Villa Sati at Dea villas complex – comprises a series of individual pavilions, well screened in delightfully established gardens. The largest of these is the open-sided living pavilion, which looks over an amphitheatre style performance space near the large free-form swimming pool. Encircling the pool are four joglo pavilions, each housing a bedroom with garden bathroom and sun terrace. Among these is the sixth and smallest building – an antique lumbung (traditional rice barn) which doubles as a playhouse.
Four spacious bedroom suites are named after fragrant flowers that grow in Villa Sati’s gardens – Mawar, Melati, Kantil and Kamboja. Each enjoys an unusual degree of privacy, occupying its own pavilion – a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Javanese joglo with a central core of carved teakwood pillars, and walls of sliding doors and windows overlooking the garden. Each bedroom has a recessed three-metre long daybed that doubles as a bed for a child, and private terrace with daybed or chairs facing the pool. One is furnished with a king bed, while the other three have king-sized beds that convert to twins. All come with iPod dock, 32-inch TV with satellite channels and DVD player, and a choice of air-conditioning and overhead fan. Generous dressing areas open onto a garden bathroom with twin basins, walk-in rain shower, non-slip acid-washed marble floors and a statement bathtub.
Complementing its heritage-themed architecture, Villa Sati has large open-sided, fan-cooled living pavilion is embellished with fascinating oriental antiques and tribal artefacts from the owners’ personal collection. This is a comfortable space for family and friends to socialise on the casual rattan lounge seating or gather at the three-metre long dining table. Beyond an ornate Balinese door set into a feature wall of reclaimed brick is the guest kitchen – well equipped with all those holiday essentials: an espresso machine and wine fridge full of fine Champagne. Tucked out of sight is the staff kitchen.
Lying at the centre of the large gardens is the lagoon-style pool and an amphitheatre-style performance space, perfect for traditional Balinese dances or wedding blessings. Loungers stretch out on the sun terrace and, peeking out from the ring of bedroom pavilions, an authentic old lumbung (rice barn) provides an intriguing space for retreat or play.