Bali’s timeless beauty
81 Suites / 42 Villas
Approaching the entrance of The St. Regis Bali Resort feels a bit like entering a rainforest in a dream — dramatic mist and lush green foliage will surround your vehicle. A night arrival is spectacular as blue lights illuminate the path to the beachside resort.
True to the St. Regis brand, this luxury resort exudes understated elegance, with elements of the local culture incorporated seamlessly into the design. This includes Javanese shadow puppets, intricate woodcarvings, and geometric patterns representing the Balinese Hindu offering canang that can be found everywhere from the carpets to the elevators to the centerpiece of the grand staircase. The fact that the resort has not undergone any major renovations since opening in 2009 is a testament to its timeless beauty.
The 81 suites and 42 villas are sprawled across almost 20 acres of land and connected by inviting garden pathways dotted with hidden gazebos. All room categories have a residential feel and include 24-hour bespoke butler service.
Exquisite design (tropical hardwood floors, vibrant art) and ample space can be found in the suites and villas alike, but it is the latter that really steal the show. Particularly enchanting are the villas’ delicate crystal chandeliers and the gorgeous elevated cabanas at the edges of private plunge pools. Lagoon Villa guests are able to access the resort’s 40,000-square-foot salt lagoon pool directly from terraces, while guests of the Strand Villas can take in unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean and pristine white sands.
The Bali hotel has four dining venues; the most notable is Kayuputi. It is here that premium Asian-inspired cuisine is prepared with Western cooking techniques. Consult with the sommelier for the best pairings and steal glimpses of the executive sous chef and his team at work in the sleek open kitchen.
The King Cole Bar is also a must-visit. Sample its elaborate afternoon tea service or visit later in the evening to watch a fire dance with a Bali Mary in hand — it’s the signature St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktail made with a local twist of jicama, cucumber and brown sugar.
The Spa and Gym
Remède Spa is a sanctuary for renewal with a butterfly theme that runs throughout. Koi ponds surround the eight private treatment rooms, including two exquisite couples suites. In the garden, the beautiful Aqua Vitale saltwater pool offers jet-water massage to improve circulation and relax the body. A Finnish sauna, an aromatherapy steam room with daily changing scents, a beauty salon and a fitness center (with separate yoga room) are also found within the spa. The gym is officially open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. but overnight guests can gain access at any hour by requesting assistance from a butler.
The beachfront resort is nestled in the prestigious Nusa Dua enclave where many of the island’s most luxurious properties can be found. Well-manicured pathways wind around decorative fountains and throughout the complex, which has its own shopping center selling everything from curated local crafts to food. As for those venturing outside of Nusa Dua to visit cultural landmarks or to get a taste of the island’s nightlife, the newly built Bali Mandara toll road — stretching over the Gulf of Benoa — provides quick and easy access to several popular areas in south Bali.