This beautifully designed five-bedroom beachfront villa is set on the crescent of Sandy Bay in Nusa Lembongan, is just a 30-minute boat ride off the east coast of Bali. Dripping with luxury and featuring designer furnishings, Villa Voyage is the celebrity pad you always dreamed of living in.
Voyage implies a journey, an adventure, an odyssey. It suggests the era of grand sojourns, of cruise ships and safaris, and is the perfect name for a villa whose owner has travelled across the globe. Farah Khan, whose fashion creations are favoured by many Hollywood celebrities, has styled Villa Voyage as a barefoot luxury abode, while maintaining the old-world charm of coconut wood floors, bamboo thatched alang-alang roofs and driftwood lamps in a tropical island setting on a white sand beach.
There's a sense of space and freedom in the contemporary interiors, with comfortable sofas, and tables crafted from reclaimed limed teak set before glass walls which frame the ocean views. Accenting the neutral colour palette of creams and greys are couture designer touches and decorative flourishes supporting the glamour travel theme.
Beyond its walls, Villa Voyage stays true to its luxury adventure theme. On an island that has few cars, the villa has its own safari-style open-sided buggy for land transfers. Also available to villa guests for island expeditions is the Voyage jukung, a traditional outrigger fishing boat transformed with chic elements like Emilio Pucci print cushions and gourmet picnic baskets.
As a designer beach retreat, Villa Voyage is incomparable. It is particularly suited to couples, groups of friends and extended families, and will be appreciated by lovers of design aesthetics and effortless chic. This is the deserted island getaway of your dreams.
At the heart of Villa Voyage is an imposing double-height pavilion, oriented along the beachfront to make the most of the magnificent sea vistas. Here, 26-metres of bi-fold and sliding glass doors open onto a spacious ironwood deck with a free-form infinity pool, beyond which turquoise-tipped breakers claim the fine white sand. The open-plan living area takes up the lion’s share of the pavilion. At one end is the dining area, bar and guests' kitchen and, beyond, the staff kitchen. The opposite end houses the master bedroom suite and a second bedroom suite. Stairs lead to the mezzanine level, where a galleried walkway overlooking the sitting area below leads to the two mezzanine ocean suites at either end. A separate pavilion set in the garden, within the villa's walled compound, houses the fifth bedroom suite, and a third discreetly-placed building by the villa's entrance is used as staff quarters.
Villa Voyage's magnificent living room is open-plan for easy entertaining, its glass walled doors leading onto the pool terrace and highlighting the stunning tropical beachfront setting. The doors fold back completely for open-air breezy living, or can be closed for air-conditioned comfort. Within the double-height central section, four oversized cream-coloured upholstered sofas are arranged around a sectional coffee table set.
The owners' exquisite taste and design influence is everywhere: Louis Vuitton trunks provide voyage-themed displays, Thai lacquerware offering bowls add red accents to the decor and richly-scented candles tease the senses while lavishly illustrated books on Balinese customs, exotic travel and the best of international interiors engage the mind. Above, a halo of oversized canvas lampshades lure the eye towards the mezzanine gallery, and a cigar-shaped driftwood statement lamp designed by noted designer Ari Saski Wekku hangs over the entrance. On the far side of the living pavilion are two dining tables of reclaimed limed teak, each with six canvas director's chairs. An island made of teak and marble acts as a buffet, bar, and cooking station for when guests wish to whip up a gourmet meal themselves. At the back is the staff kitchen, equipped with everything required to lavishly entertain as many as 20-people.
Bridging the pavilion and the beach is an huge ironwood deck overlooking the turquoise waters of Sandy Bay, with a 15m x 5m free-form tension-edge pool big enough for swimming laps yet with a shallow platform for relaxation. Equally evident here is the exquisite attention to design detail found within the villa. Poolside bean bags, sun loungers and daybeds invite indolence, and a shoreline pergola provides shade for two defined areas: an oversized daybed platform inches away from the beach for sea-breeze cooled siestas and sunset cocktails, and semi-circular seating curved around a teak table laden with shells - the perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast. Stylized animal-print cushions add just the right touch of glamour, and at night the area is transformed by clever ambient lighting that illuminates the palms and bathes the pool in changing colours.
A few steps down from the deck is a sand garden, where offerings are placed daily at a Balinese temple tucked under the canopy of a sacred banang-banang tree. Shaded beneath its bowers is an antique daybed and a few paces away, a gate set in the low dry-stone boundary wall leading directly to the beach.