Its honeymoon phase was cut sharply short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a lack of visitors hasn’t stopped The Tiing resort, opened in 2019 and located on Bali’s north coast, from receiving plaudits from the design community.

With a name that means “bamboo”, The Tiing’s short life-cycle mirrors the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations.

Designed by Perth architect Nic Brunsdon and with only 14 suites housed in seven concrete-bladed pavilions that look to both mountain and sea, The Tiing opened in March 2019 and was going gangbusters for 12 months until “the island of the gods” started to close its doors to the outside visitors who fuel 60 to 80 per cent of its economy.

Suddenly, a refined but minimally appointed new resort, with a design which was justifiably celebrated by being shortlisted in 2019’s World Architecture Festival, became just another near-empty venue on an island that in that same year attracted 6.3 million visitors to fill its 130,000 available hotel rooms.

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