Schenelle Dsouza
Dubai’s Jumeirah Group is known for its luxury properties in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Boasting some of the most prestigious properties in the world, the Jumeirah Group embraces a local cultural framework with each of its properties, to give its guests a sense of the place they are visiting.
Take, for example, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, a modern take on a British classic. Their latest project, the Jumeirah Bali is another fine example of craftsmanship, capturing the essence of Bali’s Hindu-Javanese culture.
Jumeirah Bali
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Located in the Pecatu region of southwest Bali, this all-villa luxury resort sits graciously near Uluwatu Beach, one of the most coveted spots on the island. Apart from its breathtaking views, the resort stands out for its architectural prowess, paying homage to the ancient Hindu-Javanese culture.
Vision
The vision for this all-villa luxury resort was to connect Bali’s past and present in a verdant, water-based luxury sanctuary. Thus, the narrative centered on the golden age of the Majapahit Empire – the last Indianized kingdom in Indonesia.
One of the dominant architectural features of the Majapahit empire was its clusters of pavilions hidden by towering walls. These included those used for bathing and socializing, in addition to terraced royal gardens and exquisite water features. Jumeirah Bali beautifully captures these elements, transforming the property to reveal a watery palace, which captures the essence of Bali life and romance.
Jumeirah Bali
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“The concept of Jumeirah Bali was conceived by PT Asia Pasifik Property as a sophisticated and subtly impactful sanctuary that heals through exquisite architecture and landscaping, as well as the promotion of local arts and crafts,” said said Rudy Sundungdolok of PT Asia Pasifik Property, the resort’s developers. “In response to the brief, the designers created an enchanting water palace where legends of the lost empire of Majapahit come to life in Bali’s most iconic location. Within the decor, a variety of rich textures and details representing the influences Indian and Chinese help carry the story and set the emotional tone.
Play of light and space
The property has a seamless architectural flow between interior and exterior, with each section reflecting Bali’s heritage. The property uses a combination of natural materials and modern luxuries enhanced by local symbolism, to create an authentic Balinese haven.
Jumeirah Bali
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The resort of Jumeirah Bali sits behind a large Balinese gate guarded by a mythical winged creature, a stone statue of Singa Ambara Raja. According to the local culture, gates are considered important portals connecting the physical world and the spiritual realm. Above the head, two mythical winged creatures of the Majapahit tradition guard the passage.
The enchanted garden
The property incorporates Buddhist iconography with a 120 year old red Bodhi tree on the property. The tree serves as a link between Jumeirah Bali and the Majapahit Empire, where it was known as the “Tree of Awakening” and traditionally planted at the entrance to royal dwellings and religious sites. Here, the tree stands in front of what is described as an “enchanted garden”. The outdoor area is as enchanting as it gets, with the traditional Javanese pendopo courtyard pavilion, a grove of heritage trees, and multiple water features that evoke a sense of peace and calm.
Jumeirah Bali
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The property once again pays homage to Hinduism with its intricate wall carvings that recite the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic from ancient India. These sculptures were made by skilled Balinese artisans who recreated traditional designs and stories to open a window into a culture that has shaped modern Bali.
A water palace
Jumeirah Bali’s accommodations ensure that no guest is more than a few meters from a stream or fountain, each modeled after a royal purification pavilion from the Majapahit era. Along with small streams and fountains, the property has three swimming pools to further the “water palace” narrative. Each of these pools reflects Majahapit’s legendary Kolam Segaran Reservoir. During the time of the empire, reservoirs were synonymous with happiness and prosperity, ensuring that the people of Majapahit always had access to water for drinking and irrigation.
Jumeirah Bali
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The main pool which is called Kolam Segaran has been considered a focal point of the resort thanks to its stunning sunsets and panoramic view of the sparkling turquoise Dreamland beach below.
Starting at 210 square meters, one- and two-bedroom villas offer tropical garden or Indian Ocean views, while the majestic four-bedroom Royal Water Palace offers a sense of exclusivity and ultimate seclusion. Each villa comes with a private pool, outdoor living space and landscaped tropical garden for guests to indulge in a spiritual, secluded and moving experience.
Jumeirah Bali
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A healing water garden
While Jumeirah Bali’s architecture and surroundings are dreamy, it seems nearly impossible to overlook the property’s signature Talise Spa. The spa showcases the world-renowned Turkish bath culture, featuring Bali’s first royal Turkish hammam with steam and sauna facilities, a Vichy shower and five private treatment rooms.
The spa is inspired by the Hindu-Javanese concept of “Satyam, Siwam, Sundaram” (Truthfulness, Consciousness, Bliss), which promotes the idea of ​​living a balanced and harmonious life for spiritual purity. Focusing on timeless traditions passed down from generation to generation, the spa combines Balinese traditions with Arabian therapies and European expertise to deliver a therapeutic and sensory experience.
Jumeirah Bali
Photo courtesy: Jumeirah Bali
As the first spa in Bali to offer a royal hammam, Talise Spa offers a range of cleansing rituals, including the Royal Campa and Royal Dwara hammam experiences, promising deep relaxation and detoxification. Additionally, the spa offers a collection of soulful ‘divine therapies’, which deepen Bali’s beliefs about spirituality. These therapies have been developed to help improve or balance clients’ dominant chakras. One of the “divine therapies” is the ancient Balinese practice of Wewaran (Bali Numerology) which calculates and then balances the dominant chakra while raising the other six energy points.
Water is one of the most relaxing elements and Jumeirah Bali uses it most effectively. So whether you’re looking for a long-planned vacation or a quick weekend away, Jumeirah Bali is a gem of tranquility, surrounded by nature and embedded in luxury.
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