The Oberoi Beach Resort
A quintessentially Balinese welcome awaits you at The Oberoi Bali, an enchanting award-winning resort on the fashionable Seminyak Beach. This secluded cluster of luxurious lanais and villas, built in the style of a Balinese village and surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, was Bali's first luxury resort, and is a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. This is such an iconic hotel in Bali that it has given its name to the area round it, and few hotels on the island can match its gracious hospitality and exceptional service.
As a guest at The Oberoi, you are taken on a sensory journey from the moment you arrive, to be welcomed with a fragrant frangipani lei and a chilled mojito drink. In the background is the sensuous music of the rindik, a traditional Balinese instrument, played by small groups of musicians in the grounds, and carried on the balmy sea breezes. With none of its buildings higher than the palm trees, the tranquil tropical beauty takes centre stage, and everything around you whispers about Bali's welcoming warmth, and calming, almost spiritual, environment.
The serene ambience largely springs from the simple, understated design and decor throughout the resort, relying on natural wood and stone, with plenty of open-air structures. As well as many lily-filled ponds, there are numbers of traditional sculptures and ancient Balinese temples scattered throughout the grounds, creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere, and at night the ponds and gardens are transformed by subtle lighting into fairy-tale scenes. The hotel pool area is scattered with weathered sculptures and hexagonal patio stones, and along one side of the foliage-framed pool are small turtle fountains.
A truly unique feature of The Oberoi is the beautiful natural stone Amphitheatre in the grounds, where twice a week guests can enjoy a candlelit dinner while watching electrifying performances of Balinese dance and music. Elsewhere, the award-winning Kura Kura restaurant, decorated with traditional artefacts and Balinese stone carvings, serves European and Indonesian cuisine in an open-air dining space round a central lily pond, under a high thatched roof. The Frangipani Cafe by the beach under the palms is a delightful place for light meals, while the colourful Kayu Bar, with its hand-painted coconut pillars and teak carvings, is the venue for an aperitif or after-dinner drink.
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