Batukaru Suites – Dancing with design
have known Nacho and Bea from Biombo Architecture & Interiors for a couple of years now and I have always been thrilled with the results of their projects. So when they told me they just finished a new one, I was eager to see what type of masterpiece they have created this time.
Biombo has quite a distinctive look and now people both on the island and far away seek them out to recreate that sense of style (check out their previous project Beyond Bungalows). But this time they wanted to do something slightly different. They wanted to create a luxury version of what they do best.
They had told me that the view from Batukaru Suites was special, but nothing prepared me for what I saw. The entry way was just so incredibly special and mystical. The pathway that leads you to the suites is out of a fairy tale. On one side are tiered rice fields with a small jungle at the bottom. On the other side are walls of water that look like mirrors and waterfalls at the same time. The unforgettable middle path weaves in and out, undulating with the majestic palm trees that lead you to every suite. Those classic Bali never-ending rice fields are the final view.
Even before I got to see the individual suites, I was already in love. I had seen this design team do pretty incredible things, but this was simply next level.
All of the suites are elevated off the ground to give the best possible outlook of the sacred scenery. The suites are all different and all so well-designed. They certainly make the most out of the 50 m2 . Each one is a unique little retreat that even I want to go and holiday at (even though it is on the same street that I live on!).
The bedrooms have the right textures, tones and colours combinations. From the wooden surfaced wall to huge blown up pictures as backgrounds that combine with the beautifully finished polished cement wall and ceiling with exposed matt black electric beams. The décor is perfectly on point with hints of rattan and classic chairs.
Biombo A&I are pretty damn amazing at some things! One of them is designing bathrooms. Every time they do them, it is a surprise. They always play with light, shadow and textures, and it wouldn’t be their design if they didn’t include foliage. These bathrooms are no exception. They have continued with this luxury jungle sanctuary theme to create a shower that envelops you in a wilderness extravagance. The shower is enclosed but as its divided by glass it still feels generous and open. The blinds to the magnificent view can be opened so you feel you are in nature, but if you want some privacy you can close them too.
The shower fixtures and internal piping has been made of cement polish and a distinctive tile design that they themselves created specifically for these suites. These tiles run through the complex and are the heart that unifies and identifies the suites. On the other side of the glass is the sleek all-in-one terrazzo sink and vanity. It is so well finished. It’s perfection. The mirror is decorated with the same tiles that we see in the shower. The back wall is Kerobokan stone that is local to Bali and adds such beautiful tones and qualities to the overall aesthetic.
Each terrace has its own pool and overlooks the magnificent view of uninterrupted rice fields and jungle. The floors are covered in iron wood. The raised infinity pools have a glass wall on one side, while the other side becomes the waterfall walls that we see from the entry path. The sitting area is made with inbuild concrete and the back wall displays the same tribal tiles that we see in the bathroom and through-out the complex of suites. The ceiling is composed of alang-alang that has been hung vertically from a glass surface. The playful striking details reinforce the sense of holidays in an exotic destination and continues the light and shadow game that I love so much. The last of the terraces has 270 degrees views adding a sense of even more space but also privacy.
Batukaru suites are absolutely mesmerizing. From the moment you arrive, you are surprised and amazed at how they have integrated architecture and design with the movement and shape of the land to create a seductive dance that only true artists and masters of their craft can achieve.