The Ayodya Resort Bali is a five-star luxury resort located in Nusa Dua, Bali. While designed in a classic Balinese style, the hotel has modern touches that can be found throughout.
As soon as you enter the private drive you’ll be immediately impressed by the grand fountain you must circle to find the hotel’s entrance. The friendly staff is waiting outside to direct you to reception and help you with your luggage. A refreshing welcome drink was delivered to me as soon I arrived in the lobby.
The Ayodya Resort has a secluded feel, but once inside, it’s hard to want to leave. Literally, everything you could want to do (or eat) is found on the hotel grounds. The five hundred and thirty-seven-room property features multiple pools, a wide variety of restaurants, bars, sports activities, a spa, a gym, and even their own stretch of private beach along the Indian Ocean.
The property also has a private beach only accessible for guests of the Ayodya. Sunbeds line the white sand, and friendly attendants bring you cold drinks while you lounge.
The variety of available restaurants is sure to please everyone in your group. I was fortunate enough to try several during my stay, dining at both the Japanese hibachi and authentic Italian restaurants found within the Ayodya.
We had a dinner with our own private hibachi chef who prepared the meal in front of us. I love hibachi as you’re able to witness the chefs skills in action. Our chef had a great flair as he prepared our meal on his table top grill before us.
While both of these venues were excellent, I would have to say my favorite meal was from Lagoona, the casual restaurant located near the beach and pool. The BBQ was amazing–smoked meats and authentic sides for a Western-style BBQ lunch. This is the first time in Asia that I’ve had BBQ as good as what I’m used to backing home. I would return to the Ayodya Resort just to order this again!
The highlight of the meal was the insane seafood platter the chef sent out to the table, which had a bit of everything on it. This was the perfect beachside afternoon lunch. If you’d like you can also have the staff arrange private dinners for you on the beach.
There are several different room types for you to choose from at the Ayodya Resort.
Some of the rooms include attached private pools.
I stayed in a suite room with a private balcony in what’s known as The Palace.
The Palace is a hotel within the hotel, and it’s well worth the splurge. Staying there grants you access to privileges not available to standard reservations.
For example, although The Ayodya already has its own private beach, Palace residents have access to a separate area for sunbathing.
The Palace has an exclusive staff that will assist with your arrival, departure and anything else you might need in between. The Palace also features a private pool for residents, your breakfast is served in a formal dining room, and you are also welcome at exclusive complimentary afternoon teas and sunset cocktails and canapés.
The Ayodya was an incredible experience, and I look forward to returning during my next visit to Bali.
What part of the Ayodya Resort looked best to you? Let me know in the comments section below!
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