Last day in private villa at Bali before moving to Ritz Carlton down the stretch of road. This time round, we had brekkie at the restaurant in the Villa compound. After breakfast, it was just rest and relaxing around the villa and I had the opportunity to try out the pool. Though small, it was still acceptable for a relaxing dip in the morning. Around noon, we checked out of the hotel and as we had a complimentary shuttle to the airport, we requested for the driver to send us to the Ritz Carlton instead. Both the villas and the Ritz Carlton is along the same road, giving it the impression of being near to each other. But it was not the case… The Ritz Carlton is at the deep end of Jimbaran and it is definitely not possible to reach the lobby of the hotel by foot. Moving to the Ritz Carlton is like entering a different world altogether, as the Gending Kedis is small and intimate, the Ritz Carlton is huge, spacious and perhaps the largest resort in Bali. Best of all is the magnificent setting of the hotel as it is nestled on a perch along the cliffside with a wide panoramic expanse of the ocean. This is what immediately strikes you when you reach its open air lobby. Note though that the Ritz Carlton has a separate villa lobby for those checking into their super expensive villas.
When we arrived, there was a security checkpoint and we were asked for our names. From the checkpoint, it was a 3 minute drive into the main lobby, which is a really long distance showing the vast expanse of land that the resort have. Upon reaching the lobby, each of us were given a garland of flowers ala Hawaii style, before proceeding for check-in. We were seated in the lobby area while the receptionist handled the check-in and given towels and welcome drinks for refreshments. As the hotel was fully booked and we wanted a connecting room, they took some time for check-in while we went to explore the hotel and had lunch at Kisik, the hotel’s restaurant by the beachside. Being perched on a cliff, we had to literally trek down a flight of stairs down into the restaurant. Beside the restaurant is a salt water Ocean Beach Pool, which offers a magnificent view as the beach itself is not suitable for swimming due to the presence of rocks. Not to worry though, while this beach is not fit for swimming, a shuttle in the hotel will ferry you to another section of the hotel where you can swim in private at the Kubu beach.
Lunch at Kisik was typical beachside fare like Fish and Chips, Beef Burgers and Grilled Seafood Skewers. It was a nice place to soak in the sun, the sea and plane spotting as you can easily see planes landing on the Ngurah Rai runway from the restaurant. Please wear slippers or sandals here though as the restaurant floor is beach sand, no tiles or cement, so its au naturel… They are known to serve great seafood at this place for dinner, maybe next time when I visit again, I might try it out.
After lunch, it is another trek back up the stairs (a really good way to burn your calories) to return to the lobby. We were assigned our rooms and being a Ritz Carlton, the rooms definitely did not disappoint. Their king sized beds were supremely comfortable, though a bit on the soft side. Our rooms was fitted with LCD TVs too and was on the ground floor, meaning we could step right out to the vast gardens of the resort from the outdoor terrace.
With all the luggages delivered to the room, we went on to spend the day in the resort by swimming in the main pool. One feature of the pool is its infinity edge and the main pool is also a good way to spend the afternoon, especially when it’s near sunset. It is an amazing experience to just lie down there on the sundeck or on the swimming pool gazing out into the horizon with the sun slowly setting down for the day. To top it off, the hotel actually sells champagne right on the swimming pool itself which could be savoured with chilled strawberries. Total indulgence…
After enjoying the swim and the sunset, we went back to the room for a wash before venturing out of the resort into the Nusa Dua area for dinner. This time we tried out Bumbu Bali, a restaurant offering Indonesian cuisine. There are several restaurants known as Bumbu Bali, but just tell the taxi driver its the one at Nusa Dua, along the road with the Conrad Resort. Their satay, and Rijstaffel (Rice Table) dinner is pretty good, and the price is reasonable when compared to KuDeTa.