It may not seem like the best time to launch a brand new hotel, however that hasn’t stopped Accor-owned Raffles Hotels & Resorts from opening the doors to its latest all-villa property in Indonesia – Raffles Bali in the popular Jimbaran Bay, a 30-minute drive from the airport.
The beachfront resort celebrated its soft opening on 4th July 2020 and is now accepting reservations from 15th July 2020 onwards, though do note that Indonesia currently remains closed to tourist arrivals.
“We are delighted to introduce our most iconic hotel brand to the beautiful island of Bali.
“The highly-anticipated Raffles Bali will be the brand’s second hotel in Indonesia, joining the stunning Raffles Jakarta, and is set to become a special retreat for guests to feel pampered, through meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive.”Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO Accor Asia Pacific
The resort itself benefits from a hillside setting with ocean views and is set amongst lush tropical gardens.
The team at Raffles Bali is led by Katya Herting, formerly Manager of Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore.
When can we visit Bali?
Before we take a closer look at the hotel itself, let’s examine the approximate timeline for Bali reopening to tourist visitors, given the current travel restrictions in force.
Luckily, once Bali recovers from the COVID-19 outbreak there is a tourism strategy, which should mean that alongside Manado and Batam, Bali will be one of the first three destinations that the Indonesian government is planning to ease travel restrictions.
Beaches and tourist attractions on the island will reopen to local residents later this week, on 9th July 2020, with provisional permission for domestic tourism intended from 31st July 2020 and international tourism from 11th September 2020, as recently announced by Bali Governor Wayan Koster.
There’s no 90-minute drive to Ubud to worry about with Raffles Bali. The property is located in Jimbaran Bay, meaning your private limo transfer will whisk you to the resort in 15 to 30-minutes, depending on traffic.
“The private limousine transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport to the luxurious Balinese resort takes less than half an hour; yet despite its brevity, the journey has the power to transport you from one world to another.”Raffles Bali
Raffles Bali is an all-villa property, with just 32 private pool villas, ranging from one- and two-bedroom Ocean Villas right through to the ‘on request’ Presidential Villa.
|Ocean Pool Villa||470 sq m
(5,059 sq ft)
|Panoramic Pool Villa|
|Hill Top Pool Villa||375 sq m
(4,036 sq ft)
|Two Bedroom Ocean Front Villa||900 sq m
(9,688 sq ft)
All villas include indoor and outdoor showers, yoga mats and bespoke beach accessories, in addition to “an indulgent soaking tub”.
“Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an intimate oasis of emotional wellbeing, Raffles Bali offers unparalleled panoramic ocean views and captivating sunsets from every villa.
“Our beachfront resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, providing utmost relaxation due to its generosity of space.”Katya Herting, General Manager, Raffles Bali
Villa amenities include:
- Online newspaper by Press Read
- Daily morning yoga
- Daily replenished non-alcoholic drinks in-villa minibar
- Personalised gift upon departure
- Sleep ritual amenities
- Local landline calls
- Wi-Fi throughout the resort
- Raffles signature pool and beach amenities
Ocean Pool Villa
The hotel’s entry-level suite comes in at a spacious 470 sq m. The king bed sits in front of a batik tapestry wall, facing out to sea for the perfect morning view.
Outside, your private pool terrace also includes a pair of sun loungers and a shaded gazebo with daybed.
Panoramic Pool Villa
Panoramic Pool Villas are equally spacious and provide uninterrupted sea views for perfect sunsets.
You’ll still benefit from a pair of sun loungers, gazebo with daybed and dining furniture on your private pool terrace.
Hill Top Pool Villa
Set at the resort’s highest point, these villas benefit from the best views while being slightly smaller at 375 sq m.
The almost 180-degree view is the key selling point for this category.