Insider's Bali

Long before Bali made its mark on the global tourist map, the people of Jimbaran relied on the bountiful waters of the Indian Ocean and the island’s fertile, ash-enriched soil to earn their livelihoods. The home of artisanal fishermen and subsistence farmers, the village was a sleepy idyll that cast its spell over all who found their way there. By the dawn of the 1960s, Jimbaran’s reputation as the place to go for fresh-caught seafood and incomparable sunsets was firmly established, attracting luxury hotels and resorts to emerge along the coastline, amongst the banana groves and coconut palms that had stood there for centuries.

Today, Jimbaran is one of the most upmarket areas in southern Bali. It is quieter and more authentic than the nearby resort areas of Kuta and Seminyak, yet close enough to both for those who wish to explore their lively bars and restaurants. To discover part of the island that has changed very little over the years, head further south into the Nusa Dua peninsula. This is a land of ancient sea temples and hidden jungle villages, where lore and legend still imbue every aspect of daily life. Take part in a blessing ceremony at neighbouring Loloan Temple, or watch the sunset dance ritual at Uluwatu Temple to feel the magic for yourself.

Raffles Wellbeing Butlers are on hand to create once-in-a-lifetime cultural and private experiences just for you, or to accompany you anywhere you wish to go.

Guide

Say Hello Om Swastiastu
Currency Indonesian Rupiah
Gratuity From 5% to 10%
Espresso Price 50,000 Rupiah
Raffles Bali

Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera 1A, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency

80361Bali, Indonesia

Itinerary

Attraction

At Raffles Bali, a carefully curated selection of experiences gives you the opportunity to pursue your emotional wellbeing journey, while gaining a greater understanding of the unique beliefs, rituals and culinary traditions that make this region of Indonesia so special.

Balinese Dance Enchantment
Step into the captivating world of classic Balinese dance with firsthand stories from women whose knowledge of the art has been passed down from mother to daughter for more than 400 years. Discover the legends that inspire each movement, and the stories behind the dancers’ colourful silk costumes and ornate headdresses. Later, at an open-air beachfront performance accompanied by live musicians, you will see for yourself why dancing is such an integral part of religious and artistic expression in Bali.
Sundown Magic
There is no better way to end the day than with our Sundown Magic ritual. While you explore the island or enjoy an exquisite dinner at one of our restaurants, the wellbeing butler transforms your villa into a place of wonder. Candlelight flickers upon the hardwood floors and on the surface of your private pool. The air is fragranced with aromatherapy oils; while the bath is drawn and scattered with rose petals. A herbal tea set and a sweet Balinese treat add the final touches to this romantic surprise.
Beach and Ocean
This fairy-tale private dining experience begins with sunset cocktails at The Writer's Bar. Then, as the sun sinks below the horizon, our wellbeing butler will escort you down to the beach where candles illuminate a path across the sand to a waterside table for two. With the sound of the waves acting as the orchestra for our acoustic musicians, a butler serves course after course of Balinese or Western cuisine. Be prepared to be surprised and delighted by the Raffles iconic touch waiting at your villa.
Celebration of Love
Those celebrating a Bali proposal, honeymoon or elopement will find every ingredient for romance at Raffles Bali. A side-by-side treatment at hillside spa The Sanctuary, perhaps, or a candlelit dinner for two at our Secret Cave. Intimate weddings can be held at the beachfront or infinity pool terrace and timed so that the sun descends into the ocean at the exact moment you say “I do”, while spiritual leaders at nearby Loloan Temple can bless your union with a traditional Balinese offering ceremony.
Full Moon Celebration
On the night of the full moon, Balinese people across the island host temple ceremonies asking the gods to bring completeness into their lives. Feel the power and mystery of this sacred event by joining the faithful at our temple. With the scent of incense heavy in the air, take part as offerings of flowers, rice and woven crafts are given, and blessings for health and happiness are received. Afterwards, a private dinner at Loloan Bar and Grill awaits. The moonlit shore preserves the magic a little longer.
Kecak
Clifftop Uluwatu Temple commands astonishing views of the Indian Ocean. At sunset, bare-chested men gather to depict stories from the Ramayana epic through the medium of Kecak dance. On your chauffeured journey to the temple, our wellbeing butler will share the story of the epic over drinks and canapés. Revel in the sound of chanting and the sight of the dancers silhouetted against a sky of burnished gold, before returning for a degustation dinner at Rumari Restaurant.
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Balinese Dance Enchantment
Sundown Magic
Beach and Ocean
Celebration of Love
Full Moon Celebration
Kecak

Getting There

  • Your Indonesian adventure begins the moment you step out of the aeroplane and into the welcome warmth of the Balinese sunshine. Make your way past smiling faces to the arrival hall, where our wellbeing butler will welcome you and assist you to the limousine. Sit back, iced drink in hand, and listen to stories of the resort and its surrounding area as city streets give way to the spiritual mystery of the Island of the Gods. Half an hour later, traditional Rindik music serenades your arrival in paradise.

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