Well, here in my glorious life of exotic travel, I get to stay in destinations and hotels that would make even the most committed backpacker cast off his or her tie-dye T-shirt and exchange it for a toweling bathrobe. This time was definitely something different, though: the all-villa ultraluxe resort, The Royal Santrian Bali.
This understated resort, underpinned by 20 luxury villas (choose from Deluxe or Royal), is located on a 200-meter strecth of Tanjung Benoa’s white-sand beach just north of the manicured Nusa Dua complex. On arrival, the design hits you: stunningly simple, yet visually impactive: a vista over the villas, almost obsessively tidy gardens, aqua-blue pool and the ocean beyond. Other than the restaurant, there’s not much more to see. And in a resort like this, this is how it should be. No clutter and ergonomic perfection.
My fiancee and I stayed in a Royal Villa, complete with private plunge pool (which, for various reasons, we didn’t get to use), vast bedroom, study, dressing and bathroom areas. Most impressive, though, was the in-room breakfast, served with a smile within 15-20 minutes of ordering. My advice if you want to be green: ask for one bread basket, since it will likely last you for the day. Meanwhile, the Allspice restaurant offers a huge variety of culinary options. I’d also recommend a private BBQ… Just make sure you grab some of the succulent lamb.
Pricey it may, arguably, be, but at this resort, you really can have privacy and peace and quiet on Bali. And that’s something to be treasured.