Can’t wait till Raffles Sentosa opens in 2022? Neither can we, but in the meantime, we’ll get to visit a nearby property that is Raffles Bali
Leisure travelling is still not on the horizon – thanks Lawrence – but if, like us, you’re in a constant state of cabin fever, you might want to consider some of the great staycation options currently available. But if you truly are hankering a getaway to a languid island, book an open reservation at the newly opened Raffles Bali for some sun, sand, sea, and utmost privacy.
Located on Jimbaran Bay, a short 30-minute drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the 15th Raffles property in the world features an all-villa lineup, with just 32 keys to its name. Like their names suggest – Ocean Pool Villa, Panoramic Pool Villa, and so on – each villa comes equipped with a private pool. Villa sizes start at a generous 375sqm, with ample space dedicated to a manicured garden that looks out to the sea.
There are no suites here, but there is a two-bedroom Raffles Presidential Villa. The villa sits on 900sqm of land, and comes with a gorgeous 46sqm infinity pool, outdoor gazebo, yoga pavilion, outdoor seating, sun loungers, and a library filled with Balinese literature. Regardless of which room you select, you’ll enjoy a soaking tub, along with indoor and outdoor showers. Guests will also be treated to sunset sorbets and a one-time 60-minute meditation session.
Guests at Raffles Singapore love the hotel for the peace and serenity it offers, and Raffles Bali is no different. In fact, you wouldn’t be faulted for choosing to stay on resort grounds throughout your stay. After all, with just 32 villas, three restaurants and a bar, more often than not, you’ll probably not even see another soul during your sojourn.
The best sunset views can be enjoyed at Rumari, which serves Balinese cuisine. For some freshly grilled seafood – you are on an island after all – head to Loloan Beach Bar and Grill. Then, there’s Farm Terrace which offers farm-to-table dining.
For an intimate dinner for two, there’s no better spot than the Secret Cave, which is well, set in a cave. Alternatively, the team can also pitch a gazebo on the beach for a dinner under the stars. Of course, what’s a Raffles Hotel without its iconic Writers Bar? Here, you can sample its local concoction called the Raffles Bali Sling. We’re not sure how different it is to the Singapore Sling, but there’s only one way to find out.
To enjoy and explore all that Raffles Bali has to offer, request for your personal butler to give you a tour. He or she will be able to tell you all about the island’s traditions and culture, and even spill the tea on local secrets.
And if you go beyond the communal oceanfront infinity pool, you’ll arrive at Paradise Beach, a private stretch that’s free from tourists and vendors.
After a long day out in the tropical heat, nothing sounds more appealing than a trip to the spa. Raffles Spa offers treatments inspired by traditional Balinese and Southeast Asian healing practices.
To celebrate its opening, Raffles Bali is offering a special rate for a two-night stay in its private pool villa. Prices start from S$3,715, and include return airport transfers, daily a la carte breakfast, and a selection of Wellbeing and Cultural Experiences, such as temple ceremonies and cooking classes.