A gentle river and lush rice fields flank the stunning, fully staffed, seven-bedroom Villa Hansa in the peaceful village of Pererenan, south-west Bali. A series of spectacular architectural buildings, including two antique Javanese Joglo houses, have been adapted with contemporary glass and filled with every comfort under an exquisite and rare trapezium roof. Two traditional wooden gladak houses with timber shuttered windows and raised verandas make wickedly fabulous bedrooms. Two swimming pools at opposite ends of the sweeping compound plus multiple private zones create a breathtaking retreat for both families and friend groups all a whisper away from Seminyak. Villa Hansa rests in a small village within the coastal community of Pererenan in Bali's south-west district of Canggu. This intimate rural setting offers visitors an ideal opportunity to experience traditional Balinese culture and community life. Beyond the garden border and accessed by stepping-stones across the narrow River Tibu, a steep bank of terraced rice fields extends. Staff can easily arrange hikes through this scenic landscape (which alternatively can be viewed at leisure from bedrooms three and four). Several naturally beautiful beaches, renowned for their surf breaks, are nearby: Pererenan Beach is just a 300m stroll or quick drive through the village, while long-time surfer's haunt, Echo Beach, is one kilometre away. Although the immediate area remains quiet and undeveloped, during the past few years, several excellent cafes and beach bars have sprung up along nearby Jalan Batu Bolong – much closer than busy Seminyak, and well worth investigating. Try Old Man's, Betelnut or the perennially gorgeous Hotel Tugu.