Batujimbar is one of Bali's most outstanding private luxury villas – and a magical wedding venue. Originally the home of famed Australian artist Donald Friend, and epitomising ‘Bali style' architecture, the villa boasts a colourful history and a celebrity guest list featuring monarchs and rock legends. Traditional pavilions house nine bedrooms and multiple living and dining areas full of antiques, artefacts and heirloom paintings. To look after you is a team of staff including villa manager and private chef. A 20-metre pool and tennis court rest within the meticulously designed one-hectare gardens, which have direct access onto Sanur Beach. Villa Batujimbar is 150 metres from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur's main street, where we found plenty of souvenir shops, fashion boutiques, good restaurants (both local and international), 24-hour convenience stores and ATMs. Also within five minutes' walk is the well known Cafe Batujimbar, which we highly recommend for lunch, the famous Jenggala store which sells locally made ceramic tableware, and Hardy's Supermarket. Worth a visit is Museum Le Mayeur (4km), showcasing the artwork of the famous Belgian painter Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, who moved to Bali in l932 and lived in Sanur until his death. Interesting temples include Pura Segara, made entirely or coral and Pura Belanjong, housing the island's oldest example of writing. The 9-hole Bali Beach Golf Course is just 3 kilometres from the villa and numerous watersport activities are available on the beach. Just beyond the villa's garden door is the beach, which is great for swimming at high tide. There's a cycle / footpath that runs along the foreshore and 200 metres to the left we found a café that was just the spot for coffees and fresh juice in the day time, and cold beers at day's end with the mighty Mount Agung in the distance.