Even until this day, Maison Simba is still one of my favourite Bali villas. Maison Simba isn’t just one of the best villa in Bali; it’s a deeply personal testament to the fusion of cultures and artistic elegance, all brought to life by its owner, Eric Van Burgen. During the shoot, I talked with him a lot to get to know the thought process behind Maison Simba. With 15 years of residency in Bali, Eric, an interior designer and collector, has poured his heart and soul into every nook and cranny of this exquisite home. Maison Simba artfully marries the grace of English colonial houses in Singapore with a hint of Asian inspiration, resulting in a masterpiece that entrances anyone who steps through its doors.
I remember as I walked through Maison Simba’s main entrance, I was immediately transported into a world of mesmerising cultural fusion. The striking Japanese jacket that warmly welcomes you sets the stage for the grandeur that lies within. Eric’s unwavering attention to detail and his passion for blending styles are evident in every aspect of the house.
In my opinion, one of the features that truly sets Maison Simba apart from other Bali villas is the elegant black and white tile floor at the main entrances. Deliberately chosen to pay homage to colonial architecture, this classic design element adds a touch of sophistication and timelessness to the space. The interplay of dark and light hues creates a visually stunning ambiance, inviting you into a world of refined elegance.
Each room in Maison Simba bears the name of Eric’s favourite city in Asia, and stepping into each space feels like embarking on a unique journey through the diverse cultures of the region. Asian-inspired decorations adorn the interiors, showcasing the intricacy of craftsmanship and the artistic sensibilities of different cultures.
Delicate porcelain vases, intricate carved wooden furniture, and ornate wall hangings grace each room, adding an exotic allure to this Bali villa. Eric’s passion for collecting unique and captivating pieces is evident in the carefully curated ensemble that adorns Maison Simba’s interiors. With every step, I encounter fascinating art and artefacts that celebrate the richness and beauty of Asia’s heritage.
Beyond the main house lies a hidden gem, carefully curated by Eric himself – a sprawling 20m x 4m pool, enveloped by lush greenery. This secluded oasis serves as a serene retreat for residents and guests alike, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The tranquil atmosphere creates a space where time seems to slow down, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Whether you choose to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters or simply lounge by the poolside, the experience is nothing short of rejuvenating. As sunlight filters through the foliage, casting enchanting patterns on the water’s surface, the hidden pool becomes the perfect place to unwind.
Maison Simba is more than just a private villa in Bali; it’s an artistic masterpiece, a canvas upon which Eric Van Burgen’s love for cultural fusion and appreciation for beauty is etched. From the captivating blend of 18th-century influences with Asian-inspired decorations to the sophisticated black and white tile floor, every element has been thoughtfully chosen to create an ambiance of grandeur and elegance.
The seamless fusion of cultures, brought to life through art and design, makes Maison Simba a unique and extraordinary private villa in Bali that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. It’s a harmonious balance of cultural diversity and artistic expression, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty and allure of Bali’s architectural wonders.