Villa Voyage accords one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime
experiences: a right-on-the-beach tropical island setting, gorgeous sea
vistas, glamorous 'luxe nomad' themed interiors, gourmet cuisine, and
professional staff focused on spoiling their guests. Created as a luxury
beach home for couples, groups of friends and extended families, this
beautifully designed five-bedroom beachfront villa is set on the
crescent of Sandy Bay in Nusa Lembongan, 30-minutes' boat ride off the
east coast of Bali. Completed in 2012, it is unquestionably the finest
villa on Lembongan Island.
Villa Voyage is an imposing double-height pavilion oriented along the beachfront to make the most of the magnificent sea vistas - 26 metres of bi-fold and sliding doors open onto a spacious ironwood deck with 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 chef's kitchen; at the opposite end is 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 entrance is used as staff quarters.
Villa Voyage's five spacious bedroom suites are equipped with queen- size beds, ensuite bathrooms and either balconies or garden terraces. King Koil goose down pillows, deep foam mattresses and designer bed linen ensure a good night's sleep - with rooms offering the choice of air-conditioning or overhead fan. All have ensuite bathrooms with rain showers and, in the master bathroom, a bathtub.
Each of the two identical and enormous Mezzanine Ocean Suites expresses the villa's luxury tented safari theme to perfection; a queen-size bed is cocooned under a floating canvas tent suspended from the apex of the alang-alang roof, and the rooms are furnished with wardrobe 'tents' in the dressing area, a folding writing desk, day bed, and steamer trunks.
Below, the Master Suite continues the 'luxury under canvas' theme, with a four-poster king bed bedecked with canvas and leather trim, a steamer trunk acting as a media cabinet for the flat-screen 40-inch TV, a canvas seating area that conceals a spare bed, and canvas-backed directors chairs set before sliding doors delightfully opening onto the pool deck.
Next door, facing away from the sea, is the Garden Suite.The contemporary fourposter bed laden with colourful cushions faces a small courtyard and, on one side, a balcony with table and chairs. A particular feature is the traditional leather travelling desk which doubles as a dressing table. The large ensuite bathroom has a wardrobe of rattan and leather, double basins and, set in a sun-filled patio, an open-air shower.
The Garden Pavilion Bedroom stands alone in a separate pavilion surrounded by white sand in the villa grounds. Its harem-style silken ceiling calls to mind Bedouin tents and desert hospitality, and such romance continues in the soft furnishings and decorations. Walls of glass offer glimpses of the sea and lead onto a private deck. The ensuite bathroom is discreetly tucked around the corner of the walled garden deck.
Villa Voyage's magnificent living room is open-plan for easy entertaining, its walls of glass doors leading onto the pool terrace and highlighting the stunning tropical beachfront setting. (The doors fold back completely for open-air sea-breeze living, or can be closed to create air-conditioned comfort.) Within the double-height central section, four over-size cream upholstered sofas are arranged around a sectional coffee table set before a console with 60-inch LED TV, Apple TV, DVD and iPod.
Bridging the pavilion and the beach is a huge ironwood deck overlooking the turquoise waters of Sandy Bay, with a 12m 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 beanbags, sun loungers and daybeds invite indolence, and a shoreline pergola provides shade for two defined areas: an over-size daybed platform inches away from the beach for sea-breeze siestas and sunset cocktails, and semi-circular seating curved around a teak table laden with shells - the perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast.