Time for reverie at Banyan Tree Ungasan in Bali
30 Jul 2010
Bali, Indonesia– Amongst the many attractions on the vibrant island of Bali, is the recent introduction of Banyan Tree Ungasan, offering 73 stunning pool villas perched on the pristine southernmost cliffs. Located just 35 minutes by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport and the thriving beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur, the resort promises panoramic ocean views, effortless rejuvenation and unforgettable cultural discoveries for new and return visitors to Bali alike.
The jewel in its crown is Ju-Ma-Na restaurant, a unique addition to Bali's culinary scene with its novel cuisine, impeccable service and dramatic cliff-edge views of the Indian Ocean. A winning combination of degustation meals, themed dining events and a stellar wine collection has drawn celebrities, gourmands and the region’s ‘It’ crowd to regularly imbibe the modern ambiance tinged with Moroccan accents.
Recognised by Condé Nast Traveler USA magazine as one of the 45 best new hotels to open in this year’s “Hot List”, all the elements of Banyan Tree Ungasan add up to an unforgettable escape where guests reward themselves with a well-earned reverie amidst spacious garden pool villas and picturesque views.
Resort Lifestyle for the Discerning
All 73 spacious villas are set in their own lush landscaped garden with outdoor jet pool, marble bathroom with sunken baths, and a Balinese balé (outdoor pavilion). The highlight of each villa is the generously-sized private infinity pool, which starts from 10 metres in length and is perched on the cliff-edge overlooking the horizon. Carefully selected furnishings combine contemporary design with touches of Balinese artistry.
Ideal for couples, families and friends, accommodation options comprise one-bedroom Pool Villas, two-bedroom Sanctuary Villas and three-bedroom Presidential Villas, each featuring a 10-metre, 12-metre and 25-metre-long infinity pool respectively. Featuring expansive living areas and landscaped garden, guests can enjoy personal celebrations within the intimate surrounds; the Presidential Villa also comes with a dedicated spa treatment room and dedicated fitness area.
Dining takes centre stage at Banyan Tree Ungasan, thanks to the bounty of fresh produce and melting pot of flavours and techniques available in tropical Bali, with three stellar restaurants: Ju-Ma-Na restaurant, which means ‘silver pearl’ in Arabic, offers novel cuisine with dishes such as bay lobster confit and the Wagyu N9. Observe the chefs at work in the display kitchen, or opt for the dramatic cliff-edge scenery, a superb setting for the excellent cuisine. The adjacent Ju-Ma-Na bar offers sundowners and molecular cocktails, along with Arabic finger food and Moroccan shishas (water pipes). Tamarind restaurant, set in the tranquil surroundings of the Banyan Tree Spa, serves a variety of wholesome dishes such as grilled prawns with tomato fondue, alongside a menu of Jamu herbal drinks inspired by traditional recipes, whilstBambu restaurant will present popular international and Asian specialties, including Bali’s signature item, bebek betutu, a 25-spice roasted duck dished up tableside for two.
Complement this idyllic retreat with an indulgent spa experience at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa where guests can experience signature treatments delivered by professional spa therapists who are trained for over 300 hours. Designed to reflect Indonesian healing traditions and incorporating the use of natural, indigenous ingredients unique to Indonesia, signature treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Ungasan include traditional Indonesian treatments, Ayurvedic treatments and Rainmist therapies.
Practiced in the palaces of Central Java since the 17th century, the 180-minute Javanese Lulur treatment package includes imperial treatments used by Javanese brides as a purifying ritual before marriage, and includes the Serenity Massage, Lulur Scrub, and Honey Avocado Conditioner. Aching muscles are soothed and skin restored to its natural balance with the 180-minute Balinese Boreh treatment session designed for gentlemen. Featuring the Balinese Massage, a deep tissue massage which stimulates blood circulation, improves energy flow and relieves tension, guests will also enjoy a relaxing face and head massage, the Boreh Wrap and the Carrot Body Scrub which nourish and cleanse the skin.
Complete the spa experience with a refreshing yoga session, guided by a trained yoga instructor within an indoor yoga pavilion or outdoors, amidst the panoramic views of the ocean. To recreate the unique Banyan Tree experience, guests can visit Banyan Tree Gallery for its selection of exclusive amenities like ceramic oil burners and incense holders, aromatic essential oils, and sensual massage oils. Guests can also indulge in a take-home spa experience with pampering hair and body care collections inspired by Banyan Tree Spa treatments.
Events and Excursions
Executive meeting groups are hosted in style, with flexible function rooms that allow for seating and table arrangements, from banquets for up to 120 persons, and cocktail receptions for up to 200. Banyan Tree Ungasan is also finding favour as a wedding destination, with flexible packages, myriad venues and dedicated organisers to ensure that the special day goes smoothly.
Banyan Tree Ungasan can also arrange tailored, small-group cultural tours for guests around Bali. One of the highlights is a fully immersive cultural tour, with options to embark on unforgettable excursions to handicraft villages, painters’ homes, museums, ancient Hindu temples, and pastoral sights such as rice paddy terraces and plantations growing vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and cloves. Nearby attractions include the sacred Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and Ungasan Village, which will be the site of delightful cultural excursions exclusively available for resort guests to immerse themselves in the ways and traditions of the Balinese.