I fell in love with Bali last year and really had a yearning to go back. One day I was on Instagram and saw that one of the hotels I followed, The St. Regis Bali Resort, had an Instagram competition as part of their celebrations at hitting 40K followers. I entered it and thought nothing of it. Fast forward a few weeks and I got tagged in a notification saying I had actually won – an Afternoon Tea at their King Cole Bar as well as an exclusive 18k rose gold teapot pendant worth $1094 designed by Bao Bao Wan adorned with iconic elements including the St. Regis monogram, seven inlaid diamonds on its handle as a tribute to the St. Regis matriarch’s love for diamonds and a red ruby on the teapot lid, a nod to the signature St. Regis color, King Cole Red.
This further fuelled my desire to go to Bali, and as we were due to travel to Thailand already in October, I asked Amit if I could possibly go solo a week earlier and work from abroad and he agreed, so I researched flights from Bangkok to Bali, and enquired about availability at the hotel, and before I knew it – Bali and a stay at The St. Regis Bali Resort was booked! This is a suites and villa only hotel and very luxurious, and located in Nusa Dua, only 25 minutes from the airport.
Guests who book directly with the The St. Regis Bali Resort and request the Airport transfer are in for a real treat as I found out when I landed and walked off the plane to be greeted by a charming duo holding a sign with my name. They whisked me through immigration in a special queue, took me to an air conditioned lounge whilst they collected my luggage, and then I was driven to the hotel in a luxurious car, given homemade chocolates, chilled water and face towels and had the best start to the trip!
I was booked into the St. Regis suite which comes with the signature St. Regis butler service, and I quickly freshened up and headed back to the King Cole Bar, as the hotel wanted to present me with my prize and had arranged for me to have the Afternoon Tea too.
It was an indulgent afternoon enjoying the Quintessential Afternoon Tea Series with beautiful and delicious sweet treats adorned with Balinese Batik patterns inspired from the Iwan Tirta Private Collection. If you are staying at The St. Regis Bali Resort, do check out their afternoon tea offering, as it is exquisite!
My room – St. Regis Suite
I had the most wonderful suite all to myself and it was incredibly spacious. There was a lounge area, a king sized bed, a massive bathroom with a tub of dreams, a walk in closet and a lovely balcony, which was the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the mornings!
There is an impressive 92 m2 of space of private paradise for you to revel in this suite and its kitted out with state of the art technology as well as incorporating the warm touches of Balinese traditional art, complementing each other perfectly.
The signature St. Regis Butler service is included as part of the package and they offered everything from bringing you fresh coffee, unpacking and packing your bags, making reservations for you and garment pressing.
A lovely surprise in the room was Lumi – a cute stuffed toy of a turtle with the message:
“My name is Lumi. My mother, a Bali Turtle laid her eggs on the beautiful shoreline of The St. Regis Bali Resort. The St. Regis Bali Resort kept me secure and protected our nest from the predators and humans until I was ready to hatch and crawl back to the ocean.”
Dining at The St. Regis Bali Resort
Breakfast is included in your rate and it is an incredibly amazing spread, served at the Boneka restaurant, and alongside a buffet style offering, you can also choose items of their menu, which is fantastic. I was also truly spoilt by the waiters, who saw that I was dining solo and so they brought over magazines, as well as kept bringing me food, fresh juice and gave me lots of smiles! The warm hospitality of the Balinese people is simply amazing.
You can also have lunch and dinner in the Boneka restaurant where a buffet is served and an a la carte menu is also available.
This beachfront restaurant is an award-winning restaurant with an amazing view! Here you can find Pan-Asian cuisine with both Asian and Western influences. I had my lunch here one day as well as dinner on my last evening.
King Cole Bar
The King Cole Bar, named after and designed like its New York counterpart, is a stunning bar to enjoy fantastic cocktails, afternoon tea and live jazz.
Did you know that the Bloody Mary was invented by Fernand Petiot at the The King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York? The classic recipe consists of vodka and a house-made Bloody Mary mix that includes tomato juice, tabasco pepper, ground celery salt and a slice of lemon for garnishing. The Bloody Mary remains a St. Regis signature, and each hotel has its own interpretation of the signature cocktail. The Bali Mary from The St. Regis Bali Resort’s King Cole Bar contains jicama, cucumber, and brown sugar and is delicious!
If you are on the terrace of the King Cole Bar at 6pm, it is a great vantage point to watch the Fire Dance too, which I highly recommend.
At the Gourmand Deli you can find artisan foods, wines, coffees and teas from around the world, as well as delicious gelato, perfect to cool down with in the warm Balinese sunshine.
Though I didn’t get to dine here during my stay, the Dulang restaurant serves Indonesian cuisine.
The Vista Bar is located by the beach (which is a private beach) and serves cocktails, coconuts, fresh juices and lots more, and also has a swim up pool bar. I was lounging on one of the sun beds with an ocean view, whilst enjoying several beverages whilst indulging in my book!
There is both a freshwater pool, with lots of cabanas and sun loungers dotted around, as well as a salt water lagoon pool. There is literally 3,668 square metres of swimmable lagoons to choose from!
What I love about the lagoon pools at the hotel are that they are winding around the hotel, so no matter where you decide to settle to chill, you almost have that section all to yourself.
If you are staying in a villa, you get your own private pool.
Spa and Fitness
The St. Regis Bali Spa -Remède Spa, is amazing for some pampering and time to rejuvenate. I booked myself in for a massage as well as to have my hair washed and blow dried. Both times the service was impeccable!
For those wishing to work out during their stay, there is a fitness centre that is open 24 hours, and is well equipped.
There are also several classes every day that you can book yourself onto.
I absolutely loved my stay at The St. Regis Bali Resort, and as a solo traveller never once did I ever feel bored or lonely. I love the fact that the hotel is spread out over so many lush acres, and that there are so many dining options. I felt totally relaxed, having treated myself to some spa time, as well as spent lots of time relaxing on the private beach. The staff are absolutely wonderful, and the service impeccable. I actually cried when it was time to leave.
In terms of location, I love it as it feels so tranquil and private. It is not far to drive to other areas of Bali, with Seminyak being approximately 30 mins. Last year when I stayed at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, it was also in Nusa Dua, and we loved it too.
What we did was hire a car for the whole day to go to all the places we wanted to visit, which worked out really well and considerably cheaper than booking a set tour.
The resort is great for families, couples and solo travellers, and if you are looking for a luxurious stay in a slice of paradise, this is for you!
I know I will certainly be back again, next time with my husband in tow!
You can read about my suggestions of things to do in Bali here.
Rates at The St Regis Suite cost from £372 per night.
For more information visit their website here.