First impression: Dea Villas
You're struck by the aesthetics and the vibe of the estate. Lush green lawns, little ponds with goldfish and water elements everywhere, this was the Balinese vibe I'd hoped for.
We were greeted by friendly faces who escorted us to the pavilion also known as the joglo according to Balinese architecture. Three magic words, lunch is ready, got everybody in high spirits.
Stoked to see the place, I was told we're sitting in Villa Sati: a four bedroom villa with its own swimming pool and sundeck area.
Dea Villas has 4 villas: Sati, Amy, Parvati and Radha, all of which were previously booked for my big fat Indian family. But after a few cancelled, our family was nestled in Sati and Amy.
With 8 bedrooms to each family (with 2 members per room), most of us were stoked to see our villas.
Balinese Architecture and Design: In Harmony With Nature
Based on Hinduism and Balinese philosophies, an ideal Balinese house or retreat will focus on four things.
A huge problem we deal in our banalities, Balinese houses value space. Since I value both outdoors and indoors, I absolutely loved my room! For starters, it was not just big in size (it could easily house 3 more people) but also had high ceilings. With a sitting area, a study table, the room's highlight had to be the most comfortable and pristine four poster bed with a beautiful canopy. If you're going with children, you can stick to renting 1 bedroom since the daybed converts into a sofa-bed, making ample space for 2 more people. The next part of the room had a dresser, two cupboards, and a rocking chair. The dresser had all essentials (including a jewelry box and a hairdryer) could easily fit 3 people getting ready simultaneously.
Our walk-in closet was in the middle of the room. Plush with hangars, shelf-space, and other amenities, the closet had a glass door leading to you to the garden bathroom. Twin basins, walk-in rain shower, a hamam-bathtub and an open WC, this was a unique experience for me.