Bali’s Lift Treetop Boutique Hotel offers an unconventional take on the traditional treehouse, combining thatched roofs with steel girders.
Guests might sleep surrounded by wooden beams, but it’s a different story at the bottom of these forest cabins, where a spiral steel staircase wraps up around metal stilts.
The experimental boutique hotel, which is located in the village of Penestan, Kecamatan Ubud, is designed to contrast the concrete architecture found elsewhere on the island. Its designer, Alexis Dornier, says the cabins suggest ‘a surreal mix of industrial impermanent structures embedded into a tropical forest’.
Details haven’t been spared on the treehouses’ interiors either, where four-poster beds sit amongst cane furniture and dark wood panelling. Blinds screen full-height windows, so guests can shower in peace before opening up their rooms to the surrounding jungle.