A private cliff front view…
From the private courtyard secured by heavy ironwood doors, steps over a lotus pond bring guests into Villa Hamsa’s large living pavilion, which opens onto a shaded full-length veranda looking towards the ocean view. At the far end of the pool is the master bedroom suite with cliff-edge private deck. The three guest suites occupy a lower level under the pool, and are accessed by steps to the side of the living pavilion leading to a semi-subterranean passageway with towering windows looking onto a natural rock wall. From there, a staircase spirals down another level to the ocean-view gym and massage room with private cliff-edge garden.
All four spacious bedrooms at Villa Hamsa feature custom-designed furniture, a soothing grey and ivory colour scheme, extensive wardrobe space and a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fan. 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 bathtubs.
With Jimbaran Bay, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu all within an easy 10km drive away, guests an make the most of the car and driver at hand to explore the Island.
Four bedroom Villa Hamsa can be rented together with five bedroom sister Villa Soham, to make a nine bedrooms estate – ideal for large family celebrations, reunions and retreats. A dedicated team of professionals looks after guests of both villas in the Sohamsa Ocean Estate under the watchful eye of the experienced villa manager. Each team member takes pride in learning the personal preferences of every guest and responding with a ready smile and typical Balinese charm.
Nothing says ‘luxury holiday’ more than being able to leave behind the daily grind of preparing family meals, and instead embracing the pleasure of having your own in-villa chef. With many years’ experience working in noted Seminyak restaurants, Sohamsa’s accomplished chef will enrich your villa experience immeasurably. Indonesian and Thai cuisine is his forte and he’s adept at international dishes too. All you have to do is leaf through the suggestion menu or make off-menu requests with him or the villa manager in the morning – perhaps after enjoying an excellent American continental or Indonesian breakfast. The next thing you know, you’re sitting around the dining table enjoying a leisurely lunch, candlelit dinner or sunset barbecue without having had to lift a finger.
The chef will happily coordinate the purchase of fresh menu ingredients as well as any special requests, including alcoholic beverages. Groceries and beverages are charged at market prices (plus a small handling fee)
There’s a kids’ menu featuring favourite foods, and the chef can prepare other dishes on request or adapt adult meals to suit young tastebuds. While parents are welcome to prepare meals for fussy eaters in the well-equipped kitchen, you can also choose to leave this in the capable hands of the kitchen staff.
Sohamsa’s clifftop location gives a clue to some of the family activities on offer. Just a few kilometres drive away is Pandawa Beach with its stretch of white sand and shallow protected waters where you can swim safely, build sandcastles or hire a kayak. Close by is paintballing and – for older kids – parasailing, and within half an hour are the attractions of Nusa Dua and Jumbaran and several world-renowned surf breaks.
The master bedroom suite lies between the pool and the cliff edge perched atop the guest suites block. Under the soaring Merbauwood ceiling sits a massive emperor-size four-poster bed facing the treetops of the adjoining sister Villa Soham. A sofa in the corner makes a cosy reading corner or can be converted to a kid’s bed. A Sonos sound system and 32-inch LED TV on a movable platform provides alternative entertainment to the 180-degree ocean vista beyond the suite’s enormous ironwood deck.
Equally palatial is the bathroom with twin basins on a marble countertop, ceramic bathtub, WC enclosure, wall of well-designed wardrobes and both indoor and outdoor rain showers looking over the ocean.
Occupying the level below the master suite and swimming pool are three spacious guest suites – each with twins convertible to king-size beds, lacquer cabinet concealing a TV and DVD player, marble-topped table and deeply cushioned banquette. One guest bedroom has prime position overlooking the ocean, with a private ironwood deck looking down onto a courtyard garden accessed from the gym, and a wall of glass bringing the stunning view into the bathroom too. The other mirror-image bedrooms look onto a lotus pond within a walled courtyard; in each, a statement bathtub sits on a private ironwood deck accessed by sliding doors from the bathroom.
The large, light-filled living pavilion features a vaulted roof, signature screen walls of Bengkirai-wood blocks, and a wall of glass sliding doors opening onto the terrace and looking across the pool towards the master pavilion and the ocean beyond. Two large, deeply upholstered cream sofas and a pair of retro rattan chairs rest on a striking jute carpet from the Philippines, with a black marble coffee table in between. To one side is a matt-black cabinet concealing a 42-inch TV and Sonos sound system. On the other side of the room a massive 2.2-metre marble-topped table with ‘lazy susan’ turntable and ten armchairs sits under a stunning pendant light created from a circle of resin candles.Two levels down is the well-equipped gym where guests may make use of the treadmill, cycle, cross-trainer, and weights bench while gazing at the expanse of ocean beyond the private garden. There’s also a spa room with two massage beds and a shower.
On the covered pergola terrace is an alfresco dining area, with teakwood table for eight to 10 guests. Sun loungers sit on the longer edge of the pool terrace next to a bench crafted from rough-hewn ironwood.
Accessed via the master bedroom but too magnificent to keep only for its occupants is an enormous ironwood deck with near-180-degree views of the ocean below. Benches along the balustrades on three sides provide the perfect vantage point for enjoying the best views in the Villa.