Yes. The tropical island of Lombok with it’s dense coconut and palm tree forests and pristine beaches calls itself home to the Villa Sapi Resort home on a three-hectare beachfront property. Canadian architect David Lombardi’s concept of ‘Function over Form’ leaves Villa Sapi’s guests with a sense of discovery and surprise at every turn, from the traditionally styled, grass-roofed building that houses the main kitchen to a futuristic home theatre. Furnishings carry a signature colour theme of black, red and lime green, while the walls are adorned with flair – bamboo, water cascades and conceptual artwork. The first clue to the quirky nature of the artwork is a white sculpture in the coconut grove garden which, in huge black letters, suggests that we should ‘Stop Making Sense’.
Natural island materials were used to build the contemporary home including: lava rock (“batu chandi”), sandstone (“paras”), natural hardwood ( named “ulin”) and locally sourced bamboo. The main social area containing the kitchen and formal dining functions is housed in a vernacular typology in a very tall continuous space that opens to the exterior around the periphery. The thatched roof vernacular is in this case swapped for wood shingles that peel away at one corner to expose a glass covering that introduces a floating lounge in a rounded addition wrapped in bamboo stocks.
Several swimming pools are located throughout the complex profiting from the amazing landscape with varying levels of privacy. The rent-able home also makes use of the islands very own resources: light and water. A rainwater collection system and solar panels allow this home to have a lesser overall carbon footprint.
As for the view… Oh the view from the villa’s open-sided living and dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms is unrivalled; here guests can look forward to a vista that is ever-changing with the moods of the sea, sky, neighbouring islands, distant mountains, forests and colourful fishing boats. At night, after a magnificent sunset, the scene becomes even more magical as the moon’s reflection twinkles on the water, presenting a picture of tranquillity and unforgettable beauty.
And by the way, there is a sweet story behind the villa’s name. The huge coconut grove on which the property stands used to be grazing land for cows, the most treasured possessions of Lombok farmers, symbolising status, wealth and happiness. The owners decided that these graceful beasts should be rightfully honoured: Sapi means cow in the Indonesian language.
All in all, Villa Sapi’s massive beachfront garden, combined with breathtaking coastal views, makes an ideal tropical setting for a much needed escape.
All images courtesy of David Lombardi