Magical sunsets, scenic countryside, holistic vibes are enough reasons to visit Bali, but, there is so much more to discover…
The Indonesian island of Bali is also an incredible design travel destination! From traditional temples to stylish villas and cute homeware boutiques, the island is a candy-shop for interior design lovers.
Although we are all currently on a global travel ban, and in the spirit of armchair escapism, let me take you to the “Island of Gods” and share the three gorgeous places I stayed at while exploring Bali.
- The Chillhouse
The Chillhouse is a very pretty and holistic surfing lodge in Canggu. It was created by a couple of adorable Austrians who fell in love with Bali’s spiritual vibe.
As soon as you enter the lodge, you feel at home. The entire hotel has a very peaceful atmosphere.
The lodge is made of several small two-storey houses, scattered around a lush exotic garden. In each house, the owners created a boho-chic decor: Rattan furniture, pastel colours and bold printed prints.
And if you want to freshen up or get your daily dose of exercise, there are two small and pretty pools as well as a yoga area.
- Lalaland Villa
Lalaland Villa aka my dream villa nestled in the middle of Bali’s vibrant jungle. This 5-bedroom house is every design lover’s fantasy.
To start with, its architecture is a perfect blend of traditional Balinese style and sleek modernity. Then, the interior decor of the villa: a combination of quirky and sophisticated, of old meets contemporary.
Add to this cool decor, bold colours, patterned fabrics and funky art pieces spread around each room and you’ve your design heaven.
And let’s speak about the garden and the two pools. I especially loved the smaller pool, located at the rear of the villa, surrounded by bright pink walls. Very Frida Kahlo.
- Astari Villa
The last place I stayed at while in Bali, was in the Uluwatu pensinsula. This area has a more upscale vibe than Canggu or Ubud. Many of Bali’s high-end hotels, such as the Four Seasons, are in Uluwatu.
Astari Villa is actually part of a medium-sized boutique hotel, including a two-storey residence and several private villas.
This Villa leans more towards traditional Balinese architectural style, with two large bedrooms parted in the middle by an outdoor kitchen/living-room area and a small swimming pool in front of it.
Astari is more discrete and less quirky than my two other accommodations. My favourite feature were the outdoor communal area. Think neutral shades, warm teak wood, rattan and waxed concrete.
So, if you’re a both a passionate about travelling and a design lover, you have to add Bali to your bucket list. You even have interior design and homeware shopping tours organised! Next time I’ll go, I’ll make sure to have enough time to explore all the cute decor and furniture shops!
Do you have a favourite design travel destination?