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Raffles is legendary and overflowing with magical stories of tigers, luxury travel, hat boxes, and royal glamour.
Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies brothers, founded the millennia-old Singapore hotel in 1887, naming it ‘Raffles’ after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founding father of modern Singapore. Raffles continues to be synonymous with luxury, glamour and extraordinary adventure. Raffles Bali is no different with its exquisite beach, and villas surrounded by tropical gardens and captivating views across Jimbaran Bay. The resort is an oasis of calm and a tranquil retreat for rich experiences, unforgettable memories and individualised well-being and care.
Already adored by those with an adventurous spirit, Jimbaran was once a fishing village with its people harvesting their catch from the bountiful seas. As subsistence farmers, they shared their homegrown herbs, vegetables, and freshly caught seafood. It was a sleepy community that appreciated the love of the land, the beauty of the coastline and the abundance of coconut groves and banana plantations.
Today, Jimbaran is authentic and peacefully upscale with its luxury resorts that pepper the landscape. It’s close enough to Kuta and Seminyak to enjoy a hedonistic evening and far enough to retain its charming peace. Raffles’s well-being butlers will guide you through the enchanted hidden jungle villages home to folklore, sea temples, ceremonies, and traditional sunset dances. They have extensive knowledge of the island and are happy to arrange unique cultural experiences across Bali, with or without them. They are on hand to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout your journey on the Island of the Gods. Take an evening walk and discover Indonesia’s tallest structure, Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The towering statue depicts the Hindu God Wisnu atop his mount, the mythical eagle, Garuda.
Raffles Bali is an intimate oasis with 32 private ocean-view villas that nestle harmoniously in the tropical gardens with a full-size swimming pool and outdoor gazebo, an oversized daybed for relaxing and seating for alfresco dining. Each villa has a distinct sense of home with a seamless blend of traditional architecture, polished hardwood floors, exposed dark wood beams and handcrafted rattan panels. With comfortable furniture, silk-like linens and expansive living areas adorned with batik-inspired tapestries on the walls, you’ll have the most relaxing stay.
Bali is world-renowned for its breathtaking healing and mindfulness practices. Unwind in the Raffles spa, The Sanctuary, with the expert hands of the resort’s massage therapists, who use time-honoured techniques to help you connect to your inner sense of well-being. Two treatment suites have a deep bath and sliding doors leading to a hill-view terrace. Signature treatments include the Rasayana Detox Body, a three-stage detoxifying treatment using a clay wrap infused with healing ginger lily, spirulina, and green tea, or the Ancient Hot Stone Massage, an indulgent treatment that soothes muscle tension and encourages blood circulation. Other health programmes include nutrition, meditation, sound healing and reiki.
In true Raffles style, the chefs have gone out of their way to give you the tastiest dining experience. Enjoy the Farm Terrace, where gardeners and chefs grow exotic herbs, fruits and vegetables for your dishes. Under the vine-covered pergola, dine at the farm-style table and learn how the freshly picked ingredients are used in authentic local recipes or herb-infused cocktails. Enjoy Indonesian or Western cuisine and the haunting traditional Balinese Gamelan music as the sun sets over Jimbaran Bay. The Secret Cave has changed little since its chance discovery; dine with the sand beneath your feet with nothing other than flickering candlelight for company.
The world-famed Singapore Sling, a legendary cocktail crafted by the late Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 for the first Raffles hotel, influences the Bali Sling, a jackfruit-infused gin cocktail perfect for sunset chasing. The Writers Bar is an iteration of the original haunt that hosted literary legends such as Rudyard Kipling. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and uninterrupted views across the bay.
Raffles Bali offers The Private Hideaway, an indulgent well-being offering in an ocean pool villa including airport transfers, sunset cocktails in the Writers Bar, daily breakfasts, spa treatments and a three-course dinner in Loloan Beach Bar and Grill.
Katie Hollamby is a well-travelled public relations specialist turned writer for various international publications, tourism boards and ethical brands. Originally from the UK, she’s worked around the world, lived in and explored North America, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and now Thailand. She’s passionate about the welfare of animals and sustainability. For more adventures, you can follow her on Instagram @thekatybooks.