Best of Bali style
Bali is many things to many people. The lush jungle-filled island has a unique energy all of its own. Visitors flock here to discover what it is that draws such devotion and love from every walk of life. 'Balinese Style' first found its footing in western culture in the late 1990's and has stayed one of the most iconic looks for interiors around the world ever since. Properties like Amandari and COMO Uma Ubud offer a chance to be immersed in the style. Smaller villas, such as designer Farah Khan's Villa Voyage, filled with antique Louis Vuitton trunks and tented beds and the secluded Alila Manggis, which overlooks Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred mountain, are among the most beautiful interiors and settings found anywhere. We have explored our favourite Indonesian island to seek out the hottest and most fabulous style spots awaiting discovery. From eating under the stars to finding the best Balinese Ikat to take home – we have it covered.
Bridges Bali, Ubud
The most romantic dining option in Bali – Bridges tumbles down over seven layers overlooking the gentle River Vos. The menu here is sublime – lunch takes on the form of Rijsttafel (rice table) – a tradition introduced by the Dutch colonials and a feast of Indonesian flavours. Nocturnal diners can explore the tasting menu including a starry dessert plate paired with the delicious Indonesian wine Pino de Bali.
Puri Ganesha, Pemuteran
British Egyptologist and interior designer Diana von Cranach bought this then barren stretch of beachfront on Bali’s northwest fishing coast in 1987. Along with her Balinese husband, Von Cranach has since transformed it into one of the most cosseting and delightful sanctuaries in Asia. Antique rice barns have been converted into garden pavilions for sunbathing and the thatched villas are furnished in an eclectic and faultless style. The pure volcanic mineral water found here is worth the journey alone while the food has garnered devotees the world over – try the tempeh prawns with Javanese mountain honey.
SIP Bali, Seminyak
Owned by charismatic Christian Vanneque, who has the distinction of being the youngest head sommelier in France, SIP is chic, chic, chic. Mirrored walls and gleaming leather offer a burnished nighttime experience – quenelles of Tasmanian salmon, l’escagargot, the lightest of soufflé – paradise on a plate and Seminyak’s finest cuisine.
Merah Putih, Canggu
Balinese style at its most soaring and dramatic, Merah Putih has one of our favourite interiors of anywhere. The cathedral-like space is held up by translucent columns (sustainable and doubling as water recycling). The whole place sings of creative genius that is also reflected in the authentic and imaginative menu. Bamboo Lobster dumplings and Aceh fried quail with coconut – you will never want to eat anywhere else.
Threads of Life, Ubud
Bali’s rural textile treasures are gathered up from around the island village weavers and showcased here on a fairtrade system. Local ladies serve as curators and the atmosphere is that of a diminutive museum – where everything can be taken home. Learn about the indigo blue and red derived from the noni or Morinda Citrifolia fruit and soak up the local wisdom as well as techniques at the available workshops both at the gallery and the Umajati retreat in north Ubud.
The Jungle Trader, Canggu
Fabulous name, fabulous collection - The Jungle Trader rises above the typical ‘rattan and batik’ offerings and has the most delectable selection of homewares and textiles. A true concept store with the line that ‘this is where the jungle and ocean meet’. The space is filled with collectables and accessories carefully sourced, giving the impression of long voyages taken.
Seminyak’s quintessential interiors space, Santanuma is the love child of designer Muhsin Adi Putra and bursts with colour and quirky pieces. Putra’s eye is sharp and playful - resin pineapples were seen here long before they became a design staple. We love the recycled bowls in teak and rosewood covered in lacquer as well as the oversized black and white photographs depicting Balinese moments.
Gaya Ceramics, Ubud
An Ubud icon, Gaya Ceramics was founded by two Italians, Marcello Massoni and Michela Foppiani. The ceramics, each more beautiful and individual than the last, are created in the village of Sayan where workshops take place in a memorable artisan experience. The Gaya ceramic team are from different communities and work in inspiring harmony. Spot their creations at properties around the world such as Vietnam’s Amanoi and Bulgari Hotels.
Landed in paradise and forgotten your Havaianas? Head straight to Indosoles. A favourite among those in the know, their upcycled flip flops are fashioned from discarded tyres, garbage and cast offs. Comfortable, stylish and sustainable – stock up and bring home for gifts – look out for the canvas beach shoes and tote bags in serene hues.
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