We check into the swanky St. Regis Bali Resort and are quickly seduced by her sophisticated style.
Nowhere in the world has, kilometer for kilometer, more luxury resorts than Bali. Nusa Dua, on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, is an upmarket tourist enclave and has become the favored haunt of the hip. In the face of a glut of new resort developments, any newcomers would have at least have to be magnificent enough to make an impression. And impress, the St. Regis does, in more ways than one.
The St. Regis Bali Resort, which opened about a year ago, hits the mark. In the game of hospitality one-upmanship, the St. Regis aspires to tick all those boxes on the discerning travelers’ checklist, going the extra mile to satisfy those desires and to leave guests with enduring memories.
Occupying a breathtaking stretch of beachfront property, with panoramas of the Indian Ocean, the St. Regis Bali Resort experience is very much about azure waters soft sands and remarkable tranquility.
The colonnaded driveway and the magnificent marble lobby are designed to make a dramatic first impression. Moving away from the lobby, guests find themselves in a world of water. The main pool is of such proportions that it’s been dubbed a lagoon. Water is pumped through a series of elaborate features and across the complex, providing a constant background soundtrack wherever you wander.
The resort boast 123-suites and villas and 2 residences. Designed by Manny Samson and Associates, the villas reflect their Balinese roots with style, and are decked out in dark-wood furniture, local artefacts and splashes of color.
There are the requisite ultra-luxe amenities; the Wi-Fi and high-speed internet access, plasma TV and the Bose iPod docking station. All suites are equipped with a balcony, and many come with their own private pool and landscaped garden. For a spot of people-watching, head to the lagoon and indulge in a cooling drink or two at an in-pool bar under a Balinese pavilion with a thatched roof.
The Remède Spa sits in a secluded corner of the property, surrounded by a koi pond. Home to 12 treatments rooms, the spa offers a range of Balinese-inspired treatments as well as western and shiatsu therapies to unknot the aching muscles . The signature Lulur Experience of Indonesia involves a gentle exfoliation with a paste of sandalwood, turmeric, ground nuts and rice. Other facilities include an Aqua Vitale Pool for a full-body underwater massage and a yoga center.
The resort’s signature restaurant is Kayuputi, which means “white wood” in Balinese. The restaurant overlooks the beach and is flanked by 2 swimming pools; beachside dining has never been so chic.
Head-chef Oscar Perez, who was formerly at the W Maldives, is passionate about using seasonal ingredients. His menu at Kayuputi features wagyu beef, caviar and the best seafood the Indian Ocean has to offer. Guests can also dine in the restaurant’s private cabana or lounge on white daybeds surrounded by billowing white drapes on descending tiers to the pool.
You can get your Asian fix at Boneka, a casual restaurant by the lobby where breakfast is served up along with spectacular sunrises. As the sun dips below the horizon, head to the King Cole Bar to indulge in a champagne ritual in which the sommelier opens a bottle of bubbly with an Indonesian kris, or ceremonial dagger. The bar also honors the legacy of the Astor Court and King Cole Bar and Lounge in the St. Regis New York, the original home of the Bloody Mary. Libations in hand, guets are beckoned to recline and let the ocean breezes sweep over them while a jazz band plays in the background.
Private barbecues or picnics are easily arranged, and personal chef accompanies by a sommelier will provide what is necessary. Honeymooners and those craving privacy will appreciate the 24-hour suite and villa private dining service.
Also, each villa comes with a butler’s quarters with a separate entrance, allowing the butler to quickly appear when summoned. Your butler will also prepare breakfast in your villa, so you can awaken to the sizzling of bacon, the cracking of eggs and smell of freshly brewed coffee. In fact, the resort not only strives to meet every demand, but takes pride in “curating perfect moments at any time.”
Simply put, it’s an exquisitely contemporary and seucitve seaside getaway that charms from the moment guests arrive and exerts its hold long after they’ve departed.
Source: Prestige Hong Kong