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Architecture and Design

Designed by awards winning architect, Budiman Hendropurnomo of Denton Corker Marshall (www.dentoncorkermarshall.com), Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is a combination of new and traditional concepts in design; there are no intricate Balinese paintings, masks or statues; instead a deeper, more ancient concept is celebrated through its landscape and architecture. 

Its setting is inspired by traditional Balinese lore of orienting villages along a north-south sacred axis (kaja-kelod), linking the mountains in the centre of the island, the realm of the gods (kaja), to the surrounding seas, the domain of demons (kelod). 

A central ceremonial walkway along the central ridge connects important public spaces from the porte-cochere, through the lobby and down to the spa. The villas or dwellings are then positioned on either side creating a village like axis that follows the contours of the land. Four parallel lines in the form of massive stone walls  emphasize this ceremonial spine, the subtlety of which may not be immediately apparent to the casual observer.

Modern functional spaces freely intermingle with these walls, with some going further, as in the case of the restaurant and swimming pool giving the impression that they are suspended between the sky above and the river valley below. The design concept of Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is a celebration of Balinese culture and heritage.

Weathered recycled timbers with modern natural materials are used to create unique interiors rich in character. Old cart wheels have been fashioned into mirror frames, table tops were formerly teak railway sleepers and traditional fish traps and baskets are handcrafted into lamp shades. 

Indonesian heritage is represented in the eclectic collection of antiques in the open plan lobby, the restaurants and villas. Modern Balinese style is reflected in the architecture with the use of thatched roofs, blending the buildings into the surrounding environment.