The Balinese bale (pronounced balé) is an open-air pavilion or elevated platform, sheltered by a roof and supported by pillars.
he Balinese word ‘bengong’ means ‘lost in thought’, and ‘bale’ means an abode, so a bale bengong is literally a ‘contemplation house’, designed for reflection, dreaming and gazing. For the Balinese it might be a roadside snoozing platform, a gambling den, or a watch tower. Nearly every hotel and villa in Bali boasts at least one bale bengong. Often situated poolside, adjacent to the rice fields or the beach, or within some shady spot in the garden, the bale bengong is an enchanting, lazy, breezy gazebo where you might chill out with a book