The Bale

Nusa Dua, Denpasar & South, Indonesia Book from

Hip, modern, minimalist Nusa Dua hotel and spa with individual pavilion rooms and private infinity pools
The Bale brings to mind the phrase "live like a king". Walk up its vast sweeping steps, past endless polished limestone and a central cascading waterfall and you're in a modern, minimalist palace. Architect Antony Liu has applied his clean cut palette on an impressive scale.

Set on a hillside in the upmarket enclave of Nusa Dua, its individual pavilions are cutting-edge contemporary design. Each pavilion has its own small garden, with a daybed the size of a small house. Walk into the bathroom and you could find yourself drifting down into your own infinity swimming pool. What's clever is how they've combined the seclusion of private walled enclosures without losing a sense of open space. You can look out, nobody looks in. Your own butler checks you in and will sort out any trips you need. With armies of staff, ultra style, funky restaurants and a fabulous spa, they don't come more luxurious than this.

Highs

  • High-style, ultra private pavilions, all with own infinity pools - some of the most seductive rooms on the island that make you think twice about bothering to leave
  • Soothing atmosphere and total luxury, including highly personalised service
  • Excellent spa with inspired treatments and plenty of couples options
  • Striking minimalist design, a complete contrast to the usual Balinese decor
  • Just a 30-minute drive from the airport, perfect for relaxing at the beginning or end of your trip

Lows

  • Cut off from the outside world and not for those seeking a traditional Balinese experience. Ideal for those wanting to cocoon themselves but not if you want shops, restaurants and culture
  • No direct beach access - though the beach club is a short walk or drive away
  • Some minor signs of wear and tear, the limestone isn't as gleaming as it once was
  • A romantic retreat, no children under 16

Best time to go

Any time of year, though the drier months are April-September. Bali's wet season runs from November to March. The busiest periods are June and July, Christmas and New Year.

Our top tips

This is honeymooner paradise: sleep late, order room service, enjoy the spa and swim in your private infinity pool. The real world will soon feel a million miles away.

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 29 pavilions
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Not suitable
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Deluxe 1-Bedroom Pavilion

Rooms

Each hillside pavilion is set within its own walled garden with a private swimming pool. Whether a 1-Bedroom, a Deluxe 1-Bedroom or a 2-Bedroom Pavilion, the style and layout is consistent, with ultra-minimalist clean lines that please the eye.

Sliding glass doors open into the large bedroom where there's wardrobe space for a diva and enough gadgetry to keep tech-fiends happy. Beds have mosquito nets and the hotel is regularly sprayed (we visited in rainy season and didn't see any).

Chic bathrooms with fine terrazzo flooring have twin basins and delicious aromatic hand-made products. Each has an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a bathtub, but the highlight is stepping directly into the pool from your bathroom.

Outside, the kingsize daybed is set under a pillared veranda. Here you overlook your pool, listen to the built in music system and snack on the fresh cookies provided.

The Deluxe 1-Bedroom Pavilions are larger with softer sand coloured interiors. Their rates include additional benefits: daily half-board dining or spa treatments, plus evening cocktails.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Daybed
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Outdoor shower
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Private garden
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Swimming pool
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

If you venture out of your room, you'll find the Faces restaurant set in a bright and airy pavilion with an open kitchen, next to the main pool. Here meals are served throughout the day.

Expect modern European and Asian cuisine using mainly organic produce. Dishes are light, full of flavour and beautifully presented - perhaps perfectly cooked cumin-seared scallops with potato mash and spicy harissa.

We were also seriously impressed with the imaginative breakfasts, which included the best selection of eggs we’d seen in some time. Try the Bale Benedict or bacon and egg burger – both superb.

Come evening, you can also relax with signature cocktails and global tapas in Tapa, a stunning raised bistro where DJs and acoustic musicians often add to the chilled-out ambience.

If you want to break out, take a taxi to Seminyak (or use the hotel's free transfer service within Nusa Dua).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: 2-Bedroom Pavilion

Activities

  • Some guests never venture out of their pavilions and just totally chill out for their whole stay. After all, your butler can bring everything to you
  • The Bale's own small private Geger Beach Club is just 5 minutes drive away (transport is free). There's a long stretch of white-grey sand and the water is calm. You'll find more staff there to offer drinks and snorkelling equipment for hire
  • Totally de-stress The Bale's Spa with its wide selection of treatments like the the couple's Balinese massage or Zen ritual with its hot stone and green tea massage
  • Yoga sessions that suit your pursuit - they have sessions for surfing, diving, energising or even just relaxing
  • Nusa Dua on the Bukit Peninsula is a quiet enclave of upmarket hotels, but the nearby Bali Collective offers shopping and the hotel can recommend local restaurants. If you want more action and local colour, take a taxi to bustling Seminyak

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Nightlife
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Not suitable for children, this is a grown-up retreat.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
8/
Food
10/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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