Villa Rose is one of four exceptional villas that make up the Pandawa Cliff Estate – a hidden paradise located high above the ocean on Bali’s southernmost tip.
As the estate’s name suggests, the villas are positioned on the cliff top overlooking the golden sands of Pandawa Beach. This is spectacular, unadulterated Bali at its best: far from the hoi polloi of Seminyak and Kuta, yet less than half an hour’s drive from the airport and many of Bali’s top attractions, including the dramatically positioned, sacred temple of Uluwatu and the fine dining establishments of Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
Together, The Pala, Villa Rose, Villa Markisa and Villa Marie offer a total of 21 bedrooms, capable of sleeping 42 adults. This, coupled with the superbly landscaped cliff top gardens, extensive decked areas, a huge team of professional yet personable staff and purpose-designed guest facilities, make The Pandawa Cliff Estate a wedding and special event venue par excellence. The four villas also share a sports centre with full size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa.
Privacy is in no way compromised, however, and each villa is sweetly secluded within its own extensive walled gardens. Two-storey Villa Rose has been designed to embrace its sublime cliff top location. The elegant upper-floor lounge is open on all sides to the spectacular ocean views while the glass doors of the grand dining room slide back completely to open the room up to the gardens and infinity-edge pool. Four spacious ensuite bedrooms – two kings and two twins – are set back on either side of the living spaces, all with wide ocean views.
A skilled private chef heads the estate’s staff kitchen, and he and his team prepare and serve a wide range of gastronomic delights from a restaurant-style menu. The villas are neatly maintained, inside and out, by a small army of housekeepers, gardeners and pool attendants, and guarded by a team of diligent security staff, while two seven-seater cars with drivers are on standby for guests who wish to explore this delightful corner of the Island of the Gods.
Villa Rose is laid out over two storeys with nearly every room boasting broad ocean views. The villa is entered on the upper floor via a double door embellished with a red and gold hand-carved lintel. On either side of the entrance foyer is a bedroom and a flight of stairs leading down to ground level. Straight ahead, through a wide doorway is the semi-open-air lounge.
The ground floor layout reflects the floor above, with two further bedrooms at the back and a bright glass-enclosed dining room and sitting area at the front. Between the bedrooms is a TV lounge, behind which is the villa’s kitchen.
The superb ocean panorama steals all the attention as you enter Villa Rose’s upper-floor lounge, but once you can tear your eyes away from the view, this marble-floored, lofty-ceilinged space is equally enthralling. In keeping with its tropical setting, the room is completely open-sided – the sense of space further enhanced by the glass balcony that runs around the entire room. Two sets of rattan sofas are upholstered in shades that perfectly complement the villa’s coastal setting – bright ocean-blue cushions punctuating a pale sandy calm. Fossilised tree trunks make statement side tables and chunky teak coffee tables anchor the six comfortable sofas. An ornate gold and red carved panel is set into the apex of the ceiling and four antique wood columns stand sentinel.
Downstairs, pride of place goes to the 14-seater dining table, whose glass top rests on a network of polished roots surrounding a massive tree-trunk base. The table lies to one side of this big bright room that opens up almost completely to the garden – sliding glass doors disappearing into the walls – while on the opposite side of the room four rattan sofas provide another relaxed seating area.
Behind the dining room is a cosy TV lounge and bar area where a massive semi-circular couch faces a 50-inch TV with Satellite channels, DVD and Blu-ray player, and behind this is the villa’s large professional kitchen fitted out in stainless steel.
A broad timber sun deck lies beyond the dining room, bordering a wide lawn and walled gardens that finish at the splendid 18-metre infinity pool perched virtually on the cliff edge. Another large decked area flanks the pool, and neatly built to one side of the garden are two guest washrooms and a pool shower. When The Pala and Villa Rose are rented jointly, or for large weddings and special celebrations, their gardens can be opened up to create an idyllic cliff-top event space.
Villa Rose’s four ensuite bedrooms are almost identical in design. On each floor – separated by the entrance foyer on the upper level and the TV lounge below – is a king-bedded suite and a twin-bedded room, which makes the villa ideally configured for families.
Two upstairs rooms have daybeds set into an alcove at the room’s entrance and all have walls of sliding glass doors onto either balconies or terraces overlooking the pool, the gardens and the ocean. All are air-conditioned and have high ceilings and warm teakwood floors bordered with creamy marble. Rooms are simply furnished, but each is distinguished with bright, traditional ikat fabric of green, blue and turquoise. Elegantly curved sofas face the ocean views from the base of the beds in the king-bedded rooms and the charming twin beds feature hand-carved, painted headboards.
The four bathrooms are also identical, apart from the addition of outside showers in the two downstairs rooms. Teak woodwork, marble floors and vanities, freestanding bath tubs, well-lit fitted dressing areas and glass enclosed showers with wide showerheads set into the ceiling make for a bright and invigorating start to any day.