The Slow, Bali
Bali has no shortage of stylish accommodations, but for one with a difference, The Slow, located in the island’s rustic Canggu district, is currently the one to beat.
Comprised of twelve stunning suites, this bijou resort not only seduces visitors with its tropical Brutalist architecture and mid-century modern touches, but also touts itself as a confluence of music, art and local culture. Throughout the property, the owners’ personal art collection adorns the raw concrete walls. Music and sounds are provided by a livestream from Los Angeles’ Reverberation Radio, while its in-house boutique, Non-Type, embraces an open-ended, gender-fluid approach to fashion and design that prides comfort while also making nod to the surf world. Founded by Gareth Moody and George Gorrow – who previously worked together on the Aussie label Ksubi, Non-Type carries everything from linen suiting and tailored wool trousers to surf skins and board shorts, for all matter of occasions.
In fact, it is Gorrow and his wife Cisco, who are the forces behind The Slow. Conceived as a place to rest as well as expand your mind, the hotel makes it all easy with its private enclaves and thoughtful touches. Pool suites each come equipped with a private pool, while Grand suites boast elegant swivel screens that conceal views of the neighbouring village. The rooms are filled with locally crafted furniture, stone finishes and natural light, thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows.
The experience is completed by the sustenance doled out by chef Shannon Moran from the hotel’s all-day dining café/restaurant. Starting off with house-made tonics and elixirs in the mornings to nourishing, fusion fare and signature cocktails that are available throughout the day, the flavor-forward dishes are best enjoyed in the restaurant’s idyllic patio setting, which features a bounty of hanging greenery overhead, and is a favourite of both guests and locals alike.
Photography: © The Slow