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Villa Masaya in Bali’s up-and-coming Kerobokan is bliss in every possible way. But then many a villa in Seminyak and Canggu are.
Bali villas are generally designed with a one-plus-one-equals-two style. Set-up as stunning reprieves from the outside world, they adopt a mostly heavenly cocktail of high walls providing privacy from the hustle and bustle beyond, an endless array of palms and an open-air living space practically falling into the pool. Villa Masaya has all of those things, but ironically sets itself apart by bringing a touch of the true Balinese world, in. A clear glass panel built into one of the tall villa walls provides an almost ‘peeping tom’ type view of an impossibly lush rice paddy tended to by a few workers and their stray dogs. It is a quintessential Balinese scene. And although the glass is a friendly reminder of the tropical surroundings, the villa couldn’t be more private.
From the moment I greeted the lovely Amandine, the villa’s manager, and walked inside its aquamarine doors, I felt like I’d stepped into my own little cocoon of happiness, complete with a rustic, Robinson-Crusoe-esque day bed next to the massive pool and fresh-cut flowers dotted around the airy living area.The villa’s French owner has, in his words, “built this house with all my heart”. And it shows. A love of Bali, it’s people, decor and culture shines through in every detail of Villa Masaya. “I built this house with nature in mind, with natural materials like wood, stone and rattan,” he says.
“I wanted my house to have the things that made me fall in love with Bali the first time I came here, five years ago. The view of the rice fields, the temple, the calm and peacefulness of this island [and] the craftsmanship of the Balinese people. [It] is what made my villa the way it is today.”
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