Andaz by Hyatt is an exquisite hotel and resort chain that is infused with local destination’s culture. Each hotel is unique on its own way, with locally inspired architecture that delivers authenticity. In Bali, Andaz is located in Sanur—a mature coastal village in the southern east of the island. It is our collaboration landscape project with Ketut Suratman of Rimba Bali and the masterplan from Tierra Design Bangkok. The Garden of Andaz is the manifesto of modernity and traditional. It synergizes with the architecture design, a tropical resort getaway installed with a touch of traditional Balinese element, such as thatches roof and red bricks.
Andaz is a newly established resort in Sanur—unlike its neighbor, Hyatt Regency Bali that have set its foot there long way before Andaz. Coming from the same client and operator, Andaz has similar nuance like Hyatt that accentuate the feel of typical Balinese resort. However with Andaz, the design has more modern approach to the overall look. Although the building inspired by Balinese architecture, it is not as heavy and rich as Hyatt thus the landscape follows. The landscape is a combination of tropical Balinese and simplistic garden.
Despite its location by the beach, the original site of Andaz was a dense wilderness full of mature old trees and dense greeneries. These old trees were preserved to keep the lush image for its landscape. The existing trees include Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) and Indian Jujube (Ziziphus mauritiana.) To complement the landscape even more, various kind of tropical plants are inserted, such Giant Taro (Alocasia macrorrhizos) and White Frangipani (Plumeria alba) as well as plants that are commonly found in beach area, like Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) and Screwpine (Pandanus tectorius.) Garden of Andaz is kept minimalist using only few colors focusing on hues of different shade of greens. SHL Asia is collaborating with Rimba Bali Garden as the landscape contractor to provide high quality plants with outstanding landscape maintenance.
To complete the landscape, simple artworks are placed in various areas. For example, at the lobby, we installed a water feature placed in the middle of ankle deep pool to welcome the guest. Water feature are often found in resorts to give a calming and cooling sensation to guest which come from the water sound. The artworks draw attention without overshadow the surrounding, rather to blend in with rest of the landscape.
Currently the construction work is about 95% done and is expected to open by the third quarter of this year. To ensure the quality of the work we conduct weekly supervision on site along with Rimba Bali team. Aside from that, coordination with the principal architect from Tierra Design is frequently conducted together with our weekly supervision report to avoid any misunderstanding which often happens with long distance coordination.
With all the challenges, we managed to produce a landscape design that complements the architecture really well. The whole ambience truly vibrates a modern Balinese resort, especially when guest experience the garden of Andaz.