First Images: The Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort Opens Its Stylish Doors

In December of 2021, CNN reported that Bali had only welcomed 45 international tourists the entire year. For perspective, 6.3 million enthusiastic visitors touched down there in 2019 – and tourism makes up nearly 50% of the Indonesian island’s economy.

In March, a pilot program saw that the mandatory three-day quarantine period was dropped, and the international throngs will slowly be returning to the glorious tropical paradise – it’s not called Island of the Gods for nothing, after all. And so the timing of the opening of the Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort is nothing short of exemplary (we hope someone gets a promotion for that, actually).

Now, Nusa Dua has all the lavish luxury a Black Card carrying traveler could possibly hope for – indeed, there’s a St. Regis, a Ritz Carlton…and the serious-splurge Mulia Villas. But although the Renaissance holds five-star status, it very much lacks the pomp and formality of its splashier competitors – rather, its design is decidedly more spirited, and based in local culture and tradition.

Specifically, inspiration came by way of Balinese dance culture, more precisely the Barong Dance, which depicts the mythological and supernatural powers of animals as they relate to the protection of humans. In it, Barong, king of the spirits, battles Rangda, the demon queen; and murals in both the hotel’s R Bar and the daringly stylish Backstage restaurant depict scenes of that spiritual conflict. The latter promises to be a social galvanizing point, offering local and international cuisine in extravagant surrounds: arched brick ceilings, beautifully patterned floors, industrial lighting fixtures and cooly mismatched furnishings.

Elsewhere on the dining front, the Cantonese/Sichuan Lion X serves up distinctive dim sum experiences, while Nusantara by Locavore focuses on traditional Indonesian cuisine; and Tanah Liat, which functions as a pottery atelier and cooking lab by day, transforms into a trend-aware seafood / plant-based eatery by evening, with an arts-and-crafts aesthetic vibe. The ardently named Atomic 17 is the resort’s poolside bar, where one can float the day away with an expertly prepared smoothie or two.

No surprise, The Spa offers treatments based on Balinese healing methods, and there’s a jungle pool which mimics the surrounding nature, for a fully immersive experience.

Upstairs the 310 rooms also nod to local heritage, with calming color schemes, ornamental wall ceramics, mask patterns imprinted on the ceilings, and gobo lights that evoke Balinese dancers’ heads. Each boasts an luxurious freestanding bathtub, for those particularly indulgent moments.

It should be said that traveling to Bali right now comes with a higher purpose, as the island and its resilient population – they have survived hurricanes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks – desperately need tourism to build back their economy. And a seductive new property like the Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort will surely make the decision all the easier.

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