There are times when I’m ambivalent about posting pictures of the Open Gardens we visit for privacy reasons. A couple of weeks ago we visited one with Balinese influences which showed in the lime,aubergine and yellow paint on the exterior feature walls, Balinese carved wall features, outdoor shower and open-air relaxation area, as well as the tropical plantings.
In case you’ve been wondering, Bali design has a big impact on Darwin garden and home design. That’s partly because Bali’s tropical climate is very much the same as Darwin’s so it’s easy to see how things will grow. it’s also because the vivid tropical colours work equally well in both cases. However it’s also because Bali is closer in flying time to Darwin than any of Australia’s capital cities so it’s a viable holiday destination for a long weekend or longer. You can choose between the cheaper holiday accommodation around Kuta with its crazy busyness or the more upmarket villas of Seminyak. These luxury villas still come at a comparable price to interstate holiday venues so are very appealing. Ubud offers an alternative style and climate, and that’s for those who aren’t looking for the whole Eat, Pray, Love syndrome.