Remote but by no means isolated, deliciously private, flanked by an almost-deserted beach and blessed with one of the most beautiful panoramic views on earth, Villa Sapi is a rare treasure on the island of Lombok.
Sapi – meaning ‘cow’ in Indonesian – is an unusual name for a villa, but before it was developed into the architectural wonder that it is today, the property was a simple piece of grazing land for cows, the most prized possessions of any Indonesian farmer and representing the family’s status, wealth and happiness. It’s only fitting that the owners decided to name their villa in honour of these graceful creatures. Sapi is quite the cherished prize, and its title fits it to a T-bone.
Villa Sapi is Fantasy Island come to life, with avant-garde architecture, wide open living spaces, five bedrooms, a funky home-theatre, three swimming pools plus a kids’ pool, a tennis court and an in-ground ‘Hobbit Hole’ guesthouse. A fine selection of artwork in all forms of media includes a steel wall sculpture, which, in the context of the villa’s Bauhaus design borrowings, ‘makes perfect sense’.
The staffing is effortless. The chef and head butler have both worked for the prestigious Oberoi Hotel Group and their experience shines in the service and on the plate. In fact, the fixed daily charge for three gourmet meals is an absolute bargain. The chef will discuss your preferences and then blow you away with his creations. The rest of the all-male crew are friendly yet super-discrete. The manager is also Oberoi alumni and will organise a slew of activities, including boat excursions, road trips, bike rides and dive tours, to keep everyone amused.
Villa Sapi is extremely suitable for a family, a group of friends, or – if you can afford it – a couple alone. Having all this beauty to yourself in such a gloriously romantic location will ignite enough sparks for a lifetime.
The only negative thing about Villa Sapi is the inevitable departure, because guests will want to stay there until the cows come home…and that’s no bull!
Additional Features: Main Dining (14 persons), DVD Library, Fax, Food Starter Pack, Generator, Hairdryers, High Chairs (On Request), Hotplates, Internet (WiFi), iPod, iPod Dock/Speakers, Iron/Board, Equipped Kitchen, Laundry Service, Book Selection, Charcoal Grill, Linens provided, Bicycles, Games, Garage, Ceiling Fans (Bedrooms), Air-con, Baby Cot (On Request), Coffee Machine, Computer, Food Menu, Microwave, Oven/Hotplates, Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress), Safe, Pool (access), Table Tennis, Tennis Court, Home Theatre System, Toiletries, Towels, TV (Satellite/Cable) , Washing Machine, Wine Fridge, Wine List, Massage Beds, Masseuse/Spa Therapist, Security, Service Staff, Shopper, Chef/Cook (All meals), Babysitter, Housekeeping (Full time), Manager
Location Type: Beachfront, Body and soul, Bring the relatives, Eco aware, Kid friendly, Gastronomic delights, Going for golf, Fair share for groups, The great outdoors, Party pads, Sensible for seniors, Room with a view, Perfect for weddings