The view from the villa’s open-sided living and dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms is unrivalled here guests can look forward to a vista that is ever-changing with the moods of the sea, sky, neighbouring islands, distant mountains, forests and colourful fishing boats. At night, after a magnificent sunset, the views become even more magical as the moon’s reflection twinkles on the water, presenting a scene of tranquillity and unforgettable beauty.
A full team of staff is on hand at Villa Sapi to look after every guest’s need with superb cuisine and service. The villa’s manager, chef and head butler were all previously employed by The Oberoi Hotel Group so they have been trained to the highest level. A wide range of activities is available to villa guests, including golf, snorkelling, diving, waterfall hikes and mountain trekking, cycling, day trips to the nearby Gili Islands, cooking classes and more.
There is a sweet story behind the villa’s name. The huge coconut grove on which the property stands used to be grazing land for Lombok’s pretty brown cows, so the owners decided that these graceful beasts should be rightfully honoured: Sapi means cow in the Indonesian language.
- Bedroom 1
The master bedroom is accessed from the living room by an unusual swivel door. Cooled by both air-conditioning and ceiling fan, this spacious room presents a concrete floor and white walls adorned with artwork. The bedroom is furnished with a king bed with a coconut shell veneer, while floor-to ceiling glass windows look out over an ornamental pond against a backdrop of the garden and the sea. The ensuite indoor/outdoor bathroom presents three distinct areas, one of which contains cupboards, shelves and a twin vanity showcasing pieces of coral set in resin. The central section of the bathroom features circular glass skylights that channel the sunshine and the moonshine, a shower with four shower heads and a bathtub beside a picture window looking out towards the sea and the beach. Beyond this is an outdoor rain shower opening onto the garden.
- Bedroom 2
This air-conditioned bedroom (also with ceiling fan) is ideal for kids or parents with a child. It is located off the living area in the main house, situated beside an ornamental pond. The woodenfloored bedroom is furnished with a wardrobe and swinging chair in addition to a king-size fourposter bed which has a useful trundle bed underneath. A private terrace, accessed from the bedroom, features a narrow deck topped with chairs beside a pond with garden views. The small bathroom is fitted with a resin-topped single vanity unit and an outdoor shower screened for privacy.
- Bedroom 3
Situated off the living area in the main house and beside an ornamental pond, this air-conditioned bedroom (also with ceiling fan) has a wooden floor and is furnished with a king-size bed crafted in coconut shell with decorative white pebbles underneath, a wardrobe and a large table with a stool. A private terrace, accessed from the bedroom, features a narrow deck topped with chairs beside a pond with garden views. A sliding door opens to a small bathroom, which is fitted with a single vanity unit with colorful guitar plectrums embedded into the resin, and an outdoor shower screened for privacy.
- Bedroom 4
There are two urban-chic air-conditioned bedrooms in the guest pavilion. One of these, on the same level as the sitting area, features polished concrete floors, walls and ceiling. It is furnished with a king bed, a desk and fitted wardrobes. Glass doors slide open to a sheltered wooden deck beside a private 7 x 5m swimming pool. The ensuite indoor bathroom has a tub facing the sea and a single vanity unit showcasing pieces of coral captured within its resin top. An outdoor ‘bamboo pipe’ shower opens to the garden.
- Bedroom 5
A flight of stairs in the guest pavilion descends to a semi-subterranean bedroom which is shaped like a quarter-pipe with a steeply curved concrete roof. Despite its unusual situation, the room is filled with plenty of natural light courtesy of a wall of glass opening to a second private 7 x 5m swimming pool where sun beds rest on a timber deck. Furnished with a king bed featuring decorative white pebbles underneath, this air-conditioned bedroom has a huge walk-in wardrobe and a sitting area next to the glass doors. The ensuite bathroom has a tub facing the sea, a single washbasin and an alfresco poolside rain shower, sheltered by a roof and sheer white curtains.
Living, dining and kitchens
- Living and Dining
Villa Sapi’s living and dining areas are situated in the main open-fronted pavilion with its reddishhued timber floor and massive timber-lined roof hung with pendulous rectangular lanterns. The sitting area is furnished with segmented sofas and ottomans (big enough to seat 22 guests) crafted in coconut shell veneer and finished with black and white cushions, with one token lime green cushion and one red cushion. The picture is completed with a huge piece of artwork and two arched stainless steel reading lamps. The dining area is positioned adjacent to the kitchen at the opposite end of the main building. Here, an impressive wooden dining table is complemented by 14 cushioned chairs with black covers revealing a flash of scarlet. The guesthouse features an open-sided flat-roofed sitting area with a concrete floor, six comfy chairs and a solid wood coffee table.
The villa presents two kitchens connected via a bridge over an ornamental pond. At the front, adjacent to the dining area, is a cutting-edge feature kitchen fashioned in white lacquer with a service bar crafted in resin and lit by three original ‘Campari Light’ suspension lamps. Designed by Raffaele Celentano, each lamp is made up of ten genuine Italian Campari Soda bottles in original condition complete with the Campari inside. This kitchen is equipped with a Nespresso coffee maker and a five-burner gas hob and oven. Behind the feature kitchen, a bridge over a pond connects a stand-alone building reminiscent of a Lombok cottage – rustic and charming on the outside, with a thatched roof, a traditional Lombok double door, and random rock Lombok stone walls, yet a state-of-the-art working kitchen on the inside, fully equipped with professional appliances.
The home theatre appears to float upon a moat and showcases space-age architecture with a roof and two walls crafted in bamboo to resemble the caterpillar tracks of a combat tank or a bulldozer. With its two glass walls incorporating windows that swing open, and a heavy sliding door accessed via a step crafted from a solid piece of stone, this unique building features funky ceiling lamps, a polished concrete floor and ten beanbags – one in lime green and nine in red. A large flat-screen satellite-channel TV and DVD player is positioned at the far end of the room, with surround-sound channelled through speakers in each corner.
A ‘secret’ door from the living space opens into the study. This air-conditioned oval room has a wooden floor that slopes upwards into the room. Characterised by curved walls of white stone and glass, and with views of the garden, the study is furnished with a centrally positioned large desk and chair, and accessorised with funky lights, and black & white framed photographs. A concrete ‘funnel’ houses a small shower room with a circular glass skylight at the top, and supports a wooden spiral staircase on the outside, which leads up to the rooftop where a metal ladder drops back down to the living area. The study can be converted into an additional bedroom with a king-size bed installed if required.
In the garden, a thatched lumbung (traditional rice barn), featuring ornate carvings and wooden shutters, serves as a fan-cooled spa room. It is furnished with two massage beds on the upper floor accessed by funky wooden steps. An open-air yet private washroom/shower room is positioned next to the lumbung, and its curved roof is planted with grass. The rustic shower is crafted from bamboo under the open sky.
Pool & Garden
- Swimming pool and pool deck
The main 25 x 5m swimming pool rests between the beach and the main house. It is deep enough to dive into and has a springboard for that purpose. Sun loungers rest upon the grassy deck and a modern flat-roofed balé (relaxation pavilion) sits at one end. Running alongside the main pool is a shallow (80cm-deep) children’s pool. Two more swimming pools serve the guesthouse on two different levels both of them are bordered by small timber decks.
Dotted with dozens of towering coconut palms, the garden fronts onto the beach and is so huge that guests will have no problem escaping to private areas. A wooden structure in one corner of the grounds serves as an elevated, sheltered platform for watching tennis on the adjacent, floodlit court.
- Private swimming pool in main house (4 m x 22 m)
- Children swimming pool in main house (3 m x 20 m)
- Private swimming pool in guest house (4 m x 12 m)
- Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, stereo system
- Food & beverage
- Tour & activity reservations & coordination
- Spa treatments
- Car & driver