Heritage chic meets contemporary luxe at Des Indes Villas. These two stunning fully staffed multi-pavilion villas - comprising four-bedroom Des Indes Villa 1 and five-bedroom Des Indes Villa 2 - are quietly tucked away within the elite Laksmana Villas, moments from the surfing beach of Petitenget and some of Bali's most iconic restaurants and bars. Both villas are impeccably designed for Bali-style open living, and are decorated with colonial-era furniture, oriental carpets, heirloom artefacts and curios. Well-suited for multi-generation families or groups of friends who appreciate both social space and privacy, they can also be booked together for larger groups of more than 18-guests.
Accommodation at Des Indes 1 is spread across a series of pavilions encircling the well-established tropical garden. From the main entrance, steps lead across a large koi pond into the intricately carved antique teakwood joglo - the villa's centrepiece. Across the lagoon pool that curves around this elegant living space lie two master bedroom bungalows. Tucked to one side of the garden, a two-storey building houses two guest suites. On the other side is another pavilion with guest bar, guest cloakroom and, behind, the kitchen and service area.
At the heart of Des Indes 1 is the magnificent living pavilion - a centuries-old elaborately carved teakwood joglo, once the home of a Javanese aristocrat and believed to be the best preserved in Bali. Within this large open-sided living space are separate zones: a dining area with table for eight, and three different seating areas where colonial-style cane and rattan sofas and planters chairs cluster around coffee tables laden with books on culture and art. Oriental carpets, lacquer ware drums and stone statues are among the myriad decorative pieces embellishing this glorious space.
In a separate pavilion is the guest bar and butler's pantry, with antique masks lining one wall, an old cabinet brimming with spirits, and bar chairs pulled up at the counter ready for sunset cocktails. Along a corridor is the well-equipped kitchen - the Chef's domain, though guests are welcome to use it if so inclined.
Further living spaces are found within the sleeping pavilions: an air-conditioned den/library in the master pavilions, and verandas off the guest rooms provide private corners for repose away from the crowd.
Within the garden is a cushioned bale that invites lengthy afternoon siestas. Even within the lagoon pool, there are places to sit, semi-submerged with a cocktail or good book.