The scenery, serenity, and spiritual appeal of Bali continues to draw millions of tourists – and those looking for a little bit more out of life – every year. According to Bali’s Government Tourism Office, over 5.7million tourists in 2017. The demand for luxurious 5-star villas has significantly increased; even the recent advent of one of Bali’s resident volcanoes, Mount Agung, erupting earlier in 2017, hasn’t managed to dent demand for Bali’s idyllic lifestyle. For those looking to disconnect from the pressures of daily life, a beautifully designed villa becomes a haven away from the hustle and bustle offering the very best of tropical living. While we can’t all live on the Island of the Gods year ’round, there are some design shortcuts you can transplant back home.
Nature’s a beauty
Bali’s tropical climate and its incredible natural beauty mean indoor-outdoor living is the norm. Whether it is lounging in cabanas, showering in outdoor style bathrooms, or relaxing around the pool, Balinese design treats the outside as an extension of the interior. Don’t worry if you don’t live in a forest or aren’t perched high on a coastal cliff; you can create an oasis of greenery in the garden by planting bright, vibrant flowers. In city and suburban locations privacy can be hard to find, a green screen of yellow palms or Chinese bamboo works well nurture Zen as well as block out the neighbours.
The perfect blend
Balinese architecture utilises expansive geometric proportions throughout, giving interior spaces a feeling of light and simplicity. Native Indonesian building materials, such as local timber and stone, provide warmth in open areas and form the foundation of interior design. Stir in traditional elements like a stunning Balinese high vaulted wooden slat ceiling, and then top with contemporary amenities and furnishing which suit your lifestyle best.
Balinese interiors are spacious and straightforward, with minimal décor. A few stand-out pieces of furniture and artwork help to emphasise the feeling of unencumbered lightness and freedom. Indonesia is one of the top 20 furniture exporters worldwide – mainly teak, bamboo and rattan furniture as well as carved furnishings – so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re interested in a more traditional look and feel. A statement piece, such as an ornately carved Balinese wooden doorway or sideboard will help to anchor that tropical feel. To enhance outdoor sections, use a scattering of natural stone statues or water feature, ideally made from greenstone and volcanic rock.