Puri Naga Toya (meaning Palace of the Water Dragon) is a private retreat overlooking the spectacular Batu Karu mountain range just 40 minutes northwest of Ubud on the way to Kintamani. This four-bedroom villa compound is set in the true heart of Bali, sitting above the sacred Ayung River in Bali’s lush Buahan region.
Built in 2001, Puri Naga Toya is an extraordinary Chinoiserie villa that features half an acre of landscaped Balinese gardens and a spring-fed freshwater pool. Puri Naga Toya is a palatial retreat amid green rice fields; with sprawling mountain and river views. Puri Naga Toya also features an extensive library.
The interior is a world away from hotel-style luxury, with a private collection of antiques blended with modern amenities and attention to detail. Its owners have more than two decades experience in luxury hotel management. This is their sanctuary. Stay at Puri Naga Toya and you'll feel like Balinese royalty.
Villa Puri Naga Toya sits above the sacred Ayung River north of Ubud in Bali's scenic Buahan region. The villa's location is one of its highlights: a 180-degree panorama beyond the villa windows provides uninterrupted views across virgin rainforest towards the volcanoes in the distance.
A footpath nearby leads down to the river for dips in its mountain-fresh water (destined to flow past some of Bali's best known luxury hotels and villas along the Sayan Ridge on its way south to the sea), and a few hundred metres along the road from Puri Naga Toya is a village used as a location for the film Eat Pray Love.
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Villa Puri Naga Toya is truly a one-off; a charming, quirky, cloud-skimming four-bedroom mountain retreat floating on the flanks of Gunung Batur, one of Bali's highest volcanic peaks. From every room you gaze across the rainforest canopy stretching westwards, undisturbed, towards Bali's Batu Karu mountain range. Cutting through the floor of the gorge hundreds of metres below the villa in a near-vertical drop, the sacred Ayung River weaves its way southwards. Shifting moods add drama throughout the day – a cauldron of mist swirling up from the valley floor at dawn, lifting to reveal the carpet of forest unrolling westwards, the mountain emerging in the sunlight. At night, lights shimmer in the distance and stars appear through the feathery tree ferns.
And yet this is so much more than a mesmerizing million dollar view – the villa itself (the name translates as ‘the palace of the water dragon') is equally magnificent. The influence of feng shui shows in its orientation: it is built on the ‘dragon's back', with hills behind the house and water in front – denoting the flow of health, wellbeing and prosperity for its residents. Its architecture overlays traditional Bali structures with a strong Chinoiserie theme – the main pavilion is topped with an octagonal second level and intricately carved wooden panels are used for many of the internal walls. The interior design reveals the owners' passion for Asia and appreciation of Asian heritage, culture and art – their remarkable collection of antiques, artefacts and curios occupies every surface, cabinet and corner, and museum-quality Asian textiles and valuable paintings vie for wall space. But far from being an intimidating ‘mind the antiques' kind of place, Villa Puri Naga Toya is, delightfully, a much loved and well lived in family home – created by a lovely couple whose expertise in running five-star hotels shows in all the details.
Those lucky enough to stay here will take home treasured memories of its fabulous living spaces both indoor and outdoor, formal gardens, freshwater pool, lily ponds, and the formidable view. They are also likely to call to mind the welcoming housekeeping staff, the meals they willingly prepare (from a priced menu), and the wonderful walks on which they are happy to guide guests.