The traditional style open-sided living pavilion with its high-vaulted thatch roof is the social hub of the villa, cooled by ceiling fans and the fresh sea breeze. Two cream sofas and a deep daybed surround an antique coffee table, while two small tables and chairs provide the setting for a cup of tea. From here guests have uninterrupted views across the gardens and swimming pool to the ocean.
Adjacent to the living area is the dining room with a solid teak table (seats 12) positioned under ceiling fans. Glass folding doors on all sides ensure the room can be fully enclosed in inclement weather and a brass gong sits in one corner to summon guests at meal times. The square kitchen sits behind the dining room and features black granite work tops, stainless steel appliances, a wine fridge and coffee machine.
To the rear of the property, above the twin guest rooms, is the air-conditioned games room with glorious views of the neighbouring rice fields. Equipped with billiard table, 43-inch satellite TV with Bose CD/DVD player and iPod connection, soft English style sofas and a grand piano (not for guest use), this room provides respite from the heat and an escape for teenagers.
Famed for its dramatic, absolute beachfront location, Villa Ombak Laut spoils guests with an enormous amount of space. Beautifully landscaped, the gardens encircle the villa with their soft rolling lawns and vibrant green foliage. Pretty flowers inject splashes of colour and Javanese lamp boxes light up the surroundings at night. Carved limestone friezes and painted stone Sumba horses add to the villa’s unique ambiance.
Just beyond the living pavilion is the 18-metre infinity pool, flanked by green sun loungers shaded by umbrellas and coconut palms and perfectly placed for relaxation. To the left of the pool, beside a lily pond, is an outdoor dining area (seats 10) – just the spot for a seafood barbecue.
A bridge crosses a trickling stream and a stone pathway leads guests up to a large grassed area at the top of which is the sunset balé. Here guests can take in the power of the ocean as it crashes across the black rocks, glistening sands and holy sea temple.
Opposite the gladak guest house is the well-maintained tennis court. After a match, guests can take a refreshing dip in the teardrop-shaped swimming pool and relax in the sun on one of the bright red loungers, or under the shade of the antique balé.