The road to reach the hotel, a small route winding through the rice fields before finally arriving at the entrance gate, gives an idea of the peace and quiet that reigns here. Opened in 2009, the main building is simply superb, with its modern architecture incorporating a mix of wood and concrete and described as a 'contemporary Asian style' by the Singapore architectural firm that worked on it. In addition to being both compelling and minimalist, it is also eco-friendly, as the structure was built using noble and natural materials. At reception, where guests are greeted by calming music played by two musicians, the small tailor-made desks are a welcome change from traditional reception desks. The staff is friendly and the view from here stretches over the 16 acre site towards the sea. The dark colour of the buildings brings to mind the volcanic soil in Bali. Walking around the communal areas, where the atmosphere is refined and subdued, up to the seafront, which is open to the general public, is very pleasant. We particularly liked the recurring motif of the banyan roots hanging over the walls. A reading room with comfortable sofas and rows of books doubles as an exhibition space where the work of artists-in-residence is displayed. The restaurants and the bar look directly out onto the horizon from a small terrace area. Facing the sea and shaded by palm trees, a strip of lawn serves as a sundeck equipped with deckchairs with mattresses and parasols. As for the spa, it is superb. Plunged into semi-darkness, guests will really feel as though they are cut off from the rest of the world here. There is a wide range of treatments available (therapeutic massages, Thai massages, four hands massages, reflexology, etc.) and the choice of lighting is very tasteful. The hotel also has a well-equipped gym, which guests can use free of charge.