Rare is the Bali villa that offers direct access onto the beach from its pool terrace, as well as fabulous ocean views from nearly every room. The sublime Villa Seascape dazzles on a crescent of bleached-white sand on Nusa Lembongan, a small island just half an hour’s boat ride from Sanur. Stunning indoor and outdoor living space, a media room that can be set up as a fifth bedroom and five-star service including a full-time Chef is sure to attract a devoted following for this tropical beach haven - a perfect escape for families or groups of friends.
Villa Seascape's double-height living room, media room and three guest bedrooms occupy a contemporary two-storey ocean-facing building. The fourth guest bedroom is housed on the upper floor of the Garden Cottage, a separate building to the rear of the main house. The service kitchen is situated on the ground floor of the Garden Cottage. From the entrance, steps across a courtyard pond lead directly into the living space with open-plan guest kitchen to the left, ground-level bedroom suite and guest cloakroom to the right and, down a few steps, the main living room. This opens onto a dining terrace, beyond which is the swimming pool, sun terrace, pool bar and beach edge seating around a fire-pit. Off the living area is the media room, which can be set up as a fifth bedroom with attached bathroom. Two further guest bedrooms flank the upper level, linked by an aerial bridge that also gives access to the netting-floored mezzanine above the entrance and kitchen area.
Cooled by ceiling fans and the sea breeze, Villa Seascape’s soaring double-height living room is the villa’s social heart. This impressive split-level space is designed with easy entertaining in mind. Glass doors fold back fully onto a double-height terrace where a dining table comfortably seating ten commands pool and ocean views. Within, clusters of contemporary modular sofas and woven rattan ottomans invite both sparkling conversation and quiet repose. The beautifully designed kitchen, with distinctive wedge-shaped island counter is slightly elevated and lightly screened behind columns of distinctive ceramic lamps. While it gives guests the convenience of a fridge, hob and coffee machine, the chef prepares meals in the staff kitchen behind the main villa building.
Massive bamboo-plaited doors to one side of the living room fold back fully to reveal the media room, where an enormous circular mattress piled high with cushions sits on the polished concrete floor facing a 260cm retractable projector screen. Midnight blue cinema-style blackout curtains mean you can watch a movie here any time of the day without the tropical sunlight intruding. To one side are pool-and-ocean views through sliding doors that open onto the terrace. Opposite, mirrored doors open onto a huge semi-open bathroom with walls of mirror and coloured terrazzo, statement blue terrazzo tub with rain shower above, and an alfresco shower in the courtyard. The media room can also be set up as a fifth bedroom if necessary.
Accessed from the aerial walkway above the living area is a netting-floored mezzanine suspended like a huge hammock above the guest kitchen. This is the perfect spot for kids (and adventurous adults) to curl up on a pile of cushions and enjoy a good book or movie (there's a wall-mounted 52" TV with satellite channels and DVD player at one end), while keeping an eye on activities in the living area below.
The stunningly designed poolside space spills out beyond the dining terrace towards the spectacular 15-metre swimming pool. On one side, over-sized beanbags rest on the pebble-stone deck in front of a cushioned bench built into a gracefully curved coral wall. Across the pool is the pool bar where an elongated island of polished concrete and aqua-coloured timber stretches out under a sail awning, providing an outdoor kitchen and a sit-up bar counter for alfresco meals.
Inches away from the beach, semi-circular polished concrete seating curves around a fire-pit — the perfect place for sunset cocktails and after-dinner star-gazing.