The entrance to Chalina Estate immediately sets the mood with beautiful fish ponds featuring purple water lilies, a cascading waterfall and large stone vase fountains creating a peaceful tropical ambiance.
The villa’s 35-metre swimming pool is the focal point of the design with all rooms strategically positioned around it to optimise the views of the stunning landscaped grounds. Two generous master suites face the pool from the upper storey of the main bedroom pavilion just above a guest room and converted study/children’s bedroom, while three further guest suites occupy their own pavilions, privately spaced apart among the gardens and overlooking the rice fields.
The villa’s tastefully decorated, tropical Bali-Style living spaces step down in a series of thatch-roofed pavilions towards the rice fields and the river.
Living, dining and kitchen
Chalina’s 250-square-metre open-sided living and dining area is a highlight of the estate. Cooled with ceiling fans this spectacular two-tiered pavilion with its enormous alang-alang thatched roof provides the ultimate leisure and dining experience.
Guests can relax on the extremely comfortable L-shaped sofas and ottomans set around a coffee table. Vibrant purple and red upholstery, modern sculptures and bright artwork bring this traditional structure to life.
On the upper tier, the dining area is fit for a banquet with its huge wooden table and funky purple wicker chairs. Next to the dining pavilion are ponds filled with water lilies, a cascading waterfall and tall vase fountains which flow gently in the background.
To the rear of the dining area is a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen complete with two ovens and gas burners, microwave, double-door fridge, freezer and coffee machine.
Lounge bar and cinema room
Alongside the river, just in front of the living and dining area, is an air-conditioned lounge bar which adapts to become a comfortable cinema room in the evening. There's plenty of space on the two large daybeds for guests to unwind while beverages are served from a black granite counter. If preferred, the French doors can be opened onto two terraces to make the most of the tropical air; one overlooking the Pangi river and the other facing the pool, shaded with sails and featuring an eight-seater dining table.
The lounge bar boasts a Bose sound system which also feeds music to the garden areas, while a powder room positioned just below is particularly convenient for guests attending weddings and other special events.
The centrepiece of the villa, the 35 x 12-metre swimming pool sits strategically overlooking the sloping garden and neighbouring rice fields making it the perfect spot for sundowners. Single and double loungers shaded by umbrellas provide poolside comfort, and floating above the water, a comfortable thatched bale makes a magical spot for a massage.
Surrounded by coconut palms and dotted with fragrant frangipanis, the impeccably manicured lawns provide a wonderful setting for yoga and meditation as well as weddings and other special events.
Chalina Estate’s main two-storey residence houses four bedrooms and a bunk room for ten, while three further bedrooms are situated in individual pavilions leading down towards the river. Each of Chalina Estate’s ensuite bedroom is air-conditioned and features black-out curtains, a flat-screen TV and DVD player and a small fridge.
This huge suite has incredible views over the garden and rice fields. A king-size four-poster bed with golden mosquito net and bright fuchsia and green cushions sits proudly in the middle of this high-ceilinged room between side tables supporting feathered lamp shades, while behind the bed, two white sofas contrast nicely against the dark-wood floors and artwork. Glass sliding doors open onto a covered timber deck complete with a comfy sofa and ottomans.
The ensuite bathroom offers a large stainless steel bath, wooden vanity with twin basins and a walk-in terrazzo rain shower. Guests in this room enjoy exclusive access to satellite TV.
Opposite Saffron on the first floor landing, the second master suite, Amber, also presents stunning views across the pool and garden. The netted, four-poster king-size bed sports bright turquoise cushions and white feather lampshades ornament the bedside tables. Furnished with an eclectic array of artefacts and artworks, this room also features a mezzanine level complete with TV and queen-size daybed (which can be used as an extra bed). A walk-in dressing room and ensuite bathroom with Palimanan stone floor, rain shower, stainless steel bathtub, and twin basins complete this suite.
Downstairs, the king-bedded Ginger room opens out onto a large stone patio area that looks directly over the inviting swimming pool. This room can be accessed from the garden and from a walkway at the rear of the building featuring enormous vase fountains cascading into a fish pond. Splashes of bright orange and purple silk and a white egg-shaped chair inject vitality into the room, contrasting with its polished grey terrazzo floors. Off the bedroom lies a separate dressing area and an ensuite bathroom with Palimanan stone floor, rain shower, stainless steel bathtub, and twin basins.
Also located on the ground floor of the main building, the converted study – which is ideal for children – features twin whitewashed teak beds draped with mosquito nets and polished grey terrazzo floors. Like the Ginger room, Cinnamon opens onto the large stone patio facing the pool and can also be accessed from the rear walkway. Funky Japanese doll lampshades light up the room while a white egg-shaped chair sits in one corner. The bathroom is identical to that of the Ginger room.
Guest pavilions (Paprika, Clove and Vertyver):
Three guest bedrooms face the pool in stand-alone pavilions set on lawns sloping down towards the river, each with a patio from which to enjoy the view. The three rooms are similar in design but feature differently hued bathrooms and individual artwork.
Each room is furnished with a king-size four-poster bed draped with a mosquito net. Ensuite bathrooms feature cobbled stone floors, black marble twin wash basins and rain showers.
Chalina Estate's bunk room is adjacent to the study/Cinnamon bedroom and faces the pool and garden. All in white and with five sets of bunk beds, the room can sleep up to 10 children as part of a large family group booking, or 10 adults (for event bookings). There is a WC attached but no bathroom children can use their parents bathrooms, and 2 further WCs and a shower room are available at the bar area.