Bali’s Lifestyle Retreats always manage to make me feel like a queen. The striking, architectural design of each hotel’s facade and the sheer brilliance of their personalised service never ceases to seduce me every single stay. The Balè is no different. Just as The Amala and The Santai before it, The Balè Bali proves that space, privacy and modern luxury are paramount to the hotel group’s ethos as a whole.

Walking up the enormously vast steps from reception to the 29 individual pavilions and main swimming pool, you feel a sense of calm. And even though you’re surrounded by sweeping limestone structures, ponds and cascading waterfalls, you never feel as if they’re gaudy or out of place. Architect Antony Liu has created a modern, clean-cut minimalist palace, and it’s hard not to feel at home here.

the bale bali reception architecture

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What is particularly inviting about The Balè Pavilions themselves, and indeed their design, is that you don’t feel as if you’re trapped inside the confines of their walls. Granted, you are in your own luxurious little bubble, complete with an outdoor shower, infinity pool backing into the bathroom and a daybed the size of a small apartment, but you never lose your sense of open space when you look out over deserted rice paddies beyond the enclosure. Speaking of infinity pools, it’s a real treat to be able to turn-around and step into the tranquil water right after you’ve washed your face with The Balè’s aromatic bathroom products in the morning!

the bale bali room

the bale bali pavilion

Although you have your own private Butler 24/7, if you do feel like venturing out of your room for a feed you’ve got a few options. For breakfast, you’ll find Faces Restaurant located by the main pool in a bright, airy pavilion. The breakfast, lunch and dinner selection is extensive, creative and, where applicable, organic. Come evening, you can chill at global tapas bar Tapa, a bistro raised above reception taking advantage of the cool breezes coming from the nearby ocean. DJ’s and acoustic musicians often play here, adding to the ambience.

stefanie acworth the bale bali

The Balè Bali: The Lowdown

Vibe
vibe
 A soothing sensual seduction
Think
think
 Indiana Jones in heaven
Sound
sound
 None. Ah, the serenity.
Crowd
crowd
Honeymooners, couples.
Highlights
highlights 1
  •  gorgeous Private beach club with personalised service
  • striking, architectural design
  • NO children under 16 = romance and quiet
  • Hospitality, staff go out of their way to accomodate any request
  • Eco-friendly – The Bale recycles water and paper, and, where possible, forges links with the local community
  • Free cookies (a Lifestyle Retreat signature) stocked daily
  • Excellent spa with inspired treatments and plenty of couples options
  • Close to airport
Lowlights
lowlights
  •  Some areas are showing minor signs of age – could use a lick of paint
  • No direct beach access – though the beach club is a short walk or drive away
  • It’s location in Nusa Dua isn’t thebest place to experience the true Balinese culture – very ‘resorty’.
Opened In
opened-by
 2008
Amenities
amenities
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Yoga
Price
price
Double rooms from AU$412.47 (IDR4,058,964), excluding tax at 21 per cent.

the bale bali pavilion

the bale bali bathroom

the bale bali beach

The Balé
Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kuta Selatan, Bali 80363, Indonesia
+62 361 775111

AMW xx

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Stefanie from AMW stayed courtesy of Lifestyle Retreats in April, 2016. As always, she’s keeping it real and all opinions are her own.