The Ritz-Carlton Bali Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019

Review of The Ritz-Carlton Bali.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Impossibly immense and implausibly luxurious, with vast beach frontage.

The sheer opulence and utter extravagance commence at the lobby, which is perched on a cliff. From there a ‘window lift’ hurtles down to sea level, where the spread of villas among lush tropical gardens is so extensive that guests wait for transport to their rooms at the ‘Buggy Meeting Point’. The superlative Cliff Villas with pools are designed like New York apartments, with every inch modern and lavish; even a TV above the jacuzzi. Suites in the four-level block are comparatively modest, while those at ground level have direct access to the infinity pool from their patio. The resort caters extremely well for families and is connected by shuttle bus to Nusa Dua, with its cafés and mall, about six kilometers away.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan road, in southern Bali.
  • Area: Faces an excellent beach along the southeast edge of Bukit Peninsula, about 6km from central Nusa Dua, a gated area of top-end resorts.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver, which should about 30 minutes (depending on traffic). Easily accessible from southern Bali by metered taxi; by chartered car from elsewhere.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters very well for all. Although families are a focus, child-free couples would still enjoy themselves.
  • Kids’ Club: The Ritz Kids’ Cub is outstanding, with excellent activities focusing on Indonesian culture, and extras rarely (if ever) offered elsewhere, e.g. a ‘Night Safari Adventure’.
  • Beach: Waves can be rough in places, so take care, although a breakwater offers some protection for swimming. Overall, less appealing than others, but decent enough.
  • Views: A few rooms offer sea views, but these will be obstructed by the massive neighboring resort still being completed in 2019. Some villas do have direct beach frontage. Most rooms, however, are distant from the ocean and overlook the gardens and/or pools.
  • Kitchen: The larger villas feature a kitchenette.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas contain a private pool and jacuzzi. The ground-floor suites have access to the main pool from their patio.

  • Extras: Some villas include a 24/7 butler service. Shuttle bus services to the Bali Collection mall.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure spaces at the lobby. Tell management when booking. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free in all public areas, but only in about half of the rooms. Some packages include free Wi-Fi; otherwise, there is a hefty charge for use in the room.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 849 8988
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ritzcarlton.com/bali

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: All pools are massive, with plenty of shade. The one for children is secure, supervised, and gated.
  • Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa Bali has a nautical theme and is set amid vibrant gardens. It offers signature treatments and even provides 4 special spa villas.
  • Fitness Center: Good size and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Futsal. Playground. Special Kids Corner in the restaurant. Babysitting. The whole family is encouraged to become involved in turtle conservation through donations and release programs.
  • Activities: Impressive range of activities, including lessons in cooking, yoga, and surfing.
  • Other Facilities: Shopping arcade, with several boutiques and a minimart. Business Center. Hindu temple.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Bejana – Stylish setting on the clifftop, specializing in Indonesian food. • The Beach Grill – Casual and beachside, with an extended menu focusing on seafood. • Senses – Open only for buffet breakfast.
  • Bars: Breezes Tapas Lounge – Facing the pool and beach for snacks, cocktails, and themed buffets at night, often with a Spanish flavor. • Raku – Japanese-themed lounge bar with stunning views and sushi tapas. • Ritz-Carlton Lounge & Bar – Swish and breezy for light meals, cocktails, and live music nightly.
  • Breakfast: Often included, but depends on the type of room and how the booking was made.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Sawangan Junior Suites • Ritz-Carlton Suites • Family Suites • Pavilion Villas with Pool Access • Garden Villas with Private Pool • Sky Villas with Private Pool (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Cliff Villas with Private Pool • Ritz-Carlton Cliff Villas with Private Pool • Ritz-Carlton Villas with Private Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Ritz-Carlton Villas with Private Pool are the ultimate in luxury, with all the latest gadgets across 2 levels. With separate dining and living rooms and 3 bedrooms, it faces the ocean with direct beach frontage.
  • For Families: Some villas have 3 bedrooms and a kitchenette.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Too far to walk to Nusa Dua and very little within walking distance. No bicycles to rent (which is unfortunate).
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: Neither along this part of the coast because it is outside the Nusa Dua area.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Renting a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but a motorbike is a great way to get around Nusa Dua – but nowhere else in southern Bali. For short distances get a metered taxi; for longer trips, charter a car with a driver. All transport options can be arranged at the reception.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants, Bars & Shops

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in an isolated part south of Nusa Dua.

The resort is located south of Nusa Dua, in a more isolated and underdeveloped part of southern Bali.

The large resort grounds require gold buggies to get around.

The grounds of the Ritz-Carlton are substantial enough for guests to require golf buggies.

The resort is modern, and features rooms on the cliff and villas at sea level.

The resort is modern and inviting. The lobby, as well as many facilities and rooms are on a cliff, while most villas are at sea level.

The main pool offers excellent ocean views.

The main pool is beautifully positioned facing the ocean.

The large pools feature palm-tree-islands.

The pools are large enough to feature ‘islands’ of palm trees.

The multi-tiered pools have kids' areas.

The pools are multi-tiered, with areas for children and shade for everyone.

The beach is not very attractive, and the sea can get rough.

The beach is not as attractive as those in Nusa Dua, and the waves can be rough at times.

The resort feature plenty of sunbathing options.

There are always plenty of lounge chairs facing the ocean for sunbathing.

The resort's shopping arcade feature boutiques and minimart.

The shopping arcade in the resort contains boutiques and a minimart.

Raku serves good Japanese food.

Raku is a lounge bar offering Japanese food.

The Ritz-Carlton Lounge & Bar is a fun place for drinks.

Another place to enjoy a drink is the Ritz-Carlton Lounge & Bar.

The suites block is slightly farther from the sea.

Suites are in a block reasonably distant from the sea.

The luxurious villas feature chic furnishings and contemporary decor.

Villas are luxuriously appointed, with chic furnishings and contemporary décor.

The work desk behind the bed offers good sea views as well.

The desk is positioned behind the bed, ensuring both receive maximum possible sea views.

The sofa is located in front of the bed.

In front of the bed, and also sharing the magnificent views, is a sofa.

Some villas feature a jacuzzi with ocean views.

Some villas boast a jacuzzi, also offering views of the ocean.

Ground floor suites have direct access to the main pool.

Suites on the ground floor have direct access to part of the main pool from the patio.

The brightly-furnished villas have a contemporary decor.

Villas are brightly furnished, with a contemporary décor.

The suite bedrooms are spacious.

Bedrooms in the suites are reasonably spacious.

Suites offer distant but good sea views from their balconies.

Suites are further from the ocean, but most still provide excellent views from a broad balcony.

A small shopping center is located about 1km from the resort.

About 1km up from the main resort gate, a modest cluster of shops contain 3 eateries, a spa, and grocery store.

A warung near the shopping arcade sells padang food.

Among the cluster 1km from the hotel gate is a warung (food stall) offering traditional padang food.

Rantun's Place is known for its simple and affordable meals.

Near the warung, and a more palatable choice, Rantun’s Place offers simple and affordable meals.

A free hotel shuttle transports guests to Bali Collection.

Bali Collection is a lovely outdoor shopping center in Nusa Dua, and accessible by hotel shuttle bus.

Frangipani has a charming courtyard where guests can enjoy their meals.

One of many places to eat at Bali Collection, Frangipani features a charming courtyard setting.

Coco Bistro offers a vast selection of delicious meals.

Also at Bali Collection, the popular Coco Bistro offers a huge array of delicious meals.

De Verdant Kuma is known for its health Indonesian dishes.

Within Bali Collection mall, De Verdant Kuma provides healthy Indonesian food from across the archipelago.

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