Nestled within lush green jungle, this sanctuary for the senses is an astonishingly beautiful masterpiece, combining man and nature. Situated 18 minutes from Canggu, Saratoga is spread across 3000 square metres, and is a culmination of Australian and Balinese architectural design. Built by ex-Sydney Siders Ralph and Janet Hogan, Saratoga had inspired them to create a distinctive wedding experience influenced by Balinese culture, similar to their property Villa Botanica at Airlie Beach.

Massive teak and bronze studded doors mark the beginning of your journey through this rainforest delight, as you traverse across a wonderland of bridges. You are welcomed by 200 year old Frangipani trees, an exquisite 30 metre ceremonial pond-come-swimming pool, as you enter the private botanical gardens. The centre piece of this experience is a river like no other, coursing through five metre walls of aged stone with two sides connected by a 12 metre bridge. The property is includes post-colonial era glass awnings over door ways, Juliette balconies, and impressive iron fencing looking out from multiple vista onto the jungle lined river.

The hero of the residence is the Raja or King Suite, with its mirror panelled walls, chandeliers, private massage room and bathroom with free-standing bath. Three generously proportioned bedrooms are situated inside, each with 200 year old recycled, polished ironwood floors, ensuite, and walk-in-robe. There is the traditionally crafted timber Wantilan or meeting house featuring more than 80 square metres of Java-tiled floor space overlooking the river. With more than 740 square metres of covered indoor and outdoor living spaces there is an abundance of places to dine, dance and entertain.

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