Tucked away among the picturesque rice fields and rural villages of Canggu in south west Bali, the five bedroom, fully staffed Bayuh Residence and Spa is a palatial yet welcoming property, offering western comforts and contemporary Indonesian style, infused with traditional Balinese touches. Centre-stage within two acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds is a 20m infinity-edge pool, which seemingly drops away to a riverbank of rainforest foliage and waterfall.With its lovely outdoor relaxation areas, Zen-infused gardens and own private spa, this residence offers guestsa rejuvenating sanctuary, yet is only a short drive away from some of the island’s finest surfing beaches and most cosmopolitan enclave, Seminyak. Bayuh Residence and Spa comprises a main, two-storey building and a one-bedroom Rainforest Cottage resting among the gardens. Completed 2008, the property is in immaculate condition; its facilities and appliances gleaming new. With whitewashed walls, natural breezes and plenty of sunlight streaming in, a light and airy ambience prevails. The heart of this home away from home is the open plan living-dining room which leads to two adjoining kitchens, a TV room, office and two guest washrooms. A solid wood staircase rises to the upper floor and four of the villa’s five ensuite bedrooms. The living-dining room extends out to the infinity-edge pool and deck area, where stone steps cut through three terraces of exquisite gardens, leading down to the Balinese open-air lounge pavilion (Open Living), the spa and three thatched balés. The villa compound is reached by a driveway with garage (maximum parking four cars) and staff quarters on the right-hand side. On arrival, guests are led through an entrance of wooden doors, stone statues and an alang alang (Balinese thatch) roof, to a delightful koi-filled water feature and porch reception area. The four bedrooms in the main building, including the master bedroom, are equally spaced off the first floor landing, affording some privacy. A fifth bedroom rests separately in Rainforest Cottage. All five bedrooms feature air conditioning (no ceiling fans), king-sized beds and fine white cotton bedding.Bathrooms are contemporary and stylish, with glass cubicle showers, while furniture is high quality,modern Indonesian. In total, the villa sleeps ten adult guests, but provides a baby cot (foldable) and extra rollaway bed. Leading out from the living-dining room, is a stunning infinity-edge pool (20 x 6m, 1.2m depth). Maintained daily, the pool has a separate, shallow kid’s area, sunken bar section with submerged bar stools, and ornamental islands. Set below the main building, next door to ‘Open Living’ and beside a rain forested riverbank and waterfall, the villa’s private spa comprises a detached pavilion with alang alang roofing. Within, a modern-style treatment room is furnished with two massage beds. Treatments – and yoga – can also be enjoyed in four thatched balés, located within the grounds.