06 June 2011

Shall we rent our holiday villa, darling? Or buy it?

The Istana's swimming pool
Well there's something I've not seen before - a real estate press release, distributed to travel journos.
You can sort of see the thinking though.

The Istana is a luxurious villa in Bali, available for holiday lets and has apparantly been regularly featured in the likes of Conde Naste Traveller and the New York Times... and it's up for sale.

What does the spec say?

As one would expect from a property of this calibre, The Istana transitions seamlessly between opulent entertaining and private areas, such as the library, home theatre and dedicated spa and beauty treatment area that have been thoughtfully integrated into an estate that offers a something to everyone. Families will feel especially welcome owing to the vast children?s room and games room. The long manicured lawn and extensive service areas, along with the striking azure of the ocean, explain its popularity for weddings and events.
Bali's modern lifestyle is reflected in The Istana's delicious blend of indoor and outdoor spaces. The main swimming pool is 32 metres in length and offers yet another pleasant sanctuary. The 120 square metre master bedroom suite is an independent structure set aside from the main house with its own infinity edge pool.
The onsite team features a western chef who ensures an indulgent fusion menu from the villa's restaurant-grade kitchen. The management team consists of four butlers, two drivers, two masseuse and spa staff and countless housekeeping and maintenance people and round-the-clock security team.
Separate staff entrances, quarters and parking allow The Istana to remain an idyllic escape where guests can be comfortable in the knowledge that impeccably trained service staff are working behind the scenes to cheerfully cater for all requests.
The Istana has been competently operated as both a private residence and a commercial villa and currently has a substantial forward booking calendar of committed guests and repeat clients.

What doesn't the spec say?

...What the asking price is! It's simply too vulgar to talk money at this stage. Have your PA or manservant make discrete enquiries.

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