Decay, dust and ruin – these are the characteristics of forgotten buildings that fascinate Romain Veillon so much. The photographer (featured previously) has made something of a name for himself uncovering abandoned buildings, attractions and places around the world. One series, Ask the Dust, was even transformed into a popular book.
While exploring Bali recently, he had the chance to visit an incredible abandoned hotel lost in the highlands of the island. He said: “Mystery surrounds the hotel’s construction as well as its owner’s origin, but there are many theories behind its history.
“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 for masterminding the murder of the judge who sentenced him to prison for corruption, the hotel was never finished even if it was nearly completed.”
Now abandoned for over a decade, vegetation has taken over the Bali hotel, and it’s slowly disappearing back into nature. Romain adds: “Being able to wander these walls was a unique chance. The eerie atmosphere grows and makes the exploration both scary and unreal. Even if it’s impossible to know the truth behind this hotel’s origin, the feeling you have tells you something went wrong there…”