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36 COVER STORY Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Alexis Dornier moves to Bali and brought

52 SPECIAL FEATURE Leaving Argentina for Sydney at only 18, Sheila Mann honed her natural senses as fashion designer before moving to jewelry and accessory-making and later pours out her newfound passion of architecture by establishing Bali Interiors website. Read more into her fascinating story in this edition’s Special Feature

68 NEIGHBORHOOD Today, Indonesian culture may hold many of the answers sought in a rapidly changing world. The spirit of an archipelagic country teaches us lessons of peace, kindness, compassion and responsibility to future generations. These lessons are expressed through chant, music, arts and cultural practices, and through the warm, genuine greetings of Indonesian hospitality. Hop in to see the beauty of Indonesia from different areas, islands and cultures.

88 Bali was inhabited by Austronesians around 2000 BC who migrated and originated from Taiwan through the Southeast Asian Maritime. The culture and language of the Balinese is so closely related to people from the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from that time have been found near the village of Cekik on the west of the island of Bali. But how is Bali today compared to thousands of years ago, each side of the island has its own uniqueness for you to explore…

24 TASTE Enter the world of delightful dishes once again in this edition as we take you to our fantastic dining experience at LACI; the latest eatery project of Indonesian celebrity chef Arnold Poernomo, and also Panen Padi Tapas Lounge, which idyllically located in the midst of elegant Tanah Gajah by Hadiprana Resort, Ubud.

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properties with intricate, luxurious design. Catch a glimpse of his insightful mind through our exclusive interview on this edition’s Cover Story!

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‘district’, Canggu is one of a kind, with its many different cultures blended into one. Pair this with the amazing food places and Villas, you’ll find an incredible getaway. With serene shores, sunshine and an unbeatable party atmosphere, there’s no need to limit yourself in Bali – especially if you’re staying at Villa Nedine.

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continue to dream, inspired, engaged and to help you escape. What can you do? Stay informed via our website and your local governments. Don’t be afraid to book travel to Bali later this year (depends on your own country’s travel regulations) or at least think about it – if you’ve got time on your hands, what better way to fill it than planning that trip you’ve always wanted to take? The tourism industry will thank you for it. We will get through this together. And as soon as it’s safe to do so, get back out there and explore our mad, beautiful Bali! We’ll be with you very step of the way, so please do stay in touch via our social channels – we’d love to hear from you. For this issue cover story, Hellobali talks about Design & Architecture from one of the most inspiring Bali based notable compassionate architect &entrepreneur’s perspective, Alexis Dornier (page 36). From Munich to Bali, Dornier relentless passion has lead him to become one of the most prestigious architecture designer in the world. With Hellobali, the Germany native extensively shares his deep perspective about several fascinating aspects; from ideas, skill to philosophy. As an avid personal hobby of being an interior designer for my own house, it helps to have clarity of vision when it comes to your own aesthetic. Although, good taste and an educated eye are not enough to cut it in this industry, I think my weakness was that I liked too many styles, never happy with one particular look, and ultimate wanting to change my own living space time and time again. In hindsight, I have enourmous respect for designers and creators who know what they like, and what they’re good at, and stick to their guns. In a roundabout way, I think this best explains the choice of homes or hotel & resorts (and stories) in this particular Design&Architecture issue. I’m often asked what a Hellobali homes or hotel & resorts looks like, and it’s always a difficult question to answer. The process for me has always been intuitive; I react emotionally to spaces. We aren’t just trying to feature modern, cultural and minimal spaces or a particular ‘look’. What appeals to us, and hopefully to our readers is a space that is personal, thoughtful and artfully curated. And of course, we’ve brought stories about creators, beautiful Bali destinations, Bali developments in the Art & Design world, and emerging architects who are making a splash. As always, we hope you enjoy reading the issue as much as we enjoy bring it to you and please do feel free to get in touch with me personally at sarah.nathan@ hellobali.id. Thank you!

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T his issue is coming to you during an unprecedented time as we navigate our way through unchartered territories. However, amidst all the fear and uncertainty, we continue to learn of inspirational acts of kindness and unity – which gives us all hope. Now, more than ever, is the time when we need to stay connected and draw on the strength of our wonderful island of gods. One island. One community. One world. Travel was experiencing such a high at the end of 2019 and having made it through the Australian wildfires, we were looking forward to a happier summer travel times. But the travel industry – the big players and the small- has been hit hard. The virus does not discriminate and the impact has been felt by us all. One positive that has struck me throughout the crisis is how the industry has pulled together. While we can’t change the situation, we are holding tight and supporting each other where we can. We know you’re likely to be stuck at home, isolated, bored, frustrated, scared. We are here for you and over the next few months will do our best to bring Bali to wherever you are. We want you to

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Smooth, Oaky Operator Made to commemorate the birthday of House Martell, VSOP Medaillon is an exquisite cognac liquor to enhance your intimately precious tête-à-tête moment.

Hailing from France, Martell is the oldest of great cognac house widely recognized by their fantastic products for centuries, and VSOP Medaillon is considered as one of the pinnacle of their timeless expertise. Martell VSOP (stands for Very Superior Old Pale) Medaillon has distinctive, lavish packaging that will perfectly fit every opulent home bar anywhere. It bears a gold Medallion engraved with the portrait of Louis XIV and commemorates the birth of the House of Martell in 1715. The blend of VSOP Medaillon incorporates grapes from four of six Cognac crus, with an emphasis on the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. This is contrary to most of Martell's line, which heavily emphasizes the Borderies region, yet there is still an obvious hint of the brand’s signature raisin-centric profile. The palate offers more red fruits, plums, prunes and raisins, along with brighter citrus, and more oak and spice, while the finish is long and warm, oaky and spicy through to the end, with 'oaky' being the key words. This intricate yet delightful taste is made possible by letting the liquor spent ageing n a barrel infuses it with complex aromas along with notes of caramelized dried fruits and prunes. Lively, fruity and well-balanced, Martell VSOP Medaillon is definitely a must to accompany your intimate moment; whether for after dinner drink or cigars break, the silky-smooth and full-bodied taste will surely enliven your mood after a long day of bustling activity. It is best enjoyed on its own, over ice or lengthened with a mixer for an extra kick.

The blend of VSOP Medaillon incorporates grapes from four of six Cognac crus, with an emphasis on the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions.

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Discover our eight-course degustation menu in an elegant, 1920s inspired dining hall and cocktail bar. Set amid a lush jungle valley, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Ubud, we invite you to experience Bali’s newest and most unique fine dining destination.

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Moving to Bali inspired her to start an interior blog, so she did. It is a pivotal move in her career from a Jewelry Designer to an Interior Design Blogger. Her love towards beautiful Bali interiors made her do what she does. In love with Bali’s fantastic design and the use of natural materials. With her children as her muse, you can find many inspiring interior designs in her blog.

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Alexis Dornier was born in Germany in 1981, where he grew up under the constant influence of the aviation industry. The Studio’s projects are designed within the tropical, forested hills of Ubud, Bali’s cultural epicenter. With a team of talented, devoted architects and designers, the studio strives to explore new typologies, forms and structures while learning from the rich heritage and ‘know how’ embedded within the local vernacular architecture.

The “Spanish Duo” Nacho and Bea moved to Bali eight years ago. In 2015, after working for other architects in Bali, they established their own company Biombo Architects. Since then, they have being growing personally and professionally. For them, there are no secrets for their creations: loving what you do, working hard and being constant. Every new project is a new challenge, a new reason to be excited, like a new life starting all over again. “We love waking up every day with the goal of trying to do better what we think we did best, pushing harder our creative boundaries”.

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A Delightful Safekeeping THE LATEST PROJECT OF INDONESIAN CELEBRITY CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR ARNOLD POERNOMO, LACI OFFERS A COMFORTING DELICACIES OF AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS INFUSED WITH LOCAL

1 /VILLA SENA ..... If you’re looking for luxury and have money to spend, then Villa Sena in Uluwatu, situated just up the road from Pecatu, will be right up your street. This luxurious private Villa has also been making a name for itself since it’s opening day as one of the hottest destination villas on the island, offering blissed-out luxury in a beautiful setting and a more mature crowd.

2 /VILLA NEDINE .....

The island’s capital ‘district’, Canggu is one of a kind, with its many different cultures blended into one. Pair this with the amazing food places and Villas, you’ll find an incredible getaway. With serene shores, sunshine and an unbeatable party atmosphere, there’s no need to limit yourself in Bali – especially if you’re staying at Villa Nedine.

INDONESIAN AND PAN-ASIAN TASTE FOR CASUAL BRUNCH OR DINNER OCCASION. FOR THIS EDITION, WE WOULD LOVE TO SHARE OUR DELIGHTFUL DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE BRAND NEW EATERY FOR OUR BELOVED READERS.

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BAKED. BALI 1 Founded in an industrial cafe/bakery setting, BAKED. Bali main mission is to provide the best quality service and products, in a unique space with products that stand out from the rest of the pack. Seated on a quiet street of Berawa area, Canggu, BAKED. main focus is serving artisan sourdough bread and pastries, along with a range of local artisanal handcrafted products and unique comforting meals. It has the main goal to establish relation between creativity and baking without being confined by only being a bakery / cafe. With strong brand and genuine philosophy, BAKED. is ready to expand their influence to all pastry lovers in the island. Watch out for this one! @baked.bali

2 THE VILLAS AT BISMA EIGHT

As one of the most sought-out award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Ubud, Bisma Eight is a fabulous staying destination that makes their guest feel right at home. Just recently, they introduced the brand new, luxurious lodgings in form of The Villas at Bisma Eight. These new one and two bedroom villas units are incredibly comfy and equipped with five-star amenities; from espresso machines, wine chillers to complete kitchenettes. The villa interior comprises of modern coziness with a nod to Balinese incredible craftsmanship to give a true sense of timeless tropical atmosphere; all the way from the open-air living spaces to the lush secluded gardens. www.bisma-eight.com

THE GARCIA UBUD

Encircled by lush rice fields and tropical greenery, The Garcia Ubud is a five-star boutique resort with modern lifestyle experience and touch of contemporary Balinese elegance and island-inspired sophistication. Whether a plan for a romantic break or looking to spend some quality time together with family, The Garcia Ubud have all of these personal preferences covered. The 58 luxurious guestrooms and pool villas; deluxe rooms, suites, pool access suites and one to three-bedroom pool villas have all been designed with meticulous attention to detail to ensure absolute comfort and convenience. The interior is design –driven, where unfinished concrete walls, woven rattan ceilings and finishing, and customized timber furnishings bring warm, natural feel into rooms. www.thegarciaubud.com

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BAMBU INDAH 4 A radical-yet-beautiful lodgings in the midst of Ubud’s scenic nature, Bambu Indah seamlessly blends with its verdant surrounding. Created by prominent jewelry designer, John Hardy along with his beloved family, Bambu Indah eco- chic hotel is both extraordinarily comfy and environmentally friendly. Each of Bambu Indah suites make good on the hotel's name, which translates to "beautiful bamboo" in Indonesian. Despite their fantastical hand-crafted look and feel, each antique teak house has big baths and air-conditioned muslin-draped beds to ensure their guest a magnificent staying experience. www.bambuindah.com

BALI FLOW HOUSE 5 Created by world-class artisan architect Alexis Dornier, Bali Flow House is a lavish lodging that pays tribute to its surrounding beautiful landscape, with design that evokes a feeling of living inside a musical instrument. Dornier brilliantly craft his design based on those said concept, translating it into a gorgeous two-storey, three-bedroom property. The ground floor and roof are subtly intertwined, with a combination of curves and lines that give the interior a sense of fluidity. Wood and concrete are present in all spaces, creating contrast and complementarity between the warmth of one and the rawness of the other. The materials also reference the architect's approach to blends influences from tropical modernism and industrial architecture. @baliflowhouse

BANGKOK HUSTLE 6 One of the latest project of Good Food Brotherhood; the very same culinary purveyors who brought several popular cafes around Bali; namely Milk and Madu, Watercress and Ulekan Bali, Bangkok Hustle serves a fine rendition of Thai social street food for everyone. Conscious and stable, it aims to change the fast food scene in Bali for the better with exciting and addictive dishes of Bangkok local classic and beyond. You can find every bits of comfort food goodness here, from fantastic soups, tempting curry salads, delightful stir fry selections, to their signature Thai iced tea. Visit this amazing eatery at Jalan Raya Semat Canggu whenever you feel hungry! www.bangkokhustle.com

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Set at the heart of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, Panen Padi is a posh al-fresco dining Lounge serving delightful tapas menus made with locally-grown ingredients and creative flair.

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O nce the holiday home for Indonesia's world- class architect Hendra Hadiprana, Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana has transformed into a prominent resort set amid scenic rice paddies in rural Ubud. They just recently introduced a fine addition to the in-house facility in form of Panen Padi Tapas Lounge. Established on one of the owner's most favorite building, Panen Padi offers a tranquil atmosphere to drink and dine. Anchored between the kinds of lush rice paddies Ubud is known for and a serene swan pond, Huiyam, as the building is

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now called, is one of the property’s most scenic locations. The name Huiyam was a dedication to Hendra Hadiprana’s father and father-in-law, Hui and Yam. Diners are introduced to the founder’s history during a visit to Panen Padi, inside Huiyam. A passionate art lover, Hendra’s own life story has been created into artwork and adorns the restaurant’s ceiling. The piece takes visitors on his journey from youth to his golden years, with imagery of Bali, the property, and from his time in the Netherlands. Panen Padi boasts a spacious terrace to create the definite al fresco ambience, where guests can enjoy sunset over the rice paddy fields and catch a glimpse of the hotel’s hot air balloon taking flight. Here the evening is ushered in to the tune of smooth jazz as guests recline on the plush cushioned seating that borders the deck. The resort’s executive chef, Chef Khairudin ‘Dean’ Nor, shows off both his green thumb and his creative flair with a selection of

The menu of Panen Padi draws inspiration from all around Asia with other tapa options including Taco Sushi, with the choice of salmon, or slow-cooked pork or beef accompanied with avocado and edible flowers; and Tempura Corn, a novel dish of organic corn tempura, wasabi ‘furikake’ Japanese seasoning, and cured organic duck egg yolk. The drink selection also shows some panache with an extensive selection of cocktails and mocktails, named for the location and inspired by it. Examples include Padi Senja, a blend of tamarind, passion fruit, calamansi puree, mint leaves and mango boba; or for a stronger tipple, there are options like the Combrang Vibe, a gin-based cocktail with dry martini, honey, tamarind, torch ginger flower, and a dash of salt and chili.

Panen Padi boasts a spacious terrace to create the definite al fresco ambience, where guests can enjoy sunset over the rice paddy fields and catch a glimpse of the hotel’s hot air balloon taking flight.

tapas fashioned with ingredients from the resort’s abundant vegetable garden. The Singapore-native, who has helmed the resort’s F&B efforts for most of the last decade, has also hand-smoked and cured many of the meats in the dishes.

PANEN PADI Tengkulak Kaja, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80571 T : +62 361 975 685 www.tanahgajahubud.com

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“When I first arrived in Bali, I came with some friends, as a tourist. As I came more frequently, I found that it was a very interesting place for business rather than for travelling. Once you've scratched the surface of Indonesia, it is an untapped resource of knowledge and culture and intrigue.”

The latest project of Indonesian celebrity chef and restaurateur Arnold Poernomo, LACI offers a comforting delicacies of Australian classics infused with local Indonesian and Pan-Asian taste for casual brunch or dinner occasion. For this edition, we would love to share our delightful dining experience at the brand new eatery for our beloved readers.

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S eated right at the heart of Canggu, just minutes drive away from the renowned Batubolong beach, LACI offers an elevated yet relaxed dining experience, with modern West-meets-East menus and intimate, cozy ambience. As the latest project of Indonesian celebrity chef and restaurateur Arnold Poernomo, LACI offers a comforting delicacies of Australian classics infused with local Indonesian and Pan-Asian taste for casual brunch or dinner occasion. The two-storey eatery boasts a cozy open-air setting with elegant brown, white, black and dark-wooden tone. There are three intimate cabanas on the side, gorgeously built surrounded by clear pond for those who are looking for a more romantic and secluded dining space. The interior revolves around the “LACI” concept (literally means drawer/cabinet); rustic wooden drawers hang open on the walls with greeneries growing out of each wooden cabinets.

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“We wanted a catchy name to be easily remembered” explains Arnold Poernomo about the restaurant’s name. “The Indonesian name of ‘drawer’, LACI, is a metaphor for Canggu community that we treat as precious gem to be keep in our ‘drawer’; for safekeeping” he said.

“We wanted a catchy name to be easily remembered” explains Arnold Poernomo about the restaurant’s name. “The Indonesian name of ‘drawer’, LACI, is a metaphor for Canggu community that we treat as precious gem to be keep in our ‘drawer’; for safekeeping” he said. For a starter, try LACI’s Mushroom Fritter; a portion of deep-fried sizable button mushrooms served along tasty homemade aioli sauce. The distinctive mushroom flavor blends perfectly with sweet-and-sour aioli create a pleasant taste on your palate and effectively serves as a trusty appetite booster. Then moving to the main course, tuck into LACI’s signature Beef Burger; a scrumptious portion of Western classic with juicy patty, soft buttery bun, caramelized onion and melty cheddar. Or if you’re extra hungry, you can opt for the mouth-watering Pork Belly Steak; tender and delicious slab of pork

steak served with tasty cauliflower puree and crunchy pork crackling–as a tribute to one of Bali’s legendary staple dishes, ‘babi guling’ (suckling pig). To wrap your whole pleasant dining experience, LACI’s delightful desserts are not to be missed. Try their Lemon Basil; a fine combination of fluffy shortcake, white coconut crumble, and refreshing sweet-meets-sour of tapioca pearls and meringue, or the unique Coconut Espuma; which consist a generous portion of Coffee Caramel puffy cream, sprinkles of ‘serundeng’ (grated fried coconut) on top of sweet dulce jelly.

Left page: LACI Cabana Landscape LACI Poke Laci Prawn Omelete Right page from top: LACI Omelete LACI Lemon Basil

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P rivate villas have redefined the concept of vacationaccommodations ever since it entered the hospitality scene. Take an idyllic holiday with a group of friends or extended family at Villa Sena. It is designed for ultimate fun and relaxation with your closest ones. This Bali vacation rental is a stunning setting for a relaxing getaway. Also, the secluded location of this property offers heightened privacy and awe-inspiring views of the ocean and jungle. Villa Sena, managedbyThe LuxeNomad, is a beautiful 5-bedroom villa located near Dreamland beach and a short drive to Padang-Padang beach. The Villa features a fun entertainment room that has a pool table, 70" TV and Bose sound system, which overlooks the infinity pool, a spacious living and dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen. Villa Sena is absolutely kid-friendly, featuring a kids pool with safety wall, kids room with 4 bunk beds and a day bed for nanny. The Villa is very much self-contained and perfect for an intimate holiday, hosting small dinners or even a private pool party. The reason why we fell in love with Villa Sena is for its open concept villa next to the jungle, secluded from the hustle and bustle. As we enter the Villa, we can see the simple white and bright concept that is making the Villa look clean and spacious. With a breathtaking view while we walked into the pool area. They say, the closest you are to nature the more you can ground yourself and heal. This is the perfect place to do so.

If you're looking for luxury and have money to spend, then Villa Sena in Uluwatu, situated just up the road from Pecatu, will be right up your street. This luxurious private Villa has also been making a name for itself since it's opening day as one of the hottest destination villas on the island, offering blissed-out luxury in a beautiful setting and a more mature crowd.

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The reason why we fell in love with Villa Sena is for its open concept villa next to the jungle, secluded from the hustle and bustle. As we enter the Villa, we can see the simple white and bright concept that is making the villa look clean and spacious. property. Before you arrived, they did the deep cleaning and sanitizing of the Villa. There will be hand sanitizers available in every Villa - both for staff and guests. And if you ever need help from the staff, they all wear masks and regularly wash their hands, and undergo temperature checks. If you need a thermometer, it will be available upon request. Any guests showing signs of fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and muscle pain will be referred to the local hospital.

more active, a Badminton set, kids toys, and pool toys are available upon request. We definitely loved getting tan while floating in the pool. Many private villas are designed to seamlessly combine luxurious elegance with a homey ambience. The vibe continues in the fully equipped kitchen, which has a small bar and an inviting breakfast table and an area for a barbeque party. The Villa also has three car park spaces available. We also adore the Villa's attendant and gardener as well as their maintenance staff who serve guests during the stay. The Luxe Nomad as the management is taking every precaution necessary to guarantee a safe stay for guests and a healthy work environment for all staff at the

Villa Sena is an Island-inspired contemporary style with an 18m pool size and a 5m kids pool. An escape in itself, this Villa can serve the capacity of 12 persons, including children, they have five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and they are completed with four double beds and two bunk beds. The kids bedroom has 2 bunk beds (4 single beds) and a day bed for the nanny with an ensuite bathroom. Don't worry; you can even bring your assistant to spend a great social distancing holiday together. What's a holiday without entertainment, right?We tried the Pool Table with Plasma TV and Bose sound system, playing our favourite chill-out island beats blasted around the Villa. You can also play your favourite movies on their DVD players. And if you need to be

VILLA SENA Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361 T: 0813-8058-2727 www.theluxenomad.com

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As for us in HelloBali adventures have allowed us to fall head over bare feet for many facets of Bali. One of them is Bali's luxurious villas that spread from coast to coast— covering the coastal part of the island to the mountain part of the island. Head to the northern part of the island, and you'll find a peaceful and tranquil destination, popular for the dolphins at Lovina and the cooler mountain weather. On the south side of the island, you will find the beautiful Canggu area, as well as the hugely popular digital nomad hub. Forget the stereotypes – if you want to stay this side of the island, there are some great villas that will make sure your holiday is all you want it to be. Let us introduce you to Villa Nedine. Managed by The Luxe Nomad, Villa Nedine is nestled in the heart of Canggu and just 100 meters away from Echo Beach lies

The Graceful Nedine

Known for being the fun capital of Indonesia, Bali has far more to offer than just bars, clubs and parties. Bali is actually a state of grace. You can find almost everything that is cultural and healing in this place, and for some, this island is a blessing and a cure for their chaotic life.

Text: Cheryl Marella Photos courtesy of: The Luxe Nomad

Left page: Villa Nedine Living Area Tranquill Pool Right page: Overlookin Sunset view, Kitchen Area, Bedroom

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Walk through the whole villa and you’ll find that Villa Nedine occupies three floors with three bedrooms, swimming pool, garden, outdoor living area, and car park on the ground floor, kitchen, living area, guest’s room and balcony on the first floor and master bedroom and terrace on the third floor. You won’t be sorry taking the master bedroom, the view is to die for!

be really spoilt for choice here, with anything from low-to-mid priced restaurants, to the all-out extravagant dining experiences. Whatever your price point, Canggu area in Bali has an endless list of restaurants on offer. We love the fact that Villa Nedine is within walking distance to bars, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, supermarkets, salons and many more. Although most places are closed in the social distancing season, in normal days, this area is the best area for you to stay. Or if you choose to stay in, the dining area can seat up to 10 persons. If you wish to unwind after a busy day, we love the fact that Villa Nedine comes with a 3×3screen projector in the indoor living area, with built-in speakers and a Netflix subscription. Spending the nights in with loved ones will not be a problem. Walkthrough the whole villa and you'll find that Villa Nedine occupies three floors

a serene eco-luxury 4-bedroom villa ideal for your much-awaited getaway in one of the best destinations in the world. This is an eco-luxury villa that refers to the elements that have been chosen to outfit the villa, such as recycled materials from the island; a touch of Balinese gives an extra touch to its uniqueness. Lush gardens surround the villa, which also comes with a 12m pool, a lounge for relaxing, and an expansive yard for outdoor activities. You can start the day by taking in the breathtaking ocean views in the expansive terrace, then enjoy some afternoon snacks and a few cocktails at the open living area overlooking the pool. You can also sunbathe and read a book on the comfortable sun loungers after a refreshing swim in the 12m lap pool. True Balinese knows that Bali isn't just a place to party, it is a place to eat and you'll

VILLA NEDINE Echo Beach, Jl. Batu Mejan Canggu Gg. Mawar, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali T : +60 3-7931 8883 www.theluxenomad.com The staff were very accommodating too, and they'd be happy to help you with your requests and questions! One thing to remember before you leave is to not miss Bali's sunset! Seriously, Bali's sunsets are like no other. Head to La Brisa, closest to the villa to get the best view of sunset at Beach at the same time or simply head down to Echo Beach with your friends to enjoy the views. with three bedrooms, swimming pool, garden, outdoor living area, and car park on the ground floor, kitchen, living area, guest's room and balcony on the first floor and master bedroom and terrace on the third floor. You won't be sorry about taking the master bedroom; the view is to die for!

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V illa Florimar is an impressive five-bedroom villa located in the beautiful and very traditional Balinese village of Seseh. With their rich and vast experience in the fashion industry, the Dutch owners lent their unique touch and their sense of style and sophistication to the delightful ambience of the Villa. From the fabulous black and white interiors to the incredible array of Asian antiquities. The pool out front measures 18 meters and comes complete with loungers for basking. Your needs to swim for your health can be served in this very pool. Another reason why we love Villa Florimar is that it is only a few metres from Seseh's glistening volcanic-sand beach, where surf beckons and rock pools fascinate. You can either watch local fishermen haul in their daily catch or wander to local temples where ceremonies are performed daily against an ocean backdrop. All of the five bedrooms at Villa Florimar feature the Villa's signature sleek black décor, are furnished with king-size beds and equipped with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. You can feel the elegant ethnic vibe in each room. Villa Florimar boasts three pavilions symmetrically arranged around an emerald green swimming pool that forms the centrepiece of this Villa.

We know at this time of the year where travelling is limited, and we need to social distance ourselves, sometimes picking a place to stay can be a bit harder. But of course, we have solved that problem for you. Because our team had done inspections to Bali's luxurious villas, and we handpicked it for you, so you can be there with your family or small group of friends, away from the hustle-bustle of the main Canggu centre. Managed by The Luxe Nomad, we would love to introduce you to Villa Florimar. This is for you, travellers, who're ready to go off the grid and bask in the warmth and sunshine of Bali.

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chef, you won't have to worry about needing anything. They are one call away, at your service. And if you ever question the safety of the Villa during the pandemic season, The Luxe Nomad is taking every precaution necessary to guarantee a safe stay for you and a healthy work environment for all staff at the property. They do a deep cleaning and sanitizing of the Villa prior to guest check-in. Hand sanitizers are available in every Villa - both for staff and guests. All of the staff wear masks; they regularly wash their hands and undergo temperature checks. Also, if you ever need a thermometer, it is available upon request. For precaution, if any guests showing signs of fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and muscle pain will be referred to the local hospital.

The grey-black river stone featured throughout the Villa. The two master bedrooms boast spectacular views over the ocean while the suites and corner room are surrounded by the verdant garden, fragrant with frangipani. Our favourite spot is to relax on the couches in the entertainment area and watch TV or curl up with a book. If culinary delights are for you, then take a seat at the dining table, with magnificent views over the pool and garden, and observe the master chef in action. Yes, you will have your own chef ! The perfect venue for an elegant dinner soiree, or a movie night with the family, there's plenty of great living spaces inside and out. If you need entertainment, there are plenty of choices for you. From the Three SONOS Play: 3 units that are installed in the kitchen, the living room, and the media room. Play your favourite music and dance to the beat! You will love the way everyone greets you. Since the Villa has been completed with trained staff, including an experienced villa manager and restaurant-trained private

VILLA FLORIMAR Jl. Pantai Seseh, Cemagi, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia T: +62 361 8482927 www.theluxenomad.com

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Cover Story 2013 marked a radical shift in Dornier’s life and career, when he decided to leave his western life behind and relocate to Ubud Bali where he began consulting on locally designed and built architectural projects. Dornier’s architectural projects endeavour to formulate a design aesthetic that mediates between elements of tropical modernism and industrial architecture with an underlying ambition for formal and tectonic innovation. This design aesthetic is realised through an iterative design process and careful selection of locally available natural materials, spatially composed to respond to the site and natural setting in which they are placed.

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From Munich to Bali, Alexis Dornier relentless passion has lead him tao become one of the most prestigious architecture designer in the world. With Hellobali, the Germany native extensively shares his deep perspective about several fascinating aspects; from ideas, skill to philosophy.

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"We see through the work of many emerging designers today, that the spirit and fascination prevails. Every little ornament, facet, sculpture, mask and art piece has its own meaning and story, and Bali alone is full of stories" - Alexis Dornier -

Back in Germany, you grew up under ‘constant influence’ of the aviation industry. Can you elaborate more on this, and how is it affect to your career as an internationally-acclaimed architect? I’m 38 years old and I am from Munich, Germany. I grew up in a patchwork family set up. My mother is an artist and teacher and my father is an engineer, inventor and aviator. Growing up has been all about art, creativity and engineering. My great grandfather was a pioneer in aircraft engineering, and after the Second World War the company he had founded created all types of things - from airplanes, satellites, medicinal equipment, to industrial looms. My dad was a photographer in the early days, later transitioned over to becoming an inventor, and then moved back full circle to create airplanes himself. He now lives in the Philippines, operating in Airline and other companies. I on the other hand never felt like I belonged in the air, but was fascinated by the tremendous output I had seen in the field of art, aviation and engineering. Seeking to find my own domain, I went on venturing into the field of architecture and design. Finding out later how everything is a matter of problem solving. This can work in a structured and organized way, and can follow agendas that have been formulated. In a relatively young age, Alexis Dornier has successfully build his career in architecture design and leave his magnificent imprint in gorgeous properties all over Bali and beyond; villa, restaurant and co-living space alike. What drives the mercurial architect to be so passionate in this particular field, and what leads him to leave his convenient life in Munich, Germany and move to the island of paradise called Bali? We got the honor to do the exclusive interview with the brilliant man himself in this edition’s Special Feature section; where he intricately shared his bright perspective and shed a little light of his fascinating background. Read below and get ready to be inspired!

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What marks the ‘radical’ turning point in life that leads you to leave your Western life behind and move to Bali in 2013? Please share a for our readers I had my architecture studio in Berlin for a few years, and the city’s music, art, creative scene were perfect. I worked in interior design, opened a gallery with my friends, and creating furniture to make some money while studying. It wasn’t on my mind to leave, before a dear friend of mine commissioned me for the design of his Family getaway in Bali. Once here, I quickly met a bunch of people and discovered the demand for architectural design. Bali boomed. It was so refreshing to move, far away from home and reset. Indonesia consists of 17 1/2 thousand islands, hundreds of ethnic groups, languages and dialects, each pursuing their own development of identity and embracing their own culture, belief system and way of living. The official claim of Indonesia is ‘unity through diversity’. This really is the case and this place to me is a blank canvas. Being far from having tapped into all of those environments, it quickly seemed clear to me that this country alone is an endless source of inspiration. In terms of building culture, there is so much to discover, continue and reformulate. I didn’t know anything about Indonesia or Bali before I had arrived here seven years ago. I was very quickly mesmerized by its versatility and love for craft, art and creativity. What is so special about this place are its people- they are very open and tolerant towards new influences on art and design, and in general seem to be at peace. Walter Spiess, a german painter had among other Europeans discovered the creative power of this island almost 100 years back. We see through the work of many emerging designers today, that the spirit and fascination prevails. Every little ornament, facet, sculpture, mask and art piece has its own meaning and story, and Bali alone is full of stories. What is your signature architectural design? There might be no signature -other than embracing adaptability and openness for the new. Above all, every project of ours can work, look, feel, taste or smell differently. The use of material that is already there is senseful on many aspects. The patina and character of found pieces speak their own story and are reminiscent of past lives in different buildings and structures. Stains of paint, joints, nail holes, uneven surfaces add to the haptic quality of the structures. We like to bring these aged materials into a contemporary context. This becomes one of the key design aspirations of our studio. Clean ideas, lines and surfaces, yet heavily textured and ornamented as you zoom in, creates a lively context, full of story, expression and meaning.

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"A lot of our pieces of architecture are an attempt to complete the silhouette of landscape against the sky. Architecture can take its role in completing the silhouette, both literally and figuratively." - Alexis Dornier -

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What do you wish to convey through your creations? Creations are a result of team effort and openness to the unknown, different and new. Differences in culture, language and attitude at times lead to challenging moments. Above all, to operate here, one must manage his / her expectations at all times. Many things require extra communication and assurance, and things can be awesome and frustrating at times. Mistakes are just part of it on all ends. I have no reason to complain in any way shape or form and working Together with builders, artisans and manufacturers has been one continuous opportunity for personal growth. Our office culture is one of dialogue, common goals, and not so much about right and wrong- Through forming teams with clients and manufacturers, we can contribute as consultants and designers in effective and fruitful ways. It gets exciting when people work together and merge ideas. For me, Indonesia has become a good spot to do so. What is your design philosophy? Would you prefer aesthetic over durability, or would you strive to achieve both? Aesthetics is the mere outcome of a thought process. Aesthetics alone becomes meaningless and exchangeable. There must be more flesh to the bone as just doing what is pretty. A lot of our pieces of architecture are an attempt to complete the silhouette of landscape against the sky. Architecture can take its role in completing the silhouette, both literally and figuratively. We seek to see our buildings transition into their context, to create harmony and coexistence. The silhouette of a structure can be traditional enough to evoke a sense of familiarity, yet specific enough to create a memory. The silhouette of a building derives from a concept that transposes into all scales of the project - Above all the structural integrity and choice of materials makes a project a result of a holistic attitude provided by its design team. Expression is communication. When communicating, It can be chosen to touch either all, or some of our six senses. The sense of touching, smelling, tasting, seeing, feeling and thinking, can be triggered and affected in certain ways in a choreographed fashion. A piece of music can be seen as a way of communicating a feeling and a story. It was created in a specific context by a specific person that has been exposed to specific circumstances. Her or his feelings derive from a specific way of thinking, and if this thinking vastly correlates with people of her or his surroundings, the musician can touch people through his or her work. Same goes for any other discipline. Strategy can happen in any discipline or aspect of life. Strategy is comprehensive storytelling. The more plausible and clear the story, the more it can reach and influence its readers, or in the realm of architecture, spectators or users. The architectural experience in its best case, speaks to us on all six senses. This is my aspiration on continuously seeking new methods of creating new architectural outcomes.

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