Seekers of solitude will find a friend in Riverhouse Bali. The collection of luxury villas residing in the burgeoning hubs of Canggu and neighboring Pererenan proves that tranquility is still a specialty of the Island of the Gods.
Created by ex-pat husband and wife team of Drew Burrell and Amy Bennett, the suave accommodation options are the latest developments in a growing portfolio of Australian-based properties that the couple also owns, including Ocean Farm in Gerringong on the South Coast of New South Wales. Now having settled in Bali’s picturesque Pererenan, the duo hope to share the natural wonder of the rice field-laden neighborhood with visitors to the tropical destination.
“Initially it was the opportunity to spend time in an area that I love doing something that I love doing which is creating houses and spaces for people to enjoy,” admits Drew of his intentions. “I had just completed a few development projects in NSW and thought it would be fun to try something different.”
Canggu wasn’t just chosen for its aesthetic appeal, but its ease, with the district an ever-growing hub of foodie-favoring venues, and home to some of the island’s best surf breaks. Drew explains; “I chose Canggu because I loved the surf and (especially a few years ago) it was quiet and a good mix of travelers, local Balinese, and ex-pats from around the world.”
The three properties within the Riverhouse Bali’s portfolio can be found within this region of Canggu and Pererenan. Villa Ixora is in the heart of Canggu – minutes away from Crate, and Shady Shack.
Slightly further afield in quieter Pererenan, you’ll find The Riverhouse. Designed for groups, this property accommodates up to 12 across 5 bedrooms. The epitome of opulence, the design-savvy development also boasts 7 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and a massage room for those feeling indulgent. Couples or individuals looking for an idyllic getaway will find it in the neighboring The River Studio. The single-bedroom residence is just as suave as its larger sibling and can be rented alongside for groups eager to enjoy more space.
Each space has been architecturally designed – Alexis Dornier is the man behind the Riverhouse and River Studio, while Singapore based Ryan Gabso crafted Ixora. Practically was at the forefront of each design brief, says Drew. “We love pushing for beautiful and striking design – but never for the sake of it. Everything must have a function and then we make it look beautiful. We have spaces that can be air-conditioned throughout if desired, but also designed with the environment in mind.”