Spread across two floors of a charming Dutch-colonial style building, Villa Pooja Kanda has five bedrooms – two of which are at ground level – and offers generous living and dining space, including an air-conditioned TV room, a library and an equipped kitchen. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom and shares views of the garden through graceful arched doors. The ground-floor living areas spill effortlessly onto a deep fan-cooled veranda that breezily wraps around the front of the house and is furnished with rattan loungers.
The sitting room generously spills onto the front veranda through elegantly arched doors. Tabletops and cabinets are topped with magazines and books and the long cushion-scattered sofa, facing the front lawn, provides a comfortable place to read them under the gently whirring ceiling fans. Tranquility envelopes you here; wander onto the deep veranda, recline on rattan plantation chairs and watch the birds, squirrels and monkeys in the garden.
The dining room is furnished with a handsome hardwood 10-seater table whilst a second table on the veranda presents an informal alternative for alfresco meals. A cosy TV room, with an L-shaped built-in sofa, is located just off the dining area. Lay back and watch a movie, catch up on world news or simply immerse yourself in the pages of a favourite novel as the air conditioning keeps you cool. Beneath the stairs is a small library stacked with well-thumbed books that you’re welcome to browse.
Out on the veranda, cushioned plantation chairs are placed perfectly for looking out over the lush lawn, which is edged by bushy palms and tropical plants. Monitor lizards can often be seen stealthily pacing across the grass. The veranda wraps around to the back of the villa where there’s an alfresco dining table for six and a swimming pool, seemingly carved out of the rock, offering views down the hillside between the coconut palms. On the first floor, a wraparound balcony provides a birds-eye view of the monkeys in the trees.
Villa Pooja Kanda’s five bedrooms are all air conditioned and furnished with romantic four-poster beds dressed in the crispest cotton sheets and canopied by soft mosquito nets. The spacious ground-floor master bedroom and connecting queen-bedded guestroom open onto the rear veranda and are suitable for families. Both benefit from contemporary bathrooms finished in smooth terrazzo and fitted with rain showers (the master ensuite also has a freestanding bathtub).
On the first floor, accessed via a winding staircase, are three further guestrooms encircled by a balcony walkway. Light and airy, these bedrooms also come with contemporary ensuite bathrooms with hot water showers. The largest of them sits at the top of the stairs and includes an anteroom that can be furnished with a cot or a single bed (up to two extra beds are available for children for no additional charge).