There’s a cool theatricality about Villa Ombak Putih, a sensory experience that begins the moment you step through the teakwood doors into the sun-drenched courtyard. A reclining Ganesha (Hindu elephant god) guides guests over an expanse of water lapping aquamarine pebbles, past a phalanx of six goddess Saraswati statues through antique Balinese doors into the light-infused mezzanine of the main house. And the drama continues with first sight of the stunning 30m swimming pool stretching to infinity! The villa is aptly named after the white-crested waves that crash onto the volcanic sand metres beyond the perimeter walls. There are striking views of this wild surfers’ sea from the upper floor of the main villa (devoted entirely to the two master bedroom suites and shared living space), while the pounding surf lulls to sleep occupants of the three pavilions cocooned in the gardens uncoiling seawards. This spirited ocean setting is reflected throughout the villa in splashes of aqua on walls, plump cushions, and large photo canvases that stand out from the otherwise white palette. And the theme continues in decorative details like driftwood sculptures, antique oars, cowrie shell objets d’art and lampshades of pearlised shell.
Villa Ombak Putih pulls off the seemingly impossible task of being open, spacious and highly social (thanks to the huge sunken pool lounge with ironwood roof terrace and the open-plan living area area of the main house) while also according myriad private corners for those who want to slip away from the crowd. This makes it a fabulous party villa — ideal for groups of friends, large families, and for staging all kinds of away-from-it-all events. A sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa by day, at night the estate is transformed by ambient lighting into a world of romance and magic.
Invisible when you don’t need them but by your side the instant you do, the professionally trained, smartly uniformed staff panders to every whim, pouring a glass of iced water by the poolside or arranging an impromptu dance performance under the stars. Add to the mix a chef who has Ku De Ta on his CV and menus as fresh as his ingredients, and one is content to stay cosseted here for days. But for those who can tear themselves away, this lovely rural area offers beach and rice-field walks, and is only half an hour’s drive from Seminyak, and just a few minutes from Tanah Lot sea temple, and a world-class golf course.