“I have called this beautiful country home for the past 12 years, and The Apurva Kempinski Bali is truly an embodiment of Indonesian culture and craftsmanship,” says general manager Vincent Guironnet. “Apurva means ‘unique and magnificent’ in Sanskrit. It’s a fitting title for a resort that’s like no other.”
The property is located on a cliff top and cascades down a hillside like one of Bali’s iconic rice terraces, gradually making its way to the Indian Ocean. It features natural-clad stone buildings, bougainvillaea-covered terraces and a network of waterways and pools. The Grand Staircase, a 250-step walkway inspired by Bali’s sacred Pura Besakih water temple, runs through the centre of the resort.
Interior spaces were created by Indonesia’s finest craftsmen and artisans, and pay tribute to the island’s heritage. The resort’s “crown” is the pendopo-style lobby, which features a soaring tiered roof and intricate Javanese hand-carved Gebyok partitions symbolic of Indonesia’s Majapahit kingdom.
The resort’s accommodation offering consists of 43 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas; 162 exclusive cliff top and oceanfront junior suites; 14 specialist suites; and 256 grand deluxe guestrooms.
The villas have up to 1,379 square feet of space and feature private pools and lounge areas, tropical gardens with outdoor showers and access to the exclusive Villa Lounge. The junior and specialist suites have private plunge pools and access to the Cliff Lounge and its panoramic pools. The generous guestrooms range in size from nearly 700 square feet to 860 square feet.
Decor throughout the all-levels of accommodation combines traditional craftsmanship with modern Balinese design. Rich, exotic woods, local fabrics and Indonesian motifs are used throughout the spaces, and wide, panoramic windows offer views of the ocean and surrounding countryside. Sixty per cent of the accommodation feature private plunge pools.
The resort’s six restaurants, bars and lounges deliver a collection of culinary experiences, reflecting Indonesian cuisine as well as the wider Asian region. Koral, Bali’s first aquarium restaurant, serves delicacies from around the archipelago. Izakaya by OKU, an outpost of the award-winning OKU restaurant at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, offers Japanese flavours. In the lobby, Selasar Deli serves local specialities such as luwak coffee and jamu herbal tonic. Local and international dishes are created at live cooking stations at all-day dining Pala Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, and casual oceanfront dining is available at Reef Beach Club.
The property’s spa offers a range of services based on “rupasampat wahyabiantara,” an ancient proverb from Javanese and Balinese philosophy that means true beauty is achieved when inner and outer beauty are in harmony. Traditional ointments such as lulur, a herb and spice body scrub, are used with a variety of oils. Wellness activities such as meditation and yoga are also offered.
The Apurva Kempinski Bali’s event spaces include an 11,600-square-foot, pillar-free Grand Ballroom (capacity 900) and a 23,680-square-foot, ocean-facing lawn. Smaller event spaces and boardrooms are also available.
It is located 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, and is close to the Bali International Convention Centre, upscale shopping and entertainment.