The guest pavilion is situated some distance from the main pavilion and pool, affording significant privacy. Two self-contained bedrooms, with king-size beds and open-air en-suite bathrooms, can accommodate four adults. Timber walls, window seats, lazy chairs and cushions create a cosy, chalet-like mood; glass doors open to a shared verandah, which literally overhangs the gently swaying fields of rice. Fly screens ensure bug-free nights, while the gorgeous bathrooms feature dreamy tubs, pebbled floors and rainshowers that are open to the sky.
The garden complements the native vegetation behind the pavilions and the dazzling rice fields to the front with a smooth, manicured lawn, where the 17 x 5 metre swimming pool appears to overflow into infinity. Sunloungers and shady umbrellas, together with an indulgent poolside bar, make this a very relaxing area in which to hang out. An old rudder from a traditional jukung fishing boat makes an interesting sculpture, while a flowering shrub adds a striking splash of colour. The coconut grove garden, dotted with frangipani blossoms, extends to a narrow brook, traversed by a wooden bridge, which separates the guest pavilion from the common area. A shaded platform, known as a ‘bale’ and used for lounging and chatting in a Balinese village, is here raised to new heights-treetop level, in fact. This elevated, thatched pavilion is open to cooling tropical breezes on the hottest of days, and affords a sweeping vista of the rice fields, mountains, and sea. In another corner of the garden a traditional ‘jineng’ rice barn presents the perfect spot for a pampering indulgent massage.
It is this abundance of space and natural beauty that makes Villa Bangkuang the perfect venue for weddings and small events; guests can spill out on to the smooth manicured lawns, which are also ideal for barbeques and Balinese cultural performances.
At night the villa takes on a different persona with cleverly arranged lighting softly illuminating the trees. As the chirruping cicadas finish their day shift, guests will be serenaded by a chorus of frog song. Numerous trails offer memorable walks and visitors will have the opportunity to witness time-honoured methods of agriculture before tasting the produce of the land.
Villa Bangkuang is an ideal choice for those looking for modern luxury in tranquil surroundings; an enchanting retreat where guests can enjoy a relaxing experience with personalised service. In fact, Villa Bangkuang will continue to enchant guests, and its magic will follow them, long after they’ve left the island.