Spies House, Bali Overview

Walter Spies was one of the pioneering artists who was enchanted by Bali and settled down there, making the beautiful the city his muse in many of his works. His house, located on the Iseh hillside-about 8kms from Gunung Agung summit- has been restored to its former glory and now offers a comfortable stay with an artistic touch.

The Spies House is remarkable property blessed with some of the most spectacular views in the world. Its charm has attracted celebrities like David Bowie and Mick Jagger, among other musicians, filmmakers, politicians and royalty. The Spies House offers a magnificent vista of the volcano along with pulsating spiritual energy radiating from its slopes. The house is believed to have inspired all of its famous guests. 

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Walter Spies House has been carefully restored to its former glory. It is set within a hillside environment overlooking a lotus pond. It exudes the charm of Ubud and of the bygone era. The Spies House is one of the best places in Bali for a luxurious and relaxing stay. The house is known for offering spellbinding views of its surroundings. Some of its facilities include an on-demand chef, a library, an overflow pool, multimedia entertainment system etc.

Brief History of Walter Spies

Walter Spies was a Russian-born artist who had settled in Bali from 1927 up till the time of his untimely death in 1942. He was a German primitivist painter, a musicologist, composer and curator. He is credited to have established the Western image of Bali and Balinese art. Walter Spies even co-founded the Pita Maha artists cooperative, aiming to develop and empower Balinese art. After living in Campuan for 9 years, Spies retired to a tranquil mountain retreat. It was this retreat that led to some of his most beautiful paintings, including ‘Iseh im Morgenlicht 1938’.

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