A MODERN VILLAGE
Indonesia’s first Andaz is now open in Sanur, Bali.
Seventy years have passed since Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru sank his feet into the golden sand of Sanur’s beach and witnessed the sunrise with Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno. Struck by the fleeting beauty of the moment he proclaimed Bali “the morning of the world”. The magic which captivated Nehru remains when one takes a morning walk along the coastal stretch of beaches. The leafy paved boardwalk, gently crashing waves, anchored fishing boats, and relaxed manner of the day-to-day lives of Sanur’s close-knit community make the town an endearing destination.
Andaz Bali captures these allures. Inspired by the locale and the heritage of the island’s craftsmanship, the resort is modelled after a Balinese village. All of the 149 rooms, suites and villas are spread in low-rise buildings – none is higher than a coconut tree as the regulation stipulated - complete with hidden courtyards and ponds. Named after four Balinese wind directions, the redbricked façade of the buildings seamlessly blend with its leafy surrounding. Wizened Fig, Rain and Banyan Trees as old as the land itself are left to grow, shading the resort luxuriantly.
Created by architect Martin Palleros and interior design SPIN Design Tokyo, tactility pervades every aspect of the resort experience. Woven bamboo, local marble, pandan leaves panelling, batik fabric, and original artworks by local artists are used throughout the interior. Together with modern technology and amenities, each room or villa is a home office away from home. Three pools including one dedicated for the children are placed in different parts of the resort. Shankha, a holistic wellness compound, features 10 spa villas, sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, a secluded adult-only pool, kombucha bar, and yoga studio.
True to its concept, the communal spirit of the resort can be found at the Village Square. The casual indoor and outdoor seating encourage openness and social interaction. Surrounded by four dining outlets, sharing a meal with loved ones here is a joyous culinary discovery. Guests are invited to taste Asian comfort food from Wok Wok, globally-inspired dishes from Blue Oven, steak and grills from Fire Fox, and house-made pastry, desserts and coffee from Deli & Bakery. For an intimate beachfront dining repast, head to The Fisherman’s Club whose signature dishes include a fresh catch of the day grilled on coconut husks. The restaurant also serves as a beach club, welcoming locals and guests alike with Sanur’s well-known hospitality.
For guests who wish to celebrate an intimate milestone, create a digital conference or launch a start-up, there are four Studios to use. Located next to the lobby, the all-purpose meeting rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and provide views of the resort’s stunning landscape. Traditional yet contemporary; private yet social; Andaz Bali blurs the rigid line between work and play. Here, they balance each other harmoniously, creating memorable moments where life becomes one big celebration.