[Indonesia: Bali] Hotel Review: Raffles Bali - An Oasis in Jimbaran Bay
An oasis nestled in Jimbaran Bay, Raffles Bali has just 32 ocean view villas - each with its own swimming pool! Opened in 2020, the resort is the embodiment of ultra luxury with privacy and wellbeing as the forefront of its hospitality. Our tranquil journey started from the private limousine transfer at the airport and in less than half an hour, we left the busy streets of Bali and entered into the beautiful tropical garden that is Raffles Bali. We were immediately welcomed by our wellbeing butler who would take care of all of our requests during our stay. With many facilities and activities to choose from, our stay at Raffles Bali was both relaxing and fulfilling.
Complimentary airport transfer is provided by Raffles Bali and we were picked up at the Ngurah Rai International Airport by our friendly private limousine driver. The car was equipped with welcome drinks and snacks for us to enjoy on the short 20 minute ride to the resort.
There are 5 room types at Raffles Bali - Ocean Pool Villa, Panoramic Pool Villa, Hilltop Pool Villa, Two Bedroom Pool Villa and Presidential Villa. We stayed in the Ocean Pool Villa which was super spacious at 470 sqm. With our own gazebo, swimming pool and rattan furniture, the decor had a rustic charm to it and I especially loved the beautiful batik tapestry hanging behind the bed - a tribute to Indonesian craftsmanship!
The work desk overlooks the villa's beautiful garden area.
Waking up to this view.
The alfresco dining area overlooks the pool and ocean views.
Both indoor and outdoor showers are available in addition to a soaking bathtub.
While each villa has its own swimming pool, there is also a bigger Infinity Pool by the beachfront for those who want to swim laps.
There's also a private secluded beach onsite - a rarity in Bali.
I highly recommend getting the Raffles Spa treatment at The Sanctuary - a remote hillside treatment suite! Choose from a variety of wellbeing treatments including the signature Balinese massage, detox body treatment or ancient hot stone massage.
To further your relaxation and wellbeing at Raffles Bali, you can also partake in the Morning Meditation in The Secret Cave.
Other facilities include a fitness center, yoga space, tennis court and a library.
The main dining restaurant at Raffles Bali is Rumari - a progressive Southeast Asian fine dining restaurant by Chef Gaetan Biesuz which I have covered in a separate post!
Rumari is also where resort guests have breakfast. The breakfast menu is a la carte only and the quality of the food is very high as it's overseen by Chef Gaetan. You can choose from international or Indonesian dishes along with a variety of wellbeing elixir made inhouse. Everything we tried was good but I personally loved the Jimbaran Bay lobster omelette with rock lobster bisque!
|Raffles Egg Benedict|
You can also choose to have breakfast in the comforts of your own villa. Quality of food is just as high with a lot of options to choose from.
The other restaurant onsite is the casual Loloan Beach Bar and Grill by the beachfront. The menu focuses mainly on seafood caught by fishermen in the Jimbaran Bay while wood-fire pizzas are another attraction. Favorites included the red mullet ceviche, the Ayam Sambal Matah pizza that is a clever twist on a Balinese dish, and the Jimbaran Bay bouillabaisse!
|Local Produce Burrata Cheese|
|Plaga Beet Salad|
|Lombok Red Mullet Ceviche|
|Ayam Sambal Matah Wood Fire Pizza|
|Jimbaran Bay Bouillabaisse|