If you’re looking for a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than The St. Regis Bali Resort! As the only all-suites-and-villas resort in Nusa Dua, the resort is famously nicknamed the “Garden of Bali” due to it being generously spread across 9 hectares of tropical gardens. The resort offers both a luxurious beachfront stay and a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean, and is truly a feast for the eyes!
We arrived at The St. Regis Bali to a dazzling view of the private alabaster beach, which is accessible only by the resorts’ guests. We entered through a magnificent rainforest gate, which ushers visitors through a grand flourishing of Balinese torches and gazebos. The resort’s contemporary Balinese interior further heightened the sense of elegance conjured by the floral patterns on the floor – we seemed to be in an art gallery of sorts in every direction that we looked. The combination of traditional architecture and grand trappings impressed on us the feeling of warm hospitality; we felt inexplicably welcomed, and yet ready to be pampered at any moment.
Stepping foot into the Gardenia villa felt like entering our own private world. Each room is decorated with traditional materials, cultural artefacts and fabrics, giving a residential lived-in feel to the entire villa. Besides a spacious walk-in closet, the bedroom has an extra set of doors that opens up to a poolside patio. Keeping these doors open allowed us to not only enjoy the night breeze, but also to get a running start into the private pool whenever we felt like having a dip! The traditional gazebo is perfect to laze in, be it after a swim or for after-dinner drinks. We spent countless hours lounging on the comfortable cushions and basking in the tranquil atmosphere.
The best part of our experience, however, was the amazing butler service. As with all other rooms, the villa has a separate butler’s quarters, which allowed us to have our own personalised butler service. On our arrival, the butler gave us a tour of the villa, and went about unpacking our luggage. It was great to have our very own personal assistant, who catered to our every need. We were completely pampered beyond belief! The butler was super friendly and felt much like family throughout our stay; we were really reluctant to part at the end of our holiday.
The St. Regis Suite draws a balance between cosiness and luxury, offering large rooms immaculately adorned with magnificent paintings. We love all the space given to us, and were astounded especially by the huge marble bathroom with an oversized bathtub.
The Ocean View and Pool versions of the Suite gave us even more reasons not to leave the resort; with a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean from our own respective private balcony and a private plunge pool – how could we even bear to leave?!
The Orchid Suite redefines the definition of luxury by offering an expansive wooden deck on top of its already spacious rooms. The wooden deck is accessible from both the bedroom and the dining room, where we could take a lazy nap on its wooden pergola or have a romantic candlelight dinner at its dining table.
We even used the outdoor space for our morning yoga after an extremely comfortable night’s rest in the suite’s soft bed.
The Grande Astor Suite would be perfect for families seeking the ultimate luxury experience. The suite offers both beach and garden views, along with a spectacular outdoor deck with an infinity pool. There is even an outdoor dining area, which is perfect for relaxing meals with the family. To top it off, the suite even has a piano which thrilled the inner musician in us. Child guests between ages 4 to 12 has complimentary access to the Children’s Learning Centre as well, which offers half and full day programs designed for children’s growth and enjoyment.
Along with a gazebo, private pool, wooden patio and airy bedrooms, the Lagoon Villa provides private access to the sparkling waters of the resort’s saltwater lagoon. We were able to switch between dipping in our private pool and floating lazily on the vast blue waters of the lagoon with ease, which was great! The Two Bedroom version caters to family vacations, with an additional bedroom and complimentary access to the Children’s Learning Centre for child guests.
It was difficult to keep our jaws from dropping as we sauntered about the Strand Villa! With direct access to the resort’s pristine beach, the villa redefines the meaning of luxury. The bedroom even has a direct view of the oceans, allowing us to wake up to a picturesque view of the sun rising above the Indian Ocean. For families wanting the perfect vacation, the Residence version provides an additional bedroom and complimentary access to the Children’s Learning Centre too.
The ultimate spa experience awaits you at the Remede Spa. Step inside the spa and instantly be offered a glass of rosella ice tea, consisting of a mixture of rosella, cranberry and lime. The spa’s highly-trained therapists will then lead you to one of the eight treatment rooms, where you can select your preference from an exclusive selection of treatments. In addition, the spa’s therapists are trained to customise each treatment in order to suit your needs. Besides pampering yourself with massages and sea salt baths, you can opt to use the aromatherapy steam room or rent a bicycle from the spa to explore the area.
For those with families, the Children’s Learning Centre offers artfully conceptualised programs for children aged 4 to 12. Through fun and innovative learning activities, children guests are able to harness their creative and critical-thinking potential through programs that allow them to experience local and global cultures. Daily programs vary, ranging from local cuisine cooking classes to photography sessions to dancing activities. This comes in handy if you wish to have some alone time with your partner as well; be rest assured that your children will be in good hands.
The five-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award, Kayuputi is a fine-dining restaurant offering premium Asian-influenced haute cuisine and a stellar wine list. Treat yourself to the restaurant’s exclusively rich and luxurious eight-course degustation menu and an exquisite selection of its sommelier’s hand-selected varietals. Besides a huge variety of seafood, Kayuputi also specialises in delectable vegetarian selections featuring a variety of organic products. If you are into wine, the resort’s sommeliers are readily on hand to recommend their favourite selection of wine.
As the signature restaurant of the hotel, Boneka serves lavish buffets for its guests. Embark on an extravagant breakfast comprising of freshly-prepared seafood and locally-grown fruits, or order speciality dishes like the egg nouvelle. If you intend to go all-out in your dining, the legendary ‘The St. Regis Buffet’ is available during dinner. The buffet that you must absolutely try, however, is the restaurant’s Sunday brunch, which is renowned throughout the island for its exquisite dishes.
Besides Kayuputi, you can have delightful meals at Dulang, a traditional Indonesian restaurant which offers a unique dining experience under a gazebo. St. Regis Bali also has a bistro, Gourmand Deli, which offers sweet delicacies and wine. Those seeking to have a relaxing cup of afternoon tea or after-dinner drinks can head to the King Cole Bar, which hosts a fire dance performance in the evening.
Unbeknownst to many, the resort’s private beach has long been a favoured place for Bali sea turtles to lay their eggs during mating season. In the morning after the sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand, the hotel staff collects these eggs to keep them safe in the resort’s specially structured turtle hatchery. Visit to view these baby turtles and if you are lucky, you can even help to release the baby sea turtles into the ocean!
Nestled inside the gardens of the resort, the Chef’s Garden is an organic garden dutifully cultivated by the resort’s gardeners. The herbs, vegetables and tropical fruits of the garden are harvested by the resort’s culinary team to deliver high quality dishes for the resort’s restaurants. Planting and harvesting activities are readily available as well for those with green fingers.
Make sure you try the Bali Mary at the resort’s King Cole Bar during your visit, which is a local variation of the St. Regis brand’s signature Bloody Mary cocktail. Besides original ingredients such as Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon and a variety of spices, the local version includes Absolute Pepper, Jicama (a traditional fruit), cucumber and brown sugar.
Fly into Bali via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. From the airport, the resort is a 20-minute cab or private car ride away.
For those arriving by boat, the nearest port is Benoa Harbor, which is approximately 20km away from the resort. Cab or private car services are also available from the port.
At the resort, a variety of transportation options such as taxi, limousine or rental car are available to reach most destinations in the area. The resort concierge would also be happy to make arrangements for you.
The resort is situated at the edge of Nusa Dua, the southernmost region of Bali. Pantai Geger, Nusa Dua’s public beach, is a short walk away, and has its own restaurant, beach-beds and massage services. If you love scenic views, visit the rock formation called Water Blow at the edge of the Nusa Dusa peninsula north of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The waves colliding with the rock formation creates a unique “blowing up” effect, which is perfect for photography enthusiasts and Instagrammers alike.
For those interested in art, the Pasifika Museum offers a wide collection of local and Pacific exhibitions. You can also take a boat out to the nearby Serangan Island to view the local marine life, or try your hand at the various water sports activities such as jetskiing and parasailing.