Designed in the style of a traditional Balinese wantilan, or meeting hall, Puri Bawana’s majestic living pavilion and reception area sets the tone for the whole villa. Open-sided and overlooking the pool, gardens and rice fields, this vast fan-cooled space is furnished with sofas, ottomans, a coffee table and an intricately carved antique Javanese daybed. The pavilion is linked to the rest of the villa by steps and a covered, colonnaded walkway with black and white chequered tiles.
The open-sided dining pavilion at Puri Bawana offers a truly impressive setting for a social meal around a long 14-seater dining table. Elevated above the gardens and pool, cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans, and blessed with glorious views, the dining area is adjoined by a fully equipped feature kitchen where the chef works culinary magic.
Positioned on the ground floor of the dining pavilion, the TV lounge is equipped with a large wall-mounted screen, satellite-channel TV and DVD player complete with surround sound and Nintendo Wii. This air-conditioned room is elegantly furnished with sofas, a coffee table, two ottomans and a built-in bar. Glass doors open onto a terrace beside the pool deck.
Villa Puri Bawana’s splendid 30-metre swimming pool follows the curve of the rice terraces. At one end is an integrated children’s pool, and in the middle is an open-sided ‘bale’ relaxation pavilion, which appears to float on the water and can be reached with dry feet via a series of stepping stones. The pool is bordered by a stone deck furnished with sun loungers.
Other relaxation areas within the magnificent gardens include a riverside bale bengong or daydreaming pavilion – a comfortably cushioned nest perched high above the ground to catch the gentle breeze – and a massage bale with two massage beds tucked away in a quiet corner of the grounds. Puri Bawana’s wide flat lawn is the perfect setting for a wedding reception, following a ceremony held in a specially designed area among the villa’s rice terraces.