At the heart of this heavenly beachfront estate is the huge open-sided alang-alang thatched living pavilion cooled by the sea breeze and complete with remote control Bose surround-sound system. Even the oversized bamboo sofas are dwarfed in this massive entertainment space, which provides a wonderful dance floor for the many weddings hosted at the villa. A marble-topped dining table with comfy batik-cushioned rattan armchairs encourages social breakfasts and candlelit dinners.
There’s a second, more formal dining area, with long table and ten comfortable armchairs, to the side of the soaring double-height reception hall in the main villa building – an elegant space that lends itself well to special events, and where tall tribal statues stand sentinel. Behind, across a decked walkway over the lotus pond is a professionally equipped kitchen where the staff prepares gourmet meals.
Separated from the reception area by folding doors is the TV room, where an L-shaped leather sofa is set before an antique cabinet housing the TV, DVD player, iPod dock and a fine library of books. From here, a wall of sliding glass doors opens onto lotus ponds and more blissful ocean views.
Within the extensive gardens are other spaces thoughtfully dedicated to quiet reflection, social gathering and serious sun worship.