At Seseh Beach Villa, a thatched gateway opens to a pretty terraced garden, where wooden decking steps down to a goldfish pond and the villa’s main entrance. The villa’s rooms – almost all of which offer ocean views – are arranged in a symmetrical U-shape, with the living and dining room straddling two double-storey bedroom wings. Earthy tones, Asian ceramics and artefacts, a massive solid wood table (seats 12) and two deep, comfortable sofas define the living and dining room. Copper kettle lamps hang over a bar counter at one end and a 70-inch TV screen set into display shelving at the other.
All five of the villa’s ensuite bedrooms offer fans and air-conditioning, super-comfortable beds, soothing green-toned soft furnishings, desk space, 40-inch satellite channel TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. On the ground floor, Pool Rooms 1 and 2 are furnished with king-size beds that convert to twins, have furnished terraces, dressing areas and bathrooms with twin vanities, indoor and outdoor rain showers and large freestanding bathtubs in walled gardens.
Above the Pool Rooms, similarly sized Ocean Rooms 1 and 2 offer four-poster king-size beds under lofty alang-alang thatched roofs. The ensuites here have even larger outdoor bathing areas; pebble floored, sunny and private. Balconies at the front of both Ocean Rooms look out over the gardens, pool and pounding surf. Doors from both bathroom courtyards open onto the sunset terrace, furnished with all-weather rattan seating.
Tucked behind Ocean 2, the Garden Room is only very slightly smaller than the others. Although is lacks a view, this twin-bedded room does have a small furnished outdoor sitting area and an outdoor bathtub. Quiet and cosy, this is a good room for kids or grandparents.
Fire bowls, trickling water features and eight shaded sun loungers flank the 17x5m pool, which lies at the far side of the well-tended lawn. Book-ending the pool are fan-cooled balé pavilions – one housing comfortable rattan sofas arranged around a 60-inch TV (discreetly hidden behind carved teak screens), the other furnished with a 12-seater dining table for relaxed poolside meals. Two handy guest washrooms are tucked behind. These balés transform into a DJ area and bar for weddings and parties – where up to 150 guests can enjoy dinner under the stars.