Translated as “beautiful bamboo,” Bambu Indah is a passion project of jewelry designers and founders of the nearby Green School, John and Cynthia Hardy. Canadian and American expats living in Bali for more than 30 years, the Hardys bought 11 teakwood bridal houses in 2005—houses that Javanese noblemen once built for their wives. The houses were moved to the Sayan Ridge above the Ayung River in Baung, Bali—15 minutes west of Ubud Village—before the couple restored and individually decorated them to house their many friends and guests. Today, the houses are surrounded by cutting-edge bamboo dining and lounging structures, an organic permaculture garden, swimming holes inhabited by fish and frogs, and flat green rice paddies. Bambu Indah is a family- and community-driven property where John Hardy’s daughter Elora is responsible for some of the bamboo architecture and furnishings; his son Orin is involved with the edible gardens; and spiritual ceremonies, tours, and textile courses involve local friends. The decor is heavy on traditional textiles and beautiful objects from around the world. Those, combined with whimsical surprises—from a boat-shaped treehouse 30 feet in the sky to a rope swing that drops guests into the natural rock pool—ignite the imagination.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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