At the end of the property, beyond the swimming pool, is a small river and the sound of running water enhances the relaxing ambience of Villa Kouru. If you are lucky enough to be in residence at the beginning of August, there is a major one-day ceremony at the Temple beside the river, and you are guaranteed a front row view.
From antique oriental carpets to tribal decorations from West Papua, and blowpipes converted to wall decorations to Australian Aboriginal paintings from the Northern Territory, the Villa Kouru collection is an eclectic mix spanning thousands of miles and hundreds of years, with local Balinese painters and sculptors being heavily represented.
Some of the artworks in the collection are believed to be over 500 years old, and the five-metre statues in the living area are particularly impressive. If you’re not an art lover when you arrive, you will be by the time you leave!