Within a tranquil pocket of Bali’s west coast, Soori Bali stands as a testament to serenity. Catering to the most discerning travel seekers, this exquisite resort boasts all-pool villas and a number of daily experiences to connect to the local culture.
Traveller: Cathy Wagstaff
Room: Ocean Pool Villa
Address: Banjar Dukuh Desa Kelating, Bali, Indonesia
Date: November, 2023
Best for: Those in need of a relaxed and reviving sanctuary in a tropical paradise
The heart of Soori Bali’s allure lies in its meticulously designed pool villas. All 48 feature private infinity pools that boast breathtaking vistas of either the ocean or the lush gardens. A mix of modern design intertwines seamlessly with the natural beauty of Bali’s landscape to create an oasis of tranquillity.
Set between the Batu Karu Mountain and terraced rice fields, the architecture of the villas exudes a sense of understated luxury, incorporating traditional Balinese elements with contemporary styling. The interiors are inspired by local colours, crafts and materials with walls clad in paras kelating, a cool grey sandstone, and spacious living areas are adorned with handcrafted furnishings and local artwork.
The Signature factor
Designed by renowned architect Soo K. Chan and his wife Ling Fu, each villa is crafted to merge within the natural landscape yet remain modern which evokes an inimitable atmosphere. It’s Bali-luxe styling at its best.
My Ocean Pool Villa is a retreat to be experienced. An open-to-sky inner courtyard brings in natural light and the fresh ocean breeze. The outdoor pavilion is a perfect spot for relaxing and contemplating the view by day or night. Being beachfront means the volcanic sands of the resort’s private beach are within easy reach.
The villa features sleek interiors with monochrome touches, a king-sized bed with luxurious linens, outdoor shower, Soori bath amenities, Nespresso coffee and gourmet mini-bar. It also includes a Butler service, 24-hour room service and Soori turndown tea.
Soori Estate boasts 10 bedrooms all with an Indian Ocean view catering to 20 adults and four children across 5,250 square meters of beachfront heaven. There are multiple spaces to relax, from the landscaped gardens to the four private pools and outdoor pavilions with jacuzzis. Bathrooms feature oversized bathtubs and grand shower rooms, there’s a private gym and spa room. The villa is filled with designer furniture and the resort’s bespoke designs, the Soori Collection.
On my plate
Soori Bali takes breakfast to a new level with a menu that changes daily, ensuring that each morning brings a delicious surprise. From exotic fruit platters to decadent pastries and traditional Balinese delicacies to Western-inspired breakfast dishes, it’s a sensorial feast, setting the tone for the day ahead.
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Set on the edge of the black volcanic beach, Soori Spa offers rejuvenating treatments inspired by Balinese rituals. The highly skilled wellness experts work with physical alignment and massage therapies, acupuncture, meditation, and Neurotherapy, among many other bespoke techniques.
Soori’s signature massage is a must – based on the concept of healing energy. This oil massage works on the concept of “taksu” (meaning “spirit” to the Balinese), using firm pressure and dynamic stretches for an invigorating treatment. Or for a truly pampering experience, surrender to the sublime healing of a four-hand massage as two therapists work their magic in unison.
Unwind in the spa, work out at the gym, or settle down with a book at the Library. The resort’s two excellent dining venues mean you never have to leave the resort. Cotta’s menu boasts locally inspired dishes, crafted from fresh, seasonal ingredients from nearby farms paying homage to Balinese flavours yet presented with a modern twist. Ombak is a beachfront dining experience serving the freshest seafood and premium meats complemented by an extensive wine list. While The Reading Room offers a cosy setting for afternoon tea or evening cocktails.
The resort also offers daily activities including meditation classes and yoga sessions on the beachfront.
For those seeking adventure, Journeys by Soori offers bespoke curated experiences across Bali. From guided tours to local villages and temples to adventures exploring the island’s hidden gems, it’s an ideal way to uncover Bali’s rich culture and natural wonders. Full-day and half-day experiences can focus on spa and wellness, Balinese culture, arts and crafts as well as environmentally conscious excursions.
Book direct for at least three nights and enjoy VIP arrival fast-track service, return airport transfers with a VIP escort from the airport to Soori Bali, gourmet tasting breakfast and bespoke resort experiences.
Two-, three-, or four-bedroom residences are ideal for larger groups. Soori Bali offers bespoke experiences designed for families ranging from visiting secret waterfalls to kite flying and beach bonfires. Enjoy trekking in the rice paddies with an organic picnic by a natural waterfall, see baby turtles released in the ocean or visit the Butterflies Conservatory and Balinese Dance class. A babysitting service is also available.
Receive on-property benefits as a Leaders Club member. Sign up to receive complimentary Wi-Fi, daily continental breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out.
I wish I could take home
The Dyson hairdryer and hand clothes steamer that can be found in all villas. It’s a nice touch and reiterates the level of quality across all aspects of Soori Bali.
The Signature verdict
The exceptional staff and the property’s ambience make Soori Bali top in its class. With all pool villas, fine dining and daily activities, it’s a sanctuary in Bali you won’t want to leave.