Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Bali (Pool Pavilion Villa)

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Nightly rate
(that was booked)
IDR 2.6m nett (S$241)
Package inclusions
(Virtuoso)
USD 100 (S$125) credit, breakfast
Nightly rate
(after 15% off Marriott eGiftCard)
IDR 2.4m nett (S$221)
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayMay 2021
Membership levelTitanium Elite

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali opened in 2015 with 313 guest rooms. It is a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 40,000 to 60,000 points per night for award stays.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali (photo: marriott.com)
Resort-Map

Location

The hotel is located in Nusa Dua, a quiet area in south-eastern Bali. The long stretch of beach in this area is mostly connected to 5-star hotels like The Westin, Hilton and Grand Hyatt. It is less crowded (as compared to Seminyak beach) as it faces East (no sunset view). That’s not a bad thing as it is usually very quiet; perfect for evening walks/runs/cycles.

  • 25 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
  • 1 hr 15 mins drive to Ubud Town

Arrival

Virtuoso rates at this hotel includes one-way airport transfer. Since I wasn’t arriving from the airport, I asked if the hotel can pick me up from Grand Hyatt Bali instead, and they said yes!

Upon arrival, we had our temperatures taken and were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

I had booked the base room, Sawangan Junior Suite, and was pre-upgraded to the Pool Pavilion Villa two days before arrival! Although Virtuoso rates at this property include “upgrade upon arrival”, I wasn’t expecting a 4-category upgrade, even as a Titanium Elite member. This is because The Ritz-Carlton, as a brand, is not required to offer upgrade benefits for Marriott Bonvoy members.

Because of the distance, we were offered buggy service to get to the villa.

Entrance to the lobby
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Lobby
View from the lobby
View from the lobby
Walkway to the villa
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Villas 7301, 7302 and 7303

Pool Pavilion Villa

Villa 7303 is 120sqm / 1291sqft in size.

It was beautiful! There’s indoor and outdoor showers, outdoor bathtub, automatic toilet and a beautiful private pool. The villa is strategically surrounded by plants to provide excellent privacy.

View from the entrance
Welcome note
Interior
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Another view of the interior
Reversed angle of the interior
Living area
Welcome amenity
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Balcony
Private pool
The villa
Beverage area
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Wash sinks
Bathroom amenities
Bathroom amenities
Bathroom amenities
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Shower area
Toilet
Closet
Outdoor tub and shower
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Reversed angle of outdoor tub and shower
Bath salt
Floor plan of neighbouring villas

6% mark-up on currency exchange

It is disappointing that the hotel has its own exchange rate that is applied to all currency conversions. I required 2 currency conversions, one for the resort credit and another for using my Marriott eGiftCard. A sneaky 6% markup was added to both conversions.

I inquired about this and was told that it was “just the hotel’s policy”. Oh well.

In-room dining

I used my USD 100 resort credit only for in-room dining during this 1-night stay. I would have used it on the club lounge but it was closed during my stay.

Although I can receive 20% discount only on restaurant dining, dishes in the in-room dining menu were slightly cheaper.

Mie Lamien Bumbu Lada Hitam & Koay Teow Goreng
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Nasi Goreng
Ayam Geprek, Sapi and The Ritz-Carlton Cake

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for Virtuoso or STARS bookings at this property. It is held from 7am to 10.30am at The Beach Grill restaurant.

The Beach Grill restaurant

Breakfast menu:

THE-BEACH-GRILL-BREAKFAST-MENU

Table facing the beach
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Our breakfast
Elite member recognition

Swimming pool and beach

Like other hotels along Nusa Dua beach, the swimming pool is located right by the beach. The beach was very clean and quiet.

Main swimming pool
Beach chairs
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Beach access and water breaker
View of the beach from the water breaker

Resort activities

The hotel offers complimentary and paid activities.

Resort_Activities_Updated_17_May_2021

Other facilities

Entrance to the spa
Chapel by the beach
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Koi pond

My ratings

This is how I am rating my stay, based on what I paid.

Breakfast9/10
Service9/10
Location10/10
Room furnishing10/10
View
(from the room)
9/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities9/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value10/10

Bottom line

This was another flawless stay in Bali where I received outstanding value out of a Virtuoso / STARS rate. I enjoyed a 4pm late check-out and during check out, a hotel staff handed me a parting gift (room scent), which I enjoyed through my 2-week stay at Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak!

Parting gift: Room scent

4 thoughts on “Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Bali (Pool Pavilion Villa)”

  1. Hi suitesmile, i like your blog very much, very helpful

    i have one question, booking using classictravel still get elite nights and points on marriott membership?

    Reply
    • Hey Ary,

      Yes, booking Virtuoso or STARS rates qualify for elite nights and points. Read more here: https://suitesmile.com/blog/2021/05/18/easy-guide-virtuoso-and-stars-rates-for-marriott-properties/

      Reply
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