Maximum comfort, minimal impact on the environment — Suarga lives up to its Sanskrit name, which translates as ‘paradise’. This rustic-deluxe sustainable resort and restaurant on a Bukit Peninsula cliff top has a distinctive perch overlooking one of Bali’s best surfing beaches, Padang Padang.
Cinematic Indian Ocean views are assured here at the edge of a staggeringly dramatic limestone cliff top not far from Uluwatu Temple. The coral formation that makes up this Bukit Peninsula address may have taken hundreds of thousands of years to form, but in only a short time, Bali’s southern coastline has become a hotspot of hotels. Suarga Padang Padang stands out from the crowd of luxury resorts though.
Gaze up at the chic eco hotel from the sandy sweep of beach or rock pools below, and Suarga glows like an inviting village. It’s all the more appealing when you know the property is fully lit up from electricity created by solar panels.
Style & character
Soaring bamboo architecture and sculptural thatched roofs give Suarga a distinct silhouette while exemplifying time-tested craftsmanship. It’s forward-thinking, yet lovingly built using traditional Indonesian artisanal practices. Suarga gets honeymooners and well-heeled families back to basics with simple living in a well designed setting that is utterly boutique and authentically eco. This independently owned, intimate resort was created by a Belgian husband and wife who wanted to give discerning luxury travellers the chance to feel entirely connected with nature yet with five-star amenities at their fingertips.
Enchanted by the culture, nature and people here in Bali, founders Karolien Verschelden and Frederik Wittesaele swapped a background in textile manufacturing for responsible, sensitive hospitality. Having worked in cahoots with international organisations such as Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance the construction has total eco integrity — particularly in its use of ironwood. Ask Frederik to show you photos that reveal the provenance of this repurposed petrified timber and hear his journey around the decaying pontoons of Borneo — it’s a fascinating tale.
Service & facilities
Surfboards at the ready for Padang Padang’s world-class breaks — although it’s not your typical surfer hangout thanks to the professional service and sophisticated art-filled interiors. For sun-kissed swims, there are two seductive pools on site, edged by loungers with cushions, and a shallow children’s pool. Wander through cactuses, lemongrass and flowering frangipani and acacia trees — these landscaped terraced gardens have been created as wetlands intended to showcase Bukit’s authentic vegetation.
There’s a treatment room for massages from therapists trained by One & Only. The shop is akin to an art gallery thanks to its grand displays of carefully sourced Papuan artefacts and other tasteful works as well as colourful, quality handicrafts from Sumba and Java.
- Fitness centre
- Golf course
- Kids’ club
- Room service
- Tennis court
The 36 rooms, pavilions and villas promise guilt-free comfort, as these energy-efficient spaces cleverly restrict air-conditioning to the super-comfortable four-poster beds in black-out bedrooms. The semi open-air bathrooms decked out in hand-tooled limestone quarried responsibly from Sumba elegantly tune guests into the elements, while laying on luxe in the form of double sinks and power showers.
Food & drink
Dugong Restaurant is the open-air central dining space, which faces south overlooking that watery horizon in high definition. Poolside banquettes are inviting all day but Dugong Bar & Lounge‘s grandstand view is especially romantic for sunset cocktails. The name is a reference to the endangered manatee, but thankfully the water mammal has no link to the high-end Asian menu of small and sharing plates. The Danish head chef was sous-chef at Noma in Copenhagen, and this is reflected in the delicate, detailed presentation of freshly caught fish and just-plucked herbs — and also the less-than-humble prices. As one would expect from eco-minded hosts, the ingredients are all painstakingly locally sourced.
Breakfast is a nicely edited buffet that strays from the usual offerings by providing quality over quantity thanks to delicious homemade yoghurts and pastries.
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