Turn your urban garden into a dreamy Balinese Oasis

Be inspired by Balinese garden features

Inspired by our recent travels to Bali we have gathered a few of our favourite photos showcasing how to extend your home into the outdoors in that exotic way that the Balinese people do so well, whilst creating a tranquil space that exudes that Bali essence.

 

From winding stone paths to decorative garden accessories and cushions, there are lots of creative ways for urban gardens that work brilliantly. Take a look at our pick of John Lewis high street must-haves below.
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Shop must-have Balinese inspired garden furniture at John Lewis
John Lewis Westminster Valencia Round 8-10 Seater Garden Dining Set £9870
John Lewis Westminster Valencia Round 8-10 Seater Garden Dining Set £9870

 

John Lewis 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine High Back 6 Seater Garden Dining Set £3,215.00
John Lewis 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine High Back 6 Seater Garden Dining Set £3,215.00
John Lewis CoSi Amsterdam Weatherproof Corner Sofa Set, Graphite £3,799.00
John Lewis CoSi Amsterdam Weatherproof Corner Sofa Set, Graphite £3,799.00
John Lewis Ethimo Cube Sofa Coffee Set £2,395.00
John Lewis Ethimo Cube Sofa Coffee Set £2,395.00
John Lewis Pebble Tealights, Pack of 6
John Lewis Pebble Tealights, Pack of 6 £8.00

 

John Lewis Fusion Hurricane Lamp, Gold £35.00
John Lewis Fusion Hurricane Lamp, Gold £35.00
John Lewis Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern, Small £40.00
John Lewis Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern, Small £40.00
John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00
John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00
John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00
John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00
John Lewis Sitting Buddha Ornament, Gold £50.00
John Lewis Sitting Buddha Ornament, Gold £50.00
John Lewis Dakara Floor Cushion £110
John Lewis Dakara Floor Cushion £110

John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue

John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue £120
John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue £120

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi


If you are visiting the UAE, consider taking a 1.5 hr ride to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The sheer opulence and beauty is truly breathe-taking. Entrance and guided tours are free. In our opinion, a definite Must see. Remember that this a holy place and be respectful. Appropriate dress can be provided.

Note: check the guided tour schedules as they vary throughout the year.

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Interesting facts

1. The project was launched bySheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the United Arab Emirates. He wanted to create a that united the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the modern values of art and history.

2. The construction began in 1996 and was completed over a period of almost 12 years, covering an area of 22,412m2 and costing approx 2.5 billion AED.

3. The Mosque can accommodate 41,000 worshippers.

4. The main dome is the largest mosque dome in the world.

5. Seven gold-plated crystal chandeliers garnish the mosque in different sizes, embellished with millions of Swarovski crystals.

6. The main prayer hall features a 5,625m2 large carpet, hand knotted by approx 1,300 Iranian craftsmen using 35 tons of wool and 12 tons of cotton. It’s estimated value is 30 million AED.

7. Natural materials were chosen for much of the design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities. These included marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones and crystal. It was built by an Italian company using 3,000 workers and approx 38 contracting companies.

8. The courtyard is made up of 1,048 columns and 82 domes. The domes are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl.

9. The mosque is decorated with Greek and Italian white marble, considered to be the purest in the world.

10. Rihanna was criticised for posing in a provocative manner with the Mosque in the background during a private visit and was asked to leave by staff following the incident. Selena Gomez was also criticised for revealing her ankles on photographs taken at the mosque for her Instagram page.

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