Tribal art dealer, Mark Johnson has just added an unusual bronze grip to his website. He indicates it was excavated in Java and is approximately 2,000 years old, dating from the Indonesian bronze age, often referred to at the Dong Son period. I have never seen a similar piece from … Continue reading
I have always been a big fan of small containers. They imply the concealment and protection of something precious, something treasured – – or treacherous. The tribal cultures of Southeast Asia have produced some of the most beautiful and enigmatic small containers ever. Apparently I’m not the only one who … Continue reading
Have you got an eye for textiles? Test your textile memory with the Maharam Memory Game, a beautiful, enjoyable and relevant freebie on Maharam’s marvelous website. The game involves remembering the location of textile swatches and pairing them up on screen. Be warned: it’s compulsive. Maharam is a fourth-generation family … Continue reading
Searching for simple outdoor furniture to work with a modern tropical house. It’s harder than you might think. Most wood collections are too heavy, and conflict with existing woodwork in the house. Most collections made of modern materials look more like weapons than furniture. I can feel their sharp metal … Continue reading
WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE Apologies to readers of my blog for the past two weeks’ outpouring on (over)development in Bali. I started out hoping to get a general overview of the state of real estate development on the island, and one thing led to another and … Continue reading
It’s seven big houses on the shore, several with wild multi-level pools. With so much development out on the east coast, I expect they will need a fancy supermarket-deli soon. And maybe a branch of Ace Hardware?
Dubai hotel group Jumeirah will be creating 188 five-star-diamond hotel rooms in eight four-storey blocks, plus sixteen penhouses and thirty pool villas, on a 12.7 hectare site in the Nusa Dua area, with an estimated investment of $43.5 million. With Jumeirah, at least we know they won’t be cutting any … Continue reading
Look out, Bali, here come 26 apartments with wiggly walls. How are you supposed to arrange your furniture? It’s going up on the beach in Legian. It’s a wiggly, wiggly world. Even the interior staircases are wiggly. I think I’ll just take the lift instead.
This four-storey development is under constuction in Seminyak. It’s a 100-unit condotel right on Jalan Laksmana (“Eat Street”). Each unit will offer 50 square meters of location location location. But not enough room to swing a cat. Probably not pets allowed anyhow, so perhaps that’s not a big concern.
How about this? An apartment development in East Bali. It’s a 32-unit, four-storey complex, right on the water near Padang Bai. Hmmm.
In popular Umalas, this four-storey apartment block with 53 suites is nearing completion. Hmmm.
Here’s the master plan for the New Kuta mega multi-use development taking place on the Bukit Peninsula, which includes residential, hospitality, commercial, education and leisure components at various market levels. Don’t ask what else it includes. It’s probably better to ask, “What doesn’t it include?”
This one’s a clump of twelve mini-villas in Canggu, with mini-gardens just big enough to swing a cat. Of course, no self-respecting Buddhist of Buddha Garden Villas would ever be caught dead or alive swinging cats.
This is a residential and resort property with nine villas for sale. The other units are hotel suites. Alila is a great hotel brand, with a commitment to quality, value and good design. They already have two properties in Bali, the Alila Ubud, and Alila Manggis. So naturally I was … Continue reading
Here’s Pradha Jimbaran, another luxury Bali Style beach villa development. Another.
Here’s a ten-unit uber luxury villa development up on the cliffs of Bukit Jimbaran, beside the Ritz Carlton Resort, Bali. Extraordinary architecture by Tom Elliot. Has Tom gone a bit troppo?
This is a biggie, and with a big name, Outrigger. This is a tropical villa developer with a real track record. Following on the relative success of their O-ce-n apartment development on Legian beach, here’s the Outrigger Panorama. It’s under construction, near the Bulgari Bali luxury resort way out on … Continue reading
This one has nine units, with just 300 – 350 square meters of land per villa. I don’t know if I would call that a “villa”, exactly. But they’re not apartments, for sure. Maybe they should be referred to as compartments? The project is called “The Seminyak Beach Resort“. Again a … Continue reading
This one is eight villas on a clifftop near Nusa Dua. Hmm. Site photo below. “Uh-oh. Whose signature did you say is on that environmental impact statement?”
Phew, at least this Ubud development isn’t intensely dense. It’s 30 units on 42,000 square meters. Do the math. That’s 1400 square meters of land per unit. Respectable. Of course it’s respectable, this one’s a Bakrieland development. It’s the Ubud Nirwana wellness residences. Kind of a consciously created community of … Continue reading
Here’s another apartment block for you. The Bali Kuta Residence will really put the “D” in Density for the Kuta area. Hmmm.
Gosh. Another dense villa development is under way at the Pecatu megaproject. This one is by Korean developers, with HST architects doing the drawings. It’s called Nuri Villas Hmm.
Out on the arid hills of Pecatu, the enormous “New Kuta” development is finally under way. It will include numerous residential, commercial, resort and leisure properties, among them the New Kuta Condotel, which is already under construction. I suppose there are sea views from upstairs. And its dirt cheap to buy … Continue reading
This one is pretty tightly packed, but it will have beach access. Karma Jimbaran Villas is just a stone’s throw from the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort, an enviable location indeed.
Way out Candidasa way, in the town of Manggis, just beside the Amankila, Karma Agung residences will be rising soon from the seashore. The beaches out there are great, where there are beaches. In the centre of Candidasa proper, the shoreline eroded away years ago, thanks to reef destruction for … Continue reading
Ooo, this is another biggie, with a land-side clubhouse and spa, as well as a beach club. There will be apartments, villas and building lots, so you could say there will be something for everyone.
This is going to be another big one. It’s a themed community focused on various healing modalities from around the world. The word is that one of the main investor-sponsors is a retired racecar driver. Businesses with factories and workshops in the Tabanan area are having difficulty hiring and keeping … Continue reading