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Latest five-star luxury in Bali
The week leading up to New Year's Eve marks a time when Bali is swarming with tourists longing to enjoy the holidays on the beautiful island. With such huge demand for rooms hotel companies often use the lead-up to the holiday season to launch new hotels. Last year say the opening of The Stones Hotel in Legian and The Mulia Bali in Nusa Dua. For this year, here are the latest hotels to their name to the list of five-star luxury hotels in Bali. Sofitel Nusa Dua Sofitel, the hotel brand that originated from France, might already cover the whole five continents with around 120 hotels operating in almost 40 countries, but Indonesia is new ground. Starting from Dec. 20, Bali will be the first island in Indonesia to open a Sofitel resort, located on an enormous plot of land in Nusa Dua and comprising 415 rooms. "We are finally introducing our signature French elegance and cousu-main (tailor-made) service to Indonesia," said Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort general manager Goran Alekson in a press release. By creating their business model based on life on the island, Sofitel is trying to merge the elegance that French culture is well-known for with local traditions. Other than serving Indonesian cuisine as one of their dining options, their spa, named Artisan, is a blend of traditional treatment with the latest French cosmetology. Their meeting facilities are also said to be inspired by Balinese design. Rimba Literally meaning "wild forest", Rimba lives up to its name by offering a lush garden of trees around the area. Sharing a 77-hectare plot of land with Ayana resort, Rimba is built based on a whole different concept than its neighbor. While Ayana has already become an iconic Bali luxury resort, Rimba wants to achieve the same status by taking the green path. Since trees do not grow overnight, the planning of Rimba began years ago. Five years prior to the development of the hotel, the developer planted 40,000 albesia trees. This particular tree is picked because of its rapid growth; they only need five years to reach full maturity. Additionally, Rimba has planted another 10,000 trees to reduce the resort's carbon footprint. Aside from the trees, Rimba also has an on-site greenhouse where organic fruits and vegetables are being grown to supply the resort’s needs as they plan on running a cooking school. Over 1,500 species, such as mango, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, and other tropical plants can be found in the garden. Grand Aston Although it's been a while since the Aston hotel in Nusa Dua upgraded to a five-star resort, it was after this September that they finished construction, refurbishing a total of 187 rooms and suites and finally relaunching under the name of Grand Aston. Now the property has four restaurants and three bars serving Balinese, Asian, Western and Italian cuisine, a lagoon pool with a swim-up bar, in-house Biwana Spa and fitness services that include yoga practice. Grand Aston is the first five-star resort by the Archipelago International hotel chain to be established in Bali, which is quite interesting considering how the company has been fairly dominant at the budget and mid-level lodging business through their extensive range of hotels available on the island. Archipelago International is currently operating nine Fave hotels and five Neo hotels in Bali, all budget. There are also the four-star Aston hotels at Kuta, Denpasar and Tuban. Additionally, they have a series of boutique accommodations as well like the 100 Sunset, Harper, Kamuela Villas and Quest. With that many options, Archipelago International has done more than secure their business on the budget and mid-level hotels. Thus the upgrade that turned Aston Nusa Dua into the Grand Aston is a nice move as they can now cater to tourists who are looking for more luxurious services. Lembongan Beach Club & Resort This establishment has already been running for a few months now, but it will be on Dec. 20 that they officially hold a grand opening. Situated in Jungut Batu Beach in the still undeveloped Nusa Lembongan, it offers 26 modern Balinese-style private villas designed with natural materials and equipped with luxurious attributes such as private swimming pool, private semi-open bathroom, tropical garden setting and an outdoor deck with sun loungers. In addition to a restaurant overlooking the ocean and Shipwrecks surfing break, guests can also enjoy the resort's spa treatments, which include Balinese massage, Swedish massage, shiatsu and Asian foot acupressure as well as large range of activities from a guided mangrove tour to free diving lessons.
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