Perfectly combining traditional and contemporary design elements, Villa Taman Sorga comprises a series of pavilions oriented towards the lagoon-style swimming pool at the centre of almost 4,000 square metres of lush gardens. Along one side of the estate, two double-storey buildings house the six spacious bedroom suites as well as a huge media room; all opening onto shaded verandas. Across the lawn is the wantilan living pavilion, a gym, and a separate dining pavilion with indoor and open-air dining areas separated by a lotus pond from the ultra-modern kitchen. Around the pool is a covered deck with seating, a sunbathing area and a dining terrace.
Master bedrooms – main house
The upper-floor master bedroom suite in Villa Taman Sorga’s main house offers guests a unique experience: an antique ceremonial canopy enveloping two four-poster queen-size beds originating from a royal Balinese palace forms the room’s spectacular centrepiece. Rare antiques abound in this huge suite, its Kilim-covered teakwood floors flowing onto the surrounding veranda, where multiple seating areas, including a beautifully carved daybed and a Mexican hammock, invite repose with a garden view. Heritage furniture and ultra-modern facilities co-exist in the ensuite, which features a jacuzzi, hydro-massage shower, and twin basins on a marble vanity.
Heirloom pieces are a-plenty in the master bedroom below, which opens onto a comfortably furnished terrace through a wall of glass sliding doors. Inside, a stately king-size four-poster bed rises from the polished merbau-wood floors facing an armoire and ornate colonial sofa. The conservatory-style ensuite features a semi-circular marble-lined hydro-shower enclosure, twin vanities and, beyond traditional carved Balinese doors, a room-within-a-room for the WC.
Master bedrooms – guest wing
Contrasting the heritage bedrooms are two guest wing master suites with a decidedly more 21st century feel. Opening onto a colonnaded veranda, each is a light-filled haven of relaxation with contemporary furnishings, a king-size bed, comfortable seating and a calming colour palette. The suites include a large dressing room and an enormous marble-lined bathroom with statement jacuzzi, double vanities and a hydro-massage shower enclosure.
Twin bedrooms – guest wing
Equally contemporary in design are the two twin bedrooms on the upper level of the guest wing – one with an elongated window seat gazing over the garden. Perfect for children, these twin beds convert easily to king-size beds for couples, and the ensuite bathrooms include a hydro-massage shower and a bathtub set into a shelf-lined alcove.
Villa Taman Sorga’s magnificent main living pavilion looks out over the garden through three walls of glass sliding doors that can be opened to catch the evening breeze or closed for air-conditioned comfort. Modelled on a traditional wantilan meeting hall and hand-crafted by skilled Balinese artisans, this elaborately carved room features a two-tiered roof raised on gilded pillars, antique furniture and artefacts, and oriental rugs and Kilims. A splendid Singha statue presides over the cream leather sofas set around an enormous antique coffee table. Discreetly tucked away among the antiques is a 42-inch TV and home cinema system.
The large terrace of the main house forms a second lounge area, with upholstered sofas and chairs around a colourful Kilim on a Paras-stone floor which flows down steps to the garden. Wrapping around the bedroom above, the huge veranda induces relaxation with its Mexican hammock, antique daybed and breakfast table.
Another highly social space is the media studio, a huge air-conditioned room with comfortable sofas defining two separate seating areas, a 50-inch TV with home cinema system and an extensive library of DVDs and books. Within the attached bathroom are twin basins and a hydro-massage shower.
Guests gather for convivial meals in the alang-alang thatched dining pavilion, divided into a formal air-conditioned dining room with a teakwood table for 12 flanked by two antique buffets, and an informal open-sided dining area with a circular table for six plus a set of triangular cushions arranged around a low table for Asian-style dining. Across a lotus pond is the air-conditioned kitchen, a Masterchef-worthy culinary palace that’s professionally equipped with everything from Gaggia coffee machine to wine fridge, with breakfast area and 32-inch TV.
In the air-conditioned gym, fitness-focused guests can workout on the treadmill or weight station, or follow a Pilates DVD on the 32-inch TV. Conveniently, there’s a shower and washroom attached to the gym.
Surrounded by carpets of soft Japanese grass dotted with flame-coloured flamboyants, bougainvillea and pure white plumeria, the 17-metre lagoon-style swimming pool is Taman Sorga’s social heart. Water cascades create soft background music to the cheerful yellow-and-white seating area on the covered ironwood deck which merges with a pool pavilion featuring an oversized daybed and, tucked away behind, a pool shower and washroom.
Seven cushion-covered sunbeds sit on the stone terrace, shaded by parasols. At the far end of the pool is a dining terrace with a table for six – the perfect spot for breakfast accompanied by birdsong.
Maximum Occupancy: 12 people