Living areas : Villa Raj’s main living and dining room welcomes in the outdoors – and even a section of the swimming pool-via folding glass doors
This is the social hub of the villa; fan cooled and outfitted with comfy chairs, a flat screen satellite TV, and a dining table for six alongside a pond filled with fat happy koi fish.
The room is completed with artwork, antique carvings, two ornately carved doors and a funky open staircase spiralling up to the master suite.
With its private, 12-metre swimming pool, double jacuzzi, dedicated massage pavilion, sun loungers and large relaxation gazebo fitted with cushioned seating and hung with billowing white drapes, Villa Raj’s garden has something to please everyone.
A walled pathway leads to a 13-metre-wide timber deck with steps leading down to the black-sand beach.
This area is shared with guests staying at neighbouring Villa Nataraja, and is a place to chill out within a thatch-roofed balé or on a large wooden sofa beneath the tall coconut palms and gaze at the awesome view of Bali’s south-east coastline and Nusa Penida Island.
Joglo : The open-sided living and dining space at the joglo welcomes guests with cool sea breezes and a dining table for six overlooking the garden, the pool and the sea.
A precious feature is the richly carved centrepiece within the soaring trapezium-shaped roof, beneath which a huge daybed filled with cushions presents a wonderful spot for lazing while being lulled by the sound of the surf. Additionally, an integrated kitchenette offers simple facilities for guests who choose to cook.
The joglo’s garden introduces a private 8-metre swimming pool, a large lawn bordered by brightly coloured tropical plants, frangipani trees, and a mesmerising vista across the sea. Balinese statues and orchids hug the garden walls and a temple rests to one side. In front of the temple is a large, elevated beachside deck – an enchanting spot for a truly romantic wedding ceremony. Beyond the deck, steps lead down to the sand.
The opulent, air-conditioned, upper-floor master suite is regally decked out in dark woods and rich fabrics with a king-size bed and framed photos from Bali’s golden age. Sliding glass doors lead to a wide, shaded balcony overlooking the pool and with glimpses of the ocean accompanied by the sound of the pounding surf.
The ensuite bathroom consists of two sumptuous areas – one with a bath, shower and twin basins, the other with WC and washbasin – linked by a timber walkway and enclosed with attractive fretwork screens.
Two mirror-image air-conditioned guest bedrooms flank the living room accessed internally via magnificent carved doors or alternatively from the garden through glass doors which should be thrown open wide during the day to enjoy a lazy tropical experience.
Each room is furnished with a king-sized bed under a soaring wood-and-bamboo-lined ceiling. The sexy, semi-open-air bathrooms are a dream in black polished concrete under a pergola roof, with seductive hidden lighting, sunken tub, rain shower and tropical plants.
Majapahit Beach Villas are located at Pabean Beach, near Ketewel, on Bali’s south-east coast. Bounded by the River Wos, rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya, banana and coconut groves, the area is blessed with spectacular views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali. The glistening black sands along this stretch of coastline are popular with surfers and beachcombers.
There are plenty of local warungs (eateries), and international restaurants and shops galore can be found just 11km away in Sanur. The villas are only a scenic 19km from Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, and a short drive from the villages of Mas, Sukawati, Batubulan and Batuan, famous for their traditional handcrafts and fascinating to visit.