My company study trip to Bali (20/3/2014 – 23/3/2014)


I’m back from Bali and I’m grateful for have had a safe flight home (in my mind, still very saddened over the disappearance of plane MH370). There goes the end of my weekend spent at Bali, Indonesia for a company study trip this year. The trip was for us to discover and explore on beautiful architecture in Bali island, particularly from the villas and resorts there. We, in a group of five, reached Bali on Thursday’s night (20/3/2014).

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On Friday (21/3/2014), we spent the morning touring around Seminyak town and the surrounding village to have us see how is Bali in first glance. We were amazed by countless vast paddy and also ‘kangkung’ fields (image above), and of course intrigued by the clean beach. In the afternoon, we started going around, looking for villas that are interesting from architectural point of view. We first stopped at C151 Smart Villas (first image below). And it was raining cats and dogs. After that, we stopped by at The Samaya Villas (second image below). Couldn’t get to see inside of villas (unless you purchase a unit to spend a night in but the cost is extremely high).

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By late afternoon, we managed to go further down to Uluwatu to take a look at Villa Alila Uluwatu (image below). Out of many villas I have researched before this trip, this is the most appealing to me. And I am impressed once I reached there (despite going through very unconvincing narrow and lengthy road down inside to reach the villa). It perfectly engages the setting, had many details for us to study, and also a great design overall. I think I would write a post later on, highlighting on this Villa Alila Uluwatu alone. At night, we had a great seafood dinner at the famous Jimbaran Bay beach.

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On Saturday (22/3/2014), we went to Nusa Dua, a huge guarded area dedicated only for hotels, resorts, villas, tourist accommodations, etc. I believed the security there has been tighten very much due to the past bombing not long ago. The villas we checked in there were Amanusa (first image below) and also The Bale (second image below). It’s kind off poetic to take the steps up to the villas at The Bale. Would be very nice at night (couldn’t see it). In the afternoon, we spent few hours shopping for souvenirs at Kuta and also checking out the famous Kuta Beach (third image below) and its nearby Hard Rock Cafe.

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Finally, it’s Sunday (23/3/2014), the last day of the study trip. We toured around small narrow roads within Seminyak in hope of finding more beautifully-designed villas. We dropped by at W Retreat and Spa Hotel (a luxurious hotel) (first image below). Besides that, we had also discovered that there are many ‘hidden treasures’ there as we stumbled upon various interesting structures (homes, small villas, etc) at way inside, far from the main road. After that, we checked out a newly built residential project called Terrace 8 (second image below). Interesting design of the terrace houses (it’s actually bungalow-sized). And before we left to Denpasar International Airport for our flight home, we had a brief stop at the Beachwalk Kuta (open-air shopping mall) besides Sheraton Hotel (third image below).

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We reached KL at night, and there goes the end of the trip. Had learnt quite a lot. A great thanks to the company (my employer) for treating us for this trip. Eventhough we couldn’t manage to go to several popular tourist destinations (like Tanah Lot temple) but I will leave that for future as I wish to visit Bali once again soon, but next time not as an architect, but as a full-time tourist. It would be great to relax and enjoy there.

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