At first glance, Bali's beauty is increasingly hidden beyond narrow crowded roads, large international hotels and overdeveloped shopping areas. past all the clutter,
however, there are beautiful, untouched landscapes, especially
inland near Ubud, where fields of rice slope upwards towards the
center of the island. Americans Mark and Mary Jane edleson have
lived, worked and vacationed in south-east Asia for nearly 30 years.
When they discovered an available patch of land overlooking the
tropical splendor of the Ayung River Valley near sayan, they were
delighted to finally build a place of their own.
Mark is intimately familiar with local design. As president and
Ceo of the Asia-based Alila hotel chain, he watched Australian
architects working in Bali pioneer the international resort hotel style,
adeptly transforming the traditional local architectural vernacular
and using natural materials to create thatched pavilions, large open
bathrooms and village layouts in a modern way. these innovators
influenced Malaysian-trained architect Yew Kuan Cheong, whose
villas for the Como shambhala estate Begawan Giri are elegant