After entering the villa and traversing a pond flanked by a pair of bubbling water features, guests will find themselves in the open-sided living and dining pavilion, with its lofty two-tiered thatched roof and terrazzo floor. The room is furnished with a dining table for 14, a small table for four, and a sitting area with three sofas grouped around a coffee table. (A separate building by the entrance houses the gleaming white kitchen where the villa chef whips up wonderful meals). On one side of the living pavilion is a lounge room, guest shower room and the master suite whilst on the other is a two-storey building housing three ensuite guest bedrooms and a delightful upper-floor lounge.
Each of these air conditioned bedrooms faces the garden and is fitted with parquet floors and furnished with a king-size bed, oriental rugs, lovingly-collected antiques, classic artwork, colourful antique wall panels, artefacts and local textiles, complemented by fresh flowers galore. Three of the bathrooms are equipped with oversized circular or sunken terrazzo soaking tubs, all have standing monsoon showers, four extend into the open-air, and all are exceedingly romantic. The outsides of the buildings are clad with random rock limestone and hand-carved stone murals, and this is a feature that continues within the bathrooms. The cosy air-conditioned media room offers sofas, a TV/DVD player, a desk and a library of books and movies, and attaches to a bathroom. Finally, the upstairs lounge enjoys stunning sea views and is furnished with comfortable chairs and a huge daybed set around coffee tables before a TV/DVD player.
At the river’s edge, a short stroll from the main house, is a private and romantic two-bedroom teak guesthouse with plunge pool. The king and twin bedrooms here are equally sized and share a bathroom huge circular bathtub and monsoon shower. Sofas in the spacious lounge face a 42-inch TV, DVD player and music system, and on three sides sliding doors open onto a veranda furnished with rattan chairs. Beyond, is an alfresco dining table for six.
The villa’s garden features smooth rolling lawns dotted with frangipani trees and palms, and a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool bordered by a timber deck furnished with chairs and sun loungers. A gamelan of three stone musicians rests under a tree, and a thatched pavilion presents a huge, deeply-cushioned daybed. It is the view, however, that will stop guests in their tracks. The garden becomes a jungle of pandanas and beach convolvulus as it rolls down to a river, and ahead rises to a buff, immediately beyond which is a rugged surf beach and the Indian Ocean.