The Ghost Hotel: Once Star Hotel Lost in the Bali Island

As evident in his mysterious photos of abandoned Disneyland park, French photographer Romain Vellion knows how to capture places that being reclaimed by nature. This time, he is fresh off a vacation to Bali and unveils some of poetic and mysterious images of an abandoned hotel lost in the highlands of the island he captured along the way.

Like other tourists, Romain Vellion had been fascinated with Bali, a place known for fairly warm and wet climate, and taken many researches before leaving. Not surprisingly, when he found this abandoned hotel online, he knew he would have to explore it during the trip! Leading by a local guide who waited for him at the entrance, Romain Vellion stepped into this uninhabited land with his camera.

In this case, we have the chance to witness the hotel's special charm and mystery which surround its construction as well as its owner's origin and many theories surround its legends. Beneath all the dust, rust and cracks, there are stories of people who used to live, pray or take their breaks there. Some say that the real estate developer was cursed because of his corrupt projects. Some say all the guests suddenly disappeared one night and that their ghosts came back to haunt the hotel. The most likely scenario is that it was an investment project of Tommy Suharto, the son of former Indonesian President. After being sent to jail because of having tried to murder his judge in a corruption case, the hotel was never finished even if it was nearly completed.

Now abandoned for over a decade, nature has reasserted itself and vegetation has taken over the hotel. "Being able to wander in these walls was a unique chance. The eerie atmosphere grows and makes the exploration both scary and unreal." Romain Vellion states. "Even if it is impossible to know the truth behind this hotel's origin, the feeling you have tells you something went wrong there…"

Just when Romain Vellion was leaving, fog arrived and swallowed the hotel in a few minutes. He took this opportunity to make some last shots when it was still possible to see something. "Not long after, you couldn't see five steps away from you. The ghosts were back in their home and it was time for me to leave…" Romain Vellion added, "And I didn’t meet anybody before leaving there."

In this "The Ghost Hotel" series, Romain Vellion's images have a timeless feel, bathed in the warm air surrounding by the vegetation and broken walls, or bursting with the mysterious history stories. Anyhow, it is fascinating to see how some places that used to belong to people are slowly being reclaimed by nature again. Once again, it confirms that, everything that comes from this earth will eventually go back to it. When nature reclaims what rightfully belongs to her, the results are nothing short of spectacular.


(All photos copyrighted Roman Veillon)




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