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More choice in Bali

VOLANTE Stanley Moss adds the Ritz–Carlton Nusa Dua to his list of recommended hotels in Bali
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Stanley Moss is travel editor of Lucire.

Among Bali’s multitude of options, Ritz–Carlton’s Nusa Dua property offers super service and family friendliness typical of the top global hospitality brand. Open for four years, the 313-room oceanfront resort doesn’t feel anywhere near that big. Perhaps it’s the six dining outlets, the gym open 24 hours, daily afternoon tea, the wealth of activities offered or the hotel’s Indonesian restaurant which excels at local tastes. Many guests stay a minimum of one week, some as long as three. Kids don’t feel left out, with their own check-in table, play area, hungry koi waiting for feeding in the expansive ponds, cool movies and dedicated food display during the bountiful breakfast. This is a place suited to groups or conventions as well—a ballroom accommodates up to 300 people, and occasionally there’s a complete buyout, for example one Indian wedding included a Mini Cooper procession and opulent ceremony in the oceanfront chapel. You will find a world of distractions, not the least of which is the Ritz–Carlton’s signature private club where US$78 gets you a day’s access to a comfy lounge, private pool, smoking patio, drinks bar and non-stop food. Alternately, you might enjoy Chef’s market-to-table cooking class which includes a visit to a traditional market. During the yearly kite festival the hotel hosts a blessing ceremony where the spirits come into the kites and a competition whose winner is determined by design and uniqueness. Ritz–Carlton’s Community Footprints programme helps to clean up local temples, and even sponsors a seasonal sea turtle release. And did we mention complimentary wifi everywhere, with a strong signal even from your reclining lounge chair on the beach? •


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