Right at Home in Bali
Residence Manager of newly-opened Citadines Kuta Beach Bali, Bernard Siew, takes you to 8 places for furniture-hunting, so you can recreate the beauty of Bali in your own home
Issue: Dec 2014
Long stretches of white sandy beaches with powerful surfs, exotic and mystical culture and heritage – you can have a Bali resort experience everyday with just a few choice pieces of island-inspired furniture and décor accents
The island of Bali is probably one of the most exotic of places in Indonesia. It is that seductive mix of beautiful beaches, magnificent mountainscapes, rich culture, heritage, and vibrant nightlife coupled with a brand of warm hospitality unique to the locals that make Bali a truly prized holiday destination in the region.
The best thing about the place is that you can always take home a piece of the island to help you keep the memory of your holiday alive. Bali is full of craftsmen who have artfully captured the essence of the island through their handiwork.
So come with me on a furniture hunting spree for a bit of Bali you can bring home with you.
A Traditional Take on Bali – Traditional Balinese Furniture
1. Where to go: Surya Agung
Address: Jalan Raya Mas Ubud, Gianyar, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (40-minute drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Mention Balinese furniture and what comes to mind are plenty of handcrafted products from natural material like bamboo, teak and rattan. Ubud, the culture centre of Bali famed for its arts and crafts, is a good place to shop for traditional Balinese furniture and décor pieces.
One of the leading suppliers of such furniture is Surya Agung in Ubud. The wholesaler-cum-retailer has more than a decade of experience and produces these furniture for an international market. Teak and mahogany mixed with rattan and bamboo are used to fashion artful pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional. It is also committed to sustainable furniture-making and uses only wood from environmentally sustainable plantations.
Something Old, Something New – Fusion Furniture
2. Where to go: Warisan Living and Warisan Casa
Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan 38 Br. Taman, Kuta, Bali (80361), Indonesia & Jalan Raya By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Bali (80364), Indonesia (20 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Well-known restaurant chain, Warisan, has branched into homeware and furniture via their two flagship stores Warisan Living and Warisan Casa where you can get modern furniture with a touch of traditional Bali
Photo credit: Warisan
The traditional wooden furniture so often associated with Balinese décor is given a contemporary twist at Warisan Living and Warisan Casa where the old and new come together beautifully
Photo credit: Warisan
If you are looking for something more modern but still with a hint of traditional Bali, Warisan Living and Warisan Casa are where you should head to. Warisan is well-known for its chain of restaurants. But it has also branched out into homeware and furniture via these two flagship stores. A believer in sustainability, its products are made with wood from sustainable plantations or recycled from demolished buildings in Indonesia.
Mad About Mod – Contemporary Furniture
3. Where to go: iBal Designs
Address: 39 Jalan Jalan Kebo Iwa Selatan, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia | The Orchard: 33X Jl. Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (less than 10 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Multi hyphenate, Charles Orchard, who is an art consultant, book and magazine publisher, ad man and furniture designer is the owner of this furniture store. Expect high-end furniture (he designs for over 100 major hotels and resorts around the world) that features clean lines and fine details. Another environmentally conscious company, it uses certified wood and renewable resources whenever possible.
4. Where to go: Living Karma
Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 9 A Kerobokan, Badung, Bali, Indonesia (about 5 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Started by a Danish designer, Living Karma brings Scandinavian designs’ clean lines and clever forms to the island. Simplicity and functionality are hallmarks of the furniture here.
(Left) For visitors who want to take home Scandinavian-inspired furniture, I usually recommend Living Karma; (Right) Have a little island in the sun in your own backyard with outdoor furniture from Leola Furniture and think of Bali while you soak up the rays
Out and About – Garden Furniture
5. Where to go: Leola Furniture
Address: 18 Sunset Road, Kuta 80361 Bali-Indonesia (20 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Bali is so associated with beach and resort living that buying outdoor furniture from the island seems like the natural thing to do. Whether it is for your garden, patio or balcony, Leola Furniture has it all. Its furniture is made from a wide array of material like aluminum, stainless steel, teak, and synthetic rattan or Batyline fabric, a Ferrari registered trademark.
6. Where to go: Lio Collection
Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 2 Banjar Taman, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia (20 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Lio Collection is the place to go for durable outdoor furniture that can withstand tropical weather. The 35-year-old company is an expert in rattan and bamboo furniture with a modern twist. It also carries home accessories, décor items and lighting fixtures.
Buy in on Old World Charm – Antique Furniture
7. Where to go: Christy Furniture and Art Gallery
Address: Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.98, Banjar Taman, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia (20 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
In a place so steeped in culture and tradition, it would be a pity to come home without a piece of antique décor. Christy Furniture and Art Gallery in the Kerobokan area offers a broad range of good quality, handcrafted antique furniture and stunning art pieces. With clients from all over the world, including Europe, America, Japan and Australia, you know you are in good company when you shop here.
8. Where to go: Merdeka Furniture and Fine Arts
Address: Jl. Tangkuban Perahu, No.505 BKerobokan - Bali 80361 (20 minutes’ drive from Citadines Kuta Beach Bali)
Merdeka Furniture and Fine Arts supplies to homes, hotels, restaurants and resorts in Canada, Hawaii, Brazil, France, German, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Specialising in teak products, you can buy beds, benches, tables, chairs, cabinets, consoles, mirrors and decorative items
Right at the heart of Kuta’s retail, dining and entertainment hub is the Citadines Kuta Beach Bali where guests are but a few steps away from the famous Kuta Beach
When you are done with your furniture safari, come rest your tired feet in the next best thing to home – the newly opened Citadines Kuta Beach Bali. With the island’s most famous beach, Kuta Beach, literally in its backyard, you will be soothed by the sweet lullaby of the surf sweeping onto the shoreline. Beyond the prime beachfront location, the serviced residence also sits within the retail, dining and entertainment hub of the Beachwalk shopping complex and Kuta area.
A restaurant serving delectable Indonesian and international cuisine and a fully-equipped gymnasium are among some of the amenities apart from a launderette and complimentary wireless internet access that guests at the Citadines Kuta Beach Bali can enjoy
Our apartments that range from studio to two-bedroom units are decorated to reflect a local touch. Fabric influenced by traditional Ikat designs enhance the feel of home in the rooms while the eclectic mix of the old and new in the furnishings throughout the property embody the spirit of Bali that embraces both its heritage and modernity.
Balinese hospitality at its best, each of the 194 apartments that range from studio to two-bedroom units have local influences in its décor like the Ikat design fabric used
Having lived and worked here for three months, I can attest to the fact that Bali’s charms will leave you constantly dreaming of returning once you have had a taste of the island. With your Balinese furniture buys, you can relive the many memories of your holiday as you lounge in your own private Bali right at home.
Stay with us:
Citadines Kuta Beach Bali
Jalan Pantai Kuta
Badung, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Tel:(62) 361 849 6500
Fax: (62) 361 849 6565