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A1 At Villa Coco

Villa Coco unveils its latest one bed pool villa A1, backed by timeless service and all the comforts and convenience of a central location.

Seminyak’s beloved go-to destinations – Villa Coco – have birthed another beauty into its family of villas.

This is a one bedroom contemporary tropical villa with a sparkling blue private pool, an outdoor undercover kitchen and dining area that indulges every gorgeous aspect of alfresco living.

Expect fragrant frangipani tress and lush flowering bougainvillea to greet you at this Seminyak resort where accommodation includes quiet garden bungalows, western-style pool villas with external walls to beautiful, open, old school houses with multiple bedrooms and flowing living spaces. Landscaped and mature gardens are key to privacy and there is also a central pool plus a restaurant and bar.

The newest one-bedroom studio is suitably called Villa A1, which has fabulously efficient and whisper-quiet air-conditioning and beautiful interiors that are as light as a tropical bird’s feather, using a delicate combination of cane, wood and a glass paneled front wall with integrated doors that ensure a lush outlook at all times. An icy fridge is full of chilled drinks while mineral water is stored in a giant glass jar – reducing the plastic footprint – and powerful water pressure delivers a refreshing blast in the shower.

A garden pool with sun lounges is ready for guests to relax poolside in absolute privacy.

Inside, a huge California king-size bed is made with soft linen and has a chic bedhead crafted from Bali’s tiny ‘temple’ bricks – which are usually red and used for building the sacred pura’s. Here they are a style statement painted perfectly in white. Walls are hung with an intricately hand carved panel above a day bed that converts into a comfy second bed, and gallery quality photography – in colour and black and white – of Bali and her many moods and people, flank sliding doors to the bathroom.

And what a bathroom it is. Maintaining the Bali ambience it is split by a huge glass wall. In the middle of this space is a double vanity with an open indoor shower with white French metro-style tiles to one side. Beyond the glass doors an internal garden is crowned with a stand-alone bathtub – possibly for two – with the ever-present frangipani flowers. A separate outdoor shower makes the most of the night sky and is excellent for star gazing under the rainfall shower.

The special level of sultry detail and comfort delivered at Villa Coco ensures that guests return year after year.

Every bath towel has fresh flowers tucked into the folds and a drink of fresh coconut water arrives in its shell decorated with a vibrant display of bright hibiscus flowers and eco-friendly paper straws.

Many guests are on first name terms with the long held team of professionals who keep Villa Coco ticking like clockwork. The smiles are as real as the floral fragrance that wafts from the gardens. No request is too much effort.

Villa Coco is known for its outstanding service and delicious home style-dining. Order in a barbeque of juicy steaks – that will be cooked to perfection – or fresh seafood and salads, French bread and all of the condiments. It will be delivered to your dining room by smiling staff that lay the table and whisk away the debris later. Wine, cocktails, icy beer and all manner of smoothies and drinks as well as a pared down menu for kids are just a phone call away.

Spa treatments can be ordered in-villa to lull you into blissful sleep or taken inside the pretty spa while the kids frolic in the central resort pool.

Villa Coco is close to Seminyak beach and all it has to offer from soft sand to gentle surf. Check into an elegant restaurant or a barefoot beach bar to spend the afternoon and enjoy the legendary Bali sunset.

A must-do at Villa Coco is the cooking class. It can start with a market trip to buy produce or you can skip that and kick off with a cocktail and learn about Bali’s amazing tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs and spices. Expert cooks with excellent English will guide you through making your own chicken satay and spicy peanut sauce from scratch. Grind your nuts and add the secret ingredients. Shave fresh coconut meat into lightly cooked beans, blend palm sugar with rare spices and create a feast that is as intriguing to learn to make, as it is delicious to eat. The team will sit with kids to show them how to make the little woven baskets that are the ever present offerings that you will see filled with flowers and rice as twice daily gifts to gods and ancestors.

Given its location in the centre of buzzing Seminyak, Villa Coco is a cool and quiet retreat full of ‘old’ Bali charm with big smiles, authentic hospitality and a very hip new villa that is one rabbit hole you’ll never want to leave.