Lloyd’s Inn, a Wallpaper* favourite in Singapore, has quietly opened in Bali’s Double Six Beach, a lively neighbourhood much favoured by local hipsters and surf aficionados for its boutiques, galleries, cafés and white-foamed waves.
Once again, Singapore-based studio FARM took care of the design, converting an old hotel into a 101-room retreat where – in the cool white bathrooms, especially – the lines between the light-filled, raw concrete interiors and the exterior tropical landscaping are smoothly erased.
Partly to screen off the neighbours, the hotel’s estate walls rise canyon-like to enclose gardens, a long lap pool lined with Balinese slate tiles, and pebbled courtyards sprinkled with water hammocks and sofa pods, the whole linked by a narrow sinewy concrete sky-bridge.
The culinary offerings are equally seductive in their tropical minimalism, its chef orchestrating Indonesian and Asian flavours into a vol au vent stuffed with chicken braised in spices and coconut milk, and mie ayam, a Balinese favourite reinterpreted with a mushroom broth, and chicken lollipops.
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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.
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