Umana Bali, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Drawing on the essence of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ – harmony with the divine, with people and with nature. Designing the first LXR in South East Asia

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  • Project Data

  • Location

    Bali, Indonesia

  • Size

    72 keys

  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape, Wimberly Interiors

The Design Concept

Located on the southernmost tip of Bali, Umana Bali is rooted both in the unique landscape of the area and profound local philosophy Tri Hita Karana. WATG & Wimberly Interiors were entrusted by PT Surya Semesta Internusa Tbk with the renovations and repositioning of the existing property where the architecture, landscape and Wimberly Interiors design studios came together to transform this sprawling clifftop resort into Southeast Asia’s first LXR Hotels & Resorts property.

The client’s direction was to create a luxury Bali icon where the Balinese way of life, along with the unique local philosophy which balances people, nature, and spirit informs the design narrative. The resort features 72 expansive villas; five restaurants and bars; a state-of-the-art wellness center offering round-the-clock rejuvenation with gym, yoga, sauna, spa, and invigorating plunge pools; recreational facilities like the dynamic Kids’ Club and scenic swimming pools; and an expansive 417 square meters of meeting and event spaces.

We pride ourselves on designing holistically across disciplines to create designs that blend innovation, sustainability, and cultural reverence.
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innovation, sustainability, and cultural reverence

At Umana Bali, spiritual beliefs are transformed into living works of art. Traditional customs and objects blend seamlessly into spatial experiences, creating a canvas that inspires new social interactions and fosters a vibrant sense of community. This artful integration invites guests to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Balinese culture that permeates throughout the resort.

“Design is a language that speaks to the soul of the destination and the stay experience. We pride ourselves on designing holistically across disciplines to create a harmonious design that is a blend of innovation, sustainability, and cultural reverence,” said Chiara Calufetti-Lim, Principal at WATG.

Crowned by a roof inspired by the revered banyan tree, the lobby offers a panoramic view across the resort and beyond to the Indian Ocean.
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A custom Lasvit chandelier inspired by the Legong dance features 100 hand-blown crystal elements

‘Umana’ means rice paddy fields in Balinese, captured through terrace-like landscape architecture with cliffside ocean views, symbolizing harmony between earth and sea.

The Lobby

Crowned by a roof inspired by the revered banyan tree, a symbol deeply ingrained in Balinese landscape and culture, the lobby offers a panoramic view extending across the resort and beyond to the Indian Ocean, transcending guests into the serenity of nature. This architectural embrace fosters a sense of freedom and protection, akin to being cradled beneath the branches of a sacred tree.

An artistic dance unfolds within the lobby, where a striking, contemporary chandelier takes centre stage. A visual interpretation of the traditional Legong Keraton dance, this art piece mirrors the fluid movements of the dancers with organically shaped metal rings and fans, with color­ tones matching the lobby’s Balinese style. Approximately 100 hand-blown glass petals, resembling the dancers’ intricate headdress, form a celestial and floating sculpture that unlocks a reverence for Balinese cultural traditions. Each hand-blown crystal element and metal fan is shaped uniquely, ­drilled according to their position in the composition, with laser-cutting used for precision.

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A grand centerpiece depicting paddy fields terrace by Jellyspace comprising three hand finished panels

Further enriching the lobby’s ambiance are antique Balinese dancer statues made from carefully sourced genuine Kepeng coins. Carved from aged wood, these statues feature hands, feet, and faces that evoke the historical significance of Bali. Once used as currency in the 7th and 8th centuries, the Kepeng coins have been discontinued since the early 1900s. Today, they serve as offerings on special occasions and decorations for temples and shrines, providing a tangible link for hotel guests to Bali’s rich history and cultural heritage. As guests appreciate the intricate craftsmanship of these statues, they are transported to a bygone era, fostering an appreciation for the island’s past.

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The Villas and Interiors

Designed in accordance with the captivating Balinese Subak system – a traditional method of connecting rice terrace irrigation with nature and the divine – Umana Bali’s 72 villas offer a modern and contemporary interpretation, providing a tranquil escape along the magnificent limestone cliffs of Uluwatu. Each spacious villa boasts a private infinity-edge pool, an outdoor hot tub, and both indoor and outdoor showers, creating spaces for relaxation and enjoyment in nature. At an impressive 1,200 square meters, the three-bedroom Umana Pool Villa establishes an idyllic retreat for multigenerational families or groups.

Interiors utilize natural materials like marble, wood, and concrete in neutral and navy tones, merging effortlessly with the lush hillside surroundings.

The villas’ modern interiors utilize natural materials like marble, wood, and concrete in neutral and navy tones, merging effortlessly with the lush hillside surroundings. Additionally, the villas serve as a showcase for local culture and craftsmanship, featuring rattan woven by skilled local artisans. These meaningful collaborations not only contribute to the local community but also extend an invitation to guests to foster an awareness of the interconnectedness of all living beings and the energy that binds all.

Embodying the true essence of Tri Hita Karana, “three causes of wellbeing”, the Heart of House integrates community, spirituality, and nature.

Heart of House

Embodying the true essence of Tri Hita Karana, a traditional philosophy for life in Bali meaning the “three causes of wellbeing”, the Heart of House integrates community, spirituality, and nature. This versatile space hosts a variety of facilities, including Commune – a restaurant offering diverse international and Southeast Asian cuisine throughout the day. For the younger guests, the Kids’ Club provides a colorful realm of enchantment, complete with a nap room and activities designed to spark creativity. The infinity pool stretches out into the vast views of the ocean, perfect for guests to unwind on a sun lounger or go for a refreshing dip, accompanied by the spiritual element of a Balinese shrine.

Taking inspiration from the traditional Balinese gift box, the Keben, Pad Pool Bar creates an enchanting ambiance for leisurely daytime lounging, gracefully evolving into a magical backdrop of sunset hues. Its architecture creates a fascinating interplay of reflection along the horizon line, reflecting its design both above and below. The roof transitions from a solid structure to filtered light along the edges, provides shade for guests while maintaining a light and airy atmosphere that blends the sea and sky. Within the pavilion, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the embrace of nature, nurturing relationships with themselves, fellow companions, and the surrounding environment.

Lohma Spa

The architectural design of Lohma Spa marries Bali’s tranquil spirit with a contemporary approach to relaxation. The interiors unfold as an expansive haven for introspection, inviting a sense of calm from the moment of arrival. Fluid, curving lines in soft earth tones guide the eye in a continuous, soothing flow, providing a comforting and unobtrusive space. Concealed lighting provides soft illumination along the edges, casting a subtle glow that highlights the contours of this tranquil space. Natural skylights enhance the ambience with gentle, diffused radiance, fostering a sense of openness and interaction with the outside world. Each element, from the curved architecture to the subtle play of light, converges to craft an experience that transcends the ordinary.

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The chapel’s exterior is sculpted to evoke the elegance of doves’ wings and delicate feathers, a homage to peace and new beginnings.

Wedding Chapel

Gracefully poised on the cliff’s edge with soaring views of the ocean, the wedding chapel is surrounded by expansive lawns and flowering plants that provide an idyllic setting for alfresco receptions and intimate gatherings. The chapel’s exterior is sculpted to evoke the elegance of white doves’ wings and delicate feathers. This artistic homage to peace and new beginnings serves as a symbolic introduction, creating a tranquil atmosphere for exchanging vows – a moment that underscores the profound philosophy of “harmony with humans”. The wedding chapel stands as a manifestation of serenity, beauty, and the promise of a joyous journey into a shared future.

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Uma Beach House

Situated just below the resort on the shores of Melasti Beach, Uma Beach House will provide a surfside escape boasting views of the clear turquoise waters and soaring limestone cliffs. While its architectural design is inspired by the form of the Gelungan, a traditional Balinese headdress, the concept draws inspiration from the vibrancy of Miami and bright Peruvian flavors.

Uma Beach House showcases symmetrical curves meticulously crafted from intricate arrangements of Sandat flowers, culminating in a central peak. The roof’s design elegantly opens toward the ocean, inviting the beauty of the surroundings into the interior spaces.

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The selection of local plant species exemplifies a dedication to crafting a cliffside landscape that is both sustainable and ecologically attuned.

Landscape

In line with Hilton’s global commitment to responsible tourism, Umana Bali endeavors to preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings and integrate it into the stunning cliffside landscape. The resort emphasizes the extensive use of locally sourced materials, using local stone for the pool, pathways, roads, and walls. The selection of local plant species further exemplifies a dedication to crafting a cliffside landscape that is both sustainable and ecologically attuned.

Oliverra Restaurant

Client Quote

Entrusting WATG and Wimberly Interiors on the design, we are thrilled to be collaborating with Hilton to introduce South East Asia’s first LXR property in Bali, a destination beloved by domestic and international visitors alike and vital to tourism in Indonesia and the region,” – Johannes Suriadjaja, President Director, PT Surya Semesta Internusa Tbk.

The LXR brand’s dedication to intriguing design, a bespoke suite of highly personalized services and a vibrant array of immersive experiences, is illuminated at Umana Bali. Guests will be provided with a fresh perspective on the Bali way of life and unrivalled experiences befitting of the brand.” – Alexandra Jaritz, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

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