is, ten years after work began in 2010, fully operational, thanks to the efforts of an enormous team of craftsmen, artisans, designers and architects. The finishing touch is 43 private villas, named for the mighty kingdoms that once ruled over Indonesia and set amid tropical gardens on the clifftops of Nusa Dua.
Hidden away among tropical gardens, each of the two-storey villas affords complete privacy. All of the villas offer private plunge pools and spacious outdoor terraces, while the larger options also feature kitchens and rooftop dining areas. Wood and stone-clad interiors are meticulously finished with rattan bamboo furniture, woven Sumba textiles and handmade woodcarvings from Bali and Java, giving guests a flavour of Bali’s rich history of design and creativity.
Named after the kingdom that ruled from east Java in the 13th-Century, Singhasari One-Bedroom Villas have 202 sq m of living space, with private pool and terrace on the ground floor and a king-sized bedroom and outdoor rain shower upstairs. Sriwijaya Two-Bedroom Villas, 200-460 sq m have an additional twin bedroom and a rooftop lounge and dining area. Majapahit Three-Bedroom Villas open out on to their own tropical gardens, with private kitchens, outdoor living area and room for six adults and three children, sizes 637-891 sq m.
Set at the water’s edge adjacent to the Apurva Wedding Chapel, the three-bedroom Nusantara (“Indonesian archipelago”) Presidential Villa has 1,379 sq m of total indoor-outdoor space. The master suite, living area and 18-metre swimming pool have two additional bedrooms and an eight-metre infinity pool on the upper level. All villa guests have access to a Villa Lounge for 24/7 conciergerie and refreshments.
Apurva Kempinski Bali, which has a total of 475 keys, is owned by Wings Group, led by William Katuar. Architect is Budiman Hendropurnomo, of Denton Corker Marshall, and interior designer is Rudy Dodo, founder of Trivium Design Group, based in Jakarta. Hotel GM is Vincent Guironnet.