The ultra-luxe brand’s second Indonesian outpost—and the 15th Raffles hotel in the world—is now welcoming guests on the Island of the Gods.
With Bali set to welcome domestic visitors at the end of this month, a new all-villa property has just opened on the shores of Jimbaran Bay, less than 30 minutes’ drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Raffles Bali occupies a sloping site that steps down to a private cream-colored beach, with 32 private pool villas offering ample living space and views of the Indian Ocean.
Most of the accommodations here measure in at a whopping 470 square meters; the three two-bedroom villas are almost double the size at 900 square meters. All villas feature king beds, rustic rattan furniture, a batik tapestry made by local artisans, and a private garden with an infinity pool, thatched gazebo, and shaded daybed. Guests are guaranteed the services of a personal Raffles Wellbeing Butler, who will be on hand to arrange cultural experiences such as temple dance ceremonies and Balinese cooking classes.
The resort’s dining venues look just as tempting. At the hilltop Rumari restaurant, French executive chef Gaetan Biesuz has collaborated with locally born chef de cuisine Eka Sunarya to put a contemporary spin on traditional Balinese cuisine—think babi guling and duck betutu—and classic dishes from other Indonesian islands. Rumari’s elevated version of rujak features pan-seared scallop from Maluku province, Kaviari Oscietra caviar, and seasonal fruits harvested from the resort’s own Farm Terrace garden, while the succulent beef rendang uses Tokusen wagyu short rib that has been slow-cooked for 48 hours.
Down by the ocean, Loloan Beach Bar and Grill serves lunch and dinner beside a 25-meter infinity pool. Loloan, whose name is Balinese for “estuary,” provides a laid-back setting for guests to tuck into gourmet pizzas from a wood-fired oven and fresh seafood procured straight from Jimbaran fish market. For added romance, a private-dining experience can be enjoyed inside a cave discovered during the resort’s construction, or the Purnama Honeymoon Bale, an oceanfront pavilion perched on natural rocks.
The terrace at the intimate Writers Bar, a feature of every Raffles hotel, is just the place for sundowners, whether that might be a glass of champagne, a classic cocktail, or the signature Bali Sling. Afternoon tea in the adjoining Library is a must-try for its combination of Western treats and traditional Indonesian snacks known as jajanan pasar.
Meanwhile, the on-site Raffles Spa comprises two treatment suites, each with their own soaking tub and a hill-view terrace, as well as The Sanctuary, where guests can unwind in comfort while surrounded by nature. Raffles Bali is the first of the brand’s properties worldwide to launch Emotional Wellbeing by Raffles, a new program that is “based on the understanding that true luxury is not about what you own, but what you feel.”
Raffles Bali’s opening special starts at US$2,660 for a two-night stay in a private pool villa. The package includes a return airport transfer by limousine, daily à la carte breakfast, and selected wellbeing and cultural experiences.
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