The Asa Maia Resort


April 2021


Uluwatu Cliff, Bali


Vernacular Architecture
Interior Design
Interior Styling
Retail Design
Restaurant Design
Spa Design
Furniture Design
Landscape Design
Pool Design


The Asa Maia resort and spa is a wellness centre for guests seeking lifestyle techniques & health tools to improve their quality of life and increase energy levels. 

Commencing at the early architectural concept phase, we were invited to contribute to the interior design. This quickly evolved into a much larger scope of work wherein we further developed vernacular architecture changes and provided all design services for an outdoor spa, all furniture design, interior architecture, interior styling and landscape design. 

The concept was focused around the origins and cultural history of each hand-selected reclaimed structure, which led to The Asa Maia becoming an exceptionally fun and thoughtful project. We wanted to celebrate the project’s vast heritage through local contextual materials and craftsmanship, to manipulate familiar or traditional items into luxurious details and textures. 

From tile patterns and copper, to carved stone vanities and bespoke copper baths, to hand selected petrified wood furniture and built in reclaimed teak cabinetry, everything was considered to add cultural value to the wellness centre experience. Communicating the buildings’ origins was also articulated through authentic art, framed portraits, traditional paintings and handmade woven textures such as Ikat. 

Accommodation: Facilities include ten luxurious accommodations made with vernacular architecture, indigenous to the region of Java in Indonesia. Hand picked, the reclaimed structures known as Gladeks were individually sourced by the owner over a year, and carefully taken down and rebuilt at The Asa Maia in Uluwatu, Bali. 

Each villa fuses traditional materials & techniques with modern interior features and bathroom designs. The outcome has been to respectfully preserve each Gladek’s impressive 100 plus year history, while complimenting them with a fresh purpose. These Gladek’s include one or two king-sized beds, generous storage & lounge seating, as well as a playful indoor / outdoor bathroom. A key feature of the en-suites is their unique tiles: Designed as a modern interpretation of a traditional batik cement tile, which were sourced and hand made in Java. 

Facilities: In keeping with the vernacular concept, the main building originally designed by architect Martin Smith, was refined by the owner Martha Booke, architectural consultant Triloka Bali and Earth Lines Architects to include the following:

An Entrance lobby with a boutique retail space, integrated around a stone feature spiral staircase

A reclaimed Javanese Limasan structure that facilitates a spectacular panoramic yoga space with tree-top views and a stunning Balinese Bamboo shingle roof.

Two massage treatment rooms and en-suite with authentic art wall paper accents and copper details that can be noted throughout the Asa Maia complex.

Spa room for nail and hair treatments using completely natural or organic products- a key value throughout.

Generous lounge with terrace overlooking the pool below.

A wood stair feature with an integrated library leading to a ground floor restaurant, cocktail bar, pool area & accommodation.

Landscape: The Asa Maia landscape is thoughtfully connected together by elevated wood walkways, natural stepping stones and tropical  planting to optimise privacy and create a generous garden sanctuary. Nestled near to the restaurant and gym is a fire-pit, infra-red sauna and one of our favourite experiences that can only be explained properly by experiencing is; Two underground hot and cold pools. Accessed by opposite staircases, guests must choose which way to descend five meters underground, eventually to reveal an exposed sky-framed circular hot pool or square Ice pool. 

Materials: The contextual materials carefully chosen for The Asa Maia originate almost completely within Indonesia and were otherwise transported here at the time when Indonesia was colonised by the west. Materials include; lava stone and andesite from Bali’s volcanic region, natural river stones, petrified wood, reclaimed teaks and iron woods, bamboo shingle, as well as modern materials such as cement tiles, concrete and copper. 

Uniquely featured around the site in different forms and finishes is a rare material known as Blue Stone. Originating in Belgium and transported to Indonesia by ships during the Dutch occupation, it was used In colonial architecture. As far as we have been told, there are now only four suppliers of this rare stone left in Bali.

Visionary: Martha Booke, an avid surfer originally from America, finally made her home in Bali. Martha’s incredible and challenging life journey led her to want to help people build better support practices to enrich their lives. Visitors are invited to choose their own wellness journey and pace while in Bali. Combining breathing techniques, Yoga, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, sports, health orientated supplementary treatments, spiritual tools and cultural activities; The Asa Maia was created. Find out more here