A Chat with Naomi Siawarta, Owner of the World’s Best Boutique Hotel

Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas takes home the World’s Best Boutique Hotel award for the second year running—just what makes it so alluring to luxury-minded travelers?

Awarta is thoughtfully designed with peace, privacy, and comfort in mind.

Glimmering with ornate chandeliers and stained glass windows, London‘s 14th-century Merchant Taylors’ Hall was a fittingly grand backdrop for this year’s Boutique Hotel Awards.

Carefully selected from more than 300 nominees across the globe—more than 80 countries, in fact—each of the winners demonstrated memorable guest experiences that won the judges over. Personal visits from a hotel judge ensure that these properties were genuine and authentic in their service and guest offerings—from bespoke itineraries to wellness treatments, and even sustainability initiatives.

One hotel stood out in particular: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, which took home the World’s Best Boutique Hotel award for the second year running. Hailing from Bali, the 14-villa resort prides itself on unparalleled, personalized service, luxurious villas, and lush grounds that are perfect for private dining. The resort has also recently expanded its accommodation options by opening 36 suites out of 68 planned.

Outdoor bathtub in the honeymoon villa.

We speak to Naomi Siawarta, director and owner of the award-winning hotel, to see why it’s worth a visit:

How does Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas set itself apart from other boutique hotels out there?

What many boutique hotels forget, is what we remember—and we’re talking about culture as the essential identity of our property. Being in Bali, we strive to preserve the warmth of Balinese culture and heritage through our hotel design and bespoke services. Awarta is thoughtfully designed with peace, privacy, and comfort in mind, so as to create a hotel that luxury-minded travelers can call home.

What excites you the most about Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas’ consecutive wins at the Boutique Hotel Awards?

Beyond the brand exposure and pride of being an independent boutique hotel bestowed with such an award, I’m most excited about the continuous growth of Awarta. We want to challenge ourselves to spark surprises where they are least expected.

Each villa also comes with a private pool backdropped by a man-made waterfall.

What are the top three experiences for anyone visiting Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas for the first time? And why?

Showcasing luxury living at its best, our villas are set within tropical gardens, with an abundance of space for guests to unwind and relax. Designed with natural materials like smooth marble and rich teakwood, each villa also comes with a private pool backdropped by a man-made waterfall. Plus, there’re ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as Bvlgari bath products.

Guests can also enjoy a cooking class guided by a Balinese chef, where they can learn about local culture, understand locally-sourced ingredients, and whip up authentic dishes to savor afterward.

We’re also proud of Ru Yi Chinese fine dining, one of the four dining establishments on our grounds. The name stands for “good fortune” in the Chinese language and the restaurant exudes a warm yet eclectic ambiance. Guests can indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine featuring delicacies like bird’s nest, sea cucumber, and abalone.

A grand welcome.

How is luxury travel changing these days? What are some of the biggest trends you see developing in 2020?
Aside from top-notch facilities, the luxury travel experience is also about the best service a guest can get. Guest experience is at the heart of it all—from dining to delving into a destination’s culture. Come 2020, the drive for sustainability looks set to grow too.

What are five destinations to watch this year and next?
Thailand, Bhutan, Bawah Island, Vietnam, and Japan.

What has traveling taught you?

To always be open to new ideas and experiences. I’ve learned that there’s so much more to improve at my own hotel, so as to offer guests a truly satisfying and memorable stay.

Balinese design featuring chinoiserie details.


The full list of winners:
World’s Best Boutique Hotel: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Bali, Indonesia
World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: Emaho Sekawa, Fiji, South Pacific
World’s Best City Explorer: Riad Kheirredine, Marrakech, Morocco
World’s Best Classic Elegance Hotel: Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
World’s Best Culinary Excellence: Velaa Private Island, Maldives
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy
World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Costa Rica
World’s Best New Hotel: Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte, New Zealand
World’s Most Chic Hotel: Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland
World’s Best Relaxation Retreat: Green Spa Resort Stanglwirt, Austria
World’s Most Romantic Retreat: Rancho Pacifico, Uvita, Costa Rica
World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Donkey Bay Inn, Russell, New Zealand
World’s Best Wellness Spa: Masseria San Domenico, Puglia, Italy
World’s Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens Of Bali, Bali, Indonesia
World’s Best Family Hotel: Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Greater Kruger, South Africa

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