Throw open the heavy mahogany doors of the central stonewalled porte cochere and enter through the grand archway. Ahead, Villa Kirana cascades down the land's natural curves. Stairs and covered walkways bordered by tranquil overflowing gardens connect the numerous open pavilions laid out in the style of a traditional Balinese family residence. A multitiered pond hugs the hillside and the infinity-edge swimming pool looks out over unbroken views of the valley and verdant jungle - so Ubud, so beautiful.
Influenced by the Dutch baronial guesthouses of the Malay hill stations, neo-colonial Villa Kirana was the creative brainchild of Made Wijaya, the renowned Australian garden designer who has lived in Bali since 1973. His firm has completed more than 600 tropical gardens and 300 luxury accommodation consultancy projects.
Besides its ingenious flowing arrangement, Villa Kirana charms with a rich variety of mood and character enhanced by distinct home accents and artworks. This diversity is reflected in names such as Pool View Master Suite and Courtyard Guest Suite (complete with an open-air shower in a private garden). The jewel is the Valley View Master Suite, a spacious room featuring a large deck overhanging the Ayung river. There is no better spot for admiring sunsets over the terraced rice fields and the distant volcanoes.
Complementing the bedroom suites are the equally spacious living areas. There is a room separately for exercising with weights or yoga, a game of billiards, and watching movies on a home entertainment system. Less active pursuits such as reading or chess can be indulged within the salon, where natural light shines in through sliding doors and slat windows. Otherwise, find respite in the lone balé, complete with a sofa, tucked in a corner of the lawn bordered by lush tropical flora and fauna.