Most of Villa Voyage’s accommodation is contained within the over 26-metre-long two-storey pavilion, with bi-fold and sliding doors opening onto the pool deck. At its heart is the open-plan living room with its double-height roof soaring over a quadrangle of cream sofas arranged around a statement coffee table. There’s much to engage the eye (and mind) here: photo-books on exotic travel and interior design, interesting Asian objets d’art, high-design home accessories – and an entertainment console with 60-inch LED TV, Apple TV, DVD and iPod. At the far end two dining tables of reclaimed teakwood – each with six canvas director’s chairs – are set before a marble-topped island bar-cum-cooking station and a wall of limed teakwood cupboards brimming with tableware and wine glasses. Behind (and out of sight) is the staff area with chef’s kitchen, equipped to the nines for the most creative cuisine.
Between the living area and the beach is the huge ironwood deck with 12m x 5m pool surrounded by daybeds and beanbag loungers, and a pergola with beach-edge daybed platform and crescent of seating around a circular table – perfect for breezy breakfasts and candle-lit dinners.
All five bedrooms have both air-conditioning and overhead fans, and queen-size beds – either four-poster or cocooned under safari-chic ‘floating’ canvas tents – with deep mattresses, plump pillows and high thread-count cotton bed linen. Each has a large balcony or garden terrace, and an ensuite bathroom with rain shower. On the ground level, reached via a recess beyond the seating area, is the master bedroom suite with sliding doors to the pool deck, walk-through wardrobe and dressing area leading to the huge bathroom with twin basins, statement beach-view bath and outdoor shower. Opposite, facing away from the sea and conveniently placed for families, is a second bedroom with its own small courtyard, balcony, and ensuite with double basins and al fresco shower.
Stairs from the living area lead to a galleried walkway linking two mirror-image mezzanine bedrooms. Crusoe himself would swoon at these eco-chic sleep temples with walls and floors of solid coconut-wood, ceilings of alang-alang (thatch), canvas furniture with leather trim, and huge ironwood balconies with seating and eating areas overlooking the swimming pool and surging sea. Tucked behind canvas partitions are the ensuites with double basins and terrazzo rain shower enclosures.
The fifth bedroom occupies a stand-alone pavilion in the villa grounds and features Bedouin-chic decor, private garden deck with outdoor ensuite.