Upon entering Villa Samadhana’s traditional Balinese gateway, the grandeur of this magnificent property is immediately apparent. From here, a wooden bridge traverses a large lotus pond overlooking the manicured sprawling lawns that extend all the way up to the main house.
To the left of the lotus pond rests a self-contained two-bedroom guesthouse with lounge and equipped kitchen. The principal residence, located to the rear of the property, features a master suite with ocean views, TV lounge, kitchen, two guest rooms and a large open living and dining pavilion that looks out onto the rolling lawns.
A separate entertainment pavilion with an outdoor dining terrace sits next to the 25-metre pool, offering great views of the ocean across the neighbouring rice fields.
Living and dining pavilion
Guests are officially welcomed to Villa Samadhana in the large open-sided living and dining pavilion which is cooled by ceiling fans hanging from high vaulted ceilings above polished terrazzo floors. Making the most of its incredible surroundings this area overlooks the rolling lawns and striking silver-blue Madagascan palm trees.
The living area features low white-cushioned sofas, two wooden daybeds tastefully decorated with red silk cushions and a scattering of interesting artefacts. The dining area presents a solid teak table (seats 12) and is perfect for a Balinese banquet.
To the rear of the living pavilion is the air-conditioned TV lounge which features a large flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player and surround-sound system (which also feeds the adjoining living and dining area). For those that would rather chill out and read a book, the room opens onto a lovely timber deck overlooking a fish pond.
One of the most important rooms in the house – the kitchen – sits behind the TV lounge. The kitchen is also accessed by a long, brushed-concrete promenade displaying a fine collection of Asian antiquities. Featuring polished granite work tops, commercial stove, wok burner and lots of cupboard space it is perhaps one of the biggest private kitchens on the island. The kitchen also opens onto a timber deck and fish pond that is home to three auspicious Arowana fish.
The enormous entertainment pavilion, one level down from the living and dining area and presenting ocean views, is the ultimate poolside retreat. With an alang-alang thatched roof and Palimanan stone floor, this room is cooled by ceiling fans and the natural sea breeze. The pavilion includes a billiard table, TV, DVD and stereo system, sofa, polished concrete bar with bar stools and washroom. The rear wall of the bar (including the fridge and water cooler) is painted with a batik motif to match the cushions on the lounge suite, adding a sense of fun and vibrancy.
A highlight of Villa Samadhana is the landscaped garden. Designed by one of Bali’s best landscape architects, Trevor Hilliar, the rolling manicured lawns, running water features, exotic trees, palms and flowering plants complement the villa beautifully to give it its unique sense of space.
The lawn area directly below the living and dining pavilion is larger than a football field and is a great area for the kids to run around in, or to host a wedding party. Not only do children love this space; so do the native birds, lizards and butterflies.
Keen swimmers will relish the 25-metre infinity pool with its spectacular ocean views, and there’s a shallow section for children and those who would rather just lie back and relax. The poolside deck, furnished with sunloungers and a white-curtained daybed provides the perfect setting to laze the days away. For dinner parties under the stars ask Gede, the villa manager, to set up the stone table (seats 14) on the outdoor terrace, which also features a large standing menhir stone.
The impressive air-conditioned master suite is housed in its own pavilion separated from the living and dining area and the kitchen by fish ponds and frangipani trees garlanded with orchids. Stepping stones lead to a set of carved wooden doors that open to present a welcoming Buddha statue and private Palimanan stone terrace.
Glass doors reveal the suite’s TV lounge furnished with two grey-silk sofas and floor cushions for watching movies on the large flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player. Adjacent to the lounge, a small reading room enclosed by glass appears to float above a fishpond, offering glimpses of the swimming pool through an opening in the surrounding coral-limestone wall.
The bedroom itself, with its vaulted ceiling, dark teak floors, king-size bed and glass sliding doors, opens onto a private deck overlooking lawns dotted with coconut palms, and through to the crashing waves in the distance. A huge dressing area divides the bedroom from the semi-open ensuite bathroom featuring a large rectangular terrazzo bathtub, his and her vanities and walk-in rain shower. White shutters open onto a private garden bathroom with an outdoor shower encircled by six stone pillars and soft maiden-hair ferns.
Guest rooms 1 & 2
The brightly decorated air-conditioned guest rooms, located in a separate structure adjacent to the dining area, have been designed for children but can easily accommodate adults. One of the rooms has a queen-size bed with large flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player, while the other has twin beds and a small outdoor balcony surrounded by a lily pond. A corridor with built-in wardrobes connects the two rooms as well as providing access to the shared bathroom. Featuring grey slate walls and floors, with an indoor terrazzo bathtub and walk-in shower, the bathroom also has an outdoor shower with a cascading water-wall feature. Both rooms open onto a shared wooden deck with a daybed for relaxing.
Guest house rooms 1 & 2
Fifty metres from the main house rests Villa Samadhana’s two-bedroom guesthouse with its traditional alang-alang roof. Light and airy with cream walls and teak floors, both air-conditioned rooms feature queen-sized beds with batik throws, garden bathrooms with indoor shower and glass sliding doors that open onto a wooden deck bordering the immaculately manicured lawns. One of the bedrooms has a window seat to soak up the sun while the other has a daybed for those inclined to take an afternoon nap. Between the two bedrooms is a small living area with a self-contained kitchen and breakfast bar with bar stools.