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In the past two posts I talked about the two types of rooms we stayed at for our four night stay — two nights in a pool suite and two nights in a lagoon villa. Now let’s talk a bit more about what there is to do at the hotel, how the food is, etc.
The hotel has one main building, which is where all the non-villas are located.
The lobby was located on the second floor, one level up from the pool suite we were initially staying in. The lobby couldn’t have been more gorgeous, whether visiting it during the day or at night. Stunning, stunning, stunning!
Both in the mornings and evenings there were two guys playing Balinese music which added to the overall “vibe” of the resort. I find Balinese music to be so relaxing, so could’ve listened to it all day long.
At the far end of the lobby are the stairs which descend to the ground level. As you’ll see there’s a “pit” which extends the length of the hotel towards the water, which features gorgeous torches at night that light up the property. There’s also a beautiful floral arrangement at the top of the stairs.
Off the lobby on both sides are some cool infinity edge water features.
From the main lobby you can turn left or right. To the left is the King Cole Bar (the signature bar found at all St. Regis properties), while to the right is the hotel’s main restaurant, where breakfast is also served.
The food at the hotel was incredible, so let’s start by talking about breakfast. This was included in our rate, so we didn’t even have to select breakfast in lieu of the 500 Starpoint Platinum amenity. For what it’s worth, for an extra $12.50 you can also elect to have breakfast in the room instead, though after seeing how good the selection in the restaurant was, we never took advantage of that. 😉
Breakfast was served daily from 7AM until 11AM at Boneka Restaurant, located just off the lobby.
The restaurant had a cool and quirky design, with some impressive lamp shades as well as Balinese puppets hanging from the walls.
Breakfast at the St. Regis is served daily from 7AM until 11AM, and consists of both an a la carte menu and buffet. You can select as much as you want from both the buffet and menu, so you certainly won’t leave hungry. And the selection was memorable, one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve seen.
The breakfast menu read as follows:
When we sat down we were brought small samplers of the hotel’s signature bloody mary. Bloody marys were invented at a St. Regis (specifically the St. Regis New York), so each property has their own signature drink.
As far as the buffet goes, the selection was great. It wasn’t the most impressive spread I’ve seen, but it was a good size and everything was also fresh/high quality.
I’ll let the pictures of the buffet speak for themselves.
Though I will jump in and say they had a chocolate fountain. As far as I’m concerned that’s the sign you’re at a truly good Asian breakfast buffet. 😉
Drinks were also included with breakfast, and you could have everything from custom made coffee drinks to all kinds of iced teas.
As far as the a la carte options go, over our four night stay we tried quite a few different options.
The steak and eggs were incredible.
The Avruga pearls were a nice option, though not the best caviar I’ve had.
The croissant french toast was sinfully delicious.
The river lobster egg omelet was my favorite savory dish on offer.
And the selection of sashimi was fantastic as well.
In addition to the buffet and ordering from the menu, the chef came around every 30 minutes or so with a new “creation,” ranging from freshly baked croissants to quiche.
Suffice to say we never left breakfast hungry!
The property has several other restaurants as well. The first night we had dinner at Kayuputi Restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located on the beach, and is described as serving “Asian inspired Haute Cuisine.” Here’s the dinner menu, if you’re interested.
The decor was lovely, as the restaurant felt a bit like a high end beach house.
The food was equally good, from the bread we had to start, to the amuse bouche, to the appetizer, to the main course. Absolutely top notch.
We also had drinks a couple of nights at the King Cole Bar, located off the lobby. As mentioned above, this is the signature bar found at all St. Regis properties.
The bar was beautifully decorated as well, and featured indoor seating as well as a great outdoor terrace.
While I’m not usually a bloody mary guy, I love the ones served at St. Regis properties, so had more than one during this stay.
The bar snacks served with the drinks were quite nice as well.
From the terrace you could view the nightly fire ritual, which was at 6:30PM. It featured some live music, and then the fire pit would be lit for the night. It was pretty cool to watch, cheesy as it might be.
Just down the stairs from the lobby is Gourmand Deli, which features a pool table as well as a restaurant.
You can eat outside (thanks to the ceiling fans it usually stays quite cool), or you can eat indoors at high-top tables as well.
This is both a restaurant as well as a place where you can just grab a quick sandwich, a cone of ice cream, or some sweets.
We had lunch there a couple of times. The menu read as follows:
The bread served at Gourmand Deli was incredible, as was the rest of the food.
One night we had dinner at Dulang Restaurant, the hotel’s signature Indonesian restaurant. This is the most “intimate” space, as it’s outdoors and has just a handful of tables with live music.
Duland Restaurant has a simple set menu. And when I say “simple” I simply mean the selection process was simple, as they made all the decisions for you. The food itself was anything but simple. 😉
The menu read as follows:
Again I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, as the food was incredible. As someone with a perpetual sweet tooth, I quite loved that they offered eight desserts as well. 😉
We also had room service lunch one day. St. Regis offers complimentary coffee through butler service, though I was pleasantly surprised to find that my order for an iced coffee with lunch was also comped.
The restaurants at the St. Regis exceeded my expectations. The service was consistently sincere and attentive, and the food was top notch. The prices were high by Bali standards, but by St. Regis standards were reasonable, in my opinion.
I also quite appreciated that there was nowhere to add a tip on the bill. There’s an included service charge, but then not a space on the check which requests additional tip.
In terms of the other features of the hotel, there’s a gorgeous pool by the beach, which is right near the beachfront restaurant.
The pool is separated by a bridge from the saltwater lagoon, which is what our villa offered direct access to. I loved the saltwater lagoon. I’m not much of an ocean person but also don’t love chlorine, so this was a great alternative. The lagoon was massive, and I often just floated around in it for hours.
Hilariously the lagoon also had an underwater “house,” where you could sit in a chair or on a couch… except most of your body would still be under water.
Across from the pool was the beach, which featured plenty of seating. Contrary to what many believe, Bali isn’t actually much of a beach destination. The water isn’t all that beautiful, and a lot of the beaches have rocks. Generally it’s a place where I prefer just relaxing by the pool.
The St. Regis had one of the nicer beaches, however, though tended to be pretty empty.
I may have also had a bloody mary or two at the beach. 😉
It’s worth noting that the St. Regis faces east, and therefore you don’t have those spectacular Bali sunsets from the hotel. That’s minor but also sort of sad, since the fondest memories I have of Bali involve the spectacular beach sunsets.
As is the norm at St. Regis properties, the hotel also had a Remede Spa, which was beautiful. I had a massage there one afternoon, which I enjoyed.
The gym is also connected to the spa, and is small, though features modern equipment.
In terms of other general thoughts about the property, I was impressed by the staff across the board. They were so kind, genuine, and attentive. I find Balinese people to be among the friendliest in the world, and that was only amplified at the St. Regis. What a fantastic team.
The resort is located in Nusa Dua. I know a lot of people prefer not to be in Nusa Dua, but personally I quite like it — there are some great restaurants in the area, it’s not too far from the airport, and you can easily make a day trip to Ubud, etc. If I were spending a long time in Bali I’d certainly split my time and spend some nights in Ubud, but as far as the coastal destinations close to Denpasar Airport go, I quite like Nusa Dua.
Bali is one of my favorite places in the world, and the St. Regis didn’t disappoint. The property was gorgeous, the suites and villas were beautiful, the food was great, and the service was top notch. The property isn’t cheap, especially if you’re upgrading to a villa, though for a special occasion I think the resort can be worth it. There are other properties I’d like to try in Bali, but at some point I’d absolutely return.