Frankfurt hospitality group Lindenberg has debuted Lost Lindenberg, the fifth project, and the first in Indonesia.

As with their previous concepts, Lost Lindenberg focuses on the collective experience of the guests, who are invited to spend their time together in the property’s communal areas. Retreat is offered in each of the eight lovingly designed rooms, which are elevated high amongst the treetops of the West Balinese palm jungle, set on a long and pristine, glistening black lava sand beach.

“The inspiration for this concept was the magic, this sweet, warm melancholy of the location, the black lava sand and the fantastic waves,” explains Managing Director Denise Omurca. “Not just another rattan-clad honeymoon hotel, but instead, the courage to settle by a wild sea, to embrace surfing while at the same time satisfy the need for urbanity. Lost was born out of a chance visit and has become a place of longing, a new home for us and anyone else who fancies coming along.”

There are eight guestrooms of two different types. Guests can catch a glimpse of the waves from each of the treehouses, but the two Ocean Panorama Suites, which sit in front row position, look directly out to sea; the six Jungle Panorama Suites offer views of the jungle and temples. The 45m2 suites are all furnished with contemporary art, sustainable linen bedding, custom made Gaya ceramics, air conditioning and spacious bathrooms.

Alexis Dornier and Studio Jencquel are responsible for Lost’s architecture.

“The main idea was to create an unusual, dreamy experience in the midst of a mystical jungle,” reveals Alexis Dornier. “We imagined spaces and walkways high off the ground. Constructed beside tall coconut trees, the staggered towers provide a glimpse of the sea in front. The towers are connected by a so-called highline, an elevated walkway pointing towards the sea. We wanted to give the feeling of walking in a different world, of resting on a floating ship, elevated and safe, with the wild jungle at your doorstep. Grouped close together, the towers form a quasi-village in the trees, a small floating society.”

Dornier continues: “Lost is designed with great attention to detail, with examples of the traditional contrasted by exaggerations. The predominant material is sustainably sourced wood in various patterns and directions, the floors are covered with Bali green stone, and brass is used as an accent in the whole composition. With Lost we move in a dream world, somewhere between fiction and reality.”

The interior concept as well as additional architectural elements are designed by Studio Jencquel.

“The interiors are warm and cosy, as if they want to embrace us, integrating linen fabrics, lava stone, tropical hardwood, burnt teak and river stones,” says Max Jencquel, Studio Jencquel. “The colours and materials are locally sourced. The wooden blinds in the bathroom blur the line between outdoors and indoors, letting the sea breeze in while providing a sense of protection from the hot sun. Panoramic windows allow us to spot boats passing by on the horizon. The furniture, the lamps, the ceramic tableware and almost all the accessories in this project were custom designed by Studio Jencquel. The underlying theme of melancholy and darkness is strongly felt throughout: a neon scar on my sweet melancholy.”

The solid, seven-metre-long wooden dining table is the heart of the project. The culinary concept here celebrates nature with its seasonal and local flavours and offers a plant-based approach to Balinese home cooking with western influences. All ingredients are cultivated at LOST or sourced from nearby organic permacultures.

The small spa is located in Lost’s jungle. Built in the style of a gladak, the traditional wooden houses originally used for storing crops, the site is now a place of tranquillity. Balinese massages smooth muscles strained by the surf; treatments are inspired by local rituals and aromatherapy, filling the spa with scents of chamomile, lavender, lemongrass and bergamot.