too – vaulted alang-alang thatched roofs, lava stone steps, coral walls, and terrazzo and teak wood floors.
It is no wonder then, that this spectacular wedding villa has attracted so many celebrity guests over the years. This is the very same villa where Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall got married, Sting gave an impromptu concert and Princess Diana retreated to when she needed a break from the paparazzi. In such splendid surroundings, and pampered by a team of staff that includes a private chef, personal butlers and Villa Manager, you can look forward to royal treatment too.