The largest of the five villas that comprise the private Pantai Lima enclave on the beach in Canggu, Villa Mary could be the ultimate family holiday destination. With two pools, a Jacuzzi, five bedrooms, an open-air massage pavilion, and more than 3,000 square metres of grounds to play with, adults will have no trouble finding a romantic interlude away from their children. Kids, meanwhile, are entertained with everything from a dipping pool to a cavernous private cinema with space for 20 mates.
Each of the guest rooms offers a unique sleeping experience. The master room, while set at the back of the complex, comes with a Zen-like ensuite bathroom replete with an outdoor stone tub enveloped by lily ponds. The front bedroom, in contrast, has a spacious patio strewn with pillows and rattan furniture. Regardless of layout, the rooms are all tastefully designed in a palette of grey and white, wood and stone. A thoughtful selection of artwork adds local flavour, be it a feature wall hung with an assortment of safari hats, antique Balinese doors, or colourful contemporary paintings. The real eye candy, however, is the shimmering view enjoyed from every room: the Indian Ocean and beach framed by papaya trees and Bali's famed rice terraces.
Guests looking to impress their friends will want to host an alfresco soiree in the garden, hemmed by palms and lily-studded koi ponds. If you need ammunition to encourage people to make the drive to the villa's secluded location, just south of Bali's much ballyhooed Tanah Lot temple, then the fact that uber-chef Joel Robuchon's nephew mans the kitchen may do the trick. As well as foie gras this and caviar that, French executive chef Sebastien Robuchon cooks up a mean barbecue, well complemented by bottles from the villa's oversized wine fridge, gentle service and a killer sunset.