“The omnipresence of Mount Batur, visible beyond the expansive green of the jungle, is a reminder of how Bali earned the nickname ‘the island of the gods'”
After being lured to Bali in 2006, Bob Davids set out to create a villa complex that would be unrivaled in design, which would reflect the beauty and diverse tropical landscape of the surrounding jungle. Atop a ridge overlooking the Wus River, one hectare of thick, lush jungle was selected for it’s dynamic topography, rock-lined streams and awe-inspiring views of the river canyon.
Made Wijaya, a leader at the forefront of tropical villa design and arguably the best in the world, was commissioned with the task of designing a luxurious private retreat that would fit seamlessly into the surrounding natural landscape. As some of the low-lying jungle vegetation was cleared to expose the canvas Made and Bob were to work with, an unexpected discovery was made. Stone retaining walls, paths, endless stairways and the remnants of carved walls were found scattered across the property – a settlement from another era, forgotten and lost within the jungle that had taken over. These new-found features created an additional challenge for Made Wijaya; to blend the old with the new and preserve the history of the site for future generations.
This stunning villa retreat is a mix of Asian architecture and tropical landscaping, incorporating both traditional and contemporary design and construction methods. Stone paths and stairways, bamboo bridges and tiered levels have been woven into the natural landscape to create a tapestry that connects and infuses the living spaces together. Massage pavilions and dining patios have been positioned to ensure expansive privacy and the central infinity pool sits perched at the edge of the ridge and provides spectacular views of the canyon and river below.