Raffles Bali is a serene oasis that celebrates its beautiful tropical setting in languid island style. It’s open, breezy and light, with plush gardens and a sea view from every villa, table and infinity pool. It’s all you’d expect from one of the world’s leading hotel brands – and more.
Location : 9 / 10
The property is located on the Bukit Peninsula. It overlooks Jimbaran Bay and southern Bali, and is flanked on one side by a steep, densely vegetated valley, which heightens the sense of privacy and serenity. The property, a 20-minute drive from the airport, has a secluded beach.
Style and Character : 9 / 10
Raffles Bali revels in a lavish sense of peace and privacy, due largely to the generous amount of space that the resort enjoys. The 32 contemporary Balinese-style pool villas are set on 57 acres (23 hectares) of land and the property, which has a magnificent ocean view, is laced with flourishing tropical gardens.
Although much care and attention to detail have gone into the buildings themselves, the structures take a back seat, allowing guests to immerse themselves in experiencing the harmonious space, rather than simply observing it. Look out for Indonesian and Japanese artefacts, as well as paintings by Walter Spies.
Service and Facilities : 10 / 10
Prior to arrival guests are assigned their own butler, who will ensure that guest preferences are fulfilled. The butler, the guest’s point of contact throughout their time at Raffles, is on hand to make all necessary plans and reservations and to chauffeur guests by buggy around the resort. Facilities include a beachfront infinity pool, two restaurants, Raffles’ signature Writers’ Bar and library, a spa, meditation terrace, fitness centre, yoga space, gift store and two tennis courts. Unique to the property is a small limestone cave, used for meditation sessions and private dinners.
Rooms : 10 / 10
The expansive ocean-facing villas, of various sizes with either one or two bedrooms, are private oases decorated with batik fabrics, rattan furniture and Indonesian hardwood floors. Each one stands within a manicured garden, and opens onto an al-fresco dining area and infinity pool, with sun deck on one side and a plush-cushioned gazebo on the other. Villas each have a walk-through dressing area, work desk, and a spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, as well as large bathtub. The minibar is stocked with imported spirits, and there is an espresso machine.
Food and Drink : 10 / 10
A meal at Raffles Bali is reason alone to book a flight to Indonesia. The cuisine at Rumari (appointed as the country’s first Krug Ambassade) is a celebration of traditional Indonesian fare with a contemporary twist; every course is a work of art, from the beef rendang curry to babi guling (roast suckling pig) and red snapper ceviche. The Sunday brunches are a lavish affair and not to be missed.
Breakfast (included in the rate) can be served in-villa or at Rumari, where the menu includes fresh pressed juices, an astounding selection of teas, cheeses and charcuteries as well as organic eggs, tuna poke and lobster omelette.
The Writers Bar, alongside Rumari at the highest point of the property, is a wonderful place to enjoy sunset cocktails (and of course, a Bali Sling) while Loloan Beach Bar and Grill, on the water’s edge, offers casual dining by day, and transforms into an elegant dinner setting after sunset. All ingredients are grown on the property or carefully sourced from local producers.
Value for Money : 8 / 10
Double rooms from 21,114,500 Indonesian rupiahs (£1,093) per villa per night (two people max); 22,203,500 Indonesian rupiahs (£1,150) in high season. Rate includes return airport transfer, butler service, breakfast, daily yoga, and some minibar items. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Arrangements will be made for guests who need wheelchair access.
Yes. There are two-bedroom villas available. Activities for children include cooking class, star gazing and origami making.
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