Villa Mako sets the luxury and grandeur of Dutch colonial architecture within the picturesque surroundings of a small Bali village, less than five kilometres from the island's happening west shore. This three-bedroom Pererenan villa, staffed with an experienced and friendly team, is stately in design, yet warmly decorated with eclectic interiors reflecting the passions and travels of the owners. Balinese and Javanese antiques and a bold use of colour create a unique and comfortable sanctuary for guests.
The original colonial design for Villa Mako owes much to the architecture of traditional Javanese plantation houses with the high, wooden-strutted ceilings of the villa's central hall taking their inspiration from an old college in Bandung, Central Java. The majestic design also incorporates the use of wide eaves and, combined with the elevated position of the land, this allow for beautiful breezes and a flooding of natural light.
Comfort and relaxation are the focus of Villa Mako's plush interiors and furnishings feature oversized sofas, daybeds, poolside loungers and plenty of cushions, so guests will always find a private place for peace and quiet. In addition to the many indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, guests have the choice of three dining areas, all of which present a unique ambiance.
Set on the outskirts of Bali's tourist areas in the tiny village of Tiying Tutul near Pererenan, Villa Mako sits amid the rhythms of agricultural life and gracefully honors Balinese culture. Guests are welcome at Hindu ceremonies in the nearby temple, which provide a unique insight into the religion and customs of Bali, while helpful villa staff - a dedicated team of staff, including a villa manager - will be pleased to offer guidance on temple etiquette. Guests may even be lucky enough to see a barong dance - a sacred ritual staged not for tourists but for the local community to bring good fortune to the village.
Villa Mako is approached via a private driveway with a secure car parking area. At the villa entrance guests are greeted by a pair of Chinese welcome statues guarding a set of double Balinese doors. The doors open to reveal a covered walkway with a pitched roof, which circumvents an ornamental pond complete with a bubbling water feature.
The villa comprises an open-sided fully equipped kitchen and an air-conditioned media room facing each other across the pond while, on the far side, the main building incorporates a living and dining hall and three bedrooms. Beyond the main house, a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, complete with its own serene temple, rolls down manicured lawns to a generously sized swimming pool (with shallow feature suitable for children) and a thatch-roofed dining pavilion. The garden vista flows on to the tropical jungle canopy outside the villa walls and beyond to the surrounding rice terraces creating a picture-perfect backdrop to the serenity of Villa Mako.
Villa Mako's expansive main living and dining pavilion features folding doors at either end that open wide to allow the cool breezes to circulate. The soaring roof in this splendid building is 8.5-metres high and is fitted with paddle ceiling fans. Furnishings include a handsome teak dining table for 10; an attractive display of traditional Indonesian artefacts; wooden lamp-stands fashioned from Javanese statues; armchairs and a huge sofa upholstered in soothing neutral tones. A sunny stone terrace doubles the living space, making this a perfect venue for parties.
The open-plan, well-equipped feature kitchen at Villa Mako is fitted in glass and cream terrazzo. To one side is a casual breakfast area furnished with a circular marble-topped table and six brightly cushioned chairs.
In the villa's cozy media room stretch out on the big squashy rainbow-striped sofa or kick back on the leather La-Z-Boy chair. This timber-clad room has folding doors that open directly onto the pond, appearing to float above it. Guests can relax in air-conditioned comfort or open the doors wide and be cooled by ceiling fans and natural breezes. The room is equipped with a TV and DVD/CD player and the high quality sound system is linked via a portable iPod docking station to speakers throughout the villa.