On the southernmost edge of Bali's Bukit Peninsula, high above the Indian Ocean and the white sands of Pandawa Beach, yet less than 30 minutes from the airport, lies the magnificent Pandawa Cliff Estate, designed by internationally acclaimed Bali architect, Popo Danes.
Together, the estate's four villas, Pala, Rose, Marie and Markisa offer a total of 21 bedrooms. This, coupled with the superbly landscaped clifftop gardens, extensive decked areas, huge team of professional yet personable staff and purpose-designed guest facilities, make Pandawa Cliff Estate a wedding and special event venue par excellence. The villas also share a sports centre with full size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa.
Villa Marie is the most Balinese of the four Pandawa Cliff Estate villas in terms of her style and layout, echoing the traditional compound design of many Bali homes. Although the villa is set just back from the clifftop, nearly all of its rooms, as well as its garden and pool, offer tantalizing ocean views.
Gurgling ponds bordered by wooden decking are key features of the villaâs garden landscape and the feel is relaxed and comfortable. Two master bedroom pavilions lie opposite each other across the T-shaped 16-metre swimming pool (with a shallow area for kids), while a glass-wrapped living pavilion sits at the heart of the villa. Villa Marie also has the advantage of a spacious outdoor dining area, with a built-in barbecue and kitchenette for extra convenience.
Behind the living pavilion is the two-storey guest bedroom building with its four bright and spacious rooms. Bedrooms at Villa Marie are thoughtfully configured to offer ideal accommodation to families, with a king and a twin bedroom on each floor. Besides exclusive use of the leisure facilities at Villa Marie, you will also have full access to the estateâs sports centre (with squash and tennis courts), spa and gym, shared with Villa Rose, Villa Markisa and The Pala.
A friendly yet discreet team of butlers, housekeepers, gardeners, security and kitchen staff all work diligently under the experienced Villa Manager to take care of your every requirement and two cars with drivers are available for hiring, should you wish to explore Bali beyond the villa.
The crystal clear, reef-protected waters and white sands of Pandawa Beach lie immediately below the estate and can be reached via a new road that cuts down through the cliff, while many of Bali's best surf beaches are also close by. Only slightly further afield is the sacred sea temple of Uluwatu, the Bali National Golf Club, some cool beach bars and the many fine-dining and seafood restaurants of Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
Water features and wooden decks meander between the four individual buildings that make up six-bedroom Villa Marie. Two master bedroom pavilions, each with covered terraces, face the ocean at the front of the villa's tropical landscaped gardens. Between them lies a 16-metre T-shaped swimming pool (with a shallow kids pool) and a large, covered barbecue bale.
The centrally positioned living pavilion is enclosed in glass to maximize views on all sides, but can be fully opened onto the pool and gardens. This big square room is divided into a lounge, TV, dining and kitchen areas and makes a wonderfully convivial space - while overlooking the pool.
A deck crosses burbling pebble-lined ponds to the only two-storey building at Villa Marie, which houses the four remaining bedrooms, all en-suite and two on each floor.
Villa Marie's central living pavilion houses all her indoor living space in one big, convivial area. This is a lovely room for socializing, gazing out over the pool and gardens, chilling in front of the television, enjoying a meal at the 10-seater dining table - or even cooking one in the well-equipped open-plan kitchen. This is undoubtedly the hub and the heart of the villa.
Next to the living pavilion and right beside the 16-metre T-shaped pool (with the top of the T forming a shallow swimming area especially for kids) is a spacious outdoor dining bale fitted with a built-in barbecue, wet kitchen area and a circular, all-weather-rattan table for eight.