This beautiful house in the neighborhood of Tarrytown, west of downtown Austin, Texas, has been designed by Webber + Studio Architects. The property was designed with a love of Balinese design and Zen philosophy, the catalyst for this Asian-style house. The clients wished for a home that reflected their Texan roots, but also capturing the feel of a holiday they took to the Indonesian island many years before. Additionally, they needed it to fit the lifestyle of their family dynamic, of one younger child and a second on the way. The result is a modern home that feels at once comfortable and also a total escape from the mundane.
The biggest design challenge for the architects was that the property already had an existing pool with several large trees. The home had to be designed to intertwine through each of these elements. The residence blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment, appearing as if it had been there forever. One of the most striking elements of the home are the wood slats covering sections of the deck and rails. They allow breezes to pass through while still providing the structures with a substantial presence.
The metal roof and limestone tiles are common elements in Austin architecture, whereas the dark exterior siding is more Balinese in style. “The main living and dining room pavilion in the front migrates the most, almost seeming to pull away completely (from the main body of the house),” states Webber.
Limestone tiles continue inside the the front door and throughout the rest of the home.
In the kitchen, rift-sawn white oak cabinetry provides warmth against a cool stainless steel backsplash. The counters are made of Texas limestone done with a stain- and pigment-infused wax sealing process that was hand applied by a local artisan.
A shoji screen-inspired guardrail separates a play area in the upstairs level from the family room below. It was made with translucent glass so that light can pass through, but any untidiness from the playroom remains concealed.
“Reminiscent of Balinese architecture, the house is comprised of three pavilions that each migrate away from the main body of the house to different degrees,” states Webber. “The master bedroom pavilion seems the most content to stay halfway buried in the body of the house.”
The second floor pavilion houses the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms. It stretches up above this covered outdoor porch.
The original owner sold the house to move closer to their children’s’ schools. “Another client of ours bought the house and adjacent lot and added on a four-car garage, guest house and yoga studio to fulfill the need for extra amenities that had not been built prior,” states Webber.
This stunning home spotted on Country Life is a sunny and carefree approach that sees an infusion of exotic colors, local architecture and exuberant style, living up to its spectacular Balinese location. Slim-line, colorful, custom-made sun loungers hint at the creative minds of homeowners Valentina Audrito and Abhishake ‘Abhi’ Kumbhat who have created this lusciously tropical, contemporary home called Lalaland. Designed as open plan living, Lalaland was originally two Javanese joglos that were reworked and upgraded to create an imaginative family home. The well-planned house allows a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors, perfect for entertaining.
Sitting under a bold Farid Stevy painting. the egg-inspired piece offers hidden storage beneath the yolk lid.
A cluster of photographs and black-and-white artworks by Filippo Sciascia and Sophie Parienti create interest around the floating staircase.
“Our bedroom is also a space where we hang out,” says Valentina. The artwork was a gift Valentina made for Abhi using images and thoughts from their lives.
An outdoor bath takes advantage of the tropical weather.
Keith Haring artworks add a fun punch of colour to the children’s shared bedroom.
The couple have extended indoor comforts outside with a ‘Don’t Break My Eggs’ sofa.
Photos: Felix Foresting
Villa Kishti is a meditative, Balinese-inspired private retreat in Anguilla, British West Indies, designed by Toronto architect Frank Alfred Hamilton, who spent four years on the project (2005-2009). The residence challenges traditional notions of shelter and nature as separate domains, with interior and exterior blurred in a seamless interplay of interior design, architecture and landscape design.
Villa Kishti’s tripartite design is composed of a central hub, master suite and three self-contained villas, arranged in fan-like plan. The central hub contains the principal gathering spaces of the residence – the living-dining area and kitchen – which flow into each other in a unified palette of natural materials, tones and textures. Spaces are uncluttered and carefully calibrated to enhance site lines. The living-dining area is detailed with custom furnishings and edited accessories while the kitchen is fitted with custom millwork and integrated Corian counters and backsplash. Toronto-based interior design firm Cecconi Simone Inc. was hired by the client for the selection of furnishings, finishes and fixtures.
The master suite, accessed internally from the living-dining area, contains a sleep area, lounge with outdoor terrace and en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers. The suite is appointed with custom millwork, custom furnishings and subtle Balinese accents.
Across the central hub from the master suite, each of the three self-contained villas encompasses a lounge area with outdoor deck, kitchenette, powder room and master bedroom with en-suite. Custom furnishings, custom millwork, finishes and accessories harmonize with the subdued, contemporary, Balinese-influenced expression of the rest of the residence.
In Sanskrit, the word “ayana” means a place of refuge, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is perched on limestone cliffs above the Indian Ocean in one of the world´s most exotic resort destinations. Set on 77 hectares of cliff-top tropical gargens perched 35 meters above Jimbaran Bay, the property enjoys majestic views and a secluded location across its 1.3 kilometer coastline. With a 290-room hotel, there are 78 luxury private villas designed to ensure maximum seclusion for every guest, these 78 free-standing luxury ocean view Bali villas are set in traditional Balinese compounds with private pools surrounded by tropical gardens. You will feel like the only people on earth. For the pinnacle in luxury and privacy, guests may reserve the cliffside three-bedroom AYANA Villa located on 3,000 square-meters of landscaped gardens.
The 13 dining venues include the Rock Bar built, on natural rock 14 meters above the ocean at the base of towering cliffs, offering unrivaled panoramic views of Bali´s famed sunsets. Recreational facilities include the acclaimed 22,000 square-meter Thalasso Spa with one of the world´s largest Aquatonic Pools and the spectacular Spa on the Rocks treatment villas; four freshwater swimming pools including a children’s’ pool; the stunning salt-water, infinity-edged Ocean Beach Pool; 18-hole golf putting course; tennis pavilion; fitness center; children’s center; a variety of cliff-top wedding and banquet venues; conference and meeting facilities; and retail arcade.
Book your escape at the best luxury hotel in Bali, with rates starting at $239 per night, from here.
Combining intelligent Asian architecture with the finest Balinese antiques and furnishings, Hale Ku Mana is a spectacular Hualalai Resort property in Hawaii. This stunning estate home boasts 10,056 square feet of opulent living space set on 1.3 acres of immaculate landscaping with 5 bedrooms and 5 and-a-half bathrooms, and an office in the master wing. This private luxury estate features carefully crafted indoor-outdoor living spaces, six ponds, and walkways featuring rare natural materials. Even the stone tiled salt-water infinity edge pool and integrated spa feels like part of the natural environment.
Light and airy living spaces are perfectly designed to capture the essence of living in Hawaii. Stunning ocean sunset views are available from nearly every living area of the house. Every bedroom in this house is a master—each designed as a secluded sanctuary unto itself. All bedrooms feature indoor/outdoor bathrooms with privacy walls that boast original carved stone appointments designed by renowned Balinese Designer Richard North Lewis. Surrounded on three sides by the members-only Keolu Golf Course, this luxury estate feels like a private oasis and the landscaping features more than 30 different native and endangered plants. Property is sold completely furnished with Balinese antiques, original paintings created specifically for this home and custom made furniture.
The palette of materials used in the finishes of Hale Ku Mana is based on natural materials primarily from Indonesia. These materials were chosen for both their unique quality and Indonesian architectural authenticity. From the many Indonesian materials available, only those of superb quality were chosen for this unique adaptation of the beauty of the Balinese house and the demands of a modern home in Hawaii.
This spectacular property is listed on the market for $13,500,000, from here.
Misool Eco Resort is built on the private island of Batbitim, located in remote southern Raja Ampat, nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands in Indonesia. An exclusive dive resort and conservation center, this tropical hideaway is fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, the resort offers exclusive luxury diving holidays, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs. The resort island is leased from the local community, along with 1,120 square meters of surrounding reefs.
All of the resort facilities are built of reclaimed tropical hardwoods; no trees were cut down to build the resort. The main resort area is inside a placid horseshoe-shaped lagoon. There are eight Water Cottages built on stilts over the water, each with a hammock integrated into the veranda and steps leading down into the sea. There are also several Deluxe Villas for those who prefer a more exclusive experience. Accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability, featuring Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.
The resorts Dive Centre is fitted with a massive camera and equipment area, adjoining a comfortable lounge. The restaurant is tucked under the palm trees on the lagoon’s beach, offering a tasty combination of Asian and Western fare. The airy, round-roofed structure is tucked under the coconut palms, offering a perfect respite from the mid-day heat. The restaurant’s terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a sunset cocktail or a bottle of wine while watching the baby sharks and long-toms hunt schools of circling sardines.
To stay at this incredible retreat, prices range from, $4,762 for seven nights to $7,770 for twelve nights per person, from here.
Villa Voyage is a private five-bedroom haven set beside a secluded white-sand beach, on the idyllic tropical island of Lembongan, just a 30 minutes ride in the villa’s private boat from Bali, which transports guests to another time and place with its rustic nostalgia and sense of adventure, with dollops of luxury thrown in.
In Nusa Lembongan, turquoise waters beckon divers, snorkellers and anglers; the dramatic coastlines are a photographer’s dream, and seekers of luxury will be delighted by the villa itself, which offers elegant accommodation, a beachfront infinity pool and a team of efficient and friendly staff, including a chef who can turn his hand to anything from soufflés to satay.
To stay at this fabulous villa, rates run from $560 – $945 per night for the three bedroom villa and $700 – $945 per night for the five bedroom villa, from here.
This spectacular villa spotted on Elite Havens, is situated right on the water’s edge at Pererenan Beach with rare unobstructed sea views in Canggu, Bali. Blending with the ocean view is the lengthy infinity pool. This Bali villa is the epitome of beachfront tropical luxury, consisting of 30 meters of beach frontage, and three of its five bedrooms have expansive and unimpeded sea views. Designed and furnished in sophisticated Bali modern style, the villa has five double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The property is truly spacious with over 8,611 square feet (800 square meters) of living space over its two levels and the garden and pool are a vast 26,909 square feet.
If you crave space, peace and privacy then indulge yourself at Villa Samadhana, located in the sleepy seaside village of Ketewel, along Bali’s south-east coast. Hidden behind coral-limestone walls a few hundred meters from the glistening black shores of Pabean Beach, the villa offers ocean views from the pool area and master bedroom, as well as glimpses of Mount Agung in the distance. Named after the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘inner peace’, this five-bedroom villa has been designed to encourage guests to relax, unwind and dissolve the stresses of everyday life in a beautiful tropical setting.
A creation of renowned Malaysian architect, Cheong Yew Kuan, this unique property draws on contemporary and traditional influences to deliver a comfortable and stylish home respectful of its natural and cultural surrounds. Resting on an impressive 7,400 square meters, guests are privileged to an enormous amount of space. Vast rolling lawns encircle the villa with lavish gardens and water features adding to the sense of grandeur. A stunning 25-metre infinity pool with adjoining entertainment pavilion offers ocean views.
Large open-air living spaces with high vaulted ceilings enable guests to freely enjoy the balmy Balinese climate, inhale the fragrant smells of the garden and marvel at the tiny birds and water hens that twitter and flutter throughout the grounds. Thai silk furnishings and a collection of Asian antiques reflect the owner’s exquisite taste and style that has gone into making each room special and unique.
A standout feature of this home is the spacious restaurant-grade kitchen with its gleaming black granite worktops where the experienced chef will happily prepare meals to tantalize your taste-buds. With a team of dedicated staff, including a private butler, the villa consistently delivers five-star service, whether providing cocktails by the pool or arranging deluxe in-house spa treatments.
If you are interested in staying at this peaceful and tranquil retreat, rates range from $760 – $1,120 per night, from here.
Opium Villa is a peaceful hilltop oasis, a vision of natural materials with Bali-inspired architecture thoughtfully placed around koi ponds and water features situated on the Caribbean island of Mustique. The main living and dining areas are open-air, sophisticated yet inviting with informal, tented dining and relaxing areas and dazzling sea views. There is also a roof tower for private cocktails and lounging and a gym for working out. Three spacious king bedrooms with en-suite dressing room and bathrooms are located in the main villa, and a spacious pebble-tiled swimming pool with sun deck and sun lounges. There are two separate guest houses, each boasting two king bedrooms with en-suite baths, private living and gardens; one with its own swimming pool. There is also an entertainment room, home cinema and an office. The interior styling features Balinese safari with African and Oriental influences.
To stay at this heavenly oasis would be a dream, with rates ranging from $35,000 – $40,000 weekly, from here.