Poised on a cliff-top, commanding stupendous views of the ocean sparkling below, the five-bedroom fully staffed Villa Soham is one of two luxury properties at Sohamsa Ocean Estate, part of an enclave of exclusive villas on the southernmost tip of the Bukit peninsula. This still unspoilt slice of Bali feels far from the bustle of better-known tourism hotspots yet is only half an hour from the airport and close to some of the island’s best known attractions – the iconic Uluwatu sea temple, for example, the seafood restaurants of Jimbaran Bay, and some world-famous surf breaks. The coastline here is blessed with enchanting sandy coves protected by soaring cliffs.
Huge reclaimed ironwood doors open onto the first floor garden courtyard and its stunning ocean vista. To one side is the living room and media room with large veranda beyond. To the other side is the dining terrace, powder room and, behind, the kitchen and staff service areas. Above this wing are two bedrooms. Two further guest bedrooms and the master lie a floor below, opening onto ironwood decks poised over lily ponds and looking across the lawn to the large pool and cliff-edge entertainment bale. On a lower level is the large gym, sauna and steam room.
The heart of Villa Soham is the large light-flooded living pavilion that enjoys panoramic views of the ocean glistening towards the horizon. Half of the pavilion is enclosed and air-conditioned; the other half is left open-sided for alfresco living. Under the teakwood-lined vaulted roof, two over-sized sofas and designer all-weather rattan chairs encircle a black marble coffee table. A signature pendant lamp hangs over a massive marble-topped table comfortably seating 12; a butlers’ bar is discreetly tucked away behind.
Behind a stunning feature wall of Bengkirai-wood pivot doors lies the air-conditioned media room, where comfortable seating is sandwiched between the ocean view and small courtyard garden, and set before a 48-inch TV.
Tucked below the pool is a large well-equipped gym with separate rooms for sauna and steam, and a massage room. If required, the gym can be converted into a spacious ocean-view conference room.
One half of the living pavilion comprises an enormous open-sided ironwood veranda lined with bench seating – the best place to enjoy the panoramic ocean vista beyond. Elsewhere on the same level is a dining terrace where eight to 10 guests may enjoy alfresco meals with a killer view.
The focus of outdoor entertainment is the enormous poolside balé with kitchenette and bar counter where guests may relax on comfortable modular seating, while staff serve sunset cocktails or the chef prepares a barbecue. Those wishing to catch the sun can recline on sun loungers set on the stone terrace by the 22-metre infinity pool almost on the cliff edge.
Custom-designed furniture, a soothing grey and ivory colour scheme, 42-inch cable TV, extensive wardrobe space and a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fan are features of all five unusually spacious bedrooms. The bathrooms continue the contemporary theme with walls of Javanese marble and smoked glass, and cream acid-washed marble floors; all feature rain showers and there are bathtubs in three of them.
Extended Family Gatherings or Wedding Party
While Villa Soham can host up to 10 guests, it is perfect for multiple families or groups of friends – as many as 18 – when combined with Villa Hamsa. Conveniently for singles and those travelling with kids, three of the villa’s bedrooms can be set up as twins.