Ro­manc­ing The Sea

Maxx-brides - - JUST THE TWO OF US - Text by Me­lani Se­muel | Photos courtesy of The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali

Set against pris­tine white-sand beaches and tran­quil turquoise seas, The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali, of­fers an un­com­pro­mis­ing world of lux­ury and com­fort. The per­fect place for our hon­ey­moon­ers, we have found you a place to re­lax, re­vive and ex­pe­ri­ence to­tal re­newal.

We just love stay­ing at The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali. Why? It is sim­ply be­cause we know that we can re­lax, re­fresh, re­vive and ex­pe­ri­ence to­tal re­newal. It is a par­adise where we can be sure that all of our senses are well taken care of. From the mo­ment our foot steps into the re­sort till the time we check out, we know that it will be an ex­pe­ri­ence that will stir our soul and re­plen­ish our spirit. Per­fect for a sweet es­cape! Our ex­pe­ri­ence at The Westin started the mo­ment we set foot in the lobby. We were wel­comed by sights, sounds and scents that au­to­mat­i­cally put our mind and body in a hol­i­day mood, which was ex­actly what we needed. The re­sort pro­vides trav­ellers with the high­est level of com­fort, com­bined with the soft touches of Ba­li­nese hos­pi­tal­ity. Not to men­tion, ev­ery time we hear the word Westin, our mind drifts off to the com­fort of the Heav­enly Bed. Here at the Westin, a good night sleep is guar­an­teed. Nev­er­the­less, The Westin Re­sort is about more than just com­fort­able beds. It is also the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for cou­ples who would love to take a break from the world and just trea­sure each other com­pany. Ac­com­mo­da­tion at The Westin Re­sort is all about mod­ern lux­ury with a dis­tinc­tive Ba­li­nese flair. One of the best things about stay­ing at The Westin is, of course, the Heav­enly Bed. This is sim­ply the most com­fort­able bed I have ever slept in. Spe­cially de­signed for The Westin, the all-white Heav­enly Bed will en­velop you in com­fort and pro­vide you with to­tal body sup­port, lulling you to sleep while mak­ing sure you are not dis­turbed by the move­ments of your part­ner. The 10 lay­ers of bed­ding con­sist of the pil­low-top mat­tress, finest qual­ity linen, a light­weight goose-down blan­ket, goose-feather pil­lows and a lux­u­ri­ous goose-down du­vet that will trans­port you to an­other realm. It is the bed that was made to take you to your dreams. There are so many things to do at The Westin, we tried the Sun­rise cy­cling tour around the Nusa Dua area, which was an en­joy­able breath of fresh air af­ter so much time in the polluted city of Jakarta. We took morn­ing yoga classes in the sum­mer gar­den, which was sim­ply re­lax­ing. We took a dip in both the fresh­wa­ter and salt­wa­ter pool, re­lax­ing on the Bale read­ing books while en­joy­ing the breeze of the In­dian Ocean and savoured del­i­ca­cies of the re­sort’s su­perb restau­rants. And we strolled along the beach, en­joy­ing the feel­ing of sand un­der our bare feet and the free­dom of, for a short time at least, not hav­ing any re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The visit to The Westin is not com­plete with­out a trip to my favourite Heav­enly Spa. When I booked our treat­ment, the Jayaprana & Layon­sari cou­ple’s rit­ual, I chose it be­cause I liked the items on the packet, only later did I find out that this much more than just a rit­ual. The Jayaprana & Layon­sari cou­ple’s rit­ual is based on Bali’s own epic love story. In fact,

the flo­ral de­signs and rep­re­sen­ta­tions of na­ture through­out Heav­enly Spa rep­re­sent an epic Ba­li­nese love story quite like Romeo and Juliet. Af­ter read­ing the love story, my part­ner and I were ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence the rit­ual. Our 180 min­utes amorous rit­ual be­gan

with the tra­di­tional burn­ing of Ba­li­nese in­cense to bless loved ones. An in­vig­o­rat­ing scrub us­ing Ba­li­nese sea salt was fol­lowed by an el­e­men­tal cleans­ing wrap with lo­cally sourced sea­weed, and while we were wrapped up, our ther­a­pists gave us an in­dul­gent scalp mas­sage. Af­ter a quick shower, we dozed off un­der the ex­pert hands of the ther­a­pists as they had us in a full-body deep-tis­sue oil mas­sage. The rit­ual ended with a nour­ish­ing Dedari fa­cial, said to in­duce the kind of rap­ture that over­took Jayaprana when he first laid eyes on Layon­sari. Heav­enly Spa by The Westin never dis­ap­points, and this cou­ple’s rit­ual is one of the most ro­man­tic spa ex­pe­ri­ences we have ever had. The Jayaprana & Layon­sari cou­ple’s rit­ual at Heav­enly Spa by The Westin is not just skin-deep. Not only did we feel re­laxed, we also learnt a bit about Bali’s own Romeo and Juliet, which made us ap­pre­ci­ate even more our own love story. When the sun be­gins to set, look out for The Westin Bali Un­wind pro­gramme. Un­wind is an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that helps you set­tle down from an ac­tive day and gear up for a mys­ti­cal trop­i­cal evening in Bali. The Westin’s lobby evolves from day to evening through a va­ri­ety of sub­tle sen­sory cues – ev­ery­thing from mu­sic to scent and light­ing. Warm, nat­u­ral light­ing is dimmed at the start of the evening, while scented can­dles are lit and care­fully placed around the lobby. This cre­ates an am­bi­ence that will ig­nite your aware­ness and lift your spirit. Learn­ing from my pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence stay­ing at the re­sort, I knew that af­ter a night spent on Heav­enly Bed, we will feel com­pelled to stay in bed longer. So we had Ro­man­tic Lux­ury Break­fast served in the pri­vacy of our suite. There were so many de­li­cious foods and the best thing about this break­fast was that we didn’t have to leave the room. Leave the out­side world be­hind and al­low your senses to be el­e­vated. At The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali ev­ery as­pect of your stay has been care­fully thought-out and de­signed to help you feel calm, re­laxed and a mil­lion miles away from the dis­trac­tions of the ev­ery­day world. Pro­vid­ing you with mod­ern, lux­u­ri­ous com­fort and Ba­li­nese hos­pi­tal­ity, The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali, is the place to be. The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua, Bali Phone. +62 361 771 906 www.westin.com/bali

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