Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa has been designed to optimise its extraordinary beachfront setting and ocean views. A large open-sided living pavilion fashioned after a traditional Balinese wantilan (village meeting hall) forms the villa’s social hub. To one side is the master bedroom pavilion with a private lounge. Set well back from the main living and dining pavilions is a chef’s kitchen and staff service area. In between, a path leads to the full-size tennis court (shared with a neighbouring villa).
Amongst the lush gardens is an 18-metre swimming pool and sundeck and a private coconut grove, complete with large tiled balé pavilion, that makes an idyllic wedding venue.
The huge thatched wantilan-style living and dining pavilion is Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa’s social hub. Cooled by ceiling fans and sea breezes, this open-sided building accords guests spectacular views across the garden towards the ocean from a variety of seating areas set on cream terrazzo floors under a soaring two-tiered roof. Huge sofas provide comfortable space for lounging. A magnificent suar wood table seats 14 for formal dining, while a smaller breakfast table provides a more intimate space for four and the coconut-shell bar is the perfect setting for sundowners and cookery demonstrations. From the living pavilion a covered boardwalk leads to the villa’s kitchen – well equipped and beautifully decorated with a design palette of cream terrazzo and lime-washed teak.
Incorporated within the master bedroom pavilion is a handsomely furnished lounge equipped with a TV artfully concealed in an antique Indonesian cabinet.
The second-floor lounge in the guest bedroom pavilion is blessed with panoramic ocean views.m Its wide windows can be flung open to catch the sea breeze or closed for air conditioned comfort, while rattan chairs and a huge daybed make this a comfortable retreat at any time of the day.
Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa’s owners have lavished much love and attention into creating the villa’s lush landscaped gardens; fishponds with bubbling water features, fragrant frangipanis and tropical coconut palms all mix harmoniously with the surrounding natural environment. From the living pavilion, manicured lawns of Japanese grass roll towards the beach, and the natural green-stone pool is perfect for refreshing dips. Sun seekers will enjoy lounging on the poolside deck and the garden balé is just the spot for sea-breeze-cooled siestas. As night falls, drinks and supper can be served at the poolside dining table under a canopy of stars.
In the villa’s private coconut grove is a large event balé with guest washrooms, purpose-built to facilitate weddings and celebrations for up to 200 guests. From the coconut grove a raised timber walkway meanders to the beach.
Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa’s master suite is spectacular. Here, an exquisite collection of antiques and artefacts vie for attention with the ocean view beyond the private terrace. From behind the four-poster king-size bed, a Buddha statue casts its protective eyes over sleeping guests, while armchairs around a small round table provide a cosy spot for morning coffee. Hidden behind traditional carved doors is a dressing area. Equally impressive in size and décor is the garden bathroom, with open-air shower, twin washbasins and a circular terrazzo bathtub for two.
Main house guest bedrooms
Three guest bedrooms in the main house feature whitewashed four-poster king-size beds (two are convertible to twins), draped in mosquito netting and dressed with crisp white linen and batik cushions that contrast nicely against the Bengkirai wood floor. The two downstairs rooms open onto the garden, while the upstairs bedroom opens onto a balcony shared with an adjacent lounge and panoramic ocean views. Each comes with air conditioning and ceiling fans. All three ensuite bathrooms are individually designed – one has a sunken terrazzo tub, another an alfresco shower, and the upstairs bathroom a shower looking out over rice fields.