SINCE debuting in late 2013, five-star deluxe Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort has developed as a premium international resort along Nusa Dua’s exclusive shoreline, in fact, quite the stand-out in this increasingly competitive resort enclave. Indonesia’s first Sofitel property and Bali’s only French luxury hotel brand (the most upscale from French ACCOR group) immerses guests in the brand’s trademark French sophistication, heritage and tailor-made services – even using the not-so-common greetings (in Bali at least) of “Bonjour!” and “Bon Soir!”
Sofitel also presents an unusual fusion with Balinese artisanal heritage and authentic charm, starting with the spectacular, atrium-style lobby, dominated by a modern interpretation of the sacred Banyan tree and wooden frieze replicating the Balinese life cycle.
The ultra-contemporary resorts’ 415 rooms, suites and villas tempt anyone from corporate types to families; some come housed in mammoth accommodation wings flanking four inter-connected pools terraced down to the secluded beach. These include the 376 lead-in Luxury Rooms, some offering roll-out access to the lagoon pool: swim out further and you’ll reach L’OH Pool Bar, with semi-submerged stools and tables that are perfect for sundowners.
The 16 private pool villas, three-bedroom, palatial Presidential Suite secluded along the beachfront and 22 Prestige Suites all provide personalized butler services and exclusive access to the chic Executive Lounge and Bar, Club Millesime – inspired by the French ‘Art de Recevoir.’ Accommodations ooze classic French flair and lavish finishes, with designs utilizing the finest marbles and walnut-hued woods. Deluxe comforts cover slumber-heaven Sofitel MyBeds, Espresso machines and French Hermès bathroom amenities. In-resort facilities feature some of the island’s largest, most sophisticated MICE facilities, plus exceptional Kid’s Club with a fun-filled Kid’s pool. Sofitel Bali also boasts several stand-out destination venues that can be enjoyed without checking-in.
Amongst four F&B offerings, Cut Catch Cucina incorporates a three-restaurants-in-one concept across a stylish, open-plan dining floor; this signature restaurant regularly hosts gastronomic dinners, but is best known for its acclaimed weekend brunches, recently revamped as The Weekend Chic Brunch, billed as the island’s “first Haute Couture brunch” and surely boasting the most decadent array of Francophile delicacies. Matching any sophisticated Paris salon, Vietura, Artisan of Anti-Ageing, still leads Bali’s aesthetic beauty clinics, offering 100 percent, non-invasive, non-surgical procedures matched with progressive and holistic treatments, while down on the Nusa Dua beachfront, one of the island’s hippest, most glam venues to party, chill or, (if you must), pose; multifaceted Nikki Beach Bali, part of the legendary Nikki Beach Club series, found at the world’s party hotspots. Latest resort additions include a tennis court and beachside Spa Gazebos, part of So SPA. Mon Dieu, that should keep you entertained for a few days.