Villa Atas Ombak has been oriented to enjoy sublime ocean views from every room. Set well back from the beach for added privacy, the villa’s main building comprises a rather grand reception hall incorporating a formal dining area for 10; a TV room; the ground floor master suite; and two guest bedrooms, one above the other. Beyond the main building, heading towards the pool and beach, is a huge open-sided living pavilion with seating and dining areas, while on the beach edge is the guest pavilion with its two ocean-view suites.
Villa Atas Ombak has five bedroom suites – all light, spacious and with sweeping ocean views. The terrazzo floors, billowing white curtains and draped mosquito nets create a cool, clean colour palette, and comfort is assured with a choice of air-conditioning or ceiling fan, kimonos and slippers, top-quality King Koil mattresses, feather pillows and cotton linen on the beds (all king-size, with one converting to twins).
A striking contemporary canvas commands attention in the beautifully furnished master suite, which offers such stunning views beyond its sliding glass doors that the satellite TV and DVD player may not get much use! Beyond the dressing area is a huge bathroom with private garden courtyard where guests can shower alfresco or sink into the hamam-style bathtub. Traditional Balinese doors lead from here to a covered jacuzzi plunge pool.
Main house guestrooms
The two guest bedrooms in the main house are simply furnished; their focus being on the glorious ocean views to the front, and the river to the side. Both have private terraces, dressing areas, and pretty bathrooms – one extending into a courtyard garden, the one above looking across a frangipani grove.
Ocean pavilion guestrooms
In a thatched pavilion close to the beach are two further guest bedrooms and a shared open-sided living area. With the ocean visible beyond the glass walls and interiors of whitewashed wood, these bedrooms have a cool beach vibe. Plantation shutters behind the bed reveal smart, ensuite bathrooms with black terrazzo bathtubs and alfresco showers.
At the heart of this heavenly beachfront estate is the huge open-sided alang-alang thatched living pavilion cooled by the sea breeze and complete with remote control Bose surround-sound system. Even the oversized bamboo sofas are dwarfed in this massive entertainment space, which provides a wonderful dance floor for the many weddings hosted at the villa. A marble-topped dining table with comfy batik-cushioned rattan armchairs encourages social breakfasts and candlelit dinners.
There’s a second, more formal dining area, with long table and ten comfortable armchairs, to the side of the soaring double-height reception hall in the main villa building – an elegant space that lends itself well to special events, and where tall tribal statues stand sentinel. Behind, across a decked walkway over the lotus pond is a professionally equipped kitchen where the staff prepares gourmet meals.
Separated from the reception area by folding doors is the TV room, where an L-shaped leather sofa is set before an antique cabinet housing the TV, DVD player, iPod dock and a fine library of books. From here, a wall of sliding glass doors opens onto lotus ponds and more blissful ocean views.
Within the extensive gardens are other spaces thoughtfully dedicated to quiet reflection, social gathering and serious sun worship.