When youíre lucky enough to live in a Paradise like Bali, you tend to discount or ignore offers to stop by and sample what is billed as "Bali's very best accommodation." In fact, it took me almost an entire year to take advantage of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa's General Manager, Danny McCafferty, generous offer to spend 3 night in The Residence.
A second invitation, should one ever come, will be taken up in a blink of an eye.
To claim The Residence is "fit for a king" would not be to indulge in hyperbole: the two story private enclave nestled within the 5 star hotel's property was originally built as the Bali home for His Royal Majesty, The Sultan of Brunei.
Approached via a private drive with its own discrete entrance, The Residence has a formal reception area leading into a opulent drawing room and an adjoining large dining room suitable for formal occasions. Both are served by a fully-equipped pantry, staffed as required by international standard chefs.
A wide black marble staircase leads to the living quarters on the second floor which include two exquisitely appointed bedrooms with adjoining facilities and separate dressing areas; a family living room; and a fully equipped private gymnasium.
Furnishing and fittings throughout, as you might expect, are of the highest standard: furniture upholstered in hand-spun silks and damask; a prized collection of original art; state-of-the-art entertainment systems in every room including the gym; with drinks and meal service on hand crafted bone china, fine silver and crystalware.
All this supported by a staff so attentive in anticipating your every need that I accused Danny of only employing clairvoyants for this role.
Befitting, I suppose, the requirements of the heads of government who often stay in The Residence, there's also a private 25 meter lap pool; an internal security system that provides video camera surveillance of all approaches, and windows protected by bullet proof glass.
The Residence's professional staff can also provide for complete secretarial support, arrange every detail for private dinner parties and entertaining, and a private therapist is on standby to ensure an absolutely stress-free stay.
The published tariff for The Residence is US$ 2,800 per night, plus 21% tax and service.
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