SINGARAJA STYLE

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Pre­sid­ing over Jim­baran Beach since 1993, the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Bali Re­sort— a 14-hectare prop­erty of statue-flanked ponds, lush trop­i­cal gar­dens, beach­side ca­banas, and ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­tural flour­ishes—has cul­ti­vated more than its share of loyal guests over the years. With the re­cent un­veil­ing of its re­vamped Singaraja rooms and du­plex suites, it looks set to woo a whole new gen­er­a­tion of vis­i­tors. Oc­cu­py­ing an ex­clu­sive wing within the 417room re­sort, the new-look guest quar­ters, which take their name from Bali’s north­ern­most city, now brim with up­dated tech­nol­ogy and smartly con­ceived de­sign de­tails. For one, they’re brighter. Pre­vi­ously dark-wood trim and doors have been re­done in a luminous white, while the decor now ex­udes a mod­ish el­e­gance that ex­tends from hand-tufted wool rugs to hand­some brass pen­dant lamps with finials mod­eled af­ter those found atop Ba­li­nese roofs. And those aren’t the only nods to lo­cal cul­ture that Sin­ga­pore-based de­sign firm James Park As­so­ciates (which was also in­volved in the 2010 restora­tion of the Taj Ma­hal Palace ho­tel in Mum­bai) brought to the project. Wooden head­boards are in­tri­cately carved with a clas­sic Ba­li­nese lat­tice pat­tern, wall art de­picts tra­di­tional dances and land­scapes, and pan­els of spe­cially treated wo­ven rat­tan make an ap­pear­ance in dress­ing rooms. But the most eye-catch­ing fea­ture is un­doubt­edly the full-length, hand-painted wall mu­rals found in each room; ren­dered in soft mono­chrome hues, they’re in­spired by mo­tifs found on Ba­li­nese tex­tiles and batiks.

Of course, there’s plenty of new tech and fit­tings too, from edgy Hans­grohe bath­room fixtures to wall-mounted smart TVs that pro­vide not only thou­sands of chan­nels of en­ter­tain­ment, but also a mes­sag­ing in­ter­face for in-room din­ing and concierge ser­vices. Or you could just walk down to the new Singaraja Lounge, cre­ated for guests stay­ing in the ren­o­vated rooms. Here, the concierge desk is manned un­til 10 p.m. each night, with the added bonus of com­pli­men­tary cof­fee and snacks avail­able round the clock ( 62-361/701-888; bali.in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal.com; dou­bles from US$245). — Christo­pher P. Hill

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