One of the world’s most renowned luxury brands makes a momentous comeback on the island with The Ritz-Carlton Bali. The five-star resort opened in late 2014 with its magnificent outline of villas, suites, exquisite dining venues and assorted guest facilities set over 12.7 hectares of ocean-facing hills in Sawangan, a discreet cliff-fringed coastline just several minutes’ drive south of the main Nusa Dua tourism complex.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali presents a collection of 313 oceanfront suites and villas laid out amongst a multi-tiered landscape of gardens and pools. The resort’s main building that houses the main lobby and lounge is built into the hillside, offering a bird’s eye-view over the property’s low-lying half, the blue waters of the Badung strait and Nusa Penida Island on the horizon. Here are 10 reasons to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Bali.
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Elephant Safari Park & Elephant Ride with Spa
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu & Barbecue Seafood Dinner
- Seawalker, Fly Fish Adventure & Underwater Tandem Scooter Ride
- 2-Day Lombok Island Tour
The white sand beach of Sawangan is bordered by limestone cliffs, making it one of the most secluded coasts on the Bali’s southwest. The setting makes for great lounging to romantic dinners by the sand. Beachfront gazebos offer intimate privacy and served by dedicated waiting staff. The calm blue waters are also safe for swimming.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali makes good use of its views. The lobby lounge provides the best vantage point over the property; a 70m high glass elevator transports you between the cliff and its five restaurants and bars, a grand ballroom and meeting facilities, the spa and wellness facility, and the wonderful seascape.
There are many ways to satiate your appetite throughout the resort. Bejana, the resort’s signature destination dining restaurant serves local Indonesian cuisine with innovative twists in refined settings; Senses serves up all-day dining in casual and contemporary settings, Raku is a Japanese lounge and bar, there’s RC Lounge & Bar, and you can head down to the Beach Grill for great seaside dining or Breezes Tapas Lounge for chilling out to ocean breezes.
Sawangan Junior Suites starts at 88sqm, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite at an impressive 128sqm. Interiors feature warm and natural tones with selections featuring a well-furnished ocean-view balcony with relaxing daybed. Suites come with full marble bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub, a living area.
Bejana features an impressively designed cooking class that is literally built into the Sawangan hillside, and retains much of the notion through its black rocky textured walls, ceilings and tiles. A long table that seats 20 is adjacent to three fully-equipped kitchens where you can discover Indonesian cooking through hands-on experiences with Chef Made Suriana.
Head to the beachfront and take a dip in the calm waters, or wade in the resort’s large main infinity pool just a few steps from the sand. Staying at a Pool Pavilion allows you direct access to a pool from their terrace, while the Sky Villa has a plunge pool overlooking the resort grounds. Kids enjoy their own splashing time in the resort’s dedicated kids club.
Breezes is the resort’s stunning pool bar and tapas lounge house under a beachfront thatched roof rotunda. Take some time to chill out here – it’s amazing – and the signature cocktails are made with considerable flair.
A stunning oceanfront wedding chapel with a unique design of multiple arches stands tall against the resort’s southern beachfront. Here, vows are exchanged overlooking the ocean through an expanse of glass.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa on a whole is a dedicated entire wellness centre featuring 14 treatment rooms including four spa villas for couples, a gym and fitness centre, thermal hydro therapy pool and Balinese inspired bathing pool. The Spa Pavilion is available for some signature treatments, surrounded by lush traditional Balinese gardens.
The Ritz Kids kid’s club becomes a centrepiece for the resort’s family appeal, fitted with multiple indoor play corners and an outdoor playground and mini water park – complete with a waterslide. Activities that are also great for mum and dad to join in include Balinese dress-ups and local language crash courses.