The spaces that make up Villa Maya are very simple and airy in design, in spite of paying tribute to the traditions of Balinese art and the intricacies of Balinese Hindu symbolism. Each of the Majapahit villas is entered through traditional hand-carved wooden doors, behind which stands an ‘aling aling’ – a short wall designed to protect the property from malign influences (apparently evil spirits have great difficulty turning corners). Beyond these tricky corners, however, Villa Maya is all about letting the sea views, and breezes, in.
The bottom floor of this two-storey villa is dominated by a living and dining area that can be opened up completely on each end, the back leading to a separate fully equipped service kitchen across a lotus fish pond, and the front to the pool via a jacuzzi that extends into the lounge area. Ceiling fans supplement cooling sea breezes as you laze about on rich jewel-coloured silk cushions amidst traditional wooden Balinese artefacts and local artwork.
Tiring of the views? Settle into a movie on the surround-sound entertainment system, or – horrors – do work courtesy of wireless high-speed Internet (at an additional cost). Or simply retire to one of the four fully air conditioned bedrooms, complete with individual entertainment systems, where oversized beds dressed in more jewel-coloured silks demand afternoon naps. Three bedrooms are situated in the main villa: two queen-bedded rooms downstairs, each opening onto a sea-facing terrace, with ensuite garden bathrooms which feature two washbasins and a black terrazzo sunken bathtub and shower. A winding, floating staircase up towards the pitched roof adds a Hollywood touch (though perhaps less Hollywood and more safety alert for small children and tipsy adults!). Beyond that is the impressive master suite. The bedroom is similar in style to those downstairs, although the ensuite bathroom consists of two separate outdoor areas – one with a bath, shower and twin basins, one with toilet and washbasin – linked by a timber walkway. A massive king-size bed is covered in regal black and red Chinese silk and crisp linen, while a teak writing desk in the corner almost makes you believe you have the next great Nobel-winning novel in you. But the main attraction? A lovely timber balcony overlooking the ocean and, it seems, the whole world.
The fourth bedroom lies in the Joglo suite accessed through a carved sliding door in the wall of Villa Maya. The Joglo features a shady open-sided living room with hardwood floors, and richly carved ceilings. An adjoining kitchenette presents a breakfast bar, twin gas hobs and a fridge. In the studio-style bedroom is a king-size bed and a flat-screen TV. A sunken bath and monsoon shower are incorporated into the room. In the Joglo's garden is an 8m pool and a seafront sunning deck.