Laksmana Garden Villas or ’LGV’ is a contemporary Balinese-style enclave of four private villas set within the luxurious Laksmana Villas private estate. Each villa features its own private swimming pool, and all villas are supported by an on-site, full service master kitchen, designed to look after all of the villas with a team of chefs who will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner; the kitchen is operative 24 hours for the provision of snacks and refreshments.
Designed by Dean Kemnich, with landscaping by Anto Kusnanto, the LGV style blends modern Balinese architecture with minimalist design, local materials, colourful décor and sumptuous fabrics. All of the villas are completely self-contained and secure, heralded by welcome statues and chiselled paras-stone private entrances, which are linked by a walled lane lined with green foliage. All bedrooms have cable TV with DVD/CD players. Each villa boasts a separate staff entrance leading directly into the villa kitchen, allowing a greater element of privacy for the guests.
The close proximity of the four villas means that the enclave is ideal for larger groups of people, or families, who want to be close to each other while still retaining an element of independence and privacy. LGV presents a total of seven double air-conditioned bedrooms together with one study, four swimming pools and seven tropical bathrooms which, if rented as a block, can sleep fourteen adults and two children. The 2-bedroom Villa Kawi and the 1-bedroom Villa Solo can be joined to form a 3-bedroom villa.
The entrance to the complex features a spacious car parking area fringed by trees, a welcoming reception area, a security post, a guest toilet, and a business centre equipped with computers, Broadband Internet access, a fax machine and a photocopier for the use of the guests. Wireless Broadband Internet is accessible throughout the complex.
The three 2-bedroom villas, and one 1-bedroom villa are each comprised of two pavilions and a swimming pool nestled within a sunny, walled courtyard garden, planted with flowering trees and shrubs. Timber poolside sundecks are furnished with sunloungers and an umbrella, and stone-carved waterspouts provide the serene and constant sound of running water.
Each open-sided living and dining pavilion features a soaring roof supported by richly grained coconut wood pillars above a cool terrazzo floor. Ceiling fans and gentle breezes keep this area cool, and bamboo blinds can be dropped for privacy and shade. Looking out over the tropical garden and pool, this area is perfect for entertaining and enjoying the laid-back lifestyle for which Bali has become so famous. The pavilions are tastefully furnished with deeply cushioned rattan lounge suites, scatter cushions, coffee and dining tables, arching chrome standard lamps, original artwork and local artefacts. Each pavilion also integrates an open-plan kitchen, each equipped with a marble work top, a two-burner gas hob, a refrigerator, a microwave, shelves, storage cupboards, and a good range of utensils.
The stylish, air-conditioned bedrooms feature terrazzo floors and colourful artwork. Each is furnished with a canopied queen size bed, large comfy chairs, shelf units, table lamps, a teak desk, a wardrobe and deep pile floor rugs. Each is equipped with a flat screen cable TV, a DVD/CD player, a safe deposit box, and an STD telephone. The décor is complemented by sumptuous Jim Thomson silk bedcovers and cushions. The en-suite, semi open-air, marble bathrooms each feature a terrazzo vanity unit, ’his and hers’ washbasins, a separate powerful raindrop shower, a white bathtub with a marble surround, a toilet, a hairdryer, a shaving mirror, and a large wall mirror.
The 1-bedroom villa Solo also incorporates a study area with a cushioned daybed, while the 2-bedroom Villa Ubud is characterised by an upper storey featuring a sunset deck with a teak balustrade, a cushioned daybed and a coffee table. This is the perfect spot for relaxing with a book or enjoying a late afternoon cocktail.
Laksmana Garden Villas have been named after four of the diverse and wonderful places in the unique, tropical archipelago of Indonesia:
Villa Toba was named after Lake Toba in Indonesia’s North Sumatra Province; it is the largest lake in all of Southeast Asia, and Villa Toba boasts the largest swimming pool in the LGV enclave.
Villa Kawi was named after a spiritual mountain in East Java, a place where pilgrims seek to increase their worldly blessings.
Villa Solo was named after the historic sultanate city of Solo in Central Java.
Villa Ubud was named after Bali’s artistic cultural town, set in the central foothills, about one hour’s drive from Laksmana Garden Villas.