A once in a lifetime experience….
Welcome to Villa Voyage – a spectacular five-bedroom villa according absolute beachfront luxury in laid-back Nusa Lembongan, off Bali’s eastern coast. The property is located on Sandy Bay, in a small community of private villas. You can easily reach the Villa by speed boat in 30 minutes from Sanur, but will feel a million miles from main stream tourism.
The Villa is right-on-the-beach in a tropical island setting, with gorgeous sea vistas, glamorous ‘luxe nomad’ themed interiors, gourmet cuisine, and professional staff focused on spoiling their guests.
Created as a luxury beach home for couples, groups of friends and extended families, the Villa can accommodate up to10 adults and 3 children (in 5 queen-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms). Two daybeds can be used as extra beds and one additional bed can be made available on request.
The globe trotting owner: Farah Khan, whose fashion creations are favoured by many Hollywood celebrities, has styled Voyage as a barefoot luxury abode, while maintaining the old world charm of coconut-wood floors, bamboo, thatched alang-alang roof and driftwood lamps in a tropical island setting metres from the white-sand beach.
There’s a sense of space and freedom in the contemporary interiors, with comfortable sofas and tables crafted from reclaimed limed teakwood set before walls of glass framing the sea view beyond the deck. Accenting the neutral colour palette of creams and greys are couture designer touches and decorative flourishes supporting the glamour travel theme – vintage Louis Vuitton monogram steamer trunks; Prada, Tods, Aigner, and various other designer luggage, and lavishly illustrated coffee table books on exotic destinations, culture, art and architecture. Amplifying the luxury safari look is canvas and leather furniture from the Esprite Nomade collection, including their renowned bespoke tents that float over Voyage’s supremely comfortable beds.
On an island that has few cars, the villa has its own safari-style open-sided buggy for land transfers, and also available to villa guests for island expeditions is the Voyage jukung, a traditional outrigger fishing boat that has been transformed into a designer pleasure craft complete with Emilio Pucci print cushions and gourmet picnic baskets. Of course, as in the days of grand travel where one was accompanied by a retinue of helpers, guests can expect to be cosseted by the villa’s charming staff.
Villa Voyage is an imposing double-height pavilion oriented along the beachfront to make the most of the magnificent sea vistas – 26 metres of bi-fold and sliding doors open onto a spacious ironwood deck with free-form infinity pool, beyond which turquoise-tipped breakers claim the fine white sand. The open-plan living area takes up the lion’s share of the pavilion. At one end is the dining area, bar and guests’ kitchen and, beyond, the chef’s kitchen; at the opposite end is the master bedroom suite and a second bedroom suite. Stairs lead to the mezzanine level where a galleried walkway overlooking the sitting area below leads to the two mezzanine ocean suites at either end.
A separate pavilion set in the garden within the villa’s walled compound houses the fifth bedroom suite, and a third discreetly placed building by the villa’s entrance is used as staff quarters.
Villa Voyage’s five spacious bedroom suites are equipped with queen-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and either balconies or garden terraces. King Koil goose down pillows, deep foam mattresses and designer bed linen ensure a good night’s sleep – with rooms offering the choice of air-conditioning or overhead fan.
Each of the two identical and enormous mezzanine ocean suites expresses the villa’s luxury tented safari theme to perfection; a queen-size bed is cocooned under a floating canvas tent suspended from the apex of the alang-alang roof, and the rooms are furnished with wardrobe ‘tents’ in the dressing area, a folding writing desk, day bed, and steamer trunks. Coconut-wood walls and floors continue the rustic–luxe look, and large Pucci print cushions add a dash of blue to the otherwise neutral palette of browns and creams. A soaring triangular wall of glass to the front opens onto a large private ironwood balcony furnished with a round table and chairs and a pair of sun loungers and stunning sea views. To the rear of the bedroom, cunningly concealed behind screens of canvas, is a large open-plan bathroom with double basins and mirrors and glazed terrazzo enclosure with rain shower.
Below, the master suite continues the ‘luxury under canvas’ theme, with a four-poster queen bed bedecked with canvas and leather trim, a steamer trunk acting as a media cabinet for the flat-screen 40-inch TV, a canvas seating area that conceals a spare bed, and canvas-backed directors chairs set before sliding doors delightfully opening onto the pool deck. Beyond the bedroom is a dressing area lined with leather-trimmed rattan clothes storage and shelving designed to accommodate the most profligate packer. This leads into the bathroom with double basins, patio with open-air shower and, taking pride of place before sliding doors to the beachside deck, a sculptured terrazzo bathtub.
Next door, facing away from the sea, is the garden suite. The contemporary four-poster bed laden with colourful cushions faces a small courtyard and, on one side, a balcony with table and chairs. A particular feature is the traditional leather travelling desk which doubles as a dressing table. The large ensuite bathroom has a wardrobe of rattan and leather, double basins and, set in a sun-filled patio, an open-air shower.
The garden pavilion suite stands alone, surrounded by white sand in the villa grounds. Its’ harem-style silken ceiling calls to mind Bedouin tents and desert hospitality, and such romance continues in the soft furnishings and decorations. Walls of glass offer glimpses of the sea and lead onto a private deck. The ensuite bathroom is discreetly tucked around the corner of the walled garden deck.
Villa Voyage’s magnificent living room is open-plan for easy entertaining, its walls of glass doors leading onto the pool terrace and highlighting the stunning tropical beachfront setting. (The doors fold back completely for open-air sea-breeze living, or can be closed to create air-conditioned comfort.) Within the double-height central section, four over-size cream upholstered sofas are arranged around a sectional coffee table set before a console with 60-inch LED TV, Apple TV, DVD and iPod.
The owners’ exquisite taste and design influence is everywhere: Louis Vuitton trunks provide voyage-themed displays; Thai, lacquer ware offering bowls provide red accents and richly scented candles tease the senses; lavishly illustrated books on Balinese customs, exotic travel and the best of international interiors engage the mind. Above, a halo of over-size canvas lampshades lures the eye towards the mezzanine gallery – noted designer, Ari Saski Wekku, also created the cigar-shaped driftwood statement lamp over the entrance. On the far side of the living pavilion are two dining tables of reclaimed limed teakwood, each with six canvas director’s chairs. An island of teakwood and marble acts as buffet, bar and cooking station for when guests wish to whip up a gourmet meal themselves. Behind is the chef’s kitchen, equipped with everything required to lavishly entertain 20-plus people.
Bridging the pavilion and the beach is an huge ironwood deck overlooking the turquoise waters of Sandy Bay, with a 12m x 5m free-form tension-edge pool big enough for swimming laps yet with a shallow platform for relaxation. Equally evident here is the exquisite attention to design detail found within the villa. Poolside beanbags, sun loungers and daybeds invite indolence, and a shoreline pergola provides shade for two defined areas: an over-size daybed platform inches away from the beach for sea-breeze siestas and sunset cocktails, and semi-circular seating curved around a teak table laden with shells – the perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast. Stylized animal-print cushions add just the right touch of glamour, and at night the area is transformed by clever ambient lighting that illuminates the palms and bathes the pool in changing colours.
A few steps down from the deck is a sand garden where offerings are placed daily at a Balinese temple tucked under the canopy of a sacred banang-banang tree; shaded beneath its bowers is an antique daybed and a few paces away a gate set in the low dry-stone boundary wall leads directly onto the