On The Edge

Denton Corker Marshall and Trivium Design Group create a cliff-top retreat that pays tribute to Indonesia’s rich heritage and Bali’s rolling landscape.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali cascades down the hillside like an Indonesian rice paddy, gradually descending from the Nusa Dua area’s cliff tops toward the Indian Ocean. Architect Budiman Hendropurnomo of U.K.-based Denton Corker Marshall took cues from rice terraces and their centuries-old subak irrigation systems to create the sprawling resort concept.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali | Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

The Apurva Kempinski Bali. All photos: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

The modern Balinese architecture respects the island’s landscape and manmade temples with stone-clad buildings, bougainvillea-covered terraces and a web of waterways and pools. Waterfalls flank the resort’s 250-step grand staircase, which was inspired by Bali’s sacred Pura Besakih temple.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali | Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

Jakarta-based Trivium Design Group’s Rudi Dodo tapped regional craftsmen and artisans to design the soon-to-debut property’s interiors, balancing the country’s design heritage with contemporary details.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali | Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

The open pendopo-style lobby is topped by a soaring tiered roof that draws the eye up. Intricate Javanese hand-carved gebyok partitions symbolize the artistic creativity of Indonesia’s Majapahit kingdom. An angkringan food cart in Selasar Deli further reinforces the sense of place.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali | Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

In the accommodations, exotic woods, local fabrics and traditional Indonesian motifs create an understated atmosphere reminiscent of residential luxury. At the upper end of the property, 43 exclusive villas offer private pools and lounge areas, tropical gardens with outdoor showers and access to a dedicated lounge, ramping up the indulgent vibe.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali | Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

Overall, the beachfront resort is home to 475 guestrooms, suites and villas; six restaurants, bars and lounges; an ocean-facing spa and fitness center; a family club designed for guests of all ages; an 11,580-plus-sq.-ft. pillar-free ocean-view ballroom; and an array of meeting rooms with ocean vistas.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali will mark the brand's second property in Indonesia when it debuts in February. The project comes on the heels of two other major openings for the flag in the past six months: The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.