For this week’s Featured Venue, The Nibbler takes a hop skip and a 5-hour flight across the Timor Sea to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations – Bali, Indonesia.
A location once synonymous with fishbowl cocktails and the raucous behaviour that succeeds them, Bali is now a region abundant with hubs of creativity, artistry and spirituality created by locals and ex-pats alike. Which brings us to this week’s exotic venue offering: The Slow.
Since opening doors on December 15, 2016, The Slow has become internationally recognised as one of the most intriguing, avant-garde destinations in Bali.
Located in the buzzing neighbourhood of Canngu, the multifaceted island stay incorporates all-day dining, drinks, art, local culture, boutique accommodation, and interactive retail.
Amid the chaotic streets of Canggu lined with colorful vendors and ornate temple statues The Slow presents a calm façade with it’s paired back simple architecture.
The use of industrial materials is softened with native wood, greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows. Large spaces and internal gardens feature throughout the premises, giving The Slow a harmony with both its surroundings and its current generation.
The 12 suites of The Slow aim to redefine the idea of island luxury. This isn’t the in-your-face luxe of properties in adjacent Seminyak but a chic, yet homely aesthetic filled with unique design pieces.
Local artisan-produced furniture and crafts juxtapose audacious art and modernist bathroom facilities. Canggu Beach, neighbouring villages and distant views of Uluwatu, can all be seen from the various floor-to-ceiling windows of the suites.
King beds, walk-in rain showers and locally made organic bathroom amenities are all enjoyed to the in-house sound curated by Reverberation Radio.
EAT & DRINK
Eat & Drink by Shannon Moran is a contemporary take on ingredient-focused cooking with an island accent. Bold, exotic flavours are used to revamp international classics, with an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability.
The light and airy restaurant sits under a highline of botanical chandeliers, offering a magnetic meeting spot with friendly service and a bohemian sensibility.
An innovative drinks selection inspires guests to lose hours on the rooftop, immersed in the mythology and history of Mr Sid’s elixirs. Think batch spirits, extractions, tonics, cocktails, quaint vintage wine, and craft beer.
The Slow displays the personal art collection of its owners, George and Cisco Gorrow.
The photography-heavy collection features more than 90 pieces of new and existing works by their friends, as well as established and up-and-coming artists from around the globe. Art is displayed throughout the entire venue, and clustered heavily to the gallery space of Room 13.
Basically, if you hadn’t already gathered from this feast of visual delights, The Slow is a pretty special spot.
Definitely worth a look when you’re in Bali and also the ideal recommendation for your business traveller looking for something a little different in an Asian stop over.