Architect Soo Khian Chan has relaunched his beach-front resort, Soori Bali. Set between a volcanic sand beach and rice fields in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, the wellbeing destination has 48 private pool villas and has just joined Leading Hotels of the World.

It’s the first in “a series of major developments” to be rolled out under the Soori brand: Soori High Line, a residence opening in New York City’s West Chelsea, and Soori Niseko, a ski resort in Japan. Soori Bali’s award-winning architecture drew inspiration from nearby villages and natural landscape.

A dormant volcano, Mount Batukaru, towers in the near distance. As volcanic stone abounds in the region light grey stone from nearby sources was quarried as the foundation for the resort’s buildings. A product of Soo Chan’s pioneering architectural style, Soori Bali “blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces… myriad pools and courtyards open up spaces and promote natural light and cross-ventilation.”

Situated near Tanah Lot Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Bali’s most sacred places, the environmentally and culturally sustainable resort “melds soothing natural surrounds with contemporary Balinese design elements, polished teak, and intricate terracotta tiles created by local artisans.”

An Indonesian cuisine restaurant, set in a traditional wooden Balinese house in the resort’s rice fields will open soon, spa offerings will be “significantly expanded”, with special retreats to be hosted throughout the year by visiting international wellness experts.

The EarthCheck-certified resort “minimises its carbon footprint through its design as well as a host of measures including reduced energy consumption, water conservation, waste management and use of organic products.”

(www.sooribali.com)

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