Do you have a secret desire to travel to the future, just like in a Sci-Fi flick?
With all those gorgeous villas that everyone flocks to, who would have paid attention to alternative-themed hotels that actually exist in Bali?
But yes, there’s you’ll be surprised at the collection of futuristic hotels you can find.
Love the electic? Retro space age? Purely whimsical and weird?
We’ve got them all.
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1) For the mad artist: Villa Canggu North/South
Designed to catch the maximum natural light, this villa is decorated with an exciting collection of colourful artwork, and offers a choice of air-conditioned comfort or tropical semi-open-air living, with wide glass doors to invite the sea breeze in even at the hottest time of year.
The delightfully spacious L-shaped living and dining room with an integrated kitchenette is decorated with a quirky compilation of colourful paintings, murals and sculptures.
One defining piece is a fascinating futuristic sculpture of a ship suspended from the ceiling.
From the living room, floor-to ceiling glass doors slide open to a private swimming pool and sundeck.
If you join the two villas (North and South) together, you’ll get six bedrooms in total (four in South and two in North).
Each guestroom is well-equipped with a 21-inch satellite-channel TV, DVD player, an iPod dock, and a safe deposit box.
But of course, the centre of attention is definitely the whimsical murals doodled across the rooms – the masterpieces of Indonesian contemporary artists.
2) Sailboat villas: The Layar
If you seek that elusive fusion of high-tech architecture, cool design aesthetic and hot location, The Layar is sure to set your pulse racing.
The Layar, which means ‘sail’ in Indonesian, incorporates the design elements of a traditional sailboat rigging in the villas’ distinctive roofs that taper dramatically to the ground.
These iconic roofs create exciting split-level open living spaces, with curved and angled walls, topped off with contrasting natural finishes that include tropical hardwoods, marble and stone from the Indonesian archipelago.
Set within a private landscaped garden with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi deck, each villa features huge bedrooms, a kitchen and an outdoor bathroom with a dark stone bath.
You get to choose from a range of one to four-bedroom villas.
Furniture and fittings have been entirely custom designed – modern, yet using natural materials and finishing, including teak wood, Indian stones, local palimanan stone and marble, terrazzo and rustic cotton.
The result? An organic ambience with a modern touch – timeless in style, yet relaxed and homely.
3) Cutting-edge architecture: Ize Seminyak
With a futuristic design, Ize Seminyak is a hip urban hotel in Bali’s most exciting neighbourhood, where you can find many interesting bars and restaurants along Jalan Kayu Aya.
It’s located just minutes away from the Seminyak beach, perfect for those who are seeking beach, surf and sun.
If you are staying at the Deluxe Pool room, you will be able to slip into the pool from a side door directly from your room.
Ize Seminyak also has a rooftop infinity pool where you can just lounge in and watch the clouds drift by.
If you’re looking for nightlife, look no further at Single Malt Whiskey. Stepping into it is like stepping into Prohibition-era New York.
You’re transported back to the 1920s and Single Malt is an underground speakeasy, with its brick walls, oversized leather armchairs, vintage lamps and Persian rugs.
But the biggest draw of Single Malt Whiskey has to be the wide selection of (surprise!) whiskey.
There are 60 different types, including the rare and the vintage. Add to that the affordable prices (drinks are sold for as low as USD 10, and available by the glass), and these reasons make Single Malt a great place to hang out.
4) The swanky one by the beach: W Retreat
Built around a lagoon pool on one of the best stretches of the Seminyak shoreline, this five-storey hotel boasts a futuristic design that’s ultra modern and trendy.
You get to enjoy an eclectic collection of designer lighting, bursts of vivid colour, bright sky-lit bathrooms and even iPod docking stations.
Check out the two-bedroom Wow Suites!
The luxury suite is made up of one master bedroom, a twin bedroom, spacious living room, two bathrooms, a large balcony and on top of it all, spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the famous Bali sunset.
And if you are all for splurging, why not stay at the Extreme Wow Suite?
This split level suite on the top floors are the loftiest in contemporary luxury.
5) With retro touches: Luna2
Cosmic spaces for jet-setting lunatics!
Named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon in the late 1950’s, the founding group Luna2 actually has two properties in Seminyak – a studiotel and a private hotel both only steps away from the beach.
Colourful and futuristic, each of the studios bursts with character, with interiors that are a perfect blend of nostalgic modernism and playful classics such as Monopoly, Legos, and Rubiks cube.
Check out the open-plan Grand Studio rooms!
The spacious studio features plenty of lounging space on the circular sofa and large balcony overlooking the pool.
The room also comes with two flatscreen TVs with Brionvega headphones, iPad, preloaded iPod with dock, stash of board games (including Twister and Connect Four), maxibar, retro Smeg fridge, Nespresso machine, and Paul Mitchell hair products.
What more can you ask for?
You are even welcome in Luna2’s own screening room – the Lunaplex private cinema.
This luxury hotel has actually translated Jimbaran’s fishing village roots into a fluid and modern futuristic design without losing its warmth.
The 118 chic and contemporary rooms are positioned around a curving saltwater lagoon-style swimming pool and carry the aqua colours flawlessly.
Every room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace, LED TV, wireless Internet access, and an iPod dock, perfect for your own vacation soundtrack.
With such luxurious amenities and a heavenly spa-inspired deep soaking bathtub in the bathroom, the room is a vacation itself!
And don’t forget to check out the chic Smoqee Lounge.
Its signature design brings a unique blend of open-air enclave with water deck that offers an elevated viewpoint to the unparalleled ocean views.
7) Find sanctuary at Bali Floating Leaf Eco Retreat, Sukawati
Have you ever heard of how round rooms stimulates relaxation, comfort, inspiration and healing?
Scientific studies done by Harvard Medical School have concluded that our brain sees sharp contours and angles as threats, while smooth contours in round rooms gets you to relax, and may actually fight depression.
The Bali Floating Leaf Eco Retreat explores just this, with six rounded villas, rounded pavilions and structures that serves as a sanctuary for the tired soul.
That’s not all. From your bedroom, you can get either get magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and Mount Agung, or soothing views of the vast rice fields.
The circular room also improves airflow, and reduces building materials needed for the architecture, reducing carbon footprints – so you’re supporting a very eco-friendly resort!
Natural greenery creep up the walls and roofs, which also provides a cooling shield.
Even the main entrance and floating lounge appear to levitate over the koi pond!
At night, you can dine at the rooftop terrace which overlooks the ocean.
Isn’t it such a wonderful combination of eco-luxury relaxation and romance?
Bali Floating Leaf Eco Retreat write up contributed by Candice Neo, MehTheSheep & TripCanvas Editor
8) Of asymmetrical interiors and that random white capsule sofa: Villa Kenangan
This unique one-bedroom villa is part of a complex of 10 villas offering an ultra swanky experience, away from cookie cutter designs, for jetsetters escaping to Bali.
There’s a saying that goes: The past is the future.
So ironically, the interior’s futuristic vibe echoes the glamorous style of the 70’s, paired with with sleek architecture and modern designs.
Check out the quirky lighting fixtures made out of white curly phone cables! Have you ever seen anything like that before?
To top of it, the villa is equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment system with an iPod and wireless internet service.
You can also have your own private pool and jacuzzi.
Perfect for a romantic getaway!
9) The unfinished one (literally still in the future): One Ungasan Condotel
The construction of this five-star property has not even been completed yet, but the published conceptual pictures have already stirred up a quite a buzz among discerning travellers.
Slated to be up in the last quarter of 2015, this futuristic hotel screams of luxury and comfort with its own private lagoon, restaurants, art gallery, spa and conference facilities, catering to your every indulgence.