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.