Missing the sun, sand and sea.
Hello there! I was in Bali whole of last week with some friends and did not bring along my laptop. Hence the absence of entries the past week. As with all holidays, the 6 days in Bali flew past at lightning speed and here I am back in Jakarta resuming my normal daily routines (spent a large part of yesterday and today marketing, restocking the fridge, cooking, washing, etc). AHH I WANNA GO BACK TO BALI. 😦 As I type this, I’m currently missing the sun, sand, and sea. And of course, the good food and great company I had.
At the airport waiting to board the plane.
All of us at the Ritz-Carlton viewing deck.
As I have just TOO MANY pictures, I’ve decided to split my Bali travel post into three entries — lodging and accommodation, places to eat (Seminyak), places to eat (Nusa Dua). This post will be on lodging and accommodation in Seminyak and Nusa Dua, where we stayed for 2 nights and 3 nights respectively.
Seminyak is a beach town in South Bali and is known to be more upmarket and sophisticated than Kuta. Luxury accommodations are aplenty and fashionable high-end (touristy) restaurants/bars line the streets. In our search for lodging (we were looking at villas specifically) in Seminyak, our key priorities were:
- Central location (i.e. near downtown)
- Fully air-conditioned (many villas have an open-air concept which comes along with LOADS OF MOSQUITOES. Ouch.)
- New (i.e. still in a good state).
Juli and I finally settled on Hu’u Villas after much research. Hu’u villas is located in the heart of Seminyak; the beach and the Oberoi road shopping strips are merely 5-minutes away by foot.
Row of villas
Entrance of Hu’u Villas.
Our two-bedroom villa is about 225m2 in size and is split into two levels. Its decor is contemporary and modern yet comfortable. The ground level consists of the living and dining areas while the bedrooms are on the second level.
Kitchen and dining area.
Deck to relax by the poolside.
The villa also comes with a private swimming pool and a deck to laze around. I particularly like the large glass-panelled doors which open up to the swimming pool, allowing the soft morning hues of sunlight to stream in. Here’s baby Joseph enjoying his morning dip!
Hello there, fatty! WHY YOU SO CUTE.
The master bedroom is very spacious and has a four-poster king-sized bed in the middle. Juli and Lewis were very kind to let us have the master bedroom (she had earlier written to the hotel management to place the baby cot in the other bedroom). THANK YOU JUWIS. ❤ ❤ ❤
Day bed overlooking the garden.
Clothes rack with two desks on its left and right.
My favourite part of the master bedroom was THE BATHROOM. The naturally lit bathroom comes with a giant egg-shaped bathtub, spacious rainforest shower, defined double sinks set in concrete, and backlit mirrors. The sunroof (or moonroof) allows one to enjoy a bubble bath whilst admiring the clouds (or stars). Simply awesome.
Egg-shaped bathtub perfect for a bubble bath.
Love the sunroof!
The second bedroom is somewhat similar in design and style to the master bedroom, except that the bathroom is much smaller.
We can order our ‘breakfast’ anytime from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (unlike most hotels which stop serving breakfast at 10 a.m.). Perfect for sleeping in till noon heh. They have an all-day brunch menu and guests can order any one thing on the menu. I also liked the fact that breakfast is served in the comfort of our own villa. Here are some pictures of the breakfast options:
During our time in Seminyak, we also dropped by W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak to look-see. I must say they have some pretty grounds!
Tourists at W Hotel.
In case you’re thinking of staying there, here are some pictures for your reference. 🙂
Pool area with deck chairs.
The sea is just behind!
Perfect for sunbathing + reading a book.
For lazing around.
Not to forget the pristine white beach fronting W Hotel:
Juli and I felt like we were getting roasted under the scorching hot sun and decided to seek refuge with baby Joseph and daddy Lewis (who were enjoying the cool shade of the hotel cafe). Out of boredom, we took many photos with the little fatty, much to his baby-dismay haha.
COME ON GIMME A SMILE.
FINALLY A SMILE.
Fatty rolls his eyes after numerous failed shots.
That’s about it for our lodging and accommodation in Seminyak. On to Nusa Dua now. X
Nusa Dua is a peninsula in South Bali, well-known as an enclave of higher end hotels. The beaches in Nusa Dua are glorious – white sand, deep, long stretches and safe for swimming. We wanted to pick a nice resort to just stay in, relax, and enjoy the facilities. And we found a GEM in The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.
Located on the southern tip of Nusa Dua, The Ritz-Carlton Bali blends into the lush surrounding landscape. The resort has a cliff top perch that reveals a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean below. Pictures don’t do the view justice. It’s breath-taking, really. Guests can descend to the beach level in a glass elevator which keeps the view always present before them.
From the cliff top perch: view of the entire resort and the Indian Ocean.
Agent D and I superimposing ourselves on the magnificent landscape.
The service in Ritz-Carlton Bali is plain awesome. They had a staff personally welcome us at the lobby with welcome drinks, see to our check-in, take us on a buggy all the way to our room, and even followed up with a phone call one hour later to check if everything was okay. Anywhere we wanted to go within the resort (be it the pool, beach, gym, meeting place for breakfast, etc) – all we had to do was call for a buggy from our room and the buggy driver would be at our doorstep in 5 minutes.
All of us on the buggy (missing Sasha!).
All the hotel blocks have a meandering pool fronting them. Juli and Lewis paid an additional USD50++/night to be upgraded to the room with lagoon access (i.e. pool right outside your balcony). SHIOK.
Exterior of our hotel block.
Room with lagoon access.
Our junior suite was designed to be open plan and had modular doors to provide private spaces. The bedroom was large and had an attached living area by the balcony. Here are some pictures of our room with modern Balinese decor:
Spacious suite layout with oversized balcony and daybed.
Double sinks with lighted make-up mirror.
Asprey bathroom amenities.
Large marble bathroom with separate rainshower and bathtub.
After putting down our things, Agent D and I decided to take a dip in the main swimming pool overlooking the beach. It was nearing 5.30 p.m. and the sun was setting – I wasn’t particularly excited about the cold pool water (brrrrrr). But to my astonishment, the pool was nice and warm. It was an OPEN-AIR HEATED POOL. How awesome is that.
Beachfront infinity pool.
Warm waters despite the setting sun.
Taken at 4 p.m. the next day with more sunlight.
There are many deck chairs and bedded huts surrounding the pool area – perfect for just lounging around/sunbathing. Both Daddy Lewis and baby Joseph managed to take a short nap whilst we swam in the pool. Christian pretended to drop fatty into the pool, much to Juli’s dismay hahaha.
Daddy Lewis napping.
Fatty also napping by the pool.
When Juli’s heart almost dropped.
The beach area was just as lovely as the poolside. Sadly, the sand was quite prickly which made it painful to walk on.
Nomads in cool bathrobes. Where did our camels go?!
A groupie shot (again missing Sasha).
Ritz built a beautiful glass-lit seaside chapel for couples to exchange their vows in a lush, tropical setting facing the Indian Ocean. I can imagine that moment to be very magical.
Boys will always be boys.
The resort has many facilities within — spa and salon center, fitness center, hydrojet pool (my personal favourite), main pool, and so on.
The hydrojet pool, with its various stations, was the perfect cure to our aching muscles and joints after a long swim. Totally great for circulation and relaxation! 🙂
The amazing hydrojet pool.
The fitness center has a wide variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment and a personal trainer on standby. Agent D had a good time running on the treadmill whilst watching cable TV (each treadmill has its own TV screen with a list of channels to choose from). He got so carried away with the programme that he completely lost track of time!
Each equipment had
Apart from the resort’s facilities, there are various activities for guests to participate in throughout the day (e.g., gentle yoga, surf initiation, latte art class, introduction to pilates, cocktail class, etc).
On the third day of our stay, Agent D tried out the surf initiation class while I watched him from afar in a comfortable hut (in the shade). Sadly, the weather was not on his side; there were hardly any waves for him to ride on! Poor Agent D.
Agent D having a go at surfing.
Enjoying the cool breeze with a book.
I went for sushi-making class with Christian and we learnt how to make California roll from Ritz’s head Japanese chef. ‘Twas a pretty fun experience!
California roll with real crab meat.
Ingredients for California roll.
HELP too much sticky rice on my fingers!
Like a pro.
Fumbling with the knife.
All the restaurants within Ritz-Carlton Bali come with spectacular views which complement every morsel of food. I totally forgot to take photos of the breakfast buffet spread (my bad). Was too busy checking everything out! *impending double chin*
Carrying baby Joesph around during breakfast time. HOW I MISS THIS FATTY.
Ritz’s bar and lounge.
Raku Japanese Restaurant.
All in all, both Agent D and myself enjoyed our super duper ultra relaxing stay at Ritz Carlton. If not for the rather pricey room rates, I’d probably be heading there every other weekend heh.