Friday Cabins #39: A Treehouse in Bali for Design Lovers (and Surfers)
When a German-based hotel company goes tropical, they don't play around
Happy Friday everyone! Missed u. We (i.e. your usual newsletter author EE) are back with another installment of Friday Cabins, your friendly neighborhood newsletter covering all things cabins and nature-inspired architecture, curated from the digital pages of Field Mag.
I have returned from the PNW emboldened and impassioned to deliver even better content than weeks past. I guess that’s what clear mountain air and a new chunky sweater will do to your head. Back home in NYC it seems the East Coast is cooking up the same beautiful, sunny Fall days as it was when I left, and I hope you’ve been able to get out there and enjoy.
A different vibe than either of our fair coasts here in the US, today we’re visiting Bali, Indonesia, where a new micro surf hotel opened just this past year. Beyond providing surf lessons, and walking access to waves, this hotel celebrates design with a dream-like atmosphere, kicked off by a winding path that leads to its entrance. So kick back, relax, then head into your weekend!
To enter one of Bali’s newest jungle hotels, first, you must pass through the enormous wall of neon signs by Frankfurt-artist Tobias Rehberger. Then, wander your way through tropical gardens on a meandering path to reach—the reception desk, and a mini-city of towering treehouses beyond.
Frankfurt-based hoteliers Lindenberg opened this Indonesian outpost in the summer of 2022, adding their first tropical location to a portfolio of elevated, boldly designed getaways throughout Germany. Making just a small departure from their regular urban settings, Lost Lindenberg orbits around surfing, with a premier location nearby the island’s longest wave at Medewi Surf Point.
Designed and conceptualized by Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier of Stilt Studios (who is also responsible for these rather awesome prefab treehouse designs) and interior designer Studio Jencquel, Lost exudes a laid-back atmosphere inspired in part, by the mysticism of the surrounding jungle and characteristic of a surfing lifestyle. Guests climb spiral staircases to take up residence in one of eight treehouses of varying heights, constructed with local hardwood and Bali green stone, neutral textiles, and open-air vistas.
A spa, pool, garden, and plant-based restaurant are all on-site, but guests can make their way down to the nearby beach for surf-lessons with a staff member, or a daily walk.
Lost uses a couple of sustainable initiatives, from solar-panel-generated electricity to refillable bottles used for bath-products throughout the property, to electric bikes provided for guests to explore the area. They also work with pro-surfer Muklis Anwar and The Lost Bunch, a program supporting local kids by providing surf and English-lessons.
A stay costs $350/night
It’s both interesting and heartening to watch as the hospitality industry increasingly incorporates an Earth-conscious approach into virtually every element of a property. A dash of greenwashing may certainly be present and is important to be aware of, but the movement at least harkens to the average consumer’s shifting expectations these days. From an architectural perspective, it’s easy to turn a critical eye on building and development practices, especially in the tourism industry, but I’m generally of the mind small steps count.
That’s it for today! Happy weekend! Go forth and prosper ✌️