It’s that time of year. We’ve hit the six month mark, it’s the middle of winter and you’re only a quarter of the way through that list of ‘things to achieve’ – you know, all the changes and accomplishments planned out by the moderately thinner, and significantly more tanned version of you way back in January?
Nothing banishes reality to the naughty corner like a member of the Design Hotels family – plant the hotel group’s modern finishes, sense of openness and tangible thought in the heart of Bali, and you’ll feel like a modern day Dorothy minus a penchant for home.
Enter The Elysian – far more than just another corner for laid back luxury, but a home for the contemporary hotel critic slash gypsy child – passionate for the experience of luxury through local-inspired service and surrounds.
Perfecting a refined blend of traditional Balinese architecture with modern clean lines, The Elysian offers both the facilities and services of a resort plus the privacy of a secluded retreat. The materials and design philosophy seem to draw on the ethics of origami – folding, closing and opening to reveal decked out space that surprises and satiates.
Located approximately a five minute car or scooter ride down a rickety street (entry right next to the infamous ku de ta), The Elysian offers the beauty of isolation with inner-Seminyak bustle just a stones throw away.
Each of the 26 villas are cocooned by a wall garden for self contained privacy and equipped with a tropical fanned pool that wraps around a modernised version of the traditional Balinese bale – fold the villa windows away and instantly transform the living area into an extension of the outside gardens.
The use of natural materials such as volcanic stone, teak and slate pay homage to the rich heritage of the island – historical resources that age like the Balinese themselves, slowly and gracefully with an ever burgeoning sense of beautiful wisdom and loyalty to the land.
Service standards at The Elysian are above and beyond – A-grade personalisation and communication that begins with a welcome drink and travels through to in-villa services, The Elysian Spa and on-site Poolside café, bar and restaurant: Rush Bamboo.
Elect a day to skip the beach and Bintangs and rather kick back on one of several private communal poolside bales – set up with your own little ‘buzzer’ simply press a button and a staff member of The Elysian will be right over to order your cocktail or canapé of choice. And between drinks? Relax, read a book and let the waterfall sound you to sleep.
It’s next level Bali.
For more information about The Elysian, visit www.theelysian.com.
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