Among the many highlights of Villa Maya Retreat are its lush tropical gardens, river setting and jungle vibe. Designed to maximise the villa’s natural surroundings, outdoor living spaces invite guests to unwind, relax and admire the native vegetation and fauna – in particular the iridescent blue kingfishers and alu (water monitor lizards) that scale the river banks.
The 12-metre green-stone swimming pool sits strategically at the centre of the property surrounded by a large wooden deck upon which six sun loungers are shaded by white ceremonial umbrellas. To one end of the pool is an alfresco dining area, while to the other end a traditional style balé adorned with batik cushions provides respite from the heat.
A lily pond with a tall bubbling water feature leads to a furnished terrace overhanging the river – an idyllic setting for pre-dinner drinks. Here, a comfortable U-shaped sitting area with space enough for a small party surrounds a polished tree-stump coffee table ornamented with a bonsai tree.
Next to the terrace rests a huge curtained balé which looks especially romantic when lit at night, and is a great place to enjoy a massage and be soothed by the sounds of the river.