Jumeirah’s new Bali resort is a Javanese water palace

Schenelle Dsouza 
Dubai’s Jumeirah Group is known for its luxury properties across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Boasting some of the most prestigious properties in the world, the Jumeirah Group adopts a local cultural setting with each of its properties, to give their guests a feel of the place they’re visiting.
Take, for example, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, a modern twist on a British classic. Their latest project, the Jumeirah Bali is another fine example of craftsmanship, capturing the essence of the Hindu-Javanese culture of Bali.
Jumeirah Bali
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Located in the Pecatu region, southwest of Bali, the all-villa luxury resort sits gracefully near the beach of Uluwatu – one of the most coveted locations on the island. Aside from its breathtaking views, the resort stands out for its architectural prowess, paying tribute to the ancient Hindu-Javanese culture.
The vision
The vision for the all-villa luxury resort was to connect Bali’s past and present in a verdant water-based sanctuary of luxury, and so, the narrative was centred on the golden era of the Majapahit Empire — the last Indianised kingdom in Indonesia.
One of the prevailing architectural characteristics of the Majapahit Empire was its clusters of pavilions concealed by imposing walls.  These included the ones used for bathing and socialising, in addition to terraced royal gardens and exquisite water features. Jumeirah Bali captures these elements beautifully, transforming the property to reveal a water palace, that captures the essence of life and romance in Bali.
Jumeirah Bali
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“The concept of Jumeirah Bali was conceived by PT Asia Pasifik Property as a sophisticated, subtly impactful sanctuary that heals through exquisite architecture and landscaping, as well as promoting local arts and crafts,” said Rudy Sundungdolok of PT Asia Pasifik Property, the developers of the resort. “In response to the brief, the designers created an enchanting water palace where the legends of the lost Majapahit Empire come alive in Bali’s most iconic location. In décor, a variety of rich textures and details representing Indian and Chinese influences help to carry the story and set the emotional tone.”
Play of light and space
The property has a seamless flow of architecture between the indoors and outdoors, each section reflecting Bali’s heritage. The property uses a combination of natural materials and modern luxuries enhanced by local symbolism, to create an authentic Balinese haven.
Jumeirah Bali
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The resort of Jumeirah Bali sits behind a grand Balinese gate guarded by a winged mythical creature, a stone statue of Singa Ambara Raja. As per local culture, gates are believed to be important portals connecting the physical world and the spiritual realm. Overhead, two mythical winged creatures in the Majapahit tradition guard the passage.
The enchanted garden
The property incorporates Buddhist iconographies with a 120-year-old red Bodhi tree on the property. The tree serves as a link between Jumeirah Bali and the Majapahit Empire, where it was known as the “tree of awakening” and traditionally planted at the entrance to royal dwellings and religious sites. Here, the tree stands in front of what is described as an ‘enchanted garden’. The outdoor area is as enchanting as it gets, with the traditional Javanese pendopo pavilion in the courtyard, a grove of heritage trees, and multiple water features that evoke a sense of peace and calm.
Jumeirah Bali
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The property once again pays tribute to Hinduism with its intricate wall carvings which recite the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic from ancient India. These carvings were done by skilled Balinese craftsmen who recreated traditional motifs and narratives to provide a window into a culture that shaped modern-day Bali.
A water palace 
The accommodations within Jumeirah Bali ensure that no guest is more than a few metres away from a stream or a fountain, each inspired by a royal purification pavilion from the Majapahit era. Aside from the minor streams and fountains, the property has three swimming pools to further the ‘water palace’ narrative. Each of these pools mirrors Majahapit’s legendary Kolam Segaran reservoir. During the empire days, the reservoirs signified happiness and prosperity, ensuring the people of Majapahit always had access to water for drinking and irrigation.
Jumeirah Bali
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The main swimming pool which is called Kolam Segaran has been considered a focal point of the resort thanks to its stunning sunset vistas and panoramic view of the shimmering turquoise Dreamland Beach down below.
Starting from 210 square metres, the one and two-bedroom villas offer tropical views of the garden or the Indian Ocean, while the stately four-bedroom Royal Water Palace offers a sense of exclusivity and ultimate seclusion. Each villa comes with a private pool, outdoor living area and a landscaped tropical garden for guests to indulge in a spiritual, secluded, and soulful experience.
Jumeirah Bali
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A healing water garden 
While the architecture and surroundings of Jumeirah Bali are dreamy, it seems almost impossible to disregard the property’s signature Talise Spa. The spa showcases Turkey’s world-famous bathhouse culture, featuring Bali’s first royal Turkish hammam with steam and sauna facilities, a Vichy shower, and five private treatment rooms.
The spa draws on the Hindu–Javanese concept of ‘Satyam, Siwam, Sundaram’ (Truth, Consciousness, Bliss), which promotes the idea of living a balanced and harmonious life for spiritual purity. Focusing on timeless traditions passed down generations, the spa combines Balinese traditions with Arabic therapies and European expertise to deliver a therapeutic, sensory experience.
Jumeirah Bali
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As the first spa in Bali to feature a Royal Hammam, Talise Spa offers a range of cleansing rituals, including the signature Royal Campa and Royal Dwara hammam experiences, promising deep relaxation and detoxification. Additionally, the spa offers a collection of soulful ‘Divine Therapies’, which delve deeper into Bali’s beliefs on spirituality. These therapies have been developed to assist in improving or balancing the guests’ dominant chakras.  One of the ‘Divine Therapies’ is the ancient Balinese practice of Wewaran (Bali Numerology) that calculates and then balances the dominant chakra while elevating the other six energy points.
Water is one of the most relaxing elements and Jumeirah Bali uses it in the most efficient way. So whether you’re looking for a long-planned holiday or a quick weekend away, Jumeirah Bali is a gem of tranquillity, surrounded by nature and embedded in luxury.
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