Canadian architect David Lombardi’s concept of ‘Function over Form’ leaves Sapi villa lombok’s guests with a sense of discovery and surprise at every turn, from the traditionally styled, grass-roofed building that houses the main kitchen to a futuristic home theatre. Furnishings carry a signature colour theme of black, red and lime green, while the walls are adorned with flair – bamboo, water cascades and conceptual artwork. The first clue to the quirky nature of the artwork is a white sculpture in the coconut grove garden which, in huge black letters, suggests that we should ‘Stop Making Sense’.
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 cows, the most treasured possessions of Lombok farmers, symbolising status, wealth and happiness. The owners decided that these graceful beasts should be rightfully honoured: Sapi means cow in the Indonesian language.
Bedroom 1: Sapi villa lombok’s master bedroom is accessed from the living room and cooled by both air-conditioning and ceiling fan. A king bed with coconut-shell veneer takes pride of place. The ensuite bathroom presents three distinct areas, one of which contains clothes storage and a twin vanity. The main bathroom area features a multi-faceted shower and a bathtub. Beyond this, a rain shower stands open to the tropical elements in the garden.
Bedroom 2: Also located off the living room, this air-conditioned and fan-cooled guest bedroom is ideal for kids or a young family with its king-size four-poster bed that neatly incorporates a large trundle bed below its frame. This wooden-floored room is also furnished with wardrobe storage and a funky blue chair which hangs from the ceiling. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a resin-topped vanity unit and features an outdoor shower screened.
Bedroom 3: Similar to bedroom 2 in size and layout, bedroom 3 is furnished with a king-size bed. A sliding door opens to an ensuite bathroom fitted with a vanity unit embedded with colourful guitar plectrums and an outdoor shower screened for privacy. This bedroom also has its own private terrace, accessed from the bedroom, which features a furnished deck beside a pond with garden views.
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. It is furnished with a king bed, a desk and fitted wardrobes. Glass doors slide open to a sheltered wooden deck beside a private swimming pool. The ensuite indoor bathroom has a tub facing the sea and a single vanity unit. 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 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 swimming pool where sunbeds 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. The ensuite bathroom has a tub facing the sea, a single washbasin and an alfresco poolside rain shower.
LIVING AND DINING
Sapi villa lombok’s living and dining areas are situated in the main open-fronted pavilion. The sitting area is furnished with modular sofas and ottomans (big enough to seat 22 guests) crafted in coconut shell veneer. The dining area is positioned adjacent to the kitchen. Here, an impressive wooden dining table is complemented by 14 cushioned chairs. 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. At the front, adjacent to the dining area, is a cutting-edge feature kitchen fashioned in white lacquer with a service bar. 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 fully equipped of professional appliances.
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. The study is furnished with a centrally positioned large desk and chair and accessorized with funky lights and black & white framed photographs. Within the study is a concrete ‘funnel’ housing a circular shower room with a skylight at the top. A king-size bed can be installed in the study to convert it into an additional bedroom if required.
The extraordinary ‘space-age’ home theatre room is wrapped in bamboo and appears to hover above the ground. With its sides of glass and heavy sliding door accessed via a solid stone step, this unique building features funky ceiling lamps and a polished concrete floor upon which ten beanbags. A large flat-screen satellite-channel TV and DVD player is positioned at the far end of the room, with surround-sound channeled through speakers in each corner.
A thatched lumbung (traditional rice barn) featuring ornate carvings and wooden shutters and furnished with two massage beds serves as a fan-cooled spa room in the garden. A washroom is positioned next to the lumbung, its curved roof planted with grass and its rustic shower, crafted from bamboo, open to the sky. Guests at Sapi villa lombok can enjoy a traditional massage or spa treatment in the dedicated massage lumbung.
The main swimming pool extends for 25 metres between the beach and the main house. It is deep enough to dive into and has a springboard for that purpose. Sunloungers 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.
Sapi villa lombok’s massive beachfront garden, combined with breathtaking coastal views, makes an ideal tropical setting for weddings, parties and barbecues, and Lombok’s climate (especially during the dry season, from April to October) is hard to beat. The villa’s pool deck can easily be transformed into the perfect moonlit dance floor and the large kitchens are well-equipped for outside caterers. Sapi villa lombok can accommodate up to 80 people (seated or standing) for special events.
- Free-form, light salt water swimming pool
- Two pools in the guest pavilion
- Children’s pool
- 5 air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (3 additional single beds)
- Study with ensuite shower can be equipped with additional king-size bed
- iPod in the five bedrooms
- Satellite TV, VCD, DVD and CD
- Board games & toys available
- 2 baby cots
- Safe deposit boxes in the bedrooms
- VCD, DVD and CD library
- Book library
- Spa pavilion
- Floodlit tennis court
- Barbecue facilities
- Sports equipment: 2 sea kayaks; 4 adult mountain bikes; table tennis.
Sapi villa lombok has a dedicated team of 21 staff, working shifts.
- Manager: Gede
- Chef: Nengah
- Butlers: Two full-time butlers
- Housekeepers/room boys
- A team of seven gardeners
- Pool maintenance
- Spa staff/masseuse
- Ateam of six security guards