W Retreat & Spa Bali, Indonesia

This luxury retreat may be dressed to impress the trend-setting hipsters of the Seminyak strip, but the design roots it deeply, and rather distinctively, in its host culture. Working for one of the most innovative hotel brands of the moment, AB Concept was able to craft a radically new Balinese narrative, combining a neon colour palette with distinctive architectural shapes, and a very relaxed attitude to the boundaries between indoors and out.

The scheme pulls in the coastal landscape at every turn. Day beds are strewn through the open-sided W Lounge, where the wind whistles musically through capiz shells in hand blown glass jars. Bathers in guestrooms can greet the weather through open skylights, while those in some of the villas soak it up from private inner courtyards. A sense of place is also found in the furniture, among great slabs of tropical wood or synthetic rattan homages to leaf fronds and pagoda roofs, while the quirky contours of the lobby bar reinterpret the traditional architecture in resin. Playful furniture and top of the line entertainment systems bring a social sprit to the retreat’s expansive WOW and Extreme WOW suites, firming their reputation for high-style fun.