You arrive at Akuvara through the main gate, and into a courtyard with a two-car garage. From there, sandstone-flagged paths lead through the garden and past the rooms to the social centre of the villa, the long blue pool and the sun-drenched pool deck – large enough for alfresco dining.The master bedroom is to the left of the pool, the sala in front of it, and the lounge and dining room pavilions at the other side. Beyond all this, just a couple of steps, is the beach.
The indoor social focus of Akuvara is the lounge, with its glass doors opening out onto the pool deck. Here, a large L-shaped sofa and armchairs arranged around a teak coffee table demand relaxation. A big TV screen connected to satellite and cable, a sound system, an iPod/iPhone dock and a media streamer with capacious hard drive provide entertainment.
Behind the lounge is a smaller sitting room with two large armchairs, a chess board and another big TV with DVD player. Perhaps a place to send the kids off to – or to escape from them.
In between these two rooms is a small but well equipped kitchen, with a hatchway through to the main lounge. It is fitted with a large fridge, an oven, a microwave and an electric hob. Probably better to let the chef do the work, though...
A unique feature of Akuvara is the relaxation room above the lounge. Under the sloping eaves, this room, too, has glass doors overlooking the sea and two very comfortable day beds.
Just in case the weather misbehaves, a dining pavilion with an eight-seater table awaits just behind the kitchen.
Whether you enjoy swimming in the warm tropical sea, as comforting as a lover’s embrace; or cooling off in the fresh water of a pool, at Akuvara you can have it both ways. The 13 x 5-metre pool is just a couple of steps away from the beach.
Next to the pool, at the end of the large deck, is the sumptuous sala. You may have to get up a little early to claim one of the two uber-comfortable day beds set up in the shade here. But if not, a lounger alongside the pool makes a good sun-drenched alternative.
The gardens that weave between the buildings at Akuvara offer hidden groves where a shady seat can be set up to enjoy quiet and privacy.
For more energetic types, there’s a kayak for exploring the waters around the villa, and Akuvara also has the equipment to set up games of beach football or beach volleyball. Or there’s the option of a quiet jog along the beach, which is almost deserted most of the time.
The Master Bedroom
As might be expected, the master bedroom has pride of place at the villa, with huge sliding glass doors giving immediate access to the pool and a heart-soaring view of the ocean. A king-size bed is complemented by two large and inviting armchairs, all enhanced with beautiful silk cushions, and the room is equipped with an iPod/iPhone dock and a large flat-screen TV with DVD player.
The ensuite bathroom has twin vanities and a conventional shower, but pride of place goes to the huge square tub next door, easily big enough for two and open to the sky for romantic bath-time stargazing.
Guest Bedrooms 2 and 3
These two bedrooms, though smaller than the master, are every bit as comfortable. One has a king-size bed, the other twin beds. Both have ensuite bathrooms with showers.
The Upstairs Guest Suite
Above the garage, this suite is equipped with all the facilities to make a self-contained unit. It has a roomy bedroom with king-size bed and sitting area, and a spacious balcony overlooking the rest of the villa and the sea beyond. The kitchenette includes a breakfast bar, fridge, microwave and electric cooker with two hotplates. In the bedroom is a large TV with DVD player and a CD player with radio and iPod/iPhone docking station.