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Hotel The Bale Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The charm of this very minimalist boutique hotel, a member of the "Small Luxury Hotel of the World" group, hits you as soon as you arrive and stays with you throughout? Well-being, relaxation and luxury harmoniously come together at the Bale, one of the prettiest and most pleasant hotels in Bali. You will be hard pushed to find a better welcome, the facilities are of a high quality, the restaurant services are very good and the rooms superb...Ask around - the experts will tell you so! The only drawback: the beach is far away.

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    Location 7.05 /10

    The Bale is located in the southern part of the small town of Nusa Dua, next to the hotel "Amanusa" and a superb 18-hole golf course which is very well known to enthusiasts. The hotel has no shops or restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from "Bali Collection", Nusa Dua's stylish shopping centre, 25 mi from Denpasar and 7.50 mi from the airport, transfer time being around 20 minutes.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    The 29 stylish bedrooms at The Bale consist of 20 standard villas (2,583 sq ft) and 9 single-storey deluxe villas (between 3,767 and 5,167 sq ft). Three 5,167 sq ft pavilions each have two bedrooms. All have a private swimming pool and have just been renovated. Inside, the spacious bedrooms, which are both sober and magnificent, are laid out around a large bed and include lots of storage space and comfortable sofas. It is no great surprise that the facilities are second to none: wide screen television, HiFi unit with CD player, DVD player on request, free safe deposit box, discrete individual air-conditioning combined with a fan, a mini-bar with tea and coffee-making facilities, a direct-dial telephone and an Internet connection. Obviously, room service is available 24 hours a day. Facing the bed and to each side wide picture windows let the daylight in to warm the room. Sliding doors lead outdoors as well as into the superb and brightly lit bathroom which has a washbasin on either side, a bathtub in the middle and a separate shower, another in the internal garden, a make-up mirror, a hair-dryer, bathrobes, slippers and various luxury hospitality products carrying The Bale name (including 12 bars of soap). Surrounded by the high walls of the villas, the terrace has a covered area where you will find a large daybed and some deckchairs. The 15m-long infinity pool gives guests the perfect opportunity to take in the beauty of the golf course.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    Between black, grey and white, The Bale is admired for its unusually elegant clean lines, designed by the Indonesian architect Anthony Liu at the heart of nature. The unique, minimalist, geometric architecture of The Bale contrasts with the vast majority of the hotels in Bali. From the lobby, which is very soothing, as is the rest of the hotel, a string of superb staircases rises, surrounded by trees, to the other communal areas and to the bedrooms located on either side. The homogeneity and harmony of this complex located on Nusa Dua hill is striking: there are great viewpoints everywhere and waterways lined with black pebbles give this 3.95-acres property a sense of structure, where space always seems to dominate. At night time, the indirect lighting sets the stones and the pools of in their full glory. Every month a local artist exhibits their work at the hotel. The spa offers a wide range of treatments carried out in accordance with Balinese rituals and using natural products. It also offers Thai massages and, unlike many other hotels, a therapy which uses crystal and hot (semi-precious) stones. Teachers who are recognised in the field are often invited to spend some time at the hotel to give lessons. Wireless Internet access is installed throughout the hotel, which employs 120 staff.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    Particular attention is paid to the quality and freshness of the ingredients served in the main restaurant "Faces", which can accommodate up to 28 guests. This is open between 7am and 11pm. This very stylish rectangular area has both an open-air and a covered part and overlooks the communal swimming pool. At one end, the Texan chef and his team keeps themselves busy creating the 15 dishes (8 of which are Indonesian) served à la carte at dinner. Don't hesitate to inform the kitchen of any dietary requirements you may have and they will do the necessary! Each day's fishing means that new dishes can be created. Vegetarian and very well balanced dishes are also available, particularly in the second restaurant, at the spa, which is open between 10am and 10pm. The presentation of the dishes is spot on! Don't miss the various and original cocktails on offer, or the homemade sorbets, such as the citronella, for example! As far as wines are concerned, a very wide range of wines from France, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, the USA, etc. is available and guests also have the possibility of eating at their own villas. Also available: a cigar cellar.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The Bale's beach club is open between 9.30am and 6pm. The long and rather quiet Geger beach is around a 2-minute drive or a 15-minute walk away. Depending on the tide, the ground here can be very uneven. Here the hotel runs the club in partnership with the local community as far as meals, drinks and water sports are concerned. Holiday-makers are therefore invited to experience the local way of life (breakfast at the Balinese restaurant for around £1.80, for example). 18 deckchairs with parasols are laid out on the soft, white sand in the area set aside for hotel residents. A beach kit, which notably includes towels and water, is also provided. There isn't much algae on the foreshore despite the large amounts of algae to be found to the right of the beach club. Surfers are particularly fond of this area as the waves crash on the coral reef visible from some distance away (2 boats lead them to it). Be careful, though, as The Bale does not recommend any motorised sports.

    To know

    Children under 16 years of age (and not 12!) are not allowed at the hotel so as to guarantee maximum peace and tranquility for the hotel's guests, 60% of which are European. For the same reason, The Bale does not provide any entertainment. This hotel is not recommended for those who have difficulty getting around due to the (unavoidable) steps. Many couple choose to honeymoon here. Golf and relaxation packages are also popular. A 15-minute massage in the spa is offered as a welcome gift. Aqua Pilates classes are also provided. 5 cars are available to drive guests around the Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa areas and to the airport.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, stretching, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aerobics, beach volley, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Private beach

    advantage

    • The very stylish architecture
    • The location and the view
    • The nearby golf course
    • The high standard
    • The guaranteed peacefulness
    • The warmest of receptions
    • The service provided by the staff, who are very attached to the hotel
    • The decor in the villas, which all have a swimming pool
    • The holistic programme and the spa
    • The care taken with the restaurant services

    disadvantages

    • It doesn't take long to get around the property
    • Children are not allowed
    • The distance from the beach
    • The lack of sports facilities
    • The unavoidable steps

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