From the moment a guest walks into a hotel, we believe they deserve an experience as unique as they are. They should feel a strong sense of place and style in the design, intimacy in the environment and human connection in the service. These things should stay with them – and this is what Alaya Resort Kuta is all about.
Although Alaya Resort Kuta is a relatively small boutique resort, there are some pretty significant names associated with its initial concept and design. Alaya Hotels & Resorts has had the good fortune to collaborate with the very best in the business and this is evident today in the overall look and ambience of the property.
Alaya Resort Kuta was designed exclusively by Grounds Kent Architects (GKA), an award-winning company responsible for iconic resorts such as Four Seasons Jimbaran, St. Regis Bali, and Karma Group. For the past 20 years GKA has designed culturally unique projects across Asia and beyond with an emphasis of creating a “sense of place”. They were also responsible for our sister resort, Alaya Resort Ubud which opened its doors back in 2013.
GKA envisioned a design for Alaya Resort Kuta that is a modern interpretation of contemporary design with a touch of Bali’s local building culture. Different kinds of indigenous materials have been used both structurally and aesthetically resulting in a concept that is attuned to the surrounding environment.
The landscape at Alaya Resort Kuta is the work of Made Wijaya, Bali’s very own authority on tropical gardens. He has executed a simple design with random plantings of native Balinese flora together with artistic outdoor elements.
Made Wijaya also created Sukun Restaurant, a casual dining venue with tropically-inspired look. It has an uplifting summer ambience with mosaic tiles in a vibrant shade of blue along with culturally relevant penjor lighting. The name of the restaurant is in reference to the collection of sukun (breadfruit) trees that grow in front of the lobby.
DaLa Spa at Alaya Resort Kuta has been expertly styled by Moroccan-born interior decorator Zohra Boukhari. She has been working in Bali for over 20 years and is known for her use of rich textiles, vintage-inspired furnishings and mood-enhancing lighting. Zohra travels extensively for hospitality projects all over the world.
Zohra was responsible for the timeless boudoir interiors of DaLa Spa in Villa de daun and Alaya Resort Ubud. These are looks that have contributed to numerous international awards. At Alaya Resort Kuta, her signature touches are evident throughout and it is the meticulous attention to detail that gives her design aesthetic a unique edge.
DaLa Spa at Alaya Resort Kuta encompasses six customised treatment rooms. Each captures the glamour of a bygone era to support a comprehensive menu of age-old Indonesian healing and beauty rituals. Nature-driven ingredients and essential oils are used at the spa for head to toe indulgence.
The uniforms for Alaya Resort Kuta’s frontline staff members are by Peggy Hartanto. She has created a “fashion meets hospitality” concept that is fresh yet totally practical for the workplace. Peggy graduated as the best student with an award for excellence in fashion design from Raffles College of Design and Commerce in Australia in 2009.
Peggy Hartanto is acknowledged for her clean, innovative technique of fabric cutting and construction. She has received numerous accolades including an Asian New Generation Fashion Designer Award – Bazaar Indonesia (2013) and Young Designer Prize – The Australia-Indonesia Centre (2014). Hollywood actresses and style icons such as Portia de Rossi, Michelle Wiliams, Bella Thorne, Giuliana Rancic and Chriselle Lim have all been seen wearing her designer dresses.
An amazing work of art in the form of a life-sized car entitled “Democracy” graces the lobby of Alaya Resort Kuta. It is the creation of Pinor Sirait, an Indonesian contemporary artist born in Germany and educated in the United States. His signature works have been stainless steel sculptures of Formula 1 race cars, executed with a high, polished gloss. Sirait transforms the cars’ surfaces with an iconographic overlay of Asian symbols and verbal expressions, notably Chinese characters and Arabic script, side by side with blunt English slogans.
Pinor Sirait’s extensive travels as a liberal arts student brought him into direct contact with the two great accoutrements of life in American culture: cars and guns. These Western inventions have deeply permeated Asian life, producing a potent love-hate relationship. Formula 1 race cars have become somewhat of an obsession in Asia as a telescoped symbol of globalization. Pinor Sirait’s controversial Singapore “F1” Exhibition showcased a racing car covered in bullet holes to express his vision to the world.
Alaya Resort Kuta essentially has been designed with sensitivity amidst the upbeat energy of Bali’s most colourful tourism district. It is the only culturally-related resort in the Kartika Plaza area that is attuned to the environment through the use of indigenous materials and innovative design elements.