Lying at the heart of The Istana is the living room. This highly sociable space is open on two sides and features a black marble cocktail bar and silk-cushion-covered contemporary seating arranged in a U-shape around a huge coffee table – all oriented towards the ocean view. Walls feature panels of tropical wood carved with ancient tales of Ramayana, and prized ethnic artefacts are artfully dotted around the space.
The Istana’s formal dining room is a delightful setting for gourmet meals and dinner parties, served at a stately teakwood table for 12. The interior is handsomely decorated, with a wall of Thai silk panels, an antique hand-woven songket and an eclectic collection of oceanic curios. Looking out onto stellar ocean views, glass doors can be closed for air-conditioned comfort or thrown open for sea-breeze-cooled dining.
In this decadent home-theatre-with-a-killer-view, villa guests can lounge in comfort before the 92-inch projector screen with Bose surround-sound for a full-on immersive experience. Automatic black-out blinds veil or reveal the ocean and garden beyond at the touch of a button, and the butler is on hand to serve movie snacks.
Kids of all ages will love the games room, with its full-size pool table, library of books, board games and toys, and L-shaped sofas defining a video games section complete with PS3 and Wii supported by Bose sound system.
While the living room may be the heart of the Istana, the cliff-edge balé is unquestionably its soul. Here, guests can celebrate a spectacular Bali sunset with cocktails in the comfortable sitting area before enjoying a sumptuous seafood feast at the sunken dining table set in front of a monolithic slab of granite that forms the bar and barbecue station.