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The Insta-Famous Airbnb: Villa Arunja in Bali

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The Insta-Famous Airbnb: Villa Arunja in Bali

February 5, 2019

The allure of a vacation rental over a hotel? The sense that you can try on a new life: for a few days, you can be someone who lives in a tiny walkup in New York, or in a rambling Italian villa. Book a stay at Villa Arunja in Bali, though, and you can try on the life of an Instagram-famous couple in one of the country’s trendiest villages.

Designer Lena Catterick, who has gained a cult following for Yoli & Otis, her line of plant-dyed baby carriers; her partner Carlo Letica, and their two small children split their time between Byron Bay and the Canggu area of Bali, a hippie enclave currently in the middle of a rebirth. When they’re in Australia, they rent out their place in Canggu—a whitewashed aerie with gauze curtains, woven mats, and a plunge pool—on Airbnb. We first spotted it on Instagram a few months ago; since then, it’s gained a following, with a feature in Conde Nast Traveler asking: “Is this Bali’s smartest Airbnb?”

Join us for a look inside, then head to Airbnb to book.

When Catterick and Letica found Villa Arunja, it was a blank canvas at the end of a long lane: the previous owner was a Spanish architect who built it but rarely used it. The couple whitewashed the interiors and added woven mats throughout for a laid-back but cohesive (and kid-friendly) feel. The low teak daybeds were custom-built by a friend.
Above: When Catterick and Letica found Villa Arunja, it was a blank canvas at the end of a long lane: the previous owner was a Spanish architect who built it but rarely used it. The couple whitewashed the interiors and added woven mats throughout for a laid-back but cohesive (and kid-friendly) feel. The low teak daybeds were custom-built by a friend.
Linen throws and blankets add color to the otherwise neutral palette. Catterick&#8
Above: Linen throws and blankets add color to the otherwise neutral palette. Catterick’s line of naturally dyed clothing and baby carriers, Yoli & Otis, has an outpost in the nearby town.
The dining area opens into the garden. Many of the interior furnishings are antiques, found nearby. Photograph via @villaarunjabali.
Above: The dining area opens into the garden. Many of the interior furnishings are antiques, found nearby. Photograph via @villaarunjabali.

Above: Catterick and Letica renovated the villa with openness in mind: rooms lead seamlessly one into the next, and glass doors open from living areas into the garden.

One of three bedrooms, with linen bedding, gauze curtains, and a basket placed bedside. Photograph via @villaarunjabali.
Above: One of three bedrooms, with linen bedding, gauze curtains, and a basket placed bedside. Photograph via @villaarunjabali.
The villa has two king-size bedrooms and one children&#8
Above: The villa has two king-size bedrooms and one children’s room, with a twin bed and a crib.
Looking out at the garden, with a plunge pool and bentwood lounge chairs. The Airbnb comes with a housekeeper and a gardener, to maintain the grounds.
Above: Looking out at the garden, with a plunge pool and bentwood lounge chairs. The Airbnb comes with a housekeeper and a gardener, to maintain the grounds.

Can’t make it to Bali? Live vicariously: follow @villaarjunabali on Instagram for more glimpses inside.

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