Where to stay
Suarga Padang Padang
Jl Pantai Labuan Sait, Br. Dinas Labuan Sait, Pecatu
Looking for total time out during your stay in Bali? You can’t go much further than a villa at Suarga Padang Padang, where you will find luxurious living in an sustainable escape, overlooking sensational surf breaks on the beach just below.
Located on the relatively untouched Bukit Peninsula, this stunning, boutique resort combines opulence with sustainability, presenting a gorgeous getaway that integrates seamlessly with its natural environment. Enter the large front door, and you will be overcome by the enormous ode to Balinese architecture – a bamboo tree house which will be your spacious living quarters during your stay.
Housing the restaurant and bar, this structure is a sight to behold. Completely supported by bamboo, this building is entirely open to the elements and is astonishingly cool. Large fans keep the air moving, and you can enjoy your leisure and dining time with no need for air conditioning.
There’s just one family behind this harmonious haven, Frederik Wittesaele and his wife, Karolien Verschelden. Regular visitors to Bali, they gradually succumbed to its beauty and decided to make it their home. Buying a block of land overlooking Padang Padang beach, they started to create Suarga, choosing to treat the land as a jewel, imbuing it with the respect and care it deserved.
The golden thread of sustainability links the entire concept together. Throughout the construction process, they were sure to consider the consequences of each action, establishing both the immediate and ongoing effects to the environment. This has resulted in just 38 keys, divided over a number of rooms, pavilions and villas; each made with natural materials such as recycled hardwoods, bamboo, and stones from the island of Sumba. They also avoided altering the contours of the existing landscape and introduced solar power and grey-water recycling.
The inspired name is perfect for more than one reason. Starting with sounding out the Indonesian word for heaven, ‘Zorga’, they soon discovered that Suarga translated to a place of absolute happiness and joy in Cirebonese mythology from northern Java. This name ensured it appropriately paid homage to the Indonesian culture they wished to uphold.
Make your way down the peninsula to experience just what they intended – absolute happiness. There are five different room types to choose from: Muso Pentroom, Ulin Pavilion, Wantilan Villa, Jurang Villa and Bajau Villa.
Book into the Ulin Pavilion for ocean views, best enjoyed from the spacious terrace with relaxing lounge chairs. Sink into the four-poster bed while enjoying the natural sea breezes, made possible by the wooden sliding doors and teak shutters. Families can stay in the Muso Pentroom with the queen mezzanine and enough room for four.
If four just isn’t enough, look to the Bajau Villa. Nestled into the protected cliff of Padang Padang’s Bukit limestone, it offers panoramic views of four world-renowned surf breaks, as well as four bedrooms, an open-air gazebo with formal dining and a large kitchen. Surrounded by lush gardens, two spacious terraces complete the space, promising stress-free days by the pool and cliff side dining under the stars.