Five minutes from Berawa Beach and only 15 minutes from the buzz of Seminyak is a romantic three-bedroom villa that promises guests a unique tropical holiday experience. Villa Amy’s contemporary interpretation of heritage chic is inspired. Oriented for privacy on separate terraces edged by cascading pools and lily ponds are three pavilions – all antique Javanese joglos with their four-pillar carved teakwood core, full of the owner’s oriental and Indonesian curios and collectibles. Their interiors are brought bang up to date with soaring glass sliding doors, glamorous furniture, and the iPod docks, TVs and other bells and whistles of 21st Century living.
Whether swimming in the free-form pool fed by a waterfall, gazing over the rice fields from the shade of the balé, or watching a film in the air-conditioned comfort of the bedroom, Villa Amy offers many corners for quiet time as well as social interaction. As one of four villas in the exclusive Dea Villas Estate, it also accords its guests a range of facilities that few Bali villas can offer. Where else could you wobble off the calories on a Powerplate in a professionally equipped air-conditioned gym, work up a sweat in the sauna and then pop into the dedicated spa for a deliciously choreographed four-hand massage? And all that while the kids let off steam on swings and slides in the playground?
Villa Amy guests also enjoy an exemplary level of service. Among the 29-strong staff that serves Dea Villas are butlers working in shifts 24/7, and three chefs who are dab hands at creating everything from poolside snacks to gourmet dinners from a reasonably priced menu.
While Villa Amy would suit a family, a few couples – even honeymooners who’d like a little more space for themselves, it can also be rented in conjunction with any (or all) of the three other Villa Radha (one bedroom), Villa Sarasvati and Villa Sati (both four bedrooms). Between them, the four villas have a total of 12 bedrooms for 24 people (with 8+ extra beds possible), offering the flexibility of different combinations for multiple families holidaying together, large groups of friends and wedding parties (see also the Dea Villas official website for details).
- Fan-cooled open-sided living pavilion featuring the ornately carved central core (pillars and ceiling) of an antique teakwood Javanese joglo
- Huge dining table crafted from a four-metre slab of solid wood, seating up to 14 on cushion-covered benches
- Well-equipped kitchen alongside, with wine fridge, espresso machine and walk-in pantry
- Large waterfall-fed swimming pool adjoining the living pavilion, with sun loungers and umbrella on the terrace
- Poolside balé created from a large thatch-roofed daybed is raised on river rocks for rice-terrace views
- Large sun-trap terrace outside master bedroom, edged with a pond from where a waterfall cascades into the swimming pool below
- Pond with fire-bowl and carved sandstone screen
- Private garden terraces for all three bedrooms
- Palatial master bedroom suite in towering antique joglo, with king-size bed raised on a terrazzo plinth between four soaring pillars
- Sitting area with sofa and armchairs set on teakwood floors before a credenza with TV and DVD player
- Large dressing area
- Large semi-open garden bathroom with walk-in rainshower, twin basins and statement river-rock bathtub by a recessed daybed and antique Chinese screen
- Private sun terrace
- In a separate pavilion on the lower terrace
- King-size bed raised on a terrazzo platform between four joglo pillars
- Daybed between twin desks
- Sliding glass doors onto private garden with table and chairs
- Dressing area leads to large garden bathroom with rainshower and huge open-air river-rock bathtub
- Twin bedroom shares same pavilion as master bedroom, so has towering walls and soaring roof
- Twin wardrobes and dressing tables
- Tropical garden bathroom
- Small sun terrace with Ganesha statue
Dea Villas is located in a quiet street in the rural district of Berawa, near Canggu. There’s not much in the immediate area apart from a number of luxury villas, acres of rice fields and the rugged surf beach of Berawa (2km). Within a two-kilometre radius of Dea Villas are a number of café-style restaurants, a delicatessen, some simple spas, and a yoga venue.
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