The Balé Resort Review : Bali Honeymoon Escape with Style

Two armchairs in front of the swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
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Two white armchairs in front of the swimming at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Sunbeds at the main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The sunken beds in the main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Two sun loungers on the meadow at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Staircase with trees at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The daybed in the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The daybed in the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The daybed in the private pavilion with the view of the private swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The private swimming pool in front of the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The private swimming pool in front of the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The bathroom with mirrors reflecting the private swimming pool in front of the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The bed with the baldachin in the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The decoration at the entrance to the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The decorative flowers floating in the plate with water and candle in the bathroom of the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Lounge area at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The breakfast in the Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The smoothie bowl for the breakfast in the Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Bubur Ayam for the breakfast in the Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Poached egg for the breakfast in the Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The French toast with mascarpone, strawberries and maple syrup for the breakfast in the Faces restaurant at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The breakfast served in the private pavilion at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Foccacia bed with avocado and soft boiled egg at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Orange pancakes at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Double mousse at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Tapa Bistro at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Architecture detail at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Lobby with pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Futuristic pathway surrounded by metal tubes, water and candles, at the entrance to the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj

The Balé is a place to get spoiled! Located on the paradise island of Bali, this 5-star resort is an excellent retreat for those looking for a getaway, whether alone or with the significant other! Balé is managed by the Lifestyle Retreats, the Singapore-based company specialized in premium boutique properties. It would be an understatement to say that the Balé is only that! This luxury property exceeds expectations, whether you are planning a Bali honeymoon or a retreat on your own!

Zen experience is implemented throughout the resort

Nusa Dua is a tourist enclave that was constructed in the 1970s on the eastern tip of the Bukit Peninsula. In 2000, the Balé became a reality as a design brainchild of one of the leading Indonesian architects. On three hectares of land, Antony Liu (Studio TonTon) has imagined the contemporary white space with clean lines, simple yet refined, minimalist but elegant. From the futuristic entrance through the winding passage surrounded by water (is it a bridge then?) and metal tubes (is it an industrial version of the bamboo forest?) to the cascading rows of 29 independent villas in the most discreet layout, the serenity overtakes it. Space is urban, yet not pretentious, luxurious, but harmonious. The use of stone, greenery and abundant calming water shows the respect for Balé’s environment. The landscape designer was Karl W. Princic, and the zen-kind of experience is implemented throughout.

Sheltered daybeds at the main swimming pool at the Balé resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia - great place to chill on your Bali honeymoon, photo by Ivan Kralj
Main swimming pool of the Balé resort – lay in dry daybeds or in the sunken beds in the pool!
Water heaven at the Balé

Each stylish villa comes in the form of the thatched pavilion, with its own walled garden that is fitted with large bengong-style daybed for lazy afternoons, and a private swimming pool one can enter by stairs directly from the bathroom. Bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, twin sinks equipped with excellent quality signature soaps (based on coffee or sandalwood, for instance), bath salt, bath oil… Even candles are provided! This is a water heaven for anyone enjoying pampering!

The room is sleekly designed, very spacious and bright. All wall surfaces are glass, which means there is a lot of blinds to pull down in the evening. But don’t worry! The Balé provides turndown service, which means your mosquito-protective baldachin will be set, and the complimentary supply of delicious cookies, fruit, water and soft drinks will be replenished, in the most thoughtful way!

Private swimming pool with stairs leading to it directly from the bathroom of the villa pavilion in the Balé resort, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia - great idea for Bali honeymoon, photo by Ivan Kralj
In the Balé pavilion guests can enter their private swimming pool directly from their bathroom!
In and out of room entertainment

The bed is very comfy and, even if one is alone, there is an in-room entertainment provided with satellite TV, CD, VCD, DVD and MP3 player! The only thing I actually missed in the Balé room was – an electrical outlet! Having only one free outlet in the whole room is not enough for the modern traveler, and hopefully, this can be improved. Electrical appliances aside, in the hotel library board games and books can be borrowed! If you lack anything else, there is a round-the-clock butler service. Your personal butler will cater for all your needs, even if it is just unpacking your suitcase or shining your shoes!

The pavilions are incredibly comfortable and quickly bring you into the tranquility state where you just don’t want to leave them. However, if it happens that you get bored of your private pool (how on earth could that happen?), the hotel has its own beach club at Geger Beach (which is just 10-minute walk away, or 2-minute drive by complimentary shuttle car). Additionally, in the heart of the Balé resort, you can enjoy two tiers of the central swimming pool!



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A couple receiving a massage by two masseuses at the spa in the Bale resort, at Bali honeymoon, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Balé for him and for her – Bali honeymoon with the healing touch of honey
Bali honeymoon delight – honey massage!

This stylish sanctuary couldn’t provide the perfect relaxing getaway without spa premises! There is a range of massages, body and facial treatments, holistic programs, yoga and meditation options! Sometimes, even great Masters are around! The gym is quite small but well-equipped for the size. With the possibility of booking a private sauna time, there are so many things to try!

I had enjoyed the combination of long stroke lomi-lomi and Balinese massage, with aromatherapy oil of my choice. In addition to my 1-hour body treatment, the hotel threw in the 15-minute foot bath, which was a truly caring and relaxing ritual. Of course, you can go more experimental, and try the massage with seashells or crystals, body scrub with organic rice or exotic fruit, champagne bath or green tea jacuzzi! If you are a couple on a Bali honeymoon, supposedly honey treatment is a very romantic experience!

Bali honeymoon menu suggestion - steamed miso-crusted barramundi with sea vegetables and soba noodles, served at Faces restaurant in the Balé resort, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Barramundi or Asian sea bass, served in green tea and shoyu broth, is a delicious and healthy eating option at Faces restaurant in the Balé
Happy faces in the restaurant

While I was being pampered, the Faces restaurant was already preparing my dinner from its healthy menu option. Rice paper mushroom ravioli in saffron-pumpkin broth for a starter and steamed miso-crusted barramundi with sea vegetables and soba noodles for the main course turned out to be truly delicious! Healthy and detoxifying smoothies are served with paper straws, which is a commendable ecological approach!

It is not all raw, vegan and strictly healthy here! Besides Indonesian & Thai specialties, one can order more classic fish and chips, pasta, salad, burger or pizza. However, this gourmet restaurant promises one will get a balanced menu with fresh locally-grown organic produce, no matter which dish one chooses!

French toast a la Balé, with mascarpone, strawberries and maple syrup, at Faces restaurant in Balé, perfect breakfast for Bali honeymoon breakfast, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Delicious start of the day at Balé’s Faces restaurant – French toast in Indonesian interpretation
French toast – Balé way

The contemporary cuisine approach can be seen at à la carte breakfast too. Whether you eat it at the open-sided pavilion next to the main pool, or in the privacy of your own villa, the choices are plentiful: freshly baked pastries, yoghurts and cereals, smoothie bowls, fruit, Asian specialties, various egg versions and my favorite sweet signature dish of the Balé – French toast with strawberries, mascarpone and maple syrup. It’s a delicacy you want to drown in!

Bali honeymoon breakfast - a variety of food served at the daybed in the privacy of one of the villa pavilions, with swimming pool in the background, in the Balé resort, in Nusa Dua, in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
From Mie Goreng via Orange pancakes to Focaccia Bed with avocado, edamame and soft boiled egg, this is just a part of the range of the breakfast options, that could all be served in the privacy of your Balé villa!
The Balé hospitality

I must say I actually preferred in-room dining. For my taste, too many waiters are serving each table in the restaurant, which slightly depersonalizes the service, while in the room pavilion I have experienced the full extent of hospitality that is obviously incorporated in the philosophy of the Balé. One can even opt for a candlelit dinner or private barbeque under the frangipani trees in the garden, which will undoubtedly secure a more romantic evening! Learning to make some seafood dish or soufflé at the restaurant’s cooking class, could be another great bonding experience for a couple on Bali honeymoon!

With Bliss that offers spa cuisine, with Tapa Bistro that serves tapas with music as a side dish, and with Fluid Bar that provides cocktails and wine, one could easily spend a very diverse holiday time in the Balé, with never leaving its ground. However, the resort offers free chauffeur service, if you want to explore Nusa Dua. Turtle Conversation and Education Center, Bali National Golf Club or water sports in Tanjung Benoa are also great ideas for a day out! It is worth to know that the 30-minute drive to and from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport is complimentary, with water, fruit and wet towels included! So stressless!

Two sun loungers on the meadow in the Balé resort, in Nusa Dua, in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
With no kids around, the Balé resort is guaranteeing the serenity one expects from vacations on the paradise island
Adult-only paradise

Bali is called the island of gods. The treatment one gets at an upscale resort such as the Balé is often a divine experience, adequate to the reputation of the so-called paradise destinations. With no-children-allowed policy, the intimate and soothing atmosphere of this charming relaxation oasis for adults is genuinely seductive! This is how Bali honeymoon should look like!

My main regret is that I have experienced this resort on my own, because special moments are always better when shared with people we find special. Hopefully, I will return to this extraordinary place soon and share the escape experience with someone, hands-on!

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Disclosure: My stay at the the Balé was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

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