by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 2, 2019
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The St. Regis Bali Resort – Five-star excellence, with opulent villas facing a flawless beach.
This improbably vast resort offers all expected amenities expected, as well as many pleasing Balinese touches, such as gamelan players in the lobby. The main lagoon-style pool is extraordinarily large and the extensive gardens are full of coconut palms. Located on one of the longest and loveliest beaches on Bali, all villas boast an idyllic seafront location. Tranquil, private, and secluded behind walls and foliage, the villas feature the ultra-modern appliances and furnishings, as well as plunge pools and thatched gazebos. In a building facing the sea, the stunning suites feature ornate furnishings, walk-in closets, and sunken bathtubs. The kids club offers more culturally engaging activities than most resorts. The St. Regis sits just outside of the gated complex of Nusa Dua but still within walking distance of the golf course and affordable shops and cafés.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – The Location
- Address: Along Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, the main road between Nusa Dua and Bukit Peninsula to the south. About 800m south of the Southern Gate of Nusa Dua, a gated complex of 4 and 5-star resorts, and one of the most popular tourist regions in southern Bali.
- Area: Faces the magnificent Geger Beach. It’s not as isolated as other resorts that are also outside Nusa Dua; walkable to a few facilities, and often quicker via the beach.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 20 minutes (13km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
- Handy to: Golf course.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – The Basics
- Guests: Caters to all types of travelers – from large families to honeymooners.
- Kids Club: The Children’s Learning Centre is for those aged from 4 to 12. It offers a better-than-average range of activities and facilities, including lessons in Indonesian dance, language, cooking, and music.
- Beach: Postcard-perfect, with white sand and a path linking the resort with the rest of Nusa Dua. The beach is virtually private because no public comes this far south, but there is not much shade.
- Views: Suites face the sea and offer lovely views; villas boast direct beach frontage but are secluded behind walls.
- Kitchen: Larger villas feature fully-equipped kitchens, but these are designed for (and likely to be used by) butlers.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas and some suites feature private plunge pools.
- Extras: Shuttle bus services to Nusa Dua, including Bali Collection mall.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure spots, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 847 8111
- Email: Send a message through the resort website marriott.com
- Website: marriott.com
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Utterly massive lagoon-shaped pool. Another with saltwater, swim-up bar, and whirlpools. And a third is for children.
- Spa: The exquisite Remède Spa features a gorgeous setting, with many rooms (some for couples) and unrivaled treatments. Also, plunge pools, steam room, and stuff for children.
- Fitness Center: Located alongside the spa, the amazing gym is open 24 hours. Personal trainers are always available. Special yoga room.
- Activities: Yoga classes. Water-sports kiosk.
- For Families: Great kids club. Children’s pool. Amphitheater for live performances of traditional music and dance.
- Other Facilities: Deli. Library. Shops, including bank and minimart. Medical Clinic. Business Center.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Kayuputi – ‘White Wood’ faces the sea, serving award-winning contemporary Asian cuisine and seafood. Very impressive wine list and popular for Sunday brunches. • Boneka – Casual vibe and lively traditional-style setting. For buffet breakfasts and a la carte dinners. (Closed at lunch.) • Dulang – Tranquil position and colonial-era design among the gardens. Focuses on Indonesian food. Dinner only. • Gourmand Deli – Sophisticated selection of coffee, takeaway alcohol, and imported treats.
- Bars: King Cole Bar – Elegant, lively, and open until late. Cocktails, canapés, champagne, High Teas, and live jazz nightly. • Vista Bar – Sublime beachfront location and alongside the main pool. Swim-up stools in the water.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates. Buffet and a la carte options are served in Boneka restaurant from 7-11am.
- Room Service: Available 24/7. Some guests have access to a butler anytime of the day or night.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: St Regis Orchid Suites • 1 Bedroom Lagoon Villas • The Strand Residences • St Regis Suites • St Regis Pool Suites • 2 Bedroom Lagoon Villas • 1 Bedroom Studio Suites • The Strand Villa 1 Bedroom • St Regis Ocean View Suites • Gardenia Villas • Grand Astor Presidential Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Check with management about smoking policies, which are stricter here than at most resorts.
- Best Room: The Grand Astor Presidential Suite is on the top floor for maximum views. Massive and spread out over 2 levels, featuring unrivaled extras like chandeliers, marble floors, grand piano, and private infinity pool and jacuzzi.
- For Families: Many suites and villas have 2 bedrooms. Ask the management which is very receptive to any configuration of rooms and beds.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The comparative isolation ensures that guests will probably need to walk a lot to facilities nearby. Cycling around Nusa Dua is pleasant, especially along the beachside path, but less so around the hilly roads south of the resort. Ask the reception about bike rentals.
- Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport or shuttle buses around Bali, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Nusa Dua with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali; however, motorbikes are a fun and easy way to get around Nusa Dua and neighboring Tanjung Benoa, but not elsewhere in southern Bali. All transport options can be arranged at the resort.
- Local Shuttle Buses: Free shuttle buses link major hotels in Nusa Dua with the Bali Collection mall (see below). This is a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – What’s Nearby?
- For a change, some guests head to the cluster of cheap eateries just past the southern edge of the resort beach. All are fairly similar, with 5-star views and 1-star prices.
- Bubu Seafood and Chinese Restaurant – Live seafood from tanks and likeable old-style seating. Only 300m north along the road. 4-minute walk.
- At The Balé – At this low-key resort, about 500m south down the road, are Faces Restaurant (poolside, for Balinese specialties) and Tapa Bistro (chic setting, lively vibe, tapas, cocktails, and occasional live music). 7-minute walk.
- The Mulia – This massive resort offers several classy options facing the beach, or less invitingly, within the main building. A few minutes’ walk south via the beachside path.
- Kampung Bule – Adorable café in a 100-year-old joglo house full of traditional furniture and old photos and crafts. About 700m north up the main road. 9-minute walk.
- Otherwise, the Bali Collection mall provides free shuttle buses to resort guests. Among oodles of cafés and bars are Coco Bistro (Chinese food and pleasant courtyard) and Pica Pica Restaurant (sangria, tapas, and all things Spanish). 9-minute drive (3km).