The entrance to Villa Mana bridges a wading pool fed by a wall of cascading water, and opens into a massive T-shaped living area that flows through the centre of the villa, then spreads across its full width and wraps around the swimming pool in front.
Accommodation is arranged over two storeys: on the ground floor, a corridor off the living area leads to three bedroom suites on one side and a twin bedroom, bunk bedroom, shared bathroom, home cinema room, manager’s office, and open plan kitchen on the other. On the upper floor two more spacious bedroom suites and an office/TV room open onto an enormous terrace with large pergola.
From the pool deck, broad wooden ‘amphitheatre-style’ steps lead down to a large flat lawn edged by rice terraces.
Villa Mana’s seven, very spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms feature high ceilings, walls of padded silk, polished-concrete floors, rattan and wood furniture, and glass sliding doors leading to the gardens or terrace. Five are furnished with king-size beds, while on the ground floor, opposite the games room/home cinema, is a twin bedded room. All have large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins of polished concrete and statement bathtubs big enough for two. An additional bunk bedroom with a full bathroom shared with the entertainment area is available for four kids.
Two of Villa Mana’s master bedrooms are positioned at opposite ends of the upper floor for optimal privacy. These huge rooms are accessed through Japanese-style sliding screen doors, their beds positioned towards a wall of glass doors opening onto the roof terrace. Artfully concealed behind padded silk panels are the ensuite bathrooms, with walk-in rain showers and Japanese-influenced suar wood bathtubs overlooking the roof garden.
Opening onto the pool terrace below is the third master bedroom, its elongated ensuite bathroom features a two-storey river-stone wall towering towards the sky.
Next to the ground-floor master bedroom, lie two ensuite guest bedrooms, each with sliding glass doors that lead onto the rear garden. On the opposite side of the villa’s ground floor, and opening onto the pool terrace, is a twin-bedded room, slightly smaller than the other five and with a bathroom lying just across the passageway, conveniently placed opposite the entertainment room and beside the kids’ bunk room.
Ideally located opposite the entertainment room, this bedroom offers two sets of designer bunks, easily accommodating up to four kids. A full bathroom lies right across the hall, servicing both rooms. The bunk bedroom opens directly onto the poolside deck, providing instant access to the outdoors, and along with it, a sense of freedom.
Villa Mana is a party host’s dream. The huge open-plan living area spilling seamlessly onto the expanse of pool terrace provides masses of space for formal or casual gatherings. For candlelit dinners, a substantial teak dining table seats 12 guests in comfort. Tucked around the corner on the poolside terrace is a breakfast table with benches also seating 12. Separated from the living area by a river-rock wall is the well-stocked kitchen with its long island bar creating a stage for theatrical culinary feats.
There’s further entertainment space upstairs on the enormous roof terrace: a third dining table for 12, plenty of sun loungers and, within a slatted-roof pergola, a series of super-sized mattresses for reclining in the shade.
On this same level you can escape from the sun into the comfortably furnished air-conditioned TV room/study – there’s a jumbo beanbag for serious sprawlers. But the main entertainment hub is on the ground floor – a large air-conditioned room furnished with an over-sized sofas and equipped with TV, DVD player, PlayStation, pool table, and shelves groaning with books, games and toys.
Outside, sun loungers and daybeds surround the deck of the 17-metre swimming pool and a double hammock is slung from an ancient frangipani tree – one of five that shade the sundeck. Grand, amphitheatre-style wooden steps beyond the pool lead past a comfy half-moon-shaped pergola tucked into the terrace slope, down to a large flat lawn bordered by rice fields and set up for football with goalposts in place.