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An adventure to Bali, the island of the Gods is one of the most prized experiences. In order to avoid the waves of crowds and get a genuine view of the island’s beauty, we decided on St. Regis, a hotel with signature addresses and personally tailored luxuries would be the best place to encounter the spirit (or Spirits) of the island.
The St. Regis experience on Bali gives the visitor unique attention from start to finish. We were ferried by friendly staff all around the airport. Our driver arrived quickly and a short 20 minutes later we found ourselves at the breathtaking hotel. In true Balinese fashion virtually any space is open to the cross breezes of the tropical air. Unmistakable intricate wood carvings of patterns, figures and loads of flowers provide the distinctive decor.
We were immediately greeted upon arrival, but our room was not ready. We found this a slight inconvenience waiting for 20 minutes in the library room, only because we had arrived at standard time. Our request for an upgrade was considered and granted, on the condition that the room would be available after our first day. It seemed acceptable, however this turned out to be a headache of an experience. The following day, the time to move rooms kept being pushed forward so that almost the full day passed before we could move in. We found this to be a lapse in service, better we thought not to offer it at all, rather than keep guests postponing their plans for the entire day. The hotel communicated their apologies accordingly, yet this was one of several lapses we encountered which is keeping a great hotel from being truly the best.
Location and layout are exceptional. One feels it is like a secret garden within the greater garden of Bali. The potential is truly utilized with the volcanic rock walls, the flowing salt water lagoon, the lush variety of plants around the villas and the abundance of stylized river rocks. Many walking paths through gardens and the hammock resting lawns are intriguing as well. Even with all this it must be noted that one side of the hotel offers rooms with balconies overlooking a neighboring golf course and massive hotel development. With the curving beachfront most of the hotel enjoys and the private gardens of the villas, we think these rooms have balconies with a poorly planned view.
The rooms are very spacious and the villas more spacious still. The decor consists of dark wooden floors, white walls, local artwork incorporating carvings, fabrics and even some artifacts. The bed is a comfortable place for rest and the Butler service is a great way to have everyday needs met and cared for. It seemed to be slower some days than others and in comparison to other properties a bit slower. There is a generously proportioned bathroom with white stonework and a large soaking tub. Water in both still and sparkling form a provided in abundance.
The property has several dining venues including a pavilion dining room with personalized chef interaction. Our experience of the daily breakfast was phenomenal. The combination of fresh and tasty buffet options with the ability to order specialized breakfast favorites was only made better by the fact that everything tasted marvelous and healthy options were abundant. It is truly one of the best breakfasts we’ve seen.
The gym facility is located just near the spa and it has good quality machines. There are bicycles available for guest use outside the property, everyday features classes on a rotating schedule with some favorites such as meditation and yoga on the beach. The Remede spa is a sanctuary of lovely treatment rooms and an 11 step massage pool tucked within the confines of manicured gardens. Beachfront swimming, tanning and lounging can be had among some of the island’s best sand and surf. There is as well wedding facilities, however for guests coming in search of full tranquility, be prepared to endure some of the chaotic numbers and inconveniences the festivities will impose. If you are looking for something away from the beach and wedding crowd perhaps an inland destination is in order.