By Alyssa Apuzzio
Located on Bali’s southernmost tip, the Jean-Michel Gathy-designed Residences at Mandarin Oriental Bali will embody 91 standalone villas conceptualized by acclaimed international architect Gathy, who took inspiration from a traditional Balinese farming technique in imagining the layout.
“This is not London or Singapore or anywhere else,” said Gathy, a Belgian who has spent 35 years in Asia. “It’s Bali. We took that into account every step of the way. But we didn’t go overboard.”
A variety of exotic grasses, shrubs and palm trees can be found encompassing the villas and covering the flat roofs of each villa. This design delivers and creates a seamless connection with the environment, which also rests on a naturally
accommodating cliff top.
When finished in mid-2018, the 88-room hotel will include an 88-meter-long swimming pool along the edge of the cliff top, a private beach club, cantilevered gourmet restaurant, fitness center and a 1,725-square-meter spa with eight treatment rooms.
The first residence is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2019.
Photo courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group