Dreaming of Bali's sun, sea and sand but also craving the glamour and sophistication of France? These three resorts in Bali offer just that perfect combination of tropical island life mixed with the elegance of French culture with just a hint of rustic comfort thrown in for good measure.
La Reserve 1785 – home of the ‘love priestess’
Suites are thoughtfully designed to evoke French elegance with books stacked in random places on the shelves and venetian mirrors.
A new boutique hotel and spa in Pererenan, Canggu - due to open in August, comes with a spicy history.
La Reserve was acquired in 1936 by Mademoiselle Henriette Reboul – avid antiques collector and ‘love priestess’ as her private residence.
Celebrities and various influential people of the time were regular visitors to the residence, which now comprises five separate pavilions with 13 suites, a French chandelier-lit grand reception area, Balinese pool house and 30-metre swimming pool.
French architects Laure Juhen, Jean Umani and Louis Mariotti took on the task of faithfully reimagining the property and a combination of French flair and Bali artisans’ craftsmanship has transformed Henriette Reboul’s residence into a luxurious, discreet resort in the heart of Bali
The kitchen cooks up bespoke meals inspired by both Balinese and French cuisines.
Gourmet French food is part of the appeal at poolside Le Café Rouge.
The Purity Garden, a traditional Balinese temple garden and the Jardin Des Moines, a French Monks Backyard, add further unique touches to the property.
Keliki Luxury Lodge – Wining and dining in a rustic paradise
Keliki Luxury Lodge is located near a rural village 15 minutes from Ubud.
A newcomer to Bali’s high-end offerings, Keliki Luxury Lodge opened its doors on 15 April this year and has already established a loyal following.
Tucked away alongside a small river less than a 20-minutes from central Ubud, the boutique sanctuary comprises four 200sqm two-bedroom mezzanine lodges, two with private outdoor bathtubs.
The 400sqm duplex Rama & Sita villa comprises 5-bedrooms, two Jacuzzis and a large living area overlooking the private pool and the jungle. It is designed for large groups and family.
The restaurant encompasses two levels overlooking the rice fields, jungle, and the infinity pool.
Le Gastronome’s authentic French and Indonesian cooking style influences the menu and is complemented by a dining area that is surrounded by the rice fields and tropical greenery.
A wine steward is on hand to guide diners through a wide selection of French and international wines.
Nirjhara Eco Hideaway – Tree houses and waterfalls
The Canopy Suite is a one-bedroom tree house featuring a private rooftop deck furnished with a solar-heated bathtub, king size bed, a living area and indoor rain shower.
It didn’t take long for the Tran Tien family, on a trip from France, to fall in love with Bali.
That was 1996. Almost a quarter of a century later, they opened
Nirijhara, an eco-hideaway tucked away in Tabanan, close to Tanah Lot. The property has been designed around a waterfall after which it is named.
The resort has 25 suites and villas, including seven treehouse Canopy Suites offering waterfall, river, jungle or rice paddy views.
Ambu, Nirjhara’s restaurant embraces a ‘slow food’ approach to dining, 95% of ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own vegetable garden, neighbouring farms and local suppliers.
For wellness, The Retreat at Nirjhara offers a range of treatments in rooms centred around a reflection pool, two Finnish saunas, a fully-fitness centre and The Shala, a riverside bamboo-clad yoga pavilion overlooking the waterfall.
In January this year, Nirjhara launched Vela, a six-cabin traditional sailing yacht available for private charter. Each charter can be personalised with options such as scuba diving with manta rays or hiking amongst Komodo dragons.