Beaches, Tropical Luxury, and Three Pools: Villa Sapi, Indonesia

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On the peaceful island of Lombok, Indonesia, is the ultimate in luxury: a lavish three-bedroom vacation home with “funky” architecture plus a stand-alone two-bedroom guest house, tennis court, and three swimming pools: Villa Sapi, designed by David Lombardi. The website describes it as “tropical living and barefoot luxury at its very best; a place where guests can truly escape.” Mind you, you’re not escaping from fun: the Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club, Hotels Tugu and The Oberoi, and Gilli Islands — renowned for superb diving — are only a short distance away. Canadian architect David Lombardi’s idea for this villa is “function over form,” which makes for a surprise or two: a traditionally styled, grass-roofed building houses the main kitchen ¬— while the home theater is unabashedly futuristic.

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The villa’s color scheme is largely black, red and lime green, with unique artwork — among it, the wall that greets you when you arrive, advising you in big block letters to “Stop Making Sense.” In truth, you’ll soon abandon care as you step onto the timbered pathway to the entrance, making your way past the torches, the bamboo wall, the cascades of water. The main villa, with an open floor plan, includes living and dining areas, three of the five bedrooms, the study, and the home theater; the resort also includes the services of a full team of staff to provide you with everything from superb cuisine to pampering spa services. Spend your days snorkeling, hiking around waterfalls, mountain trekking, cycling, or even take cooking classes — the choices are wide. With accommodations more than roomy enough for a whole family, Villa Sapi and its perfect seaside setting are ingredients for a vacation you’ll always remember.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).