The ground floor of the villa is where the action is with beautiful grounds, the shimmering pool, kitchen and al fresco dining, twin bales, hidden corners and the large adaptable living space. Two stylish air-conditioned king-size rooms are located here overlooking the pool. Virtual mirror images of each other, the rooms have super comfortable king size beds and polished timber floorboards – which is unusual for Bali. Each room has generous of wardrobe space for two people or more, plus a recessed window seat, flat screen TV and a safe. The large en-suite bathrooms have a walled toilet and both a bath and a semi-outdoor shower that is completely private apart from the night sky and stars. The reserved natural colour scheme is lifted with exotic splashes of red on white and some well-placed dark wood local carvings. Villa Padi Karo has it’s own line of herbal toiletries, fresh soft linenas and towels plus important utilities including a hair drier are in every room.
The top floor master suite is more than a bedroom. It has two living areas – one separated by a half wall and a huge en-suite bathroom. In front of the king-size bed is a sitting area with tropical-style cushioned rattan chairs and a coffee table that are perfectly positioned for watching a movie on the flat screen TV. There is also an iPod dock for those after some music plus a DVD player. The other living area has two sofas, a woven rattan lounge chair and a recessed and raised window seat that maximises the view. Every gaze in this room finds eye candy including carved stone sculptural pieces. Northern windows look out to the magical volcanic mountain range of Mount Agung and daily village life, while the other side has views to the Indian Ocean over the rice paddies and local houses. Massive storage space will more than meet the requirements of any diva-like traveller who loves an appropriate outfit for every occasion. A private terrace is located on this floor, which also catches a cool afternoon breeze.
Also on the top floor is a twin room that is minimalist is design and has two king single beds that are foot to foot and make to most of the exquisite dual-side views. This room is ideal for children who still demand to be close by the parents who should be installed in the stunning master suit.
The centre of Villa Padi Karo’s living space is the large pavilion that is separate from the main house. Designed along the lines of a traditional Balinese home within a family compound. The pavilion has a high wooden pitched ceiling and three ceiling to floor retractable glass doors that fully open to create a stylish space that catches the breeze and becomes almost part of the landscape, or the room can be locked down as a retreat. Cooled by a ceiling fan, portable fans are on hand for when the mercury is rising. A formal solid wooden dining table sets the scene for an in-villa dinner for eight people.
Furnished with a comfortable cushioned rattan sofa and lounge chairs circling a rustic coffee table. A flat screen TV with cable channels is discreetly placed along with along witha DVD player and small disc library, CD stereo player plus board games for adults and kids including chess.There is an iPod dock and speakers for you to connect with and produce those cool summer tunes. A small library is stocked with vacation novels, Bali guides and cultural texts in a range of languages including English, German, Dutch and Japanese. An elegant writing desk houses a clutch ofhand picked local publications and tour information.This space ensures that guests can relax indoors and plan the days ahead without having to launch a search for ideas.
The size and design of the villa ensures that eight people guests candifferent spots that are social or serene.
A traditional bale is perched at one end of the garden and is accessed by a small path and a few stairs. It has a picture postcard view over the neighbouring rice paddies and is a wonderful corner of the property. A hand carved Balinese day bed is shaded by lush vegetation is also a sweet retreat. Another, larger cushioned bale is at the far end of the pool beside an al fresco dining table by the kitchen. This is the social hub of the villa and a top spot for a leisurely breakfast or afternoon snacks. Another dining area is undercover beside the broad stairway. A snack and drinks fridge is here plus a filtered water station with hot, chilled and room temperature water on tap. Storage cupboards are packed with pool towels and baskets of sunscreen are on hand. The kids will have a ball and getting busy playing hide and seek in the beautifully manicured grounds of Villa Padi Karo and there are plenty of fun pool toys and floating beds and rings to entertain them for hours. Grown ups will adore the laid-back sun lounges, which include single beds and a cosy double. Fishponds and stone sculptures shaded by ceremonial umbrellas add to the tropical ambience. Arty bamboo café-style seating is scattered along the under cover gallery in groups of two flanking a small table. This is an outstanding zone for pre-dinner drinks and to be dazzled by Bali’s legendary pink, orange and blue sunsets.