Villa Bakung’s stone entrance way leads into a small grassy courtyard and open-sided lounge area with wide views of the infinity pool and the ocean beyond. A traditional dug-out canoe makes an interesting decorative piece and perches high atop the built-in shelves. A long wooden dining table seats eight, while creamy sofas are brightened by pale blue batik cushions. A flat-screen satellite TV, DVD and CD player is set in one corner while colourful temple baskets and curios fill the shelves. A small but well-equipped guest kitchen with wooden cupboards and black granite counters is set off to one side.
A separate two-storey pavilion houses the four bedrooms; a pair on each floor. Furnishings are simple, so as not to distract from the ocean views: each has a four-poster king-size bed, built-in wardrobes, glass sliding doors, bedside tables and lamps, polished timber floors, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Creamy white bathrooms have rain showers, bathtubs and modern finishings – including rectangular white countertop basins atop black granite counters.
The upstairs bedrooms have sloping rattan ceilings and open onto a breezy veranda with plump daybeds and views of the ocean, hilly coastline and surrounding forest. The first is decorated with a green-tinged wood carving and mottled earthenware vase. Tropical greenery is revealed through open panels in the courtyard bathroom. The second bedroom is light and airy with glass doors at the front and the side, plus two rattan chairs. The bathroom is compact but has an ocean-view tub. The two downstairs bedrooms open directly onto the pool. Bathrooms are identical with glass doors leading into a pebbled courtyard where lush plants encircle the bathtub. The front room has an additional set of doors that open onto a stretch of grass leading to the sea.
The delightful ocean-front balé is furnished with a wooden table for ten and a wide, wooden sofa elaborately carved with dragons.