Things that made us love our recent stay at The Ritz Carlton Bali!
With its fascinating local culture, exotic flora, and sun-drenched beaches, Bali has that ultimate tropical island appeal. And thanks to a great mix of accommodation options, you can tailor your holiday to suit your vibe. Go boho with a beach bungalow, stay in the centre of the action in a trendy aparthotel, or turn up the luxury factor at a five-star beachfront resort. We recently had the chance to experience the latter with a girls’ staycation at the Ritz-Carlton Bali in Nusa Dua. Here’s why we loved it.
Just south of Nusa Dua’s gated tourism complex, Ritz Carlton Bali overlooks a gorgeous stretch of soft golden sand. The beach is secluded enough that you’ll likely only see other Ritz Carlton guests, and the water is so clear that you can see straight to the sea bed! The resort itself takes luxury to the next level with tropical-feel suites and pool villas, a sea-inspired spa sanctuary, and an epic palm-lined infinity pool that blends seamlessly into the ocean.
Our villa had a lush garden area with a private pool, sundeck, and bale (traditional Balinese gazebo). We loved the easy-breezy style of the inside, too. Think lots of space, light, and elegant furnishings with lovely Balinese touches — like the local fabrics on the beds. The huge, airy bathroom and free-standing bathtub was another plus point. Other accommodation categories include one and two-bedroom cliff and oceanfront villas and pool-access suites.
Dining-wise, there are four great restaurants to choose from, spanning authentic Indonesian fine-dining to grilled seafood on the beach. Senses, where breakfast is served, has one of the biggest buffet selections we’ve seen so far! Chinese dumplings, Indonesian bakso (meatballs in a spicy broth), French crepes, healthy smoothies, and kick-ass Japanese ramen were a few of our favourites. Or, if you’re feeling lazy, you can order one of the resort’s signature floating breakfasts to your villa! And trust us, grazing on freshly baked pastries and mini Eggs Benedicts from a floating platter in your own pool makes for a pretty special vacay memory!
Come sunset, we recommend heading down to The Beach Grill. With semi-al-fresco seating, flickering candlelight, and skies turning pink over the ocean, it’s a romantic spot. And if you like fish, you’re in for a real treat! Barramundi grilled with Balinese spices, lobster linguine, and squid ink risotto are among the menu highlights.
The resort’s spa — which is housed within four specially converted villas — is another forte. Spa rituals draw on the cleansing, renewing power of the sea, utilising natural ingredients like ocean pearls and seaweed.
We tried their 60-minute Balinese massage, a sensory treat that left us feeling super blissed out. There’s also a wet lounge (with whirlpool, cold plunge pool, sauna, and steam room), and a tropical pool lounge with comfy cabanas to chillax in after your treatment.
If massages aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to zen out. Meditation, aerial yoga, surf initiation, and Balinese dancing are just a few of the complimentary activities offered at the resort. We had great fun making dadar gulung (coconut and pandan leaf pancakes) with resident chef Mariata.
Finally, the fantastic kids club deserves a mention, too. If you’re travelling with little ones, you’ll love how much thought and creativity has gone into the kids’ program here. The outdoor playground and tree-shaded kids’ pool is just the start. Ritz Kids hosts an imaginative schedule of activities with a focus on Balinese culture, nature, and sustainability. Recycled art classes, visits to the turtle hatchery, dry leaf painting, kite flying, and trips to explore the coral reefs are all possibilities.
All in all, we had a fantastic stay here. With such a lush spa and oceanfront setting, it was great for a girls’ trip. But we reckon it would also make for a memorable honeymoon —especially if you opt in for a private dining experience in a candle-lit gazebo on the beach!
Reserve your stay via the website or give them a call on (+62) 361 849 8988.