Villa Massilia – The New Luxury


One of the places I have always dreamt of shooting is Casa Cook. If you follow interiors on Instagram or Pinterest, then you are almost certain to have come across many beautiful pictures of this hotel. Unfortunately, Casa Cook is not yet in Bali, but the good news is that Villa Massilia is.

You may not have heard about this villa yet, but let me assure you, from now on it will be the new it-spot to stay in while visiting the island.

Villa Massilia is the labour of love of Ben and Alissa, an English and American couple living in Hong Kong with the dream of eventually relocating in Bali. With a strong interest in interior design and architecture, they decided to acquire a small villa and renovate it. When the second and third adjoining villas became available, they saw an incredible opportunity to create a villa complex that can be rented out individually or as a whole unit. Suddenly their small investment became a very large project that has taken a year to complete.

Villa Massilia is an undiscovered Casa Cook. A refined estate in the centre of Seminyak  inspired by this hotel chain and reinterpreted for the Bali environment.

The Team


Ben and Alissa are obviously detailed oriented people and knew exactly what they wanted. When they hired the architecture firm Design Assembly to lead the project, the concept and design aesthetic was crystal clear from the beginning, making it very easy to follow the project without any confusion. But Alissa and Ben are no ordinary people. They take the design and feel of their villa project very seriously. So, they hired a lighting specialist, Studio Nimmersatt to create the night ambience and feel of the space, as well as interior design team (N Studio) to produce a lot of the furniture and source the decor. And finally, to complete the project they hired landscape artist – Bali Landscape Company – to finish off the beautifully manicured garden and minimalist internal zen gardens. Clearly, they know what they want!

You would never guess that so many hands have worked to create these seamless villas. They are so well put together, so perfectly designed and decorated that they look like they were painted by the same brush. But I guess that’s the beauty of hiring the right teams. You want each one of those elements to shine individually and concurrently, as well as complement and intertwine with one another effortlessly. And have they succeeded!

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The Materials


The villas appear effortless. It’s an understated luxury. They have chosen elements and materials perfectly suited to the Bali climate. The fixings and plugs are all beautiful and consistent across all of the bathrooms creating uniformity and consistency no matter which room or villa you are staying in. The bedrooms are generous, while the bathrooms are incredibly indulgent without ever being over the top. One of the master bathrooms in the main villa is simply exquisite. A bent tree sits like a sculpture behind the shower. An artistic touch that happened naturally, but somehow reinforces the harmony of this extremely inspiring space.

For the flooring they decided to use terrazzo on the bedrooms, bathrooms and main living areas. The use of local Palimanan stone adds the perfect amount of contrasting texture to the very clean polished and serene design. They have used teak as the main wood element with rattan accents.

The Space


The main villa’s living space is of a grand scale. The high ceilings, long dining table and lavish sofas exude luxury. But as the materials used are natural, with tamed colours and soft textures, the grandeur remains deliberately restrained.

The main pool is very much in proportion to the main villa. It’s a huge swimming pool that is fit for a resort. Villa Massilia is called an estate for a reason. Boasting a total of 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and 3 swimming pools, it certainly fits the bill. This is a serious villa with serious intentions, careful planning and lots of integrity. A private resort that will leave a long-lasting impression and inspire holidaymakers from near and far.

Design direction and concept: Ben & Alissa O’Hare
Architecture: Design Assembly
Lighting Design: Studio Nimmersatt
Interiors: N Studio
Landscape: Bali Landscape Company


Photography, Styling & Words: Sheila Man


Steven Evans September 17, 2019 - 12:45 am

Looks amazing…what a great relaxing environment to enjoy Bali ?? Now pass the Bintang ?

baliinteriors September 17, 2019 - 5:11 am

It is so beautiful and completely relaxing!

Tanty May 20, 2020 - 9:42 pm

Simply irresistible!

baliinteriors May 21, 2020 - 11:14 am

Yes!! It is!!! One of the most beautiful villas in Bali!

Benita Jean Interiors September 23, 2020 - 7:39 am

WOW WOW WOW!! Serenity & sophistication great styling & build.

Francine January 7, 2021 - 8:42 am

Stayed here in 2019 and it is even more beautiful in real life, I can’t wait to go back. Simply gorgeous!

Melissa April 10, 2021 - 12:29 am

So gorgeous. What is the kitchen island counter material? Thank you!

baliinteriors April 23, 2021 - 12:32 pm

Its made out of polished concrete

Sandra May 3, 2021 - 11:38 pm

Adore your loving Nature design. Looking forward to visiting. Question please, can you share how you created the walls material? Thank you

baliinteriors May 7, 2021 - 8:33 am

Hi Sandra, They used concrete, paint and limestone for the different walls.

Isabelle stienen May 14, 2021 - 7:53 pm

Can I know where the wooden table is from?
Kind regards Isabelle stienen

baliinteriors May 19, 2021 - 10:29 am

Hi Isabelle, I’m not sure exactly where they got it from, but I have seen some gorgeous wooden tables in Indico Bali, Vivere, and Jezz Living recently. Definitely worth visiting!

Massilia Maria Lira Dias June 15, 2021 - 2:21 am

Mehe sorprendido al ver en Pinterest un sitio tan bello con mi nombre. Soy de Brasil y me llamo Massilia. Los detalles de la decoración , la mezcla de texturas en los ambientes, me gustan muchísimo. Una feliz coincidencia que este lugar no solo tenga mi nombre, sino que también refleje mi gusto por la decoración. Me gustaría saber porqué le han dado ese nombre.

baliinteriors June 16, 2021 - 8:41 pm

Muchas gracias Massilia! Que coincidencia!! La verdad es que no se por que se llama asi. Esta villa en realidad es de muchos anos atras pero ha cambiado de duenos y ha sido remodelada. Pero creo que el nombre es el original. Quizas los antiguos duenos tenian una conexion con el nombre Massilia. Pero me alegra que te haya gustado!

Selina August 28, 2021 - 11:19 pm

Hi there! Absolutelu LOVE the decor ?
Would you mind telling me where you got these 4 cute brown lamps as seen in picture 8 above the kitchen? This would be the absolute perfect lamp four our dining table.

Thank you so much in advance!


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