This resort on Bali’s posh Nusa Dua Beach deftly combines opulence with local flourishes. Black lava-stone sculptures of women in traditional Balinese garb and a welcome gate comprised of arched palm trees help set the tone of the whole resort (the beautifully landscaped grounds were designed by tropical chic master Bill Bensley). Its 121 villas and rooms, done by Manila-based Manny Samson and Associates, make ample use of indigenous elements (richly dyed batiks, wicker-backed planters chairs), but sets them against divans and armchairs upholstered in rich European fabrics, grand chandeliers and polished wood tables.
Expect a lot of thirtysomething and older couples seeking a romantic refuge. Though the resort occupies a public 350-meter stretch of prime beachfront, few sun-seekers were seen during our visit, making the beach virtually private.
Tasteful and well-appointed - it’s a welcome antidote to barebones minimalism or more heavy-handed Balinese style hotels. We appreciated the combination of haute bourgeois furniture and Balinese decoration (traditional wedding crowns, drapery sashes with shells, wood carvings).
With the touch of a button, the plasma screen television can be lowered into a stylish cabinet; the bathroom is loaded with fragrant Remède Spa products.
It’s all in the details: the fresh flowers in the villa (jasmine and calla lilies); the breakfast eggs with a choice of lobster or caviar; and the dangerously addictive Kiwi Sakejito cocktail (sake, kiwi, mint leaves, kaffir syrup and soda water, US$12) at the King Cole Bar. Bonus: Service is already excellent, but if you crave more coddling, you can have around-the-clock butler service for an additional US$180.
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 847 8111