Bold architecture, five-star comfort

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Taking the reins as Sanur’s most monumental landmark, five-star Maya’s striking contemporary architecture is certainty conspicuous in the centre of somewhat staid Sanur.

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The imposing kukul towers (traditional bell-towers) seen from the street could easily be mistaken for a Balinese Hindu temple, and they are indeed a nod to such: The irregular grey stone base on which the towers sit was designed to echo the sea-worn landscape of Pura Tanah Lot.

Could you endure it? : Sally Arnold.
Could you endure it? Photo: Sally Arnold

The architectural delights don’t stop at the facade, as the whole hotel is a treat for contemporary design fans. Imagined by eminent Indonesian architect Budiman Hendropurnomo of Denton Corker Marshall, who also designed Maya Ubud, the concept is visually exciting and also aims create an eco-friendly environment and honour the traditional Balinese concept of tri hita karana, living harmoniously with nature.

Entering the art-filled bunker-like lobby, your eyes are drawn to a narrow tunnel of green and a strip of blue. What looks like a collection of fish traps caught up in seaweed edges a 158-metre “lagoon”. The four-storey building houses the bulk of the rooms, designed to maximise ocean views. The fish-trap-like structure, covered in dense vines, creates a screen offering privacy to individual balconies. This works excellently as you walk towards the sea, however walking from the beach to the lobby, we felt many of the balconies, essentially the main living space of the rooms, were somewhat exposed. Rooms on the lower level enjoy direct toe-dangling access to the lagoon which is in essence a lap pool longer than three Olympic-sized pools. Guests with kids are not accommodated in the lagoon access rooms.

You could probably try. : Sally Arnold.
You could probably try. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rooms are spacious and luxurious with modern decor. Teak floors and furniture add warmth and the ambience is comfortable and inviting, with just a hint of early Hollywood glamour; we felt it lacked a little local flavour (except in the use of materials), and you could really be anywhere (aside from the view of course). Perhaps the messages were too subtle for us. Amenities will meet five-star expectations, complete with all the newfangled technology you’ll desire. Marble ensuites offer deep tubs, separate showers and twin washbasins, honeymoon ready. Oversized balconies afford equally oversized daybeds, an ideal unwinding possie.

Additional room categories include beachfront suites with private swimming pools and garden view rooms designed with families in mind overlooking one of the resort's swimming pools, all following the same aesthetic. Edging the lagoon, wooden decking is peppered with more comfy cocoon-style daybeds.

The main pool overlooks the beach. : Sally Arnold.
The main pool overlooks the beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

Maya’s main pool is beachside, and it’s a beauty, shaped like a cross-section of the tiered bell-towers with Tetris-like decking jutting into the water, providing shady lounges and sunbathing spots. Adjacent, a triple-storey cube-like structure houses the open-air cool and casual Tree Bar, where beachfront sundowners await. Alongside the bar, joining the main building and lagoon, Reef is Maya’s signature restaurant, obviously the spot for fancy fish and chips (and other fine dining). Two other restaurants are streetside: Graze, a casual cafe and a Japanese izakaya, Kuu. If you’ve overindulged, you can always work it off in the gym. The onsite spa will help you release any tensions and start your day fresh with complementary morning yoga in the yoga pavilion.

Maya’s bold architectural statement is unquestionably noteworthy; we love it. If five-star comfort is your desire, and you’re an aficionado of the avant garde, Maya has the goods. Check for online deals below rack rates cited here. If your taste is a little more traditional, and whiz-bang technology is not so important, charming Tandjung Sari offers a slice of old-school Bali.

Contact details for Maya

Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
T: (0361) 849 7800;  F: (0361) 849 7808  
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'50.25" E, 8º41'51.75" S
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Room rates: over 2,500,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room
++. Garden view.
4,030,000 rupiah 4,495,000 rupiah
Superior double room
++. Lagoon view.
4,550,000 rupiah 5,015,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
++. Lagoon access.
525,000 rupiah 5,990,000 rupiah
Beachfront bungalow
++. Beachfront room.
7,150,000 rupiah 7,615,000 rupiah

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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