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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.

The InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali 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.
The InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali Linen throws and blankets add color to the otherwise neutral palette. Catterick&#8\2\17;s line of naturally dyed clothing and baby carriers, Yoli & Otis, has an outpost in the nearby town.
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 InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali 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.

The InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali 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 InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali The villa has two king size bedrooms and one children&#8\2\17;s room, with a twin bed and a crib.
Above: The villa has two king-size bedrooms and one children’s room, with a twin bed and a crib.
The InstaFamous Airbnb Villa Arunja in Bali 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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