Set in a hectare of tropical gardens next to the ocean, Wantilan Lama has been our family's private holiday escape since 1970s. We are extremely lucky to be able to call this little piece of paradise home and we are delighted to be able to share it with you.
Over the years, numerous world-renowned architects have made their mark on Wantilan Lama, and have added to its rich heritage. Geoffrey Bawa, the father of the “tropical colonial” architectural style was the first. Having made his name in his native Sri Lanka by blending traditional buildings with western functionality, Bawa took the Wantilan, a traditional Balinese meeting place, and, by adding rooms, created the first liveable Wantilan. Since then, countless other properties have copied the style, all over Bali.
Next, Made Wijaya, Bali’s most famous landscape designer, laid out the gardens to showcase the extraordinary local plants and flowers, working in perfect harmony alongside the villas and the sea.
Yew Kuan, the darling of modern tropical style, designed the subtle, yet stunning Bale Flamboyan, as well as taking on the delicate task of renovating Wantilan in such a way as to preserve the original character of Bawa’s seminal work.
The swimming pool, with its waterfall, cave and large wild stones, was the first independent creation by Bill Bensley, architect of the most exclusive spas and boutique hotels in Southeast Asia. In 2019, we were thrilled to welcome Bill back to design Wantilan Baru, a set of new villas, a 25-metre tropical free- form pool and the 'Flying Carpet'; multi-function space.
To see the work of all of these luminaries in one place is to witness a snapshot of the progression of Bali’s architectural heritage, and there is nowhere else on earth quite like it.
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18-Meter & 25-Meter Tropical saltwater pools
Experience the joy of swimming while washing away worldly worries, surrounded by picturesque view.
A multi-story entertainment space. The first floor is ideal for lunches or to chill over the garden. The open, upper floor is nirvana for secluded sunbathing, yoga lessons, or for sunset cocktails.
In-house chef service
Our chefs are always ready to cook up a storm of authentic Balinese delicacies as well as classic dishes from around the world.
What Our Guests Say
We take pride in serving our guests with the best experience. Read what they say.
“We had such a wonderful time at Wantilan Lama. It was the perfect balance between man and nature. There were stunning views every corner we turned! The staff was so warm and helpful too!“
– Yixin and Haoheng, China
The most relaxing experience in the world, with the best staff ever!!”
– Tom, Australia
Wantilan Lama is an exceptional and timeless Estate that elegantly merges the old world with the new. From the immaculately kept gardens (that go on and on forever) to the expansive private beachfront and wonderful staff who cherish the extraordinary history of the Wantilan Estate and its famous guests over the decades, this is a holiday destination I will recommend to friends and family for many years to come. A private oasis that exudes the lifestyles of the rich and famous from a bygone era. Only in Bali. Only in Sanur.
– Robbie, Singapore
“A truly magical stay – Pak Agung the Butler and his team made our stay really, really special.”
– Katie and Alex, UK
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