Guests at Villa Umah Daun can enjoy a wide choice of living areas spread throughout the estate – some large enough to accommodate a full house, some set back in private corners for those seeking a retreat from the crowd.
Under a towering leaf-shaped roof, two sitting areas furnished with leather armchairs and plushly upholstered sofas form the heart of Umah Daun’s living pavilion. Finely carved antique pillars decorate the curved walls, and bi-fold doors pull back completely, creating a seamless transition between the living space and the undulating pond that hugs its contours, replicating the rice terraces beyond.
A handsome teak wood table over five metres in length occupies the centre of the dining room, where bi-fold doors open onto a fountain-sprinkled fish pond at the rear and expansive views towards the pool and rice fields at the front. Up to 14 guests can comfortably gather around this table for formal dinners, seated on cushioned armchairs of plaited bamboo, conveniently close to the climate-controlled wine room.
Beyond a large sit-up bar is the villa’s open-plan, professionally equipped kitchen, leading to a second chef’s kitchen tucked out of sight.
Opening onto the dining room is the air-conditioned media room, where leather armchairs and sofas are set before a display wall with 60-inch TV, DVD player and Sonos Playbar sound system.
A fuchsia pink-baize pool table resting on a patterned kilim is the focus of the games room – a ritzy space with antlered wooden trophy heads adorning teal green walls, a 40-inch wall-mounted TV, a pair of bar tables for in-between-game drinks (kept chilled in the colour-coordinated pink-and-black bar fridge).
On the second storey, with views skimming the neighbouring rooftops, Umah Daun’s library is a comfortable place to retreat to in the company of a good book. Sink into a leather armchair set on the cow-hide rug and get lost for a few hours.
Beanbags in neon turquoise and pink cover the floor of the cute playroom, reached by a bridge across ponds at the tip of the living pavilion. Here, kids can watch a film on the 40-inch TV, play games on the PS3, or bring out their competitive streak with one of many board games. A spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine level where more beanbags encourage laid-back banter. There’s also an ensuite shower room here.