The new design division will specialise in creating bespoke, luxury resort properties globally with its flagship office based out of Bali, Indonesia, a hub for Southeast Asia’s flourishing resort community.

The design team will draw inspiration from Bali’s enchanting locale working with local artisans and craftsman for indigenous and authentic design projects to create the world’s most treasured resorts.  

“For more than 50 years, HBA has been the creative force behind some of the world’s most exceptional resorts within the most exclusive destinations," explains HBA CO-CEO, Ian Carr.

"With more owners and operators seeking out these types of bespoke properties, we responded to the overwhelming demand and reflected the need for increased specialization in hospitality design by delivering individualized, tailored design for each resort.

“Our unrivaled capability to offer our clients a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all their design needs from a resort capital such as Bali has HBA Resort poised to be the leader in its industry and we look forward to introducing yet another thriving division from the HBA family.”

The new division will be spearheaded by HBA Principal David Haughton, who has resided and designed in Bali for the past 25 years. Haughton is responsible for leading both HBA Resort offices in Indonesia in Bali and Jakarta.

“Resort tourism has grown organically over the past 30 years to become more bespoke and personalised for the guest over time," he says. "Gone are the days of generic hotels made to fit all guests – today, we create narrative-driven hotels that speak to each hotel’s distinct and discerning visitor by creating an experience through tailor-made design.

"As an artist myself, I have always taken a very hands-on approach to my designs and in working with our clients, I believe it’s what helps us design to each region and market, and create an imaginative new product each time.”  

Pictured: Eagle Island Botswana