HOTELS & RESORTS
The first time I went to St Regis was about 5 years ago to meet some friends for dinner. At the time I was staying in a cute room in a local family compound in Canggu, which cost about $50 a night. So when I walked to St Regis, coming from our humble accommodation, I was gobsmacked!
The lobby of St Regis matched my wow reaction. The incredibly high ceiling, huge open space, and the descending staircase draws the eyes through the amazing garden and finally to the beach.
The bars and restaurants at the hotel are nothing short of spectacular. From Boneka with its unique decoration of puppets which is reminiscent of a circus to Kingcole Bar, an English-looking bar and tea room, furnished with a classic mix of sofa chairs, sofas and a grand piano, perfect to watch a Jazz band in the evening while drinking the finest whiskey or having an afternoon high tea with the family. The Kayuputi beachfront restaurant is divine during the day or night. With a grand open kitchen, all-white interiors, tall windows to make the most of the ocean view and impossibly high ceilings, it is perfect for a midday lunch or a romantic dinner while the live DJ entertains. Whatever your choice, you will be impressed!
St Regis also offers the most sophisticated Deli. I think calling it “Deli” is under-selling it. The interiors remind me of London’s Harrod’s food-court. It has an English world sophistication to it. With so many amazing divine food options, including home-made chocolates and other delicious treats, visitors and hotel guests are spoilt for choice.
And we haven’t even discussed the pool, the rooms, villas or the Spa.
The pool is a 3668sqm of crystal blue saltwater lagoons. No irritated eyes from swimming in chlorine at St Regis! The tiles are tiny and individually placed. It’s simply spectacular. In the middle, there is, of course, a lounge area to swim and relax while you drink your favorite cocktail. As well as sunbeds spread all around to always have a place to relax.
The Spa has a high-tech Aqua Vitale sea salt bath therapy, as well as, private rooms and marble bathtubs. And don’t get me started on the yoga room, fitness center, aromatherapy steam room and Jacuzzi! Heaven! Don’t forget to ask for their delicious rosella water while you wait to be taken to your treatment.
The suits are a whole new level of luxury. They all have a living room, a stand-alone bathtub and a double shower. The décor in the suites and villas is very English with understated opulence. The villas have either saltwater lagoon access or direct access to the beach, where an umbrella and a few gorgeously designed sunbeds await you. The beach is the most stunning I have seen in all of Nusa Dua and if all of that wasn’t enough, you get your own private pool and Butler service 24 hours a day!
All in all, St Regis is in a different league of luxury hotels. The chefs they employ, the furniture they use, the drinks they serve, the facilities, the grounds, the service is all phenomenal. Yet what stands out is the impeccable taste that has been used to combine it all. It’s definitely worth staying or at least experiencing their Sunday Brunch which is also open to non-guests.
THE ST. REGIS BALI RESORT