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VIVA VACATION!

by Michele Koh Morollo on Jul 2, 2014 in Interiors
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At Villa Sapi in Lombok, Indonesia, the word ‘holiday’ takes on a whole new meaning

Bali’s quieter cousin Lombok — less touristy than Bali, yet equally exotic, is the perfect Indonesian island destination for a tropical vacation home. Here, on a large coconut-grove garden bordered by the peaceful, almost deserted Sira Beach, Canadian architect David Lombardi has a created something truly stunning with Villa Sapi.

Managed by the Elite Havens Group, this property includes a main single-story residence with three bedrooms, two swimming pools, a childrens’ pool, a tennis court, massage pavilion — and a stand-alone two-bedroom guesthouse with its own pool, some distance from the main residence. The villa is serviced by full-time staff including a manager, chef and butler who were previously with The Oberoi Hotel Group.

Here, traditional Indonesian architectural details like pitched thatch roofs and bamboo meet modern aesthetics in the form of concrete, minimalist furniture and futuristic shapes, set against a colour theme of black, red and bright green.

Guests enter the main residence through a fire torch-lined timber pathway that passes a feature wall of bamboo and another of cascading water. The main residence, which houses the living and dining areas, the study and media room and three bedrooms, runs parallel to the beach. The guesthouse is a separate construct, built into a manmade hill covered in grass with a patio-sundeck and a private swimming pool. This guesthouse has a bedroom built below ground level; a concrete barrel vault that houses this bedroom was waterproofed to allow for an organic garden on the roof.

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