One Night at Villa ASLI
Writer & Photography: Monica M. Lawton for Style Compass Media
Model: Iliyas Kimpaev
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One night at Villa ASLI, will only make you want to live here long term.
When I received my invitation to stay overnight at the private 5 bedroom Villa ASLI, equipped with a staff of 25 by Chris Vassal the villa Manager, I was thrilled as I has already seen the product photos of the property. He offered it as a Birthday gesture, as I had just turned 23 for the umpteenth time. (wink)
I took photos while I stayed, but trust me when I say, the pictures don’t do this property justice. I’m not certain if photos are enough, you almost need a video, from start to finish, if you aren’t able to view it in person. Now for my introduction of this very special Villa ASLI.
Villa ASLI’s style is rustic,and authentic Indonesian with the introduction of traditional Javanese and Balinese influence, for me it brings laid back splendor to the forefront. When my driver brought me to the front gates, I wasn’t certain I was at the correct address. I was told this is done to keep the location private, which I think any guest staying there would also appreciate. Once the gates opened, I was greeted with warm, and friendly smiles. Once Chris met me at the entrance of Villa ASLI, as there are two separate villas on the property, the other is Villa ZELIE. I was formally introduced to the upper level staff, and given a lovely welcome drink iced ginger tea. It was well received, Bali temperatures have been quite high as of late.
Once I walked through the doors of Villa ASLI, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. I was greeted by separated ponds, with koi fish the size of catfish. The living room was decked out with high-end artwork, these pieces would easily be found in a gallery, or museum. Once I saw the master suite, I was amazed yet again. The close attention to detail in reference to the decor, was well noted. I almost had the feeling I was standing inside someone’s personal bedroom, and not a luxury rental. I mentioned to my partner Iliyas, that I had the feeling this was someone’s personal home, so much care had been put into it. Later when speaking with Chris the Villa ASLI manager, he confirmed that it was in fact the home of an amazing woman who was high up in the fashion, and design industry. The villas were built in 2008, and designed but the owner herself, Mrs Noelle Bonnemaison who also has hotels in France (Courchevel in the Alps), and a very well known place in Saint-Tropez (South of France).
The following morning we had breakfast, then decided to view the rest of the bedroom suites on the property. We passed the extended Olympic sized pool to view homes standing above a lily pad pond with rice field grass growing high, and free, it is something to see. The suites are made from separate Joglos. ( Joglos are famous traditional wooden buildings usually made of teak wood from Central Java, Indonesia). Each suite had a different look, but all carried the same theme, laid back luxury with a close eye for detail. It appears that the designer is a world traveler, and she outfitted each room with her traveler treasures. Not only is Villa ASLI, a treasure on its own, I’m sure the designer has a story behind piece of art, which is a treasure in itself. I can’t wait to meet the designer in person, and hear about the stories behind her art collection, and travels…