“Stunning views and supreme comfort induce a state of tropical languor.”
Green is said to be soothing for the soul, and in the verdant surrounds of Villa Inti almost every shade is represented; luminous rice paddies, spindly palms, lush leaves and foliage all conspiring to induce absolute calmness. Gurgling water fountains add to the serenity of this villa which feels wonderfully worn in without a hint of being worn out. The owners have great taste, obviously favouring comfort over ostentation and we happily soaked up the sense of intimacy and warmth, feeling right at home from the minute we walked in.
The atmosphere is one of pure tropical languor, easily indulged while sinking into a sea of cushions, sprawling on a sofa or lounging in a poolside deck chair. Service is relaxed – more of the ‘ask for’ rather than ’anticipated’ style – which suited us, but may not be ideal for those who like to be waited on hand and foot. When we managed to tear our eyes away from the scenery, we worked our way through the plethora of books, magazines, CDs and games, lamenting the fact that we didn’t have time for everything. We were happy to switch off, but the fast internet connection, good mobile reception and fax machine are handy for those who need to stay in touch with the outside world, which – despite the rural setting – isn’t actually that far away.
The scenic rice fields and abundance of flowers create an enchanting setting, especially under the golden glow of sunset. We loved floating in the pool, basking in the dappled sunlight that filtered through the frangipani trees, and were particularly impressed with the inspired choice of art work and antiques that filled the villa.
Roosters greeted the dawn, but were far enough away that only the lightest of sleepers would be woken up – given the rural setting this wasn’t really such a surprise. The hot water was rather slow to heat up, but that’s ok, we weren’t in any hurry!
- Kok Sheong Lim, Singapore checked out on 28-Nov-2012