A Won­der­fully Lush Trop­i­cal Re­sort Gar­den

The re­sort in­te­grates na­ture and hol­i­day-mak­ing plea­sure in a glo­ri­ous fu­sion of green­ery and smiles.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Grace So­larbe­sain | Pho­tos Cour­tesy by Melia Bali

Melia Bali im­merses guests in the ex­otic heart and soul of Bali. Ev­ery­thing from the vast trop­i­cal gar­dens to the thatched-roof build­ings and me­an­der­ing la­goon-style pool evokes the am­bi­ence of a sanc­tu­ary and bring the essence of Bali. Se­cluded on Bali’s south­ern coast, set amidst 26 acres of lush park­land, lakes, lo­tus ponds, foun­tains, stone carv­ings and trop­i­cal gar­dens, the re­sort looks over Nusa Dua’s half-moon of white sand beach. The re­sort en­joys an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion just 11 kilo­me­ters from Ngu­rah Rai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. It is within walk­ing dis­tance to Bali Col­lec­tion, the main shop­ping cen­ter, and to food and en­ter­tain­ment malls, a mu­seum, 850 me­ters from Bali In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and 700 me­tres from Bali Nusa Dua Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Two large stone god­desses and lo­tus blos­som foun­tain greet new­com­ers at the porte-cochere en­try. The re­sort’s main lobby sets the Ba­li­nese tone with pol­ished floors, high-pitched ceil­ings, and gleam­ing teak fur­ni­ture. I stroll to my rooms un­der tow­er­ing palms, gar­dens lush with trop­i­cal flora and ac­cented by koi ponds and carved stone bridges. On the ceil­ing, I can wit­ness the seat of Hindu Dharma, a unique form of Hin­duism, with its phi­los­o­phy of Tri Hita Karana, a bal­anced and har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship be­tween man and the en­vi­ron­ment, other hu­man be­ings and God, crafted in three dif­fer­ent tiers of the lobby. In the early evening, a Ba­li­nese game­lan orches­tra plays tra­di­tional mu­sic ac­com­pa­ny­ing two Ba­li­nese maidens danc­ing to wel­come the night. I spent my week­end in a La­goon Ac­cess suite.The 48 square me­ter suite fea­tures a pri­vate ter­race giv­ing di­rect ac­cess to the Re­sort’s new la­goon-style pool just steps away. From my room I could see the pool wind­ing through­out the grounds of­fer­ing a world of ex­otic beauty amid trop­i­cal sur­round­ings.The con­tem­po­rary Ba­li­nese ar­chi­tec­ture, bold dé­cor and 72,000 square me­tres of spa­cious gar­dens ex­press the essence of the is­land. My room was large, clean, well-de­signed and had an ex­tremely com­fort­able bed. A spa­cious mar­ble bath­room of­fered sep­a­rate large tubs, stand­ing show­ers and the lat­est in con­tem­po­rary fit­tings, an ex­tended room with sofa and study ta­ble, and wel­come trop­i­cal fruits served on the ta­ble. A glass door leads to the pri­vate ter­race fac­ing Meliá Bali’s lush trop­i­cal gar­dens over the el­e­gant crys­tal clear blue la­goon. YHI Spa is an au­then­tic sanc­tu­ary for the senses with a se­lec­tion rit­u­als and treat­ments that are the per­fect com­ple­ment to an un­for­get­table stay in this par­adise. Be­fore I checked out I tried to bal­ance my mind and body at YHI SPA. The 60-minute Ba­li­nese Mas­sage made me re­laxed and fresh. The Melia Bali of­fers a culi­nary jour­ney with sev­eral themed restau­rants and bars. Five restau­rant op­tions and three bars sat­isfy even the most dis­cern­ing tastes.

Sakura Ja­panese Restau­rant, has its own sushi bar and tep­pa­nyaki ta­bles, de­li­cious Sor­rento Mediter­ranean cui­sine serves pael­las and seafood dishes at the Sa­te­ria by the beach, as well as ver­sions of Asian cui­sine at the Lo­tus Restau­rant, while the In­ter­na­tional Cof­fee Shop is open 24/7. I only ate in the morn­ing, the food was good and my favourite was Ar­roz con Leche (rice with milk). This was Span­ish rice pud­ding, with a truly de­lec­ta­ble taste. Seven points that de­scribe Melia Bali: This re­sort showcases the nat­u­ral beauty of Nusa Dua com­bined with a pas­sion for ser­vice, Five restau­rants, five dream set­tings and a shared pas­sion: su­pe­rior qual­ity cui­sine, Ex­clu­sive ser­vice and treat­ments at the YHI SPA, The Level - the most ex­clu­sive choice, De­signed for fam­i­lies to en­sure chil­dren have fun while par­ents re­lax, Villa at Melia Bali is an ex­otic get­away in a se­cluded en­vi­ron­ment, The first ho­tel in Asia to achieve EarthCheck Plat­inum for en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity. Plan your hol­i­day in Bali and book your ac­com­mo­da­tion at Melia Bali.

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