Villa Karang Kembar a 4-bedroom villa + small children’s bedroom.
complete with 15 x 5 m infinity-edge swimming pool. Perched upon a clifftop, 90 metres above the pristine Kutuh Beach and the rolling surf of southern Bali, the villa commands an easterly aspect, ensuring glorious sunrise views across the Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Nusa Penida Island.
The contemporary design of the villa takes advantage of the topography, using the surroundings and magnificent view as a support for the architectural concept. Veering away from tradition, the flat roofs, Palimanan stone walls and white interiors ooze a profound sense of calm, privacy and seclusion. The villa is fitted with WiFi Internet access and personal safe deposit boxes.
The air-conditioned Living & Dining Room is incorporated within a central pavilion, a rectilinear, glass-walled edifice that reflects the grand sense of scale. Floor-to-ceiling, folding glass doors can be opened to the views, the sea and the sky, catching the coastal breezes, or alternatively closed for air-conditioned comfort. The living area is furnished with wicker sofas, chairs, bean bags, standard lamps and a coffee table, and is equipped with a large flat screen satellite TV, DVD and music system and surround sound speakers. The dining area presents a dining table for ten with comfy chairs beside which a pair of Javanese statues rest in twin alcoves. A guest washroom is situated adjacent to the dining area.
The immaculate, designer Kitchen reveals a discriminating taste for functional beauty and cutting-edge style. Crafted in white, with stainless steel fixtures and fittings, a sparkling grey marble worktop, a teak breakfast bar, ample storage and a white terrazzo floor, this open-plan feature kitchen adjoins the living and dining room. It is fully equipped with an imported oven and hob, and everything else that the chef needs in order to prepare delicious meals, in accordance with the whims of his guests. A service area with laundry and staff quarters is tucked away out of sight at the back.
Pool and Garden
The garden is comprised of a series of terraced lawns and private grassy courtyards linked by steps of Indian slate. A dramatic central feature is the elevated, 21 x 5 metre, infinity-edge lap pool, which is lined with green Java stone and bordered on two sides by a large ironwood deck. Furnished with a teak table for alfresco dining, and teak sunloungers, the view from this spot, across the cliff, is breathtaking. The velvety lawns are dotted with frangipani trees, while bougainvillea cascades over the garden wall. There is also an outdoor pool shower. Parking is available at the entrance to the villa and guests are granted use of the exclusive Karang Kembar Beach Club.
The Master Suite is located within its own pavilion flanked by a personal sundeck beside the pool, which is furnished with a funky, lazy chair for two. The pavilion incorporates the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, an en-suite Massage Room, and a Children’s Bedroom. The Master Bedroom is characterised by a 2.2 x 2.2 metre bed, a black terrazzo floor, a large mirror, striking artwork and a satellite TV and Bose iPod. Glass doors ensure a view of the ocean from the bed. The en-suite, air-conditioned, Massage Room, complete with massage bed, doubles as a dressing area and is fitted with large wardrobes. Next door, the small Children’s Room presents a blue nautical theme, and is fitted with bunk beds and painted wood-panelled wardrobes. The Master Bathroom features a white walled, outdoor bathing area with a black terrazzo tub within a stone pebbled garden, guarded by a Buddha statue and a frangipani tree. The spacious indoor area is equipped with a white terrazzo vanity unit with ’his and hers’ washbasins, glass-doored rainshower and toilet cubicles, cupboards and ornate crystal wall lamps beside large mirrors.
The fully air-conditioned Guest Pavilion incorporates the Guest Master Bedroom and two additional Guestrooms, each with their own private bathrooms.
The Guest Master Room boasts its own private sundeck, furnished with a double lazy chair. Inside, the room features a white terrazzo floor with a wood inlay, downlights in the ceiling, and expansive glass doors and windows to maximise the sea view. The room is furnished with a 2 x 2 metre bed, complete with a luxurious silk padded headboard and bedside lamps. There is also a satellite TV and a Bose iPod for guest use. The en-suite bathroom is dominated by an oversized black terrazzo bathtub positioned centrally upon the creamy-coloured ’Batu Yogya’ stone floor. A toilet and walk-in rainshower are situated in separate alcoves, and a black terrazzo vanity unit supports ’his and hers’ washbasins. A wall of wardrobes features sliding white doors.
Guestroom 1 in characterised by twin beds, a built-in wardrobe, an acid-wash non-slip marble floor and glass doors open to the view. It is equipped with a stereo system and twin washbasins fashioned in grey terrazzo. The marble walled rainshower and toilet cubicles are positioned opposite one another and accessed by glass doors.
Guest Room 2 offers the option of a double bed or twin beds, and features glass doors, a bengkirai wood floor, local artwork and a stereo music system. The bathroom is divided by a short screen wall and adjoins a sunny walled garden complete with a private outdoor rainshower and a pebbled area with potted plants and a pergola. There is also an indoor rainshower, a toilet, a wooden vanity unit and a washbasin.
Karang Kembar is located on the southernmost tip of Bali in a region known as the Bukit Peninsula – a limestone tableland boasting some of Bali’s most glamorous villas, private estates and internationally-branded boutique hotels. Characterised by wide open spaces and skies, the azure waters are the playground of dolphins and migrating whales, and the landscape is dotted with wild flowers, cactus, kapok trees and spectacular scarlet flamboyants.
A tropical, equatorial climate means year-round balmy temperatures, this area is much drier than the rest of the island and – even in the rainy season – is a reliable sun-trap. When the southeast trade winds blow offshore and the southern ocean swells hit the reefs, the barrelling surf breaks are among the best in the world. In the shallows, within a patchwork of underwater, bamboo-fenced plots, the local people traditionally cultivate, harvest and export seaweed, for use in cosmetics, food stabilisers and medicines.
Despite its remoteness, Karang Kembar is only 40 minutes’ drive from the endless shopping, vibrant nightlife and international restaurants of Kuta and Seminyak. A world-class beachside golf course can be found a few kilometres away at Nusa Dua, with another one at the nearby Dreamland Beach complex. The remainder of the island offers a rich mosaic of culture