It opened in December 2021 under the Marriott banner, and is the second Renaissance to open in the region (the first, near Uluwatu, opened in 2018). It is a vast yet distinctly modern complex of Nusa Dua, which is famous for its chain of fine food comfort hotels, and is located in an exclusive area on a hill far from the sea and the tropics. takes. During my stay, not many parts of the hotel were opened yet – including many of the suite suites, some restaurants and event venues.
The outdoor lounge is spacious, modern and cool, with plenty of space to relax for a few hours with the excellent R bar to help facilitate this process. Seating options are eclectic and include nest seat swings, multicolored lounges, and balcony seating overlooking huge water features. Eye candy is plentiful – from giant chess pieces to modern art depicting Balinese culture, to ceiling screens with bright animated patterns. With clear themes of music, art and fashion, the staff also look the part, lounging behind the bar in luxe, glamorous silks and cottons by local designer Paul Robb, while others wear upscale Bali brand By The Sea.
Outside, it’s all about the pools—and there are four of them, each with a unique design that begs to be caught on camera—especially the unusual circular pool, with its checkered floor and platform-like path cut through the middle, lined with huge lanterns and leading to the indoor water feature, which It has a viewing area from above. There is also a long, deep pool with a volleyball net and a children’s pool with colorful play equipment, which is part of the Kids’ Club. The main pool bar with its wave-like ceiling is a designer and Instagrammer’s dream, bathed in colorful lights changing from the setting sun.
A separate building houses the gym, which has bikes to rent, and the excellent spa, which has 90-minute treatments and hot pillows to rest your head. Afterwards, you can relax with a unique herbal and fruit tea with yoghurt.
Industrial corridors separate the lobby from the buildings housing the rooms, designed for maximum airflow and decorated with stencils of ballet dancers. I’m in a Deluxe Sea View Twin Room with Ocean Views and Balcony. The bathroom is separated from the bedrooms by a curtain that mimics backstage changing rooms, with theatrical lights in the bathroom and tin inlays decorating the shelves. Turquoise is a cool color with black and white marble in the shower and on the pillows and lamps. The eye candy continues, with motifs of Balinese dancers painted on the ceiling and one of gobo light projected onto the floor. There is also a rattan rocking chair in the corner of the room, and a stainless steel rope that pretends to be a minibar.
Food + drink
As mentioned, there are six restaurants slated to open over the coming months, but during my stay Backstage is the only option. Designed with music in mind, the walls are lined with memorabilia – old video cameras and musical instruments, and you’ll also see faux light fixtures and graffiti. Cassettes with QR codes on each table will direct you to Tripadvisor to leave reviews. The menu — which has comedic nods to pop culture like “No Soup for You” and crowd-pleasing “snacks for theatre,” with Mexican and Italian burgers and steaks. Everything is presented immaculately and the tacos and Indonesian specials are good.
Breakfast (and lunch, if you’re around) is served here, too. It’s a tempting variety, with plenty of colorful drinks and fruity ingredients served from brightly lit glass fridges. There’s also a high proportion of sweet pastries on offer – like a red striped croissant crowned with a meringue. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a separate dessert bar serving red waffles, chocolate croissants, s’mores and ice cream burgers, all of which are sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. Staff attend each table with coffee packets and tempting snacks like coconut-filled pandan patties. There’s also a fun afternoon tea served from the R Bar above that arrives at your table in a makeup artist’s box full of sugary treats.
out + about
The hotel provides a shuttle service to Nusa Dua beach where combi snacks and drinks are served, there is also a service called “Navigator” that helps guests find popular local businesses. The hotel hosts many events to entertain guests, but if you wish to explore the island, transfers can be arranged. Gojeks is very easy to book to and from the hotel, and there is a village nearby. Also nearby is Tanjung Benoa, where we ate dinner at an old favourite, Bumbu Bali.
A fresh and fun place to stay in Nusa Dua, with friendly staff, great cocktails and the best selection of pools in Bali to get you in the vacation mood.
Our rating is out of five★★★★
Tourism District Lot SW 4 & 5, Nusa Dua Bali, Bali 80363; marriott.com; From $250 per night.
The pool area is well serviced by the staff (and during happy hour) and it’s fun to try out all the different pools. R Bar also has great staff and excellent and unique cocktails.
The double rooms were a bit snug for two friends so we advise booking separate rooms if you want more space.
The writer was a guest at Renaissance Nusa Dua