It was ten in the evening and we were so tired as we arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The interiors of the airport was just amazing, such a welcome for our 10-day retreat in Bali. We dashed into the arrival area and found our names being flashed by our gracious chauffer from Rama Beach Resort & Villas which is one of the properties of Rama Hotels & Resorts Bali Group.
|They know me by name; personal service that is.|
The 15-minute drive to our home was swift and as soon as we stepped into the lobby, we were greeted by the front desk officers which knew us by our first names, talking about personal service. Checking in was a breeze and we were ushered to our villas in no time.
|Premier Deluxe Cottage|
Our well-appointed Premier Deluxe Cottage was truly in tune with the contemporary Balinese theme of the resort (check room types and rates). It is equipped with one King-sized bed, a separate workstation and simple pantry (coffee and tea-making facilities) at the foyer, a couch on the bay window, a Smart TV with International channels and DVD player, a huge closet with safety deposit box, a Mini Bar and an Individually-controlled AC.
And then the en suite Toilet and Bathroom, oh, I dunno where to start. I was stunned when I walked into the walkway going to the bathroom, a separate his & hers lavatory is sitting on separate walls (lovely!). I didn’t know where to start with unpacking my toiletries on my own lavatory.
|His & hers lavatories. Happiness!|
I was overwhelmed when I walked inside the toilet and bathroom. The bath tub is, of course, a plus but the focal point is the shower room with hot and cold shower and a rainshower head. What’s more interesting is the feeling of openness with the outdoor shower feel during daytime. The energy-saving roof allows some natural light passing through during daytime. I spent more than my usual bathing hours here.
The private veranda of our villa with a pool and garden view was our coffee nook and our base camp during the day. Complimentary drinking water and fresh fruits also welcomed us in our own cottages.
|My cottage on the left.|
We had our beer night on one of the villas while watching some movie (we snoozed effortlessly in the middle of the movie though). We weren’t slaves of our alarm clocks the next morning and we got up just in time for the complimentary breakfast that is served daily at Dewi Shinta Restaurant inside the resort complex.
|Dewi Shinta Restaurant|
The restaurant is an art piece in itself. The very detailed wood carvings were so striking that I kept on looking at it. The combination of Balinese and Western traditional breakfast fares was on the huge spread, I didn’t know where to start. We specifically wanted a nice breakfast view so we settled near the pool area (which, by the way, was so inviting).
I frequented the bacon, ham and egg stations. The fresh orange juice was also my favorite.
|My breakfast for two days|
And then pool time. The nice Balinese layout and design of the pool was so appealing that we ditched our beach plans that day and just spent the rest of the morning swimming and lounging at the pool area; the perfect chill day.
At around three in the afternoon, we went to Rama Spa, still, inside the resort complex for our Ancestral Balinese Massage (a total spiritual and physical rejuvenation that dates back thousands of years ago); my two buddies were quite restrained at first but after ensuring them that the treatment would bring forth the rejuvenation they’re longing for, they relaxed a bit.
|Couple's massage room|
The treatment started with a foot bath ritual and then I was ushered to my bed where they started the blessing mantra prayers. My two masseuses prayed in unison. The mantra brought a total peace of mind and soul. And then the outstanding massage followed.
|Foot bath ritual|
Twenty fingers. Imagine twenty fingers massaging your body. I was initially shocked on how well-coordinated they were but enjoyed the massage afterwards. It was pure bliss. I was savoring every touch and knead on every pressure point of my body. After an hour or so, I was instructed to go to a warm flower bath that's waiting for me. And boy it was heaven.
|The warm flower bath was so relaxing|
I emerged from my room feeling revitalized. We were then offered some Balinese herbal tea and were told that the session wasn’t over yet.
|Refreshing Balinese herbal tea after the treatment|
We wore traditional Balinese outfits and were led to a Hindu shrine inside the resort where the therapy will culminate. We were so privileged to experience the Full Moon ceremony that was ongoing at that time. This usually happens twice a year and we were there to witness the ceremony that was observed by some of the resort’s employees.
Almost everyone asked me to hold the offerings myself which looked pretty heavy. I obliged, but then they were all laughing as I struggle to balance it. And I did. It was really heavy.
Feeling more relaxed, we headed at the Dewi Shinta Restaurant for dinner. We chose to have a traditional Balinese Set Meal which included; Hot & Sour Prawn Soup (a refreshing spicy and sour soup with prawn and tofu), Nasi Goreng Jawa (Javanese wok fried rice with crispy chicken, chicken sate and fried egg) and Indonesian sweet of the day (chocolate cake).
|Hot & sour prawn soup|
I love the Nasi Goreng Jawa, the combination of fried rice with all the additions was just perfect. Everything was tasty and flavorful that I finished everything on my plate. The dessert was also pretty nice. The chocolate cake was moist and not that sweet. Overall, the dinner was the perfect way to end the day.
|Nasi Goreng Jawa|
That night, the moon was at its best. Shining brightly and at its fullest, we were contemplating if we're gonna go out that night or just stay at the resort; the latter won.
With Bintang beer as our company that night, we settled on one of the cabanas and just enjoyed the rest of the night. Our 3-day stay at Rama Beach Resort and Villas was truly relaxing and the perfect way to commence our Bali adventure. The only proof that we enjoyed our stay was that we didn’t leave the resort for some tours or stuff. Oh, now I’m missing Rama Beach Resort in Bali.
Rama Beach Resort & Villas (book online)
Jalan Jenggala Tuban, Kuta,
Bali, Indonesia 80361
Contact Number: (+62) 361.751557
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org