A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
THERE’S SOMETHING EXCITING HAPPENING IN KUTA AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AREA’S ENDLESS BEACHES OR INFAMOUS NIGHTCLUBS. THE TRANQUIL THOROUGHFARE OF JALAN DEWI SRI IS BUZZING WITH THE ADDITION OF MANY NEW HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND SPAS, CREATING A NEW
OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN BALI.
One stand out in particular is Fontana Hotel Bali, a 136-room hotel designed by none other than architect Popo Danes and former Super Potato Tokyo’s designer Nobuyuki Narabayashi.
With a unique location that keeps you out of the fray, yet close enough to easily experience all of the hot spots in Kuta, Seminyak and along Sunset Road, Fontana Hotel Bali is a surprisingly extensive property that houses a sophisticated Italian restaurant named Portabella Bistro, a chic café, the spectacular rooftop Suma Spa and an intriguing design that blends maximum comfort with a touch of retrospective luxury and sassy James Bond style. Showcasing a flair for many different interests, the owner and design team keep the energy upbeat and thought provoking throughout the hotel with their use of eye catching artworks and accessories that range from Andy Warhol and 3D ducks on the ‘pop-art’ floor to the collection of inspiring real-life images found along the ‘journalism’ floor.
Known for his passion for sustainability, Popo and his team created a layout that minimalises the use of air conditioning and worked diligently to source many different recycled items from Italy, Vietnam and Java. One of their most interesting finds includes recycled wood taken from an abandoned house in Blora used to create the wooden panel seen in the restaurant and bar. Renowned Indonesian product designer, Ananta Sutopo, custom-produced a number of creative artworks featured in the guestrooms.
Feel Like a VIP
Offering a diverse selection of four unique room styles, Fontana works for many different types of Bali travel including corporate retreats, family holidays, romantic getaways and memorable weekend escapes with friends. Perfect for couples and business travellers, Fontana’s Superior room is a soothing oasis of sophisticated hues, each appointed with a vivid pop of colour such as a red velvet armchair and a backlit hanging map of north Bali in 1960’s shades of orange, yellow and scarlet. The best part about Fontana’s Superior class is that you still feel like a VIP as all room types include a complimentary mini-bar that is re-stocked with drinks and snacks daily.
A Deluxe Lifestyle
Fontana’s multi-faceted Deluxe rooms offer guests the choice of either a king-size bed or two twins set against a wall-sized caramel suede headboard. Adorned with charming metal scroll wall sculptures, a chic entertainment centre with flat screen television, and a private balcony, this understated slice of paradise is the perfect home-away-from-home between pampering treatments at Suma Spa and sumptuous dinners at Portabella.
Cherish Your Family Time
The Family Room is a sight for sore eyes for parents. The expansive space features a king-size bed for the grown-ups and two single beds for the kiddos. That’s right, no more sharing or negotiating with reception over an extra bed. You are also spoiled with two bathrooms; a nicely appointed en-suite and extra powder room. Four sets of cotton waffle bathrobes and cosy house slippers ensure leisurely evenings watching family movies in front of the 42-inch flat screen television.
The Suite Honeymoon
Blooming white orchids, recessed wall nooks that showcase stunning hand blown glass sculptures, and sophisticated black and white photos create a serene and relaxing ambience in Fontana’s Suites, designed with romantic honeymoons in mind. Spice it up with a swanky black leather couch, built-in leather lounger and an avant-garde TOTO bathtub that is deep enough for two, and it’s guaranteed that you’ll be living off of Fontana’s irresistible in-suite dining menu.