Four glorious residences - two four-bedroom, one three-bedroom and a one-bedroom villa - make up the Dea Villas estate, an exclusive enclave five minutes from Berawa Beach and only 15-minutes from the buzz of Seminyak. Each is secure in its own garden with pool and outdoor pergola or bale, and enjoys shared gym, spa, and children's playground facilities. Each has its own character and style, from ultra-contemporary to whimsical heritage chic, enriched with high-tech facilities including iPod docks and home theatre systems. Best of all, they can be rented separately or together, meaning Dea Villas can accommodate guests in many combinations, from a honeymooner couple to two families in adjoining villas, right up to 30 or more residential guests for a wedding celebration.
Amy comprises three pavilions spread out over a series of terraces, separated by pools and lily ponds and linked by a covered walkway lined with antiques and artefacts. From the traditional Balinese entrance, lava-stone steps lead across an ornamental pond to an open-sided living pavilion facing the swimming pool and sun terrace. Lower down, reached via further steps over cascading ponds, is the stand-alone guest bedroom suite, while up on the highest level, opening onto a terrace and pond above the pool, is the master suite and a twin-bedded guest suite.
Sitting at the centre of Villa Amy, with rice-terrace views beyond louvered shutters, is the open-sided, fan-cooled antique joglo living pavilion with its magnificently carved pillars and ornate ceiling. On one side, parallel to a pond complete with fire-bowl and carved sandstone screen, sits a four-metre-long teak wood table that, with tub chairs at the heads and cushioned benches on both sides, seats 10 with space to spare. On the other side, an oversize sofa and chairs looks onto the waterfall-fed swimming pool and, rising above, the master bedroom pavilion. Hidden behind a wall of reclaimed brick is a small but well-equipped kitchen with two fridges, wine fridge, espresso machine and a walk-in pantry.
In the garden are more corners for relaxation. On the poolside sundeck a pair of sun loungers sit side-by-side, and a daybed shaded by an age-greyed thatch roof is raised on river rocks for a better view of the rice terraces. All three bedrooms boast delightfully private seating in a hidden garden setting.