Double Six Area to Undergo Upmarket Transformation

By William J. Furney
The Bali Times

DOUBLE SIX, Seminyak ~ The beach area around the busy Double Six area in Seminyak – home to the famous club that gave the bustling strip its popular name – is to undergo a dramatic transformation that will see it emerge as one of the most upmarket areas on the island, according to plans The Bali Times has seen.

The development is being planned by a major new property in the area, O-CE-N Bali apartments, scheduled to open in August, the developers said.

John van Gennip, project director of the almost-completed five-star apartment complex, said in an interview with The Times that 83 percent of the 113 apartments had been sold, averaging US$136,500 for a studio and rising to $860,000 for a penthouse.

The development is divided into two lease-basis sections – 30 years, extendable with 10-year increments, and 100 years’ perpetual, meaning when the 100 years is up, the lease automatically rolls over to the next 100 years, with no costs payable to the developer.

Buyers, seeking a firm investment return and also a part-time home in Bali, are from Australia, Europe and also Indonesia, said van Gennip.

Marketing the property was carried out via advertisements and property shows in Singapore and Hong Kong, he said.

Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will manage the property once complete, said van Gennip, adding that as a private residential complex, the development would be the “first of its kind in Bali.”

As well as the upcoming Bali apartments, Outrigger also operates properties in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Fiji and Tahiti.

“We haven’t cut any corners on this project, because it’s a five-star apartment building,” van Gennip told The Times at his on-site office.

“The roofs of the penthouses are imported from Australia … the electrical wiring of the complex is done to Australian norms and standards … it’s built in accordance with international standards and safety regulations,” said van Gennip, who is originally from Holland.

All buildings in the development are constructed of Palimanan stone from Bali, chosen, said van Gennip, because of its startling whiteness in the tropical sun, reflecting sleek, modern lines.

Already on the beach side of the busy street in front of O-CE-N, an unsightly tangle of overhead power lines has been taken down and placed underground. The other side is due for the same treatment. The developers have encased raucous De Ja Vu nightclub beside the apartments in soundproofing so residents will not be disturbed by the thumping techno beats.

“There was a lot of talk about doing something like upgrading the beachfront, and that’s why we came up with this plan,” said van Gennip.

“I’ve already managed to obtain all the signatures from the local government, up to and including the lurah (village head). I’m now awaiting further action from the (Badung) regent and/or governor and the head of the Tourism Office, I Made Subawa, who is enthusiastic about the plan.

“Our neighbors have all welcomed this idea and are willing to support me with this endeavor and to chip in where or when needed,” he said.

Locals who rent to tourists sunbeds that over the years have become shabby would be provided with new equipment, replete with uniform-color sun umbrellas, instead of the current kaleidoscope on the beach.

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