Words: Natalie Bannister
Romance and relaxation go hand in hand with a holiday or honeymoon to Bali. Add an enticing array of indulgent experiences, cultural attractions and all-inclusive luxury to the mix, and you have the ingredients for a truly memorable holiday or honeymoon on the Island of Gods. And that’s exactly what awaits at Meliá Bali, an exclusive beachfront hotel set on sprawling tropical grounds within Bali’s most exclusive gated enclave, Nusa Dua.
At a glance:
Set on the crystalline shores of Nusa Dua, the luxury beachfront sanctuary of Meliá Bali welcomes couples seeking an elevated Bali holiday with all the privileges of a five-star resort. The hotel combines the best of Bali’s old-world exotic charm with modern amenities and refined comforts and offers one of the island’s best all-inclusive packages to entice you to stay and play a little longer. Book a stay at Meliá Bali as guests of the hotel’s premium lifestyle offering, The Level, and enjoy a range of personalised services and experiences, where you’re given VIP treatment the entire time.
Best room for two:
The Level includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, poolside snacks and drinks on tap with a 24-hour free flow on selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, there’s a plethora of activities included — the resort fronts crystal-clear shallow waters that beckon for watersports like stand-up paddle boarding, plus there’s a range of cultural and craft experiences (how about a sip and paint class?). Guests of The Level are also enticed beyond the resort with sightseeing escapades included in your stay, like a trip out to Uluwatu Temple (one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars) to catch the famous Bukit Peninsula sunset.
The Level is all about exclusivity, with access to the most sophisticated areas in the hotel, including an adults-only swimming pool and private beach cabanas set up for couples.
The Level accommodation options are all about luxury and comfort, too. Choose the premium Garden Rooms or private Lagoon Suites with direct access to a beautiful lagoon-style pool to make you the focus of the hotel’s signature pampering and attention during your stay. You’re also treated to complimentary afternoon tea, free cocktails every evening at The Level Lounge, and preferential reservations in any of the hotel’s five restaurants.
Food & drink:
With five superb dining destinations, Meliá Bali keeps guests satiated (and in style!). Our top three dining delights? The daily breakfast spread at Sorrento Restaurant (exclusive to guests of The Level) starts the day right, with healthy dishes cooked using ingredients plucked from the hotel’s organic garden. Then relax and enjoy a relaxed lunch or sundowners at the beachside Sateria restaurants and bar, with the water lapping the shore just metres from your table. And by evening, settle in to enjoy watching a Balinese dance performance under the thatched roof of the Lotus Restaurant, where decadently outfitted performers in their colourful garb and fierce masks play out ancient Hindu epic dramas as you fill your bellies with a feast of flavours, with fresh seafood, spicy curries and Balinese mainstays like Sate Campur.
Couples will love:
Meliá Bali offers couples plenty of ways to relax and enjoy soul-enriching and pampering experiences during their stay. Indulge in a few hours spent at the hotel’s YHI Spa, where couples will love the local massages and cleansing treatments offered while overlooking the sea. Or, for an unforgettable full-day adventure, Meliá Bali’s Eat, Pray, Love journey provides holistic health and a unique insight into Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart, including a visit to Tirta Empul, one of the island’s holiest natural springs, for a water purification ritual, followed by a palm reading at the home of Ketut Liyer, the palm reader and medicine man who became such a pivotal part of Elizabeth Gilbert’s captivating memoir-turned-blockbuster movie, Eat, Pray, Love. Sadly, Ketut Liyer passed away at the ripe old age of 100 in 2016, but his only son, Nyoman, continues his father’s legacy, offering palm readings for a new era of soul seekers.
Discover more about Meliá Bali here.