For Seminyak, a Whole Lot of Glitz
SEMINYAK ~ With ultra-luxurious villa complexes and resorts alongside the ocean serving as a backdrop, jaded Jl. Seminyak Raya and surrounding areas are getting a much-needed facelift â€“ in the form of private enterprise and a seemingly unceasing local and foreign desire for cutting-edge property on what has repeatedly been voted the worldâ€™s most popular island destination.
By William J. Furney
The Bali Times
The latest newcomer to the scene is The Haven, a mix of contemporary-style apartments, villas and a hotel in the midst of the frenzied retail street that serves as an artery from Kuta to Kerobokan and beyond.
Hankering after a freehold villa at these fashionable digs? Forget it. Theyâ€™ve sold out, says Jeffrey Kam, project director for developer PT Emerald Paradise.
â€œAlmost all the buyers are Indonesians from Jakarta,â€ he told The Bali Times during the propertyâ€™s launch last Saturday evening, a sumptuous affair attended mostly by Indonesians and featuring a babi guling (roasted suckling pig) in progress and other culinary endeavors just off the thronged show unitâ€™s main door.
Seminyak, says PT Emerald Paradise, is now de rigeur with tourists.
â€œ… it has now become a preferred destination for both overseas and local tourists. As developments continue to expand northward, Seminyak will eventually become the center of (the) Bali holiday paradise,â€ the firm says in its sales literature.
Construction is soon set to start on The Haven, and is due for completion in 2008, said Kam. When finished, the site will be host to Hotel Seminyak, a three-star boutique property; 60 apartments â€“ half one-bedroom, half two; and four one-bedroom villas and three two-bedroomed.
Just yards down from The Haven is the Aston Sun Island Villas & Spa, a 23-unit complex that formally opened on November 24 last year and is now seeing an influx of Japanese guests, according to sales manager Itha Novita.
Other guests have come from Australia, the United States and Europe, she told The Times, adding that Seminyak was chosen for the development â€œbecause itâ€™s a central location for tourists.â€
Meanwhile, near to Petitenget Beach, a number of high-class developments are slated to open in the coming weeks, among them the ultra-high-tech C151 Seminyak Resort and nearby, Sentosa Private Villas and Spa, which launches this Friday, January 26.
Nestled among ricefields just down from the famed beachside Ku De Ta restaurant and nightclub frequented by the islandâ€™s elite and well-heeled vacationers, the C151 Resort stands out from the crowd with its sleek, Ã¼ber-stylish look and internal wizardry that defines a new form of luxury, according to the developer, Hanno Soth of PT Hanno Bali, a development and investment firm that has other projects underway around Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia.
â€œBali is one of the most exciting and exclusive vacation destinations in the world and is fast becoming a premier playground for jetsetters and wealthy individuals,â€ says the firm in corporate information.
â€œAll C151 Villas have been designed for privacy, luxury and functionality. Our hi-tech luxury SMART VILLASâ„¢ are complete with private swimming pools, wet bar and advanced modern comforts, including plasma and LCD TVs in each room – including all bathrooms.â€
High-speed, broadband internet comes as standard, says the company, pointing to the need of its executive clientele to stay in touch with business and colleagues in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the world even when lounging about in style.
At the Sentosa development, the management emphasizes the hotel-beating luxurious nature of its 32 villas, saying they â€œprovide guests with a sense of privacy and ultimate luxury, superior to a hotel room environment.â€
Of three stages of development, the first two have sold out while the third is in the final selling stage, according to the developers.
As for amenities in the area, Jl. Oberoi in recent years has transformed itself into a vibrant nightspot home to a host international-style restaurants and bars catering to the upmarket tastes of those vacationing in this fast-developing part of the island.Filed under: Headlines