Indisch boasts a magical location. Set just back from a curved promontory, it enjoys direct access onto what feels like its own private strip of sand. Wrapping around this majestic five-bedroom family house like a sea of green is an emerald lawn dotted by palms, home to a generous T-shaped swimming pool. Just beyond the garden, waves crash dramatically onto the rocks and fishermen perch precariously on stilts rising out from the sea – a sight unique to this part of the island.
Indisch’s interiors are similarly engaging: brilliant white walls, soaring ceilings, polished terrazzo floors and shuttered French windows opening onto deep wraparound verandas make the house feel immensely spacious. A sound system is built into the living and dining areas and the excellent fully equipped kitchen is a triumph of tropical modern styling. The staircase is a particularly elegant inclusion; shallow steps lead up to the five bedrooms on the first floor under a ceiling that towers loftily overhead. A selection of faded antique door and window frames from Dutch-colonial Sri Lanka and Bali highlight the stunning Indonesian-Dutch or Indisch architectural design. Through a careful blend of the old and the new, Indisch feels timeless, and its giant proportions provide added luxe.
The villa is spread across two floors, of which the lower is open plan, and rooms blend into each other as they encircle a paved courtyard with fountain that bubbles and tinkles away in the background. The villa suits families well; a large flat grassy lawn surrounds the house, there are shallow areas in the pool for little paddlers and also a children’s play area with swings and slides. The rock pools on the beach, the crabs darting in and out of their holes, and the soft sand are all sure to provide further amusement for younger members of the family. For those less inclined to expend their energy, the soft towel-covered loungers on the lawn and gentle ripples in the azure swimming pool invite you to do very little at all.
With a team of 15 capable staff including an executive chef and manager, Indisch is exceptionally well-run and fabulously private. The chef’s cooking is excellent. For short stays, fixed price set meals are offered for breakfast lunch and dinner, as required, while longer-staying guests are charged for food and drink items at cost plus 10% service.
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