Comfort, privacy and space….
Named after the white-capped waves – views of which can be relished from its upper floor rooms and terraces – five-bedroom Villa Ombak Putih breathes an ocean-inspired theme in every element of its design. This majestic and contemporary-styled property presents crisp white exteriors and cool cream marble floors, while natural Palimanan stone is the material of the villa’s striking bas-relief murals and impressive Balinese statues, which flank the grand entranceway and border the ponds.
This pale white stone features abundantly throughout the villa and defines the garden with plump, perfectly placed pebbles and warm textured paving. Even the flowers in the 3300-square-metre garden reflect the foamy surf: all are white, from the sweet-scented snowy blossoms on the many frangipani trees to the softly flowering jasmine that borders the lawns.
In keeping with the villa’s seaside location, 150 metres from the rugged Cemagi beach, white furnishings are characterised by cheerful cushion fabrics, splashes of blue and turquoise in the ocean-inspired photographic artwork, a dark blue wall, a rustic blue door and tastefully displayed time-worn aquamarine artefacts.
Perhaps the best way to explore this beautiful rural area of Bali is by foot or bicycle (bicycle hire can be arranged); the lanes around Ombak Putih are flat and quiet as long as you steer clear of the main road. Five minutes’ walk up the black-sand beach is the small sea temple of Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus; it sits on a rocky outcrop and is reminiscent of a miniature Tanah Lot, Bali’s most famous sea temple located two or three kilometres further up the coast (9km by road). Heading inland, before you reach the main road, is a village temple and traditional market, where there always seems to be a lot of colourful activity.
This gorgeous villa presents two enormous master bedrooms with exotic, tropical, open-air bathrooms, three very private guest suites, a 30-metre swimming pool and a delightful choice of indoor and outdoor living and dining spaces. A large, friendly team of staff is on hand at Villa Ombak Putih to look after every guest need with butler service and superb home-cooking.
Guests enter Ombak Putih via a stepping-stone avenue over a large, clear-water pond where two huge overflowing urns provide the soothing sounds of falling water.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors run the length of the villa, removing all possibility of secrets; the state-of-the-art living areas, gardens, and swimming pool simply rush in to say hello. To the right is the formal dining area and kitchen; to the left, a comfortable lounge. The two master bedrooms are located upstairs and there are three stand alone suites in the garden.
Ombak Putih’s two master bedrooms are located upstairs in the main building and are both as sleek and sexy as each other. Lined with huge blow up images from the owner’s travels around Indonesia, each bedroom has white linens, hardwood floors, a high-pitched ceiling and wide views of the ocean from not only the king-size bed and the stone-paved balcony, but from the bathtub and shower as well. The bathrooms carry a nautical theme of seahorse- and starfish-shaped fittings to complement the ever-present sight of the ocean. To the rear of each bedroom, a spacious dressing areas faces away from the sea and yields to rice fields and a volcanic horizon. In the area between the master bedrooms is a large sitting area with two white painted daybeds and a wooden table under a translucent white skylight. Glass doors open out to a furnished stone terrace with ocean and garden views. These two bedrooms also work for a family wishing to sleep close together, perhaps making use of some extra beds.
Guest bedroom 1 is situated in the gardens, just below the pool. This room is bathed in natural sunlight courtesy of two sets of sliding glass doors, one of which leads out to a stone terrace overlooking a manicured lawn and two very inviting hammocks. A king-size bed rests on a raised plinth beneath a stone frieze depicting tropical palm fronds and frangipani flowers, while two white leather easy chairs just beg to be sat upon and a large white wardrobe provides plenty of storage. A semi-open outdoor bathroom with monsoon shower and a bathtub invites guests to experience bathing under the sun and stars.
Guest bedroom 2 sits next to a garden of wild grasses and flowers, a little further along the garden pathway. Sliding doors open onto a wooden deck, bringing the outdoors in. This room is furnished with a white-painted king-size bed and two dark wooden wardrobes. A large wooden lamp and an Indonesian totem sit alongside a zebra striped leather chair, while a huge image depicting a school of tropical fish reminds guests which country they are in. The bathroom features a sunken open-air tub with hand-held shower for more outdoor glory.
The villa’s third guest bedroom lies at the very bottom of the garden, amidst a grove of juvenile palm trees. Two inviting lawn chairs rest on the terrace taking in this miniature forest setting while, inside, the room is dominated by a blonde-wood king-size bed, flanked by wicker lamps and heralded by a bird carving. Two similar coloured wardrobes provide storage, while more tantalising images of Indonesian island-life adorn the walls. The open-air bathroom is noteworthy for its water wall and cleverly designed, monsoon shower that looks as though it could be a time portal to another dimension.
In Villa Ombak Putih’s main pavilion an air-conditioned white and blue themed living room is furnished with two comfy sofas and chairs and an antique coffee table all set before a 46-inch TV with satellite channels and a Blu-Ray disc player. Antique wooden artefacts and a Balinese gong adorn the room and sliding glass doors lead out from here to the garden.
Separated from the living area by the grand central foyer, the dining room and kitchen are dominated by a long and beautiful suar wood table with seating for ten, lit by three hanging lanterns with huge woven bamboo shades. A montage of aqua images embellish the walls alongside tribal shields from Papua. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors at one end of the dining area provide garden views and lead out to the pool and terrace.
The villa has an enviable, air conditioned, feature kitchen that’s almost over-equipped with serious brand-name appliances. Characterised by a wall of rough-cut marble mosaic and polished concrete work surfaces, the kitchen includes a massive central island lit by three hanging lanterns and accompanied by four wooden bar stools.
The very sociably situated sunken poolside lounge is sure to see a lion’s share of daytime activity. Open on three sides, it features a kitchen area and guest washroom, a wooden bar, antique Indonesian daybeds that serve as tables, bar stools, and wide, built-in sofas with enough seating room for a small army. Above, on the rooftop terrace, daybeds beckon for sunbathing and sunset cocktails.
An alfresco dining area sits to the right of the pool between the sunken lounge and a patio area lined with river stones and furnished with two all-weather couches. A ten-seater dining table provides a lovely spot to enjoy dinner after the heat of the day has subsided.
The villa’s mature garden stretches for what feels like forever, changing its characteristics as it meanders past the pool and the guest bedrooms towards the property’s boundary. Poolside, sun loungers and two double daybeds are positioned next to mature frangipanis, palms and lilies that pepper the lawns. At the far end of the 30-metre pool the water overflows down a three metre cascade to a smaller pool fronted by two Ganesha (elephant god) statues. Beyond, a ‘wild’ garden of ornamental grasses and white flowering shrubs eventually gives way to a small ‘enchanted forest’ of palm trees and silence.