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Puri Ganesha, Pemuteran, Indonesia

When English Egyptologist and interior designer Diana von Cranach bought a barren piece of beachfront land in Pemuteran, an unknown fishing village on Bali's northwest coast, over three hours from Denpasar airport in 1987, her dream was to build a tiny and very personal, laid-back luxury resort. Puri Ganesha opened in 1997 and since then Diana, together with her Balinese husband Gusti and their Dalmatian dogs have offered a perfect tropical holiday destination that is beautiful, welcoming, and lovingly cared for.

Each of the four, two storey thatched, one, two or three bedroom beachfront villas face due east to greet the morning sun, have more than 350 square metres of living space, a 5 x 12 metre swimming pool which is open to the sea and gardens, and a garden dining pavilion. The large gardens have antique rice barns for lounging by the white sand and lava beach less than 50 metres away. There are cool terracotta floors in the dining, living areas downstairs and on the wrap-around terraces that have antique day beds for relaxing, reading or just simply gazing out to sea. Each of the villas are individually furnished with interesting antique pieces from all over the archipelago and the soft furnishings have been specially printed or woven locally to Diana's designs. A circular wooden staircase leads up to a terrace and wooden-floored master bedroom with adjoining shower bathroom and dressing room. The antique four-poster beds are surrounded by huge floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the sea. The quiet downstairs bedroom has views of the gardens and adjoins the coral-walled open bathroom.

Please note, don't expect to find power showers, room service at the touch of a button, straws or canned drinks. However, you can expect to enjoy fabulous organic food, litres of complimentary volcanic mineral water, information about and the chance to support the schools and reef projects in the village.

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