As any luxury traveler and Bali aficionado knows, Bali is full of fabulous resorts. In fact, next to the temples, Bali buffs go resort hopping to get their fill of structural eye candy. The newly opened Ritz Carlton—situated on a cliff in Nusa Dua (the southern tip of Bali)—will not disappoint.
The Ritz Carlton’s contemporary lobby is designed to take full advantage of the expansive sweep of the resort’s location. This is a spectacular view with white sand beaches, bathed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The resort’s architecture has clean lines and a neutral color scheme designed to highlight it’s natural, hillside location. The resort makes use of local materials, such as rough cut stones, which were used to quarry the property. These natural elements emphasis and honor the harmony between man and nature, a concept that was of utmost concern in selecting the unique location of the resort.
After being warmly greeted at the Ritz Carlton’s entrance, you are then whisked from cliff top to your accommodation below. Riding the sleek all-glass elevator to the beach level below is a thrilling experience in itself.
The Ritz Carlton’s décor in the resort’s accommodations plays off the neutral palette, offering: rooms—with private lagoon. pool access; suites—starting at 1, 070 sq. feet; and private villas—with pools, daybeds and butler service.
The resort’s motorized buggies seamlessly move guests around the expansive resort to the main infinity pool, fitness and spa pavilion, and dedicated kids program.
The Ritz Carlton’s food and beverage outlets offer plenty of variety. The Beach Grill features an international selection—complete with wood-burning oven for ultra- thin, crispy pizzas. Breezes is perfect for sunset cocktails and tapas. Raku offers traditional and creative sushi and Japanese cuisine in a casual, bar/lounge setting. Bejana Indonesian Restaurant has a gourmet center called the “Culinary Cave”— complete with a “Chef’s Table” for a chef-orchestrated, interactive food experience. In addition, the resort has customized cooking classes on request.
Beverages take center stage at the Ritz Carlton Bali. Besides the Illy Coffee, which is provided in every suite and throughout the resort, the exclusive Ronnefeldt Teastar Collection and Singapore’s TWG Teas are offered to discerning guests.
In addition, Nyoman Adnyana, named Bali’s Best Sommelier in 2014, heads the wine and spirits program. Sommelier Nyoman provides thoughtful guidance and selection with handpicked wines from 18 regions, including Balinese wines with their unique artisanal aroma and taste profile.
Gift yourself with a spa treatment at the Ritz Carlton Spa at the hands of expertly trained massage therapists. These magical therapist leave you in a state of blissful, Balinese repose.
Consider the exclusivity and indulgence provided at “Club Level,” where a dedicated Executive Lounge Staff cater to your every need and whim.
Club Level is housed in a separate pavilion which includes a private pool, lounge, dining area, library and computer areas. The Club has five (5) daily food presentations prepared by a dedicated chef, a full range of beverages, including wine, beer and spirits. (There are also snacks between services.) You can even find artisanal Balinese chocolates, which tempt even the most gourmet guest.
Saving the best for last is a word about the world class service that is the hallmark of the Ritz Carlton brand. The company as a whole sets the bar very high and, in usual fashion, the “Ladies and Gentlemen” of the Ritz Carlton Bali meet and often exceed expectations—making this luxury resort experience one to be anticipated and fully enjoyed.
By Diane Sukiennik and Michael Reiss, www.foodandwineaccess.com “Photos by Michael Reiss” Courtesy Foodandwineaccess.com