Staying in Bali’s untapped enclave is truly unforgettable. Waking up to the birdsong and sounds of wood is worth experiencing.
You can see the verdant valley spreading out directly below your room in between the gauzy curtains. Mist-covered and palm-tufted, the hills stretch out to the far-off, seven-peak mountains at a distance. The air around the resort smells both woody and earthy. You are in for a unique experience at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape renowned for its “no doors, no walls” notion.
The new Banyan Tree Escape concept, specifically created to have immersive experiences blending sustainable design with distinctive natural landscapes, is being devised for the first time in Buahan.
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About Buahan: A Banyan Tree Escape
The new retreat is tucked away in the thick Balinese jungle. It is surrounded by the splendid seven peaks of the island, endless layers of greenery, lush rice fields, and the Ayung River. Its main focus is on “purpose-driven experiential staying,” which strives to link visitors to nature and simple living.
It is an area where visitors can fully immerse themselves in the local environment, customs, culture, and celebrations. Situated close to Ubud, the resort is situated well away from the business district. It serves guests who desire a more laid-back and culturally-focused stay.
The resort adopts a “naked experience” concept that makes visitors absorb Bali’s breathtaking jungle environment. Buahan is only for adults to maximize the calmness and quietness of this back-to-nature philosophy, where visitors are invited to unwind and spend time all by themselves and with their travel companions.
They can also participate in the distinctive rituals and customs of Buahan, ingrained in the local populations.
Sustainability and Nature Combine
Buahan is divided into four levels that are spaced out along a mountainside and connected by wooden funiculars and stone walkways. The resort is designed to resemble a town, with each element — villas, yoga spaces, and spa huts — located in a small enclave that merges to create a larger whole.
In keeping with Buahan’s sustainable story, the entire resort is made of locally sourced ironwood or Ulin wood, recovered from abandoned fishing boats and boat piers in Bali’s Kalimantan region. Other than this, the meticulous preservation of the local vegetation and animals and fast-growing bamboo, make the property genuinely eco-friendly.
With as many as 16 villas or bales, which offer ultimate intimacy and seclusion, the resort adheres to its concept of curating custom-made experiences for the guests. Traditional architecture and aesthetics are meticulously weaved throughout, from the double wooden doors marking the gateway to the masonry and woven textiles, all of which are imbued with conventional Balinese homes. Naturally, great care was taken to make the bales fit in with the surroundings, offering picturesque vistas.
The spacious bathroom features custom, handmade copper bathtubs crafted by local artisans. You can soak in them while admiring the mesmerising views.
Visitors can enjoy the expansive 180° views of towering mountains covered in rich vegetation from the rooms. As dusk descends, the forest is bathed in a vibrant green hue, while mist descends in the morning, veiling the peaks and evoking an aura of breathtaking mystique.
MasterCard holders can enjoy a quiet and peaceful luxury in Buahan amid nature, enjoying its beauty in full. Moreover, Nusantara serves traditional Indonesian meals prepared with local ingredients. Everything is prepared with pride for the country and served in this comfortable environment, which includes rattan barriers and Batik patterns.
The restaurant is reputed to be the first on the island to serve foreign cuisine using only Indonesian products. Situated in Ubud, it serves meals specialised in some Indonesian regions which are renowned for their strong flavours, distinctive dishes and great gastronomic aspirations.