The Begawan Giri Residences are a true testament to architectural
achievement as the Gardners will attest. Working in close collaboration with
architect Cheong Yew Kuan, they built Begawan Giri over an nine-year period,
taking great care to ensure that the natural beauty of the area remained
undisturbed. In fact, the enchanting nature of the Estate today is largely due
to the richness and diversity of the gardens it inhabits. The lush Water Gardens
with their spring-fed Pools have been lovingly landscaped for almost a decade.
Over 2,500 trees, as well as shrubs, wild ferns and flowers have been
transplanted and replanted (initially by Bradley and Debbie themselves) to
maintain the original indigenous environment. The end result is an Estate that
has emerged, in a seemingly natural evolution, out of the jungle.
Thanks to this air of serenity that seems to envelop the Estate, guests to Begawan
Giri feel completely at home very quickly, enjoying a sense of being
welcome, "embraced" and at one with Nature. The Gardners and the Begawan
Giri management team encourage this, stressing that guests should treat the
place like their own private home. Add to the scenario a staff-to-guest ratio of
8-to-1, inclusive of Residence Butler, it is possible to get used to such
living. Whatever the individual preferences – meals where and when you would
like them; morning walks with a guide; a massage or body treatment at the Water
Gardens or in your Suite – are to be indulged.
The Begawan Giri Estate’s five unique residences of 22 Suites are
designed to meet the most demanding needs of discerning, well-travelled guests.
Named after the natural elements of fire, wind, water, forest and earth, the
residences provide elegant facilities with interior designs that combine
European and Asian influences.
Each Residence comes with:
- Personal Butler
- A staff-to-guest ratio of 8-to-1
- Private Pool
- Separate Kitchen
- Laundry facilities
- Large open-air Verandas
- Uninterrupted views of tropical gardens and rice fields
- King & Queen-sized Beds
- Dining & Living Pavilion
- Private Jacuzzi & outdoor Shower - Master Suite only
- Personal IDD Telephone
Named after the airy breezes that caress the Residence throughout the day,
this Residence houses four Suites. The simple lines of Balinese architecture
fused with that of colonial Java create a unique ambience. The golden warmth of
the old teak wood panelling, the carved Batavia furniture and the woven coconut
shell ceilings demonstrate the fine details this residence possesses. Materials
such as: 150-year-old Javanese teak, terrazzo, porcelain and brass combine under
traditional thatched roofs, while Victorian antique basins and fittings give the
Bayugita its colonial flavour. The vanity counter tops in the Master Bathroom
were cut from old tables, providing an interesting complement to the Master
Bedroom’s copy of a King-sized Venetian Bed. There is also a Chinese influence
in the form of medicine chests and a Victorian WC, manufactured in the 1870s and
imported from the UK. All of the rugs are from Mongolia and Tibet, while there
is a copy of a Dutch colonial Bed from Sri Lanka in the Deluxe Suite.
An infinity-edge Pool, seemingly stretching to the rice fields, lies on the
second level of the Residence surrounded on two sides by an ironwood deck. On a
lower level, a spacious, private deck with adjoining Guestroom looks out across
the emerald tropical gardens to the terraced rice fields that are synonymous
with Bali. From the Bath, guests may enjoy unobstructed views of the gardens or
complete privacy by closing the frosted, sliding glass windows.
Bayugita has one Master Suite with a private Jacuzzi and courtyard, one
spacious Deluxe Suite with a spectacular view of the neighbouring rice terraces,
two Guest Suites with Four-poster Beds and a possible additional guest Bedroom
in the Study/Library upon request.
This Residence greets the visitor with the serenity of a water palace as the
sight and sound of water can be sensed throughout the formal pavilions. These
golden pavilions of 150 year-old Javanese teak reflect a meditative simplicity
as they float out over sheets of water reflecting a mixture of oriental cultures
and styles with a Zen feel. The central, floating pavilion, constructed from
batu kuning yellow rock and teak wood, with its ironwood shingled roof, is
reminiscent of old Javanese homes. The water gardens surrounding the platform
reflect the intricate beauty of the white stone entrance. The understated
elegance of the Residence is inherent in the simple lines and materials from
matted ceilings and woven banana fabric panels to the bronze basins in the
The highlight of the Residence are the many hand-carved doors and stone
carvings throughout. Fashioned exclusively for Tirta-Ening by a local artist
trained by Donald Friend. The lower Guest Suite Bathroom is a work-of-art in
itself. Much of the furniture of the Residence comprises of Chinese antiques,
woven leather furniture from the Philippines as well as pieces upholstered with
silks from Thailand.
The expansive Master Suite with its floating Bathhouse features a six ton,
single stone Bath, an outdoor Shower, a Jacuzzi set amidst a water garden Pool
and meditation pavilion. From every corner of the deck, the muted sounds of
cascading water in the valley below add to the water element.
In addition to the Master Suite, Tirta-Ening has one spacious Deluxe Suite
with a panoramic view, one Terrace Suite and an additional Guest Suite at pool
level. The calming element of water can be seen and heard from all parts of this
serene residence and the combination of simplicity and craftsmanship make it an
ideal contemplative environment.
The distinguishing feature of this bold, primitive residence is the fire pit
located at the very edge of the Pool, lit every evening to symbolise the essence
of its existence: fire. A primeval ambience depicting a sophisticated/primitive
feel rooted in the island of Sumba, emanates from this habitation constructed
from 1,200 tons of stone imported from this island. Adorned with tribal cloth
furniture and antiques in line with its rugged Sumba architecture and thatched
roofs, Tejasuara marks a return to the elements of nature and all its primal
Hues of indigo, dark red, brown and the black of rare bamboo dominate
Tejasuara in all aspects. The black bamboo Beds add to its raw appeal. The
buildings which house the four Suites are created from old ironwood telegraph
poles, coarse stone, rough-hewn logs and woven bamboo. Extending into fields of
lemon grass, which is used as an essential spice in Balinese cuisine and acts as
a natural mosquito repellent, palms endemic to Sumba, the vast terraced gardens
play an intrinsic role in creating the character and feel of this expansive
Residence. Tejasuara has two Terrace Suites with rice terrace views located on
either side of the upper entrance courtyard overlooking the Pool. The Master
Suite has a decadent outdoor Shower, Jacuzzi, meditation garden, private
courtyard and pavilion, while the Deluxe Suite with its outdoor Shower, private
pavilion and garden sits directly opposite.
This Residence is set amongst the trees overlooking the river and valley one
hundred metres below. Its fresh, young atmosphere is closely integrated with the
forest with pockets of trees found throughout the buildings, maintaining a
feeling of the forest within. Extraordinary views and the soothing sounds of the
Ayung River can be seen and heard from every corner of this exquisitely bright
and contemporary Residence.
A semi-circular infinity-edge Pool mirrors the turn of the river around the
estate. The main living pavilion is supported by huge tree columns which stretch
to a height of two storeys. The impressive width of the bingkirai trees, 40cm in
diameter, and the seemingly unending teak floors and ironwood shingle roof give
guests the dramatic feel of living in the ultimate tree-house.
The holy tree, which stands before the entrance, sits beside an altar
blanketed with offerings. Its existence on the land before the creation of Begawan
Giri and the importance of its mystic history, dictated the entire design
and building of the Residence, which was literally built around the tree.
That Wanakasa is a more contemporary Residence is apparent in its use of wood
– light-speckled tiger bamboo and over 150-year-old teak – in the three
guest Suites. Another feature is the green stone insets in the terrazzo Bath; it
is this same stone that forms the focal feature throughout the Residence. The
furnishings are a mixture of local, Javanese and Philippine pieces.
The gardens are very special in Wanakasa. Species or heliconia, wild ferns
and bamboo were planted not only for their aesthetic beauty, but for their
contribution to the privacy of the Residence. A variety of plants and trees,
such as coffee, were planted to lend their fragrances to Wanakasa’s
The classical, rich, formal style of this Residence owes its origin to the
Majapahit palaces of long ago. Pleasure gardens, bodies of water and an
extravagant elegance befitting royalty were its inspiration , Begawan’s most
romantic and fantastic habitation. It is reminiscent of a past era, as is the
vast expanse of space in the Royal Suite extending over more than 180 square
metres. The experience is further enhanced by the combination of elaborate
interiors including hand carvings, fine antiques, courtly furniture, touches of
gilding, richly painted walls and fine, old textiles.
From its perch on the edge of the Ayung River valley, Umabona sits beneath
roofs of ironwood shingle lined with mats from Kalimantan, offers the most
spectacular views of Mount Batu Karu and the long river valley from both the
North and the South. The ironwood decks, constructed from recycled telegraph
poles, run around the entire Residence. This stunning setting and location make
this the ideal spot for lovers and dreamers alike.
On the lower level, two spacious Bathrooms, each with its own intricately
carved stone frieze, depicting the sensual element of the Residence, open to the
interior Pool area of the Royal Suite. From this private, mysterious aquatic
centrepiece, the water flows outdoors where it cascades down to another Pool
located 10m below. The Bathrooms and outdoor Jacuzzi are set in perfect
locations viewing the valley and the mountain.
In addition to the spectacular Royal Suite, the Umabona dining pavilion is a
venue in itself with its splendid ambience and open oven. Umabona also
accommodates three Terrace Suites, each with spacious Bedrooms and richly
furnished in keeping with the royal experience.
Occupying the western slope of the property, the villas bask in the afternoon
sun and are the ideal place to enjoy views of the valley set against glorious
sunsets. With each Villa having its own Swimming Pool, Kitchen, Living and
Dining areas, the new Villas address more completely the question of 'privacy'.
The "styling" of the Villas, both architecturally and from an interior
design point of view, is unmistakably Begawan Giri Estate. The sense of a
personal space with the distinct sense of "home" once again achieved
by the Owners, Bradley and Debbie Gardner, who have given this annex of Villas
their same keen attention from the start of the project.
The Villas have been ascribed names in celebration of the aspects of the
natural world – Karas Kanaka (Golden Stone), Pita Linggar (Golden
Space), Chandra Murni (Pure Moon), Giri Antara (Distant Mountain),
Sukma Taru (Spirit Tree), Gesing Kanila (Bamboo Whispering), Sapta
Akasa (Seventh Cloud) – and relate back to the elements that name the
original five differently themed Residences on the Estate.
Malaysian architect, Cheong Yew Kuan, has continued working on the Annex,
harnessing his architectural talents towards the fulfillment of the Gardners'
artistic goals. Scouring the region, in particular Thailand, Burma and China,
for furniture, textiles and artifacts; the Gardners themselves have elected to
personally design and furnish the interiors. The couple has also closely
supervised the landscaping of the Villas.
Managed by Begawan Giri Estate, the Villas is serviced by the Estate
staff, according the service standards and the warmth that has characterised the
Begawan Giri Estate.