Arrivals & Departures Heavenly hotel opens on Island of the Gods

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Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group has branched out to create a presence across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Established in 1897, Kempinski’s portfolio has grown to more than 70 hotels in about 30 countries.

Indonesia is on that list, with a hotel in Jakarta and — from next month — a five-star beachfront option on the Island of the Gods. 

The Apurva Kempinski Bali in Nusa Dua opens on February 1 and is described as a “majestic open-air theatre” and an embodiment of Indonesian elegance. 

It is being heralded as a new era of first-class hospitality. Apurva is Sanskrit for unique and magnificent.

Award-winning architect Budiman Hendropurnomo, of Denton Corker Marshall, was inspired by Balinese tradition, way of life and art of balance.

The Balinese believe that harmony is a combination of panca maha bhuta, or five elements consisting of akasa (ether), bayu (air), teja (fire), apah (water), and pertiwi (earth).

“These five elements truly reflect the modern-Balinese architecture of the resort,” Kempinski explains.

“The majestic grand staircase composition is inspired by Bali’s mother temple, Besakih. This signature architecture showcases 250 flight of stairs. 

“Reflecting Bali’s iconic terraced paddy field, the cliff suites and its waterfall hill took inspiration from the subak (irrigation system) philosophy. For Balinese, subak is not only a mere irrigation system, it also exemplifies the Balinese principle of tri hita karana — interrelation between God, human and nature.”

There are 475 luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas ranging from 65sqm to more than 1370sqm.

Of these, 176 suites and 43 villas have a private pool, while 48 grand deluxe rooms have direct access to a lagoon pool. 

“The Apurva Kempinski Bali cascades down the hillside like one of Bali’s iconic rice paddies, emerging from the cliff tops and gradually making its way down to the Indian Ocean,” the hotel group says of the location.

“In the guest rooms, rich, exotic woods, local fabrics and typical Indonesian motifs create an understated and sophisticated atmosphere that’s both luxurious and homely, while the views of the ocean and surrounding landscape tell their own story through wide panoramic windows.”

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