The Istana
The Istana
Uluwatu :: 5 bedrooms

The Istana rests upon cliff top land, 100 metres above the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean on the southwestern tip of the Island of Bali, Indonesia, in an area named The Bukit. This five-suite estate overlooks white sand beaches and a lagoon abundant with sea life and coral, and in the evenings, magical sunsets.
LOW: USD 2470 /night
HIGH: USD 3400 /night
PEAK: USD 3945 /night

Please note: The Istana rates are subject to a 5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax

Last minute rates:
LOW: USD 2100 /night
HIGH: USD 2890 /night
PEAK: USD 3353 /night

The Istana

The Istana rests upon cliff top land, 100 metres above the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean on the southwestern tip of the Island of Bali.

This five-suite estate overlooks white sand beaches and a lagoon abundant with sea life and coral, and in the evenings, magical sunsets. When the trade winds blow, a massive swell crashes onto the surrounding reef, crafting waves that attract worldwide surfing attention; the breaks are rated the fifth best in the world. Uluwatu beach is only a ten-minute walk from the villa.

Set back 40 metres from the cliff face, The Istana is a gated property comprised of two swimming pools, a relaxation bale, the main house, the self-contained, single-storey master suite, and a children’s wing located above the staff service area. The single-storey main house is a study in perfect symmetry, architecturally inspired by an Indonesian long house. It presents a living room, dining room, an audio-video room and four identical bedroom suites. The overall style is a medley between understated modern architecture and traditional Indonesian detailing. The artwork represents a mixture of primitive art and antiques originating from Indonesia, keeping with the aura of tradition and style.

Uluwatu temple, one of the most revered temple’s on the island, is just a five minute drive away. A dedicated team of over 20 professional staff makes this magnificent luxury villa your home in the Island of the Gods.


The Istana boasts a total of 5 bedroom suites (each with double beds) that can sleep up to a total of ten adults. In addition, the games and children’s wing can sleep up to four small children and infants and two domestic staff. The master-suite is in its own building to the north side of the property featuring a deck and a small private swimming pool.

Looking at the central building – it’s in a rough ‘H’ shape; with each end of the ‘H’ possessing a bedroom.

Looking at the ocean, the two symmetrical wings attached to the living room accommodate dining room to the left (the south), and the television room to the right (the north).

Master Suite

The master bedroom is located within the guesthouse, which is separate from and slightly more elevated than the main building, and set back so as to offer complete privacy. It has its own entrance way, parking facilities, and private swimming pool. The L-shape pool is two and a half meters deep and is faced with a black volcanic stone. It has its own outdoor shower and lounge chairs.

The master bedroom/guesthouse which is built largely from wood, and enhanced with a tropical modern twist is divided into a covered deck, living area, and a bedroom with an expansive ensuite bathroom. The master-suite looks out over the property, and is enclosed on either side by sliding louvered glass doors. A spectacular view of the ocean is provided from the large bed which is the center piece of the room.

The expansive ensuite bathroom is fashioned in cream terrazzo and fitted with a sunken bathtub. There is also a walk-in shower and a toilet hidden behind frosted glass. Twin marble washbasins rest on a long vanity unit complete with large wall mirrors. Wardrobes with mirrored doors present plenty of hanging and storage space. Glass doors open to an outside walled area complete with an outdoor rainshower and a cushioned daybed.

Comfortable chairs on the Master Suite’s deck afford one a view of looking directly out from over the private pool to the bale and the horizon behind.

Garden Suites

The two garden suites (on the east side of the main building) feature private gardens along with their other amenities.

Both suite entries are decorated with carved limestone blocks representing traditional Ikat weavings from the islands of Flores and Sumba.

Each of the matching suites is comprised of a bedroom and indoor and outdoor Bali-style ensuite bathrooms. All of the bedroom walls are done in white leading up to the high cathedral timber-lined ceilings with ceiling fans, and air-conditioning.

The garden suites are equipped with flat screen TVs with surround sound and DVD players and small stereos and each garden suite is complemented by a private walled sun-lounging area with a raised wooden deck and daybeds for relaxing.

Ocean Suites

Each of the two matching Ocean Suites (the bedrooms in the main building on the west side) is comprised of a bedroom with a capacious walk-in closet, and indoor and outdoor Bali-style bathrooms.

A dramatic backdrop wall acts as magnificent head board. The walls are dressed in white, with natural colored soft furnishings complimenting the high cathedral timber-lined ceilings with ceiling fans, and air-conditioning.

Both suites also boast extensive ensuite bathrooms with twin basin vanities, bathtubs, and indoor and outdoor showers. The ocean suites each open up onto the front lawn and feature dramatic ocean backdrops.

Children’s Wing

One wing, located on an upper floor at the back of the property, is devoted entirely to children. It features a lounge/living space complete with sofas, a pool table, Playstation, TV/DVD and Bose sound system. A bedroom with fitted bunks provides sleeping space for five kids, and there is also a nanny’s room.

Living Room

The open air living room is designed to maximise the view. Accessed via the main entrance, from the garden, or via colonnaded walkways on either side, it features a honey-coloured teakwood floor and is furnished with segmented daybed-style sofas and ottomans. Bubbling water features in the adjacent ponds enhance the ambience with the tranquil sound of running water. The room is cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans positioned within the high roof. Palimanan stone walls on either side of the room are embellished with alcoves and decorative features. There is also a large bar fashioned in black marble, complete with chic barstools; this is a perfect spot for enjoying a cocktail, and is fully stocked with international wines, spirits liqueurs & mixers. Two symmetrical wings attached to the living room accommodate the dining room to one side, and the AV room to the other.

Dining Room

This air-conditioned dining room is fully panelled internally and externally with teakwood, evoking a warm comfortable feel. The room is enclosed by four sets of swinging glass doors that can open up if desired to overlook the water lily gardens to one side, and the ocean to the other. The solid teakwood feature table comfortably seats twelve, and the specially designed mood lighting provides an intimate atmosphere, complemented by the meditative sounds of the water feature in the garden. A guest toilet is located next door.

Audio Visual Room

The AV room is an air-conditioned home theatre with timber-clad walls and bookshelves. Glass doors can be opened to overlook both the front and back of the estate. A massive relaxation couch easily seats the guest capacity. Covered in Thai silk pillows, it faces a wide-screen projection TV and entertainment centre. A guest toilet is located next door.

The Bale

Spectacularly positioned on the cliff top with breathtaking views of the ocean and Suluban Beach, the large relaxation balé incorporates a lounging area, a bar, and a sunken tatami table with cushioned seating for twelve. Furthermore, it is fitted with a monolithic slab of black granite that extends into the garden to form a gas barbeque.

Music speakers are installed in the roof and the cushioned lounge area provides the perfect space to chill and enjoy a sunset cocktail. Automatic blinds and a half-wall of glass protect guests from the elements. The panoramic view spans the Indian Ocean and Bali’s spectacular coastline. To the north, the narrow isthmus that links the Bukit with the rest of the island is clearly visible, with the view extending past the crescent-shaped Jimbaran Bay and the airport to Bali’s sunset coast, incorporating the settlements of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, before reaching inland to the highlands of Bedugul.

On a clear day, the awesome vista takes in Bali’s chain of volcanoes from the mighty Mt Agung in the east and Mt Batur in the northeast, to Mt Pohen, Mt Sangkiang and Mt Batukaru, extending across the highlands of West Bali National Park towards the distant volcanoes of East Java. The lights of the fishing boats at night also provide a magical backdrop.

Garden & Swimming Pool

Stretching 32 metres along the front of the estate, The Istana’s main swimming pool has a breathtaking side to side infinity edge on the ocean side. West Javanese green granite stone lines the pool which, when lit, glows aquamarine and provides one of the Estate’s most aesthetic elements. The two-level lawn is bordered by flowering bougainvillea and dotted with coconut palms.

The Istana Services and Facilities Summary:

  • Total area of property: 4000sqm
  • 5+2 Air-conditioned bedroom suites
    - Master bedroom (king) ensuite bathroom
    - Bedrooms 1, 2, 3 & 4 (king) ensuite bathrooms
  • Children’s wing (sleeps 4 children) + nannies
  • Open air living room
  • Air-conditioned dining room
  • Air-conditioned Audio Visual Room
  • 2 Private swimming pools
  • Pool table & video game corner (with both Wii & PS3 machines)
  • Satellite TV, DVD in each room
  • IDD & local telephone calls
  • Broadband WiFi internet
  • Mini safes
  • iPod docks
  • Children’s books, games, and toys
  • Max occupancy: 12 adults + 4 children
  • Daily American breakfast
  • Daily  car & driver up to 8 hours/day
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Daily American breakfast
  • Welcome drink and cool towel upon arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Daily car & driver up to 8 hours/day
  • One villa Manager
  • One Asst. villa manager
  • One Western chef and two cooks
  • Four butlers
  • Four housekeepers
  • Two drivers
  • Five gardeners and pool attendants
  • Six security guards
  • Two engineers
  • Several spa staffs

The Istana Rates & Season Dates

Low Season:
Rates: USD 2470 /night
Last minute rates: USD 2100 /night
  • January 09 to June 15
  • September 01 to December 20
  • Excluding Easter week and Chinese New Year week
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
High Season:
Rates: USD 3400 /night
Last minute rates: USD 2890 /night
  • June 16 to August 31
  • Chinese New Year week
  • Easter week
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
Peak Season:
Rates: USD 3945 /night
Last minute rates: USD 3353 /night
  • December 21 to January 08
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
Please note: The Istana rates are subject to a 5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax

The Istana Gallery

The Istana - Bale Sunset   The Istana - Amazing sunset view
The Istana - private pool   The Istana - pool and lawn
The Istana - Aerial View   The Istana - swimming pool
The Istana - Night Over Pool   The Istana - Night view
The Istana - South East Bedroom   The Istana - North East Bedroom
The Istana - Master Bedroom   The Istana - South West Bedroom
The Istana - North West Bedroom   The Istana - Kids Room
The Istana - Master suite exterior   The Istana - Master bedroom exterior
The Istana - Guest suite four bathroom   The Istana - North East Bathroom
The Istana - Master Bathroom   The Istana - North West Bathroom
The Istana - Guest suite exterior   The Istana - Living room at night
The Istana - Living Room   The Istana - Living Room view
The Istana - Entertainment Room   The Istana - Pool Table
The Istana - Dining Room   The Istana - Kitchen
The Istana - Bale Sunset Table Setting   The Istana - Bale Panorama
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