The youngest of nine children, Koentjoro is the only member of his family who lives in the United States. But his work keeps him in touch with his roots.
“I have a lot of friends in Indonesia,” he said. “We still keep in touch and have a good relationship.”
Koentjoro is working on a resort on the Indonesian island of Bali and travels there every few months.
Located on the edge of a cliff, the 60-room hotel is being designed to incorporate the surrounding rainforest, so guests feel immersed in nature. The resort, which is expected to open in 2020, also will highlight the area’s culture and food.
“We tried to have a lot of experiences in this resort,” he said.