Clean, endless Indian Ocean views inspire the design of this vacation home
This holiday home in Uluwatu, Bali is situated on top of a hill and is designed by SAOTA, with a seamless indoor-outdoor connection.A vacation in Bali is incomplete without a night at a villa that offers unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. This holiday villa designed by SAOTA is perched atop a limestone cliff and boasts of expansive sights of the water body below. “The brief was to provide a wonderful vacation home for the client’s parents, siblings and their families and a place for them to congregate as they are spread globally. The design took advantage of the clifftop and the views. The client also wanted a seamless indoor-outdoor connection with a modern, minimalist theme. The arrival experience, sense of anticipation and eventual ‘wow’ factor were key in the design,” says Dominik George, associate, SAOTA.
A Calming Retreat
Named Uluwatu after the area it is in, the resort-inspired villa is a calming retreat in every sense. The entrance is marked by a grand staircase next to a cascading water feature and monolithic stone-clad walls. A lounge, dining area and a covered terrace form the focal point of the home with bedroom pavilions and courtyards looking outwards.
With six bedrooms that have their own private courtyards and bathrooms with outdoor showers, and an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, this vacation villa makes for the perfect relaxing stay.
Traditional Meets Modern
The aesthetics and architecture of this holiday home have been decided keeping the tropical climate of Bali in mind. The firm also took inspiration from local architectural materials seen in temples as well as contemporary buildings. The unique hybrid of lightweight and heavy elements typical of Balinese architecture were reinterpreted when designing this space. The large concrete roof adds weight to the courtyard. Its slope is climatically-appropriate, inviting morning sunlight and ocean breeze and sheltering from the harsh afternoon heat.
Throughout the house, you will find the use of glass, lightweight timber, stone and concrete. The finishes are raw and natural to give the home an understated look, one that is in-tune with nature and is inspired by the rocky ruins surrounding the area of Uluwatu.
Elegant furnishings from European brands that are easy to maintain and can withstand the weather conditions add a distinct appeal to the villa and bathe it in subtle luxury. Vertical screens, decorative metalwork, travertine floors—all provide a contemporary look.
The seamless indoor-outdoor connection is created by interweaving the various open air and enclosed areas. One has to cross the covered spaces, courtyards, open landscapes and terraces to go from one point to the other. This porous design allows for cross ventilation while also offering respite from the heat with air-conditioning in the enclosed areas.