One of the many attractions of Villa Markisa is the choice of communal and private living areas.
On the upper level of the guest pavilion are two interconnecting air-conditioned living rooms, each with chic designer furniture — comfortably upholstered L-shaped sofa and leather-seated chairs set around a stylish coffee table facing a 43-inch satellite channel TV. Stairs from both rooms lead down to the dining rooms, each furnished with a glass-topped dining table comfortably seating six and a pair of high stools set before the bar counter separating a small kitchen with fridge. (There’s a professional kitchen just behind the villa, fitted with everything required to prepare feasts for guests.) On both levels, the huge doors separating the living and dining areas can be closed off for privacy or retracted for sociable living.
There is also a private living room in the master suite, where a gilded Chinese engagement bed takes centre-stage. Other amenities here include a dining table for four, a butler’s pantry and guest washroom.
The social heart of Villa Markisa is the huge open-sided living pavilion that looks out over the vast expanse of lawn separating the guest wing from the cliff-edge master suite. This is the perfect place for afternoon tea reclining on stylishly over-sized rattan chairs, or for gathering family and friends around the eight-seater dining table for an early evening barbecue.
Making the most of the exceptional ocean view is a pavilion with a glass balcony virtually suspended over a small gorge that cuts into the cliff face. From here, you can gaze down on Pandawa Beach, see Nusa Penida on a clear day, catch the sunset, or even spot a migrating whale. Sit back here and enjoy sea-breeze-cooled lunches and leisurely candle-lit dinners accompanied by the soothing sound of the surf far below.
Set on the large ironwood decks that front each of the villa’s three swimming pools are all-weather rattan tables and sun-loungers or love seats. There is further turquoise-cushioned sea-view seating on a fourth deck that forms the roof of the master suite.