Located in the five-star enclave of Nusa Dua, Inaya Putri Bali goes big on just about everything. From the magnificent grounds to the generous rooms, the resort provides plenty of space and a whole lot of soul
It quickly becomes apparent that you’re staying at a mega-resort when you stumble across its very own temple. At Inaya Putri Bali, however, the clues aren’t exactly well hidden. From the sweeping grounds right through to the iced teas served at the bar, everything here is big – though it is the lobby that truly acquaints jaw with floor. Modelled on a rice barn and made primarily from teak, its gargantuan floor space measures 650 square metres and its roof soars up to 17 metres.
The rice barn has long been a symbol of prosperity in Indonesia, and Inaya Putri is proud of these endemic flourishes that garnish the hotel. The megamendung pattern is a case in point. This batik design based on clouds – mendung means the clouds that gather before rain in Indonesian – subtly permeates the resort, from chairs in the lobby to wooden panelling in guestrooms, lending a traditional flavour to the surroundings.
Outside, the focus shifts straight back onto scale and the resort’s welcome feeling of space. White footpaths snake through 7,700 square metres of exquisite lawn before merging with the gentle fizz of the Indian Ocean, three infinity pools stacked like the island’s famed rice terraces cascade into one another, and green creeping plants pour themselves down the walls of the long, stone walkway leading to the resort’s 460 rooms.
With both indoor and outdoor lounges, two balconies and a walk-in wardrobe area, space is hardly at a premium inside the rooms either, where smaller touches such as local handicrafts and artworks, along with his ‘n’ hers sinks housed in white marble, help complete a rather satisfying whole. And that is not to mention the multi-layered view that blends a small garden outside your balcony with the sweeping lawns below and off, once again, to the unreal blue of the sea.
With Nusa Dua predominantly operating as a five-star colony, those in search of more than resort relaxation will have to look elsewhere. Luckily, Bali is easy to get around, with Museum Trick Art 3D in Seminyak just a short taxi ride away. A haven for lovers of kitsch tourist attractions, this interactive art gallery provides plenty of life-sized, three-dimensional paintings for visitors to insert themselves into. From surfing a killer wave to fleeing a rampaging T-Rex, the cheesy photo opps never cease, and it would be a particularly stony heart that didn’t laugh frequently while visiting, particularly with kids.
Located in Ubud, a wonderful destination in itself but also an easy daytrip from Nusa Dua for those short on time, Mozaic is one of Bali’s most renowned restaurants. Chef-owner Chris Salans has been cooking with Indonesian ingredients since he first went to Bali in 1995 and is approaching legendary status in the country’s food scene. His blending of local flavours with modern French techniques has resulted in numerous awards over the years, including being named Indonesia’s best restaurant by Food & Wine, Prestige and Indonesia Tatler magazines. Expect a refined setting and tasting menus with such delights as rice husk smoked quail breast and Tasmanian salmon confited in Balinese coconut oil.
Peruse the collection
Nusa Dua may be centred on resort life, but the town planners remembered to save plenty of space for a gigantic shopping mall. Bali Collection Nusa Dua is certainly one of the prettier shopping shrines in Southeast Asia, at least, with brands from Paul Smith to locally made favourite Bamboo Blonde housed on one sprawling level in attractive boutique stores replete with Balinese design touches. Bali Collection also offers abundant food and beverage options, along with spas, reflexology and specialty stores.
Tel: +62 361 774 488. Address: Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-3, Bali 80363, Indonesia. Website: inayahotels.com. Rooms: 460 rooms, ranging from the 48-square-metre Deluxe Room to 300-square-metre Two-Bedroom Villas with a private cabana and plunge pools that flow into a 130m ‘river’ pool. Recommended accommodation: the spacious Ocean View Suites, which boast two balconies with exquisite views of the sea.