At the heart of Villa Makanda lies the huge, open-fronted, split-level living area (measuring over 18 x 9m, with 3m-high ceilings). With its simple cream-painted walls and its wood and concrete floors, the lower level lounge area is dominated by two enormous L-shaped sofas – big enough for 20+ people to laze on – and spills onto teak decking which part surrounds the inviting 20 x 7m swimming pool. The remaining three walls are mainly of glass giving the room a bright airy feel helped by the sea breezes. Bamboo screens can be dropped should the weather turn (heaven forbid).
On the upper level of this huge space are an open-plan, equipped kitchen, a dining table for 12 (or try the table in pool) and a TV corner with 40-inch, plasma screen, satellite channel TV and DVD player (bring your own movies). Petrified wood furniture and off-white cushions give the whole room a pleasant, weathered, beachside holiday feel. Vases of orchids and Heliconia add spots of colour and a simple stereo provides the music.
Four bedrooms lead from the living area – two upstairs and two in stand-alone pavilions off to the wings. King-size plinth beds with spacious, ceiling-hung mosquito nets give the rooms a regal flavour whilst mood lighting adds a distinctly romantic touch. Fold-back glass doors and vaulted ceilings continue the same bright, airy feeling that flows through the rest of Villa Makanda, and this is carried through to the ground floor bedrooms’ semi-open bathrooms with twin rain showers and sunken, grey, brushed-concrete bathtubs.
The two upstairs bedrooms command uninterrupted sea and paddy views, even from the maroon-tinted, concrete, two-person bathtubs – there are curtains for the bashful and a rain shower for the more environmentally concerned.