Bali’s new treetop hotel

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 14 February 2020

Set a short distance away from the café’s and bars of Ubud, a new jungle retreat in Bali allows its guests to unwind above the ground in a treetop hideaway.

Lift is made up of three lodges, which are described as an ‘architectural experience for adventurers, explorers, writers and thinkers beyond the box.’

Lift’s George Orwell house in Ubud, Bali. Image credit: Lift


Each lodge is raised 12 metres from the ground, is named after a famous author: Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell and Stanley Kubrick and each has a unique design.

With different roofs and furniture made from rattan and recycled wood, the units all come with a king-sized, four-poster bed, large windows (so that visitors feel like they’re part of the forest), an ensuite shower and WiFi.


The Hemmingway house has a joglo house traditionally associated with Javanese aristocrats, while the George Orwell house has two stories with the room on the first floor and a shaded roof-top balcony above that overlooks the forest.

The Stanley Kubrick is perhaps the most luxurious house and is designed to look like a cube.



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The local architect Alexis Dornier said, ‘Many developments here on this island use high quantities of concrete, and the experience is often times the same. We wanted to challenge that and create light architecture while suggesting a surreal mix of industrial impermanent structures embedded into a tropical forest.’

There’s also a pool, small sauna, a bar and a yoga deck in the communal space.

The units can be booked through Airbnb.


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