Hotel Tjampuhan – Walter Spies House


One can only imagine what life must have been like in this house when Walter Spies – the painter often credited with attracting the attention of Western cultural figures to Balinese culture and art in the 1930’s –  sat on his veranda and sipped a Gin and Tonic.

The house is in a beautiful valley with ponds and lush vegetation alas it is also – as described – at the heart of the Hotel Tjampuhan, this means staying in the Walter Spies house is like living in a goldfish bowl. All paths lead past the house, so all guests walk past the house, leaving one to feel a bit like an exhibit.

The rooms are small but lush in decor, a main bedroom downstairs and a second upstairs with two single beds.

The outside terrace is the most appealing part of the house if you are willing to forego any notion of privacy.

The bathroom has no ventilation, this made it dangerous and smelly. ‘A window’ was the suggestion we left with the management. The staff seemed jaded and slightly aggressive.

We left early.




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