The Istana offers five spacious bedroom suites – each an oasis of calm. Below vaulted timber ceilings, king-size beds are set on ‘carpets’ of creamy terrazzo bordered by warm teakwood. Behind the beds, walls of Palimanan stone are embellished with carved wood reliefs and antique batik and silk panels, while tribal artefacts are inset on recessed shelves. A soothingly neutral palette enhances the sense of space, and there’s a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fans for cooling.
The master suite is nothing short of spectacular: a palatial bedroom pavilion with huge bathroom, sun terrace and 8 x 4-metre swimming pool. The extraordinary ocean vista unfolds beyond a wall of glass opening onto a private veranda with daybed; even the 42-inch TV plays second fiddle to the view, retreating discreetly into a console to free the line of sight from the bed. The enormous ensuite is a cream terrazzo haven with sunken bathtub, twin granite basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.
The sound of the surf and the scent of the sea escort the stunning views that flood into the two ocean suites. With the wide glass doors flung back guests can ease themselves from slumber to pool shallows in a heartbeat. Mirroring the light and airy bedrooms are large ensuite bathrooms with double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and steps up to a terrazzo tub for a rather regal bathing experience.
Enjoying all the space and splendour of the ocean suites, the peaceful garden suites swap the sea view for 42-inch plasma TVs and DVD players with Bose surround-sound, and enjoy a private walled sunbathing area. The ensuite bathrooms have double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, a raised terrazzo tub and daybed.
Children’s bunk room
In the children’s wing to the back of the villa is a room with ensuite bathroom with four bunk beds.