Majapahit Beach Villas is an exclusive complex of four luxurious villas resting beside a glistening black sand beach, near the traditional village of Ketewel on Bali’s south-east coast. Each three-bedroom villa boasts a private swimming pool, the finest furnishings and a five-star standard of service. Bounded by the River Wos and surrounded by terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the magnificent setting is blessed with spectacular views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, Lembongan Island and East Bali.
The landscaping and contemporary architecture of the shingle-roofed villas is based on traditional Balinese principles, utilising local materials and incorporating the essential elements of Balinese Hindu philosophy and symbolism. The complex was named after the ancient Javanese Majapahit Empire, a golden age that had a profound effect on the art, culture and political organisation of Bali. This theme is reflected in the grand proportions of the villas, together with the white Palimanan stone walkways and the terracotta brick walls that border them. Each villa is entered via a pair of hand-carved wooden garden doors, behind which stands a Balinese Hindu feature known as the ‘aling aling’, a short screen wall designed to protect the property from troublesome and malign influences, because evil spirits have great difficulty in turning corners.
Practicalities, such as the staff quarters and the laundry, are taken care of in the service area, leaving the villas to enjoy the stunning coastal views accompanied by the rhythmic sound of the waves and fresh sea breezes.
Each of the 4 villas features identical fcilities and floor space. Each villa has 3 bedrooms; two downstairs on either side of the livign room, and one master suite upstairs. All bedrooms have ensuite baths.
The two front villas are right on the beach, with gardens which open for a view to the ocean. The bales are perfect fro relazing sea side, but there is also a wooden decking for those who wish to sun themselves beachside. A set of stairs gives access to beach below.
The two back villas feature private enclosed gardens. The master suite of each of the back villas has clear sea views. Guests at the back villas also have access to the beach via walled pathway leading from the garden to a 13-metre, beachside buff with timber decking and wooden steps leading down to the beach. This is the place to chill out beneath the tall coconut palms and gaze at the graceful kites scattered throughout the sky, or watch both the sunrise and the sunset create a warm pink glow across the mysterious, towering, sea-cliffs of Nusa Penida Island.
Each villa is characterised by a walled garden featuring a 14 x 4 metre lap pool, which is 1.8 metres in depth and lined with green Java stone. A massage pavilion rests at one end of the pool and a balé bengong (relaxation pavilion) is located in one corner of the garden, together with an outdoor shower, sunloungers, timeworn stone-carvings, terracotta carved wall panels, palms, sweet scented frangipani trees and coastal shrubs and plants.
The semi-open air living and dining area borders the swimming pool. Open at each end, equipped with bamboo blinds and cooled by ceiling fans, this is tropical living at its very best. A Jacuzzi extends into the living space and overflows into the pool creating an attractive waterfall feature. A plasma TV and hi-fi system with surround sound is provided for the entertainment of the guests, and wireless high speed Internet access allows guests to send and receive their e-mails inside the villa or beside the pool, in the garden or on the beach. The contemporary furniture is set off by a myriad of textures from smooth white Palimanan stone to carved antique doors framed by dark grey volcanic rock. Impressive local artwork adorns the walls, harmonized with primitive artifacts.
A striking feature is the curved floating staircase, fashioned in richly patterned wood and supported by eight columns. The open plan dining area is furnishing with a table for six and overlooks a lotus pond. The pond is traversed by stepping stones that lead through a pebbled courtyard to the fully equipped service kitchen where the staff will prepare delicious meals. Every need of the guests has been considered, and a particularly thoughtful touch is the provision of a barbeque. A series of wide stone pillars create a partition, for privacy, between the kitchen and the living and dining area.
The air-conditioned master bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom and wide balcony, covers the whole of the upper floor under a soaring pitched roof. Glass doors and fly screens open out onto a timber balcony deck commanding breathtaking views of the coastline and ocean. The en-suite bathroom comprises two mirrored dressing rooms with ample storage space, together with two separate washing areas linked by a covered balcony walkway.
The two remaining air-conditioned bedrooms are located downstairs and are mirror images of each other, each with en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, DVD and CD player. Glass doors and fly screens in each room open onto a personal terrace furnished with daybeds, and a dressing area is located behind the bed. Each garden bathroom features ‘his ‘n’ hers’ washbasins, toilet, and a black terrazzo sunken bathtub and shower, bordered by plants, together with a three-tiered running water feature, and a wall for privacy.
The Majapahit Beach Villas are fully serviced by:
- A house manager
Oversees and coordinates the staff and property and is available
to assist guests during their stay.
You can sit back and relex as each villa includes Butler service to attend to your needs.
- Full-time cooks
Trained in the preparation of both local and international cuisine.
A menu is provided, and the cooks will do all the market shopping.
Responsible for housekeeping duties, taking care of your daily
laundry and providing waiter service around the grounds and buildings
of the property.
- Security guards
Their duties are to patrol the grounds and guard the entrance
of the villa from dusk to dawn ensuring your security.
- Gardeners and pool attendants
Tending the garden and the grounds of the villa. They ensure that
the facilities of the villa run smoothly during your visit.
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