Tranquillity is in abundant supply at Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas in Bali – a place where privacy and personalized service are delivered with a light touch, creating a uniquely calm and luxurious retreat. “As soon as our guests step out of the car, they are at peace,” says Naomi Siawarta, Director and Owner of the family-owned resort.
Awarta is only 15 minutes’ drive from the airport, but a world away from the fast pace of international travel. A private butler, who accompanies guests opting for a VIP airport transfer, sees to all the check-in details. “After a long journey, we try to avoid too much staff contact,” says Naomi. “The butler is fully briefed on guests’ needs – from diet and spa requirements to pillow preferences. We even provide a welcome drink made from fresh lemon, peach and mint, and the guests’ personal butler offers a cleansing foot-massage ritual to prepare them for a wonderful stay.”
Naomi and her staff greet all guests by name, ensuring that everyone at the resort feels at home and settled; and home, in this instance, means a secluded, elegant villa with its own swimming pool, set among swaying palms. Villas for couples and honeymooners are located at a discreet distance from family villas, and are accessed along private paths fringed with exotic plants. “The only thing our guests hear is the birds singing in the morning,” says Naomi.
A short stroll from the peaceful villas lies a new collection of pool, cabana and family suites, set around a landscaped pool area. Guests can enjoy chilled live jazz each evening and an open-air yoga shala that overlooks the rolling ocean. They also have access to the resort’s preferred beach club and private fitness centre for hotel guests only.
The look and feel of the resort is a subtle blend of Balinese and Chinese cultures. “I am second-generation Chinese Indonesian,” says Naomi, “but the connections here go back to the 12th-century story of a Chinese princess and her romance with a Balinese king.” The interior design of the villas and restaurants blends Chinese notes with lighter, Balinese designs and tropical greenery.
Gourmet cultural combinations can be savoured in The Long Table restaurant, which serves Balinese dishes as well as international classics. Ru Yi (meaning “continuous happiness” in Chinese) offers Chinese fine dining and has two private dining rooms. Dining à deux can also be arranged in guests’ villas or at a picturesque spot in the resort, such as below two arching, “married” frangipani trees.
An essential part of any stay at Awarta Nusa Dua is a visit to the Thevana Spa, where the emphasis is on personally tailored treatments. “Therapies take guests on a journey that soothes the mind, body and soul,” says Naomi. The Signature Treatment is a favourite, comprising an indulgent two-and-a-half hours of Balinese and Indonesian body massage, plus hot stone therapy and a luxurious facial.
Guests may be tempted to never leave the resort’s restful acres, but visits to local sites such as the Uluwatu temple can be arranged easily. “We like our guests to explore Bali,” says Naomi, who has introduced Balinese cookery courses to enrich visitors’ understanding of the island’s culture. It’s all part of a thoughtful approach that ensures the treasured memories guests bring home are infused with the peace and tranquillity that characterize this special retreat. As Naomi puts it: “Awarta is a home for everyone.”