Stephanie Mee becomes penthouse royalty at the Hu’u Villas’ premier offering.
You’ve got to love luxe pads that are right in the middle of all the action but still manage to feel like tranquil boltholes miles away from any hustle or hassle. Such is the case at Hu’u Villas, a serene enclave of 10 contemporary villas tucked away just off Jalan Petitenget. We recently had the privilege of staying and playing in their Penthouse, a plush and very private space where your stay can be as peaceful or as party-filled as you like.
The Penthouse at Hu’u Villas is set in the back of the property up a flight of stone stairs that are not shared with any of the other villas, which already gives it an exclusive edge. Huge wooden doors at the top of the stairs open up to a rooftop garden living area with a 32-metre pool flanked by tropical greenery on one side and a long teak wood deck with plenty of seating options on the other.
There are three spacious bedrooms to choose from here, and we suggest snagging the master bedroom if you can, as it has a roomy king-sized bed, a custom-designed dressing room with scads of shelving and a beautiful bathroom with a rain shower and terrazzo bathtub. However, the other two bedrooms aren’t too shabby either with comfy queen beds and ensuite bathrooms decked out in natural stone. Each room also has modern must-haves like air-conditioning and double-glazed windows that keep the rooms cool and quiet.
For mingling spaces you can chill out on the deck in the oversized rattan loungers, gather for drinks and al fresco meals at the poolside tables, or open the sliding glass doors that lead to the indoor living area where you’ll find soft sofas and armchairs, a 40-inch LCD TV, a long bar with wooden bar stools and a great selection of wine, snacks and premium spirits, and a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, oven and espresso machine.
The Penthouse Villa definitely excels in style and space, but what also stood out for us out for us were the extra touches. Take for example the bookshelves in the living room filled with eclectic art, design books and retro robot toys, the electric guitar and amp set-up replete with an extra package of guitar strings for impromptu jamming sessions, and the house tablet already loaded up with menus from Sea Vu Play and other restaurants nearby.
Speaking of Sea Vu Play, if you haven’t experienced this nautical-themed, rum-jungle-like spot yet, do give it a go. Colourful cabanas, palm trees and fairy lights set the scene, and the kitchen and bars put out pitchers of tropical drinks, cold beers, seafood platters, pizzas and Mediterranean tapas. Guests of Hu’u Villas who book directly on their website also get added perks at Sea Vu Play like a complimentary cocktail and discounts on food.
Of course, Hu’u Villas’ enviable location means you’re also just steps from Seminyak Beach and some of the best shopping, dining and drinking venues on the island. Stroll along Jalan Petitenget in either direction and you’ll hit boutique shops selling fashion by internationally renowned designers, chic cafes and restos serving all types of cuisine, and hip clubs where DJs spin beats until the early hours of the morning.
Whether you decide to head out and hit up the hood or stay in and soak up the private penthouse luxury, the staff at Hu’u are on hand around the clock to offer five-star service. Need a taxi to pick you up from the club? Perhaps some ice for your Grey Goose or some more of that complimentary TWG tea? Or maybe you want to place a special order for breakfast and have it served poolside at your villa? No matter the request, the Hu’u team will be there to help you out and make you feel like penthouse royalty.