Heav­enly Ritz

The iconic ho­tel made its grand re­turn to the Is­land of the Gods promis­ing a fresh breath of ex­clu­siv­ity, hos­pi­tal­ity and lo­cally in­spired gas­tron­omy.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Umesh Bhagchan­dani | Pho­tos cour­tesy of The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali

Set amidst the dra­matic cliffs and pris­tine beaches of Sawan­gan, Nusa Dua, The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali is a ma­jes­tic sight to be­hold. The re­sort is spread out over 12.7 hectares of beau­ti­fully man­i­cured beach­front and cliff-top land, giv­ing guests a new way to ex­pe­ri­ence Bali. The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali boasts 313 gue­strooms with pri­vate pa­tio, spa­cious bed­room and en-suite mar­ble bath­room, and a large liv­ing space over­look­ing trop­i­cal gar­dens, a per­fect choice for those seek­ing a pri­vate par­adise. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the cli­matic set­ting, The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali also of­fers 34 splen­did clifftop and ocean-view vil­las, each fea­tur­ing large

bed­rooms, stylish Ba­li­nese bale, swim­ming pool with out­door shower and di­rect ac­cess to the white-sand beach with a view of the In­dian Ocean. It is im­pos­si­ble not to find per­fect bal­ance at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali. With the lux­ury re­sort’s com­mit­ment to au­then­tic, har­mo­nious ex­pe­ri­ences and in­dige­nous de­sign el­e­ments, guests will en­joy a sense of har­mony in the de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture. The cen­tral theme of the prop­erty is Tree of Life, known to lo­cals as Kal­pataru, de­rived from San­skrit and rep­re­sent­ing strength, wis­dom and beauty. This theme is preva­lent through­out the re­sort and its grounds, pro­vid­ing the fullest ap­pre­ci­a­tion for

the beauty of life. The dé­cor uti­lizes Anya­man style, cou­pled with de­sign in­flu­ences from lo­cal crafts­men and the sur­round­ing land­scape, cre­at­ing an ex­trav­a­gant at­mos­phere that is as el­e­gant as it is rus­tic. Bali has long been a cen­tre of in­ter­na­tional cui­sine, but The Ritz-Carl­ton’s sig­na­ture restau­rant of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent. Be­jana, in In­done­sian a tra­di­tional culi­nary ves­sel, of­fers a unique mix of five-star flair and a wide range of In­done­sian dishes. With its cliff-top lo­ca­tion, Be­jana fea­tures in­door and out­door seat­ing on three lev­els. The up­per level houses the Culi­nary Cave, fea­tur­ing an open kitchen with three sta­teof-the-art­cook­ingsta­tions­for­cook­ing­class­esand demon­stra­tions. Go down a level and guests will find a pri­vate din­ing room for 12 in the mid­dle of the restau­rant, as well as sev­eral ro­man­tic spots de­signed for cou­ples and com­ple­mented by a small gar­den and bar. The last level is an open-air wooden deck, where guests will find a cosy lounge and ca­sual out­door seat­ing. The in­tri­cate Ba­li­nese de­sign is heav­ily in­flu­enced by tra­di­tional el­e­ments and ex­udes an en­chant­ing at­mos­phere like no other. Stay­ing true to its name, Be­jana pro­vides guests mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes from dif­fer­ent re­gions of Bali and In­done­sia, such as Soto Pes­mol, a spiced co­conut and seafood soup orig­i­nally from Jakarta, and Be­bek Be­tutu, a Ba­li­nese roast duck in ba­nana leaf. Be­jana’s tal­ented mixol­o­gists have re-crafted some of In­done­sia’s tra­di­tional bev­er­ages into de­li­cious li­ba­tions for guests to en­joy. Ba­jigur, the aro­matic warm bev­er­age from West Java, is made up of creamy co­conut milk, sweet brown sugar, ginger with hints of pan­dan leaf and lemon­grass, with a twist of My­ers’s Rum and Mal­ibu. The Culi­nary Cave led by Chef Made Suri­ana is a unique farm-to-ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. The adventure be­gins in the morn­ing with a visit to the nearby tra­di­tional mar­kets, where guests will join Chef Made as he picks out the fresh­est lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. With their in­gre­di­ents in hand, guests re­turn to the re­sort to ex­per­i­ment with the herbs and spices from the chef's gar­den be­fore re­turn­ing to Be­jana, where they will learn how to pre­pare tra­di­tional meals. The Culi­nary Cave concludes with a sump­tu­ous lunch al­low­ing guests to sam­ple the dishes they cre­ated with a smile on their faces. Im­pec­ca­bly de­signed to meet your ev­ery need, The Ritz-Carl­ton, Bali’s stun­ning ocean­front wed­ding chapel makes the prop­erty an ideal venue for beau­ti­ful is­land wed­dings. And for those trav­el­ling for busi­ness, the re­sort’s mod­ern meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties can ac­com­mo­date up to 200 peo­ple seated, mak­ing this the per­fect venue for an end­less va­ri­ety of cor­po­rate and pri­vate events.

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