Mandala.The Bay — Bali, Indonesia
In just a few years, M.Development has become something of a byword for luxury accommodation in Bali, the Singapore-based group recently unveiling its fourth property, this time on the bijou Nusa Lembongan island about a 30-minute boat ride from Denpasar. The MO remains reassuringly familiar: the creature comforts and consistency of a five-star hotel hitched to the exclusivity of a private home.
On a rocky promontory looking clear out over the sea, the group’s in-house studio, Superlatives teamed up with James Brown of Adelaide-based UFO Agencies to channel a light Hamptons vibe into the five-bedroom house. The interiors are a soothing mix of pastel hues, cool terrazzo underfoot, and furniture carved out of recycled Javanese timber, the ensemble anchored by Picasso-esque murals by Brown and a cliffside fire-pit.
It takes two hours to hike around the island, but we’re more sold on the snorkeling and surfing in the island’s waters which are pleasingly undisturbed by the mainland’s tourist hordes. §