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Despite its elegant and lavish surrounds, The Ritz-Carlton Bali is one of those rare hotels which caters equally well to couples in search of romance and those who are travelling with children. Here are 10 reasons to check in and check it out, whether you are visiting as a couple, family or with friends. I’ve also included some insider tips to help you get the most out of your stay at the resort.

Ritz-Carlton Bali Hydro Pool

Located on the lower floor of the spa, this state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool offers a tropical-paradise-meets-Tuscany relaxation experience for guests of all ages. Join a free Aqua Stretch or Aqua Tai Chi class or simply soak away your cares in the luxurious, tropical surrounds. Water experiences include a massage lounger for relaxation and gentle hydrotherapy, an air bubble bench for muscle stimulation, your own personal spa bath or Swan Neck and Waterfall Showers which release muscle tension with a soothing water massage. You don’t need to book a spa treatment to enjoy this superb facility, simply drop in and revel in the relaxing waters any time between 9am and 10pm.

Hydro-Vital Pool
Hydro-Vital Pool
Private hot tub and swan shower getting a workout
Private hot tub and swan shower getting a workout
So much relaxation to choose from!
So much relaxation to choose from!

Ritz Carlton Bali private Spa Villa

If you’re travelling as a couple, don’t miss a spa treatment in one of the Spa Villas. These private treatment rooms, which include a private plunge pool, lavish changing and bathing area and couple’s massage room, are incredibly romantic. This tub gets filled to the brim with lovely, warm water during your massage so you can soak together in private at the end of your treatment. Try the ‘Escape to Romance’ package which includes a foot ritual followed by a full body massage, body exfoliation and private soaking experience in a rose petal strewn bath with Champagne and chocolate strawberries. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available. Make sure you allow time to relax in the outdoor Balinese Pool tucked away at the rear of the spa at the end of your treatment in the Spa Villa.

Rose petal bath in a private treatment room
Rose petal bath in a private treatment room
This way to the Balinese Pool
This way to the Balinese Pool
Entrance to the Balinese Pool
Entrance to the Balinese Pool

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Balinese Pool
Balinese Pool

The Ritz-Carlton Bali grounds

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is set on 12.7 hectares so it never feels crowded and there are plenty of places to enjoy a leisurely stroll or curl up with a good book. We especially liked the daybed pergolas dotted throughout the gardens. The best ones are in the centre of the resort overlooking the ponds filled with koi. If you like to keep fit, the resort provides jogging maps and bottles of ice cold water to cool you down as you jog around the grounds and along the beach. It’s best to go for a job first up in the morning as it can get very hot later, even in winter.

Take a stroll around the grounds
Take a stroll around the grounds
Enjoy the day beds
Enjoy the day beds
Joggers' table
Joggers’ table

Ritz-Carlton Bali pool access room

There are 34 cliff top villas but the majority of the rooms, many of which have direct access to a luxurious pool, are located on the same level as the beach. Our top picks are the Sawangan Junior Suite Lagoon Access rooms or the beautiful Pool Pavilions, both of which are over 90sqm in size. Both of these room categories are very similar but the Pool Pavilions have a larger indoor and an outdoor bathing area; the Junior Suite Lagoon Access rooms offer indoor bathing only. If you are travelling as a family, the additional bathing options in the Pool Pavilion come in very handy.

Entrance to the Pool Pavillions
Entrance to the Pool Pavillions
Outdoor bathing bliss at the Pool Pavillion
Outdoor Pool Pavillion bathing bliss
The Sawangan Junior Suite Lagoon Access rooms are surrounded by lush foliage
Sawangan Junior Suite Lagoon Access rooms

Ritz-Carlton Bali main pool

The main pool area has a stunning view of the ocean, particularly at high tide when waves crashing on the shore provide a soothing natural soundtrack. There are more than enough sun loungers for everyone, even when the resort is full. There is a shallow kiddies pool off to one side and cabanas dotted around the pool area for couples. Staff bring around complimentary treats to tempt your taste buds or you can order something more substantial from the comfort of your lounger to enjoy by the pool.

Main pool
Main pool
Kiddies' pool area
Kiddies’ pool area

There are also fresh, young coconuts to drink plus the Ritz-Carlton gelato cart which is popular with guests of all ages during the afternoon. Fill the beach bag in your room with books, magazines and whatever else you need for a relaxing day and choose your favourite spot by the sea. This pool was never crowded when we visited the resort, even though it was coming up to peak season.

Staff like to tempt guests with complimentary poolside treats
Staff like to tempt guests with complimentary poolside treats
Fresh, young coconuts are a refreshing drink
Fresh, young coconuts are a refreshing drink
Ritz-Carlton gelato cart
Ritz-Carlton gelato cart

Bejana at The Ritz-Carlton Bali

Unlike many resorts in Bali, The Ritz-Carlton has a signature Indonesian restaurant. Bejana offers a five star dining experience but the atmosphere is relaxed. After all, you are on holiday. Outdoor tables have the best views, particularly if you time your dinner for sunset, however you can also enjoy the spectacular view from a window table indoors. The cuisine at Bejana is a mix of familiar favourites such as gado gado and lesser known Balinese specialities such as ayam taliwang, spicy grilled chicken served with water spinach which is traditionally found on the island of Lombok.

Daytime view from Bejana
Daytime view from Bejana

Order off an the a la carte menu or embark on a culinary journey through the Indonesian archipelago with a Rijsttafel, a Dutch word which translates to ‘rice table’. During their time in Indonesia, the Dutch impressed visitors with the exotic abundance of their new colony by offering a banquet style meal of up to forty dishes served in small portions including meats, curries and side dishes such as sambals, satay, vegetables, pickles etc.

Ayam Taliwang from the a la carte menu
Ayam Taliwang from the a la carte menu
A small part of our Rijsttafel dinner
A small part of our Rijsttafel dinner

Fortunately the version at the Ritz-Carlton is far more manageable, although you would be wise to skip lunch as portions are generous and the food is superb. Even if you aren’t staying at the resort, it is worth making a special trip to dine here. If you are at the resort for a couple of days, try the Rijsttafel on your first night so you can sample a range of different dishes, then you can return and order your favourites a la carte.

Ritz-Carlton Bali Club

The Club is housed in a separate building and access is only available to those who pay to upgrade, however it is well worth the extra spend. Complimentary breakfast is served here each morning, there is an elegant high tea on offer every afternoon and a complimentary evening cocktail hour with canapés, wine and high end spirits. If you feel like socialising, this is an ideal spot to catch up for a chat with other guests.

Top tip: Don’t miss the exclusive Club pool with shaded deck chairs and staff who will bring you chilled glasses of sparkling mineral water, coffees, soft drinks etc, all of which are included in The Club room rate.

Entrance to The Club
Entrance to The Club
Afternoon high tea at The Club
Afternoon high tea at The Club
Macarons in every colour of the rainbow
Macarons in every colour of the rainbow
Evening canapes at The Club
Evening canapes at The Club
Evening sweet selection
Evening sweet selection
Private pool at The Club
Private pool at The Club

The Ritz-Carlton Bali Kids Club

We were surprised how family-friendly this hotel is given its stylish and very upmarket vibe. The kids club was one of the best we’ve seen with an impressive array of activities from a water park – yes, they even have a waterslide – to puzzles and games for littlies. It’s small enough for first-time visitors to feel comfortable but large enough to house lots of fun activities for older kids.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali kids club
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali kids club

Top tip: If your child has never been to a kids club before, this is an excellent one for them to try first up as there is plenty to keep them entertained but it’s not too overwhelming size-wise or packed to the rafters with hoards of other children.

Ritz-Carlton Bali activities

With an impressive array of cultural experiences on offer, the majority of which are free, there are myriad opportunities to connect more deeply with the ‘Island of the Gods’ at this resort and share memorable moments with your family and friends.

Soul Purification blessing ceremony
Soul Purification blessing ceremony

Top tip: For a very special cultural experience, you can participate in a Soul Purification ritual with a blessing conducted by a local priest on the beach at sunrise.

Ritz-Carlton Bali for couples

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is very romantic and not just because of the stunning beach side chapel. Everything is quiet and serene and ideally suited to spending time together. Couples can enjoy an in-villa champagne breakfast or a romantic dinner overlooking the beach. The pool, with its daybeds for two, is also a lovely spot to enjoy each other’s company. If you have something special in mind for your true love, just have a quiet word to the staff and they will make it happen. If you’re visiting Bali as a couple we’ve written a special Bali post just for you.

Beach side chapel
Beach side chapel
Champagne breakfast
Champagne breakfast

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.

We’ve got plenty of hints and tips for travelling in Bali and also some great hotel and resort suggestions. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we’ve reviewed the Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort, Peppers Seminyak Resort, Apurva Kempinski Bali, Bulgari Resort Bali, Aria Villas Ubud, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, The Mulia Bali, Merusaka Nusa Dua, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Anantara Seminyak Bali, the InterContinental Bali for couples and those travelling with kids. We’ve compared the Singaraja and Club rooms at the InterContinental Bali and found the best luxury family hotels in Bali and the best honeymoon hotels in Bali.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.