Huge reclaimed ironwood doors open onto the first floor garden courtyard and its stunning ocean vista. To one side is the living room and media room with large veranda beyond. To the other side is the dining terrace, powder room and, behind, the kitchen and staff service areas. Above this wing are two bedrooms. Two further guest bedrooms and the master lie a floor below, opening onto ironwood decks poised over lily ponds and looking across the lawn to the large pool and cliff-edge entertainment bale. On a lower level is the large gym, sauna and steam room.
The heart of Villa Soham is the large light-flooded living pavilion that enjoys panoramic views of the ocean glistening towards the horizon. Half of the pavilion is enclosed and air-conditioned; the other half is left open-sided for alfresco living. Under the teakwood-lined vaulted roof, two over-sized sofas and designer all-weather rattan chairs encircle a black marble coffee table. A signature pendant lamp hangs over a massive marble-topped table comfortably seating 12; a butlers’ bar is discreetly tucked away behind.
Behind a stunning feature wall of Bengkirai-wood pivot doors lies the air-conditioned media room, where comfortable seating is sandwiched between the ocean view and small courtyard garden, and set before a 48-inch TV.
Tucked below the pool is a large well-equipped gym with separate rooms for sauna and steam, and a massage room.
One half of the living pavilion comprises an enormous open-sided ironwood veranda lined with bench seating – the best place to enjoy the panoramic ocean vista beyond. Elsewhere on the same level is a dining terrace where eight to 10 guests may enjoy alfresco meals with a killer view.
The focus of outdoor entertainment is the enormous poolside balé with kitchenette and bar counter where guests may relax on comfortable modular seating, while staff serve sunset cocktails or the chef prepares a barbecue. Those wishing to catch the sun can recline on sun loungers set on the stone terrace by the 22-metre infinity pool almost on the cliff edge.
Custom-designed furniture, a soothing grey and ivory colour scheme, 42-inch cable TV, extensive wardrobe space and a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fan are features of all five unusually spacious bedrooms. The bathrooms continue the contemporary theme with walls of Javanese marble and smoked glass, and cream acid-washed marble floors; all feature rain showers and there are bathtubs in three of them.
Master bedroom suite
Bask in the stunning views across the pool towards the ocean from the 2.4 metre wide Emperor bed resting in the centre of this huge master suite. The view is equally impressive from the bathtub set before a wall of glass in the adjoining ensuite. Both bedroom and ensuite open onto a lotus-lined teakwood deck with private seating.
Pool guest suites
One of the two guest bedrooms that flank the master suite is equally spacious, with the same stunning ocean view across the pool from both bedroom and bathroom, a centrally positioned bed comprising two twins (that convert to a king), and with a small terrace beyond the wall of glass. The slightly smaller second guest room has a king-size bed and faces the garden beyond a circular staircase leading to the living pavilion veranda.
Upper guest suites
Two further guest suites occupy a third-level wing, both with vaulted roof, twins converting to a king-size bed, daybed and ottoman, and walk-through wardrobe into the shower room. The ocean views from the south-facing guestroom are wonderful.
Kuta Selatan, the Bukit peninsula, Bali, Indonesia.
10 guests in 5 bedrooms (all with king-size beds, three of which convert to twins). Two additional guests accommodated on extra beds (charges apply).
Living and dining room; media room; alfresco dining terrace; open-sided pool pavilion; well equipped kitchen; gym and massage room with steam room and sauna.
22m x 6m x 1.4m.
Both villas share a team of staff, including a villa manager; villa attendants; chef; gardener; engineer; security. Additional staff (eg babysitters, massage and beauty therapists) are available at additional charge.
A suggestion menu of Balinese, Indonesian, Asian, Western, vegetarian and kids’ dishes; barbecue menu; off-menu requests accommodated (including special diets). Grocery cost is charged 20% handling fee which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate.
WiFi internet access; PABX room-to-room phone system; laptop on request.
48-inch flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD player in media room; 42-inch TV in the bedrooms; Sonos sound system.
Villa Soham is well equipped for families with young children. Facilities include high chair; cot; pool toys. Other equipment can be hired on request (extra charges apply).
Gym with weights bench; in villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu carried out by professional beauty therapists in the massage room (extra cost applies); sauna and steam room; private gym garden.
In-room safes; barbecue; back-up generator.
Car and driver available for 8 hours at a special rate of USD45++/day (excluding petrol).
When rented with Villa Hamsa, weddings and events may be arranged for up to 40 seated guests or 60 guests standing.
1,915sqm (land); 1,309sqm (villa).