A Per­fect Get­away

Two words that will linger in your head af­ter stay­ing for few nights at Bvl­gari: SEREN­ITY and AT­TEN­TIVE­NESS

Maxx-brides Honeymoon - - Love Nest - Text by Ray­naldo Se­muel | Photo Cour­tesy of Bvl­gari Ho­tels & Re­sorts, Bali

“We now un­der­stood why black fea­tures so strongly at the Bvl­gari Re­sort. It com­bines per­fectly with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings “

Be cap­ti­vated by seren­ity in warm, lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings that make you wish you will never need to leave the place. Be cap­ti­vated by at­ten­tive­ness of the staff, whom you wish you could take home with you ...

We had heard about its rep­u­ta­tion over the years as one of the sought-af­ter re­sorts for a hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion. It had raised our ex­pec­ta­tions of how much the place could wow a new­ly­wed cou­ple. Our ex­pec­ta­tions rose even higher as we were re­ally hop­ing to find the ul­ti­mate sanc­tu­ary for re­lax­ation af­ter the stress of the wed­ding, and to rekin­dle the spark of ro­mance.

When we ar­rived, the walls com­posed of large black blocks made us feel some­what ap­pre­hen­sive: Some­how, black and a hon­ey­moon did not seem to go well togther. Would we lose that ro­man­tic spark?

We had a good look round at the views, the pool, out­door Jacuzzi, restaurants, pri­vate beach, ca­ble car, spa, bungalow, pri­vate pool and the much talked­about sunken bath – all things we had seen at other five-star es­tab­lish­ments. Noth­ing, so far, had taken our breath away.

While in the out­door lounge over­look­ing the sea, there did not seem to be any­thing ob­vi­ously cap­ti­vat­ing, yet some­how a warm, re­lax­ing feel­ing came over us. Was it the seats, the view or sea breeze, the driz­zle or even the smile and gen­tle voice of the wel­com­ing waiter? Maybe it was a lit­tle of all of these ...

As the moon peeped through our bed­room win­dows, we got ready for our can­dle-lit din­ner. We headed for the fine-din­ing restau­rant and opted for the de­gus­ta­tion menu to sam­ple a bit of ev­ery­thing. It proved to be the ideal choice, for the aroma of the dishes, the flavours and the red wine took us on a culi­nary jour­ney that left us to­tally mel­low for the three hours we spent there – what a way to end the evening!

Next morn­ing we were awo­ken by gen­tle morn­ing sun and the lap­ping of the waves. We went for break­fast and were im­pressed by the top-notch se­lec­tion in the buf­fet. The a la carte menu was even bet­ter: How about a Kobe beef­burger with fresh salad for break­fast?

Lunch was no less im­pres­sive: We en­joyed it on a pri­vate beach sur­rounded by white sand. The ul­tra­fresh seafood se­lec­tion with sim­ple spices and sauces re­quired min­i­mal cook­ing.

By now it was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ob­vi­ous that much of the longestab­lished Bvl­gari rep­u­ta­tion rests on the top-qual­ity inge­di­ents it uses in the meals it serves.

Af­ter lunch, we were pam­pered by the spa treat­ment for cou­ples. We fell in love with the spa the mo­ment we walked through the com­plex and headed for our cou­ple’s suite. The mas­sage pro­duced an overwhelming feel­ing of re­lax­ation that over­came all our senses.

Our suite had been de­signed in such a way that you sim­ply did not want to step out­side. It was im­bued with a feel­ing of un­der­stated lux­ury that could be seen as well as smelt, for the dis­tinc­tive aroma was ut­terly re­lax­ing and so­porific.

One of the most mem­o­rable as­pects of our stay was the at­ten­tive­ness of the staff. They al­ways seemed to be one step ahead and went that ex­tra mile to en­sure we had what­ever we needed, even on mat­ters of de­tail that oth­ers might ig­nore.

We were pam­pered be­yond our imag­i­na­tion dur­ing our four-day stay and some­how just did not want the ex­pe­ri­ence to come to an end. Re­al­is­ing we sim­ply could not repli­cate this at home, we promised our­selves we would re­turn for the sake of our mind and soul.

We now un­der­stood why black fea­tures so strongly at the Bvl­gari Re­sort. It com­bines per­fectly with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings – the cliffs and white­sand beach, the man­groves, for­est and mon­keys – to cre­ate a sanc­tu­ary of ser­en­tiy for cou­ples to re­ju­ve­nate the spark of their ro­mance. The un­be­liev­able at­ten­tive­ness of the staff is the ic­ing on the cake.

Bvl­gari Ho­tels & Re­sorts, Bali

Jalan Goa Lempeh, Ban­jar Di­nas Kan­gin Uluwatu - Bali -In­done­sia Phone + 62 361 847 1000 www.bul­gar­i­ho­tels.com

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