Soaring ‘rough luxury’ on the cliffs of southern Bali

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There’s a new reason to visit Bali’s fabled southern peninsula, one of the world’s most renowned surf spots. The newly opened Suarga Padang Padang is a masterwork of Balinese architecture, a soaring ‘rough-luxury’ complex of stilted wooden structures shaded by sculpted bamboo-shingled roofs perched on dramatic limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.

It’s also a marvel of sustainability, built under the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance, using recuperated wood from abandoned ironwood pontoons in Borneo, broken-down teak houses, old factories, and bamboo, among other ecological materials. As constructed wetlands, the resort’s gardens and landscaping are engineered to promote the natural functions of vegetation, soil, and organisms. Solar panels and other renewable energy and energy-efficient technology power the property’s lighting, air conditioning, and all other equipment in the resort.

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Suarga Padang Padang’s 36 distinctive rooms, pavilions, and villas, including a 1600-square-meter bamboo structure, are spread across one-and-a-half generous hectares, all featuring panoramic views of the ocean, resort, or lush gardens of cactus, lemongrass, and flowering frangipani and acacia trees. The hotel’s Dugong Restaurant relies on locally grown ingredients, typically sourced within a 50-kilometer radius, in dishes like white fish tartar with pineapple, lemongrass, and kemangi, while its gallery-like shop offers a curated selection of Papuan artifacts and quality handicrafts from Sumba and Java.

Sunday, February 18th, 2018