Villa De Suma is entered through a delightful open-fronted pavilion, which has soaring ceilings dangling with glass lanterns and ceiling fans. This open-plan space incorporates a dining area and living room. Steps across the front lead down to the pool and garden.
At one end of the pavilion, a round glass-topped table seats eight; at the other, a lounge suite and lacquered coffee tables are arranged around a 32-inch LCD Satellite TV, DVD and Bose entertainment system. Dark wood cabinets display a collection of antiques and ethnic curios. A powder room is set to one side.
The well-equipped kitchen is located behind the dining area and has sleek black granite counters, an oven, blender and coffee maker.
The villa’s 12-metre swimming pool stretches between the two sleeping pavilions and makes a stunning central feature. It is bordered by a sun-bleached ironwood deck, ancient frangipani trees and fishponds on one side, and narrow lawn on the other. Built-in daybeds and four deckchairs shaded by sunbrellas create outdoor lounging space, while the vertical garden with its high wall and tropical foliage makes a glorious backdrop.