Kingdom of Love
Welcome to The Ramayana-Inspired Resort in Nusa Dua...
Once upon a time in a land far away, a princess named Shinta was captured by Rahwana, an evil spirit of Alengka. Her lover, Prince Rama, soon made it his mission to rescue her with the help of his loyal supporters, among a few of them were his brother Laksmana and the monkey advisor of Anggada, General Hanoman. The mission took 12 years to accomplish, and it wasn’t until Hanoman burnt down the capital city of Alengka that Rama finally put an end to Rahwana’s life and retrieved Shinta back to his arms. Together, Prince Rama and Princess Shinta returned to Ayodya Palace, where they lived happily ever after with their twin sons.
That is the summary of the epic love story of “Ramayana” or also known as “Rama-Shinta”. The legend has an important place in the hearts of the Balinese that it is often depicted in a traditional dance performance, including the Kecak Fire Dance. This particular story is also where the inspiration of Ayodya Resort Bali in Nusa Dua derived from. “Ayodya” is the name of Princess Shinta’s palace, and Ayodya Resort Bali lives up to its name with a number of wooden and stone craftsmanship decorating the resort and friendly hotel staff treating guests like royalty...
Stay at the Palace
It has been 26 years since Ayodya Resort Bali first opened its doors – the hotel is one of the first three hotels to stand on the Nusa Dua luxury hotel stretch. The property is designed with rich Balinese heritage which becomes quite rare in this modern era where a lot of new hotels are constructed with modern design. A beautiful pond with Balinese stone crafts adorns the hotel’s manicured front yard, while a statue of Princess Shinta stands proudly in the lobby, as if the princess is welcoming guests to her home.
Providing over 500 rooms, Ayodya Resort Bali offers three different categories; Ayodya Resort (Deluxe and Grande Room), Suites and Ayodya Palace. I stayed at the Ayodya Garden View room in the Ayodya Palace, and I truly enjoyed the privacy it offered. As a guest to the Ayodya Palace, I had the privilege to check in at the Ayodya Palace’s private lobby, which I personally found like a royal living room. A beautiful lady welcomed me with a warm smile when I arrived. She was standing in front of a marbled pond at the center of the lobby. Beside her was a goblet of holy water.
“Welcome to Ayodya Palace,” she greeted me, while splashing some holy water to my face. “Please sit down.” She escorted me to a sofa on the left side of the lobby and served me a refreshing welcome drink while her friend helped me check in. Once everything was ready, a bellboy escorted me to my room.
The Ayodya Garden View room at the Ayodya Palace has a classical look with teak-wood furniture. Touches of Indonesian design highlight the room, like batik pillows on the bed and a batik fabric on the wall. The bathroom is luxurious, with marbled floor and bathtub – one of my favorite features in the room is the window by the bathtub that allowed me to watch my favorite TV show while having a bath. The room also has a spacious wardrobe, a king-size bed, and a balcony overlooking the resort’s beautiful pond.
Unwind in Nusa Dua
Guests who stay at Ayodya Palace have a lot of privileges, one of them being daily afternoon tea that indulges guests with light bites, coffee and tea from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at Ayodya Lounge. The lounge has an indoor and outdoor area – during a sunny day, the outdoor area is a better option because Ayodya Palace’s private swimming pool is located right next to the lounge. Once the afternoon tea is done, guests can continue to unwind at the lounge with some refreshing drinks during the cocktail session. Ayodya Lounge also serves breakfast for Ayodya Palace’s guests.
Aside from those privileges, guests at Ayodya Palace can of course still enjoy the resort’s other facilities and dining venues. Located on the beachfront area of the hotel, Lagoona Beach Bar offers a different kind of Nusa Dua sunset session where guests can unwind on one of the colorful beanbags under the eye-catching umbrellas. For full-fulfilling meals, head to Lagoona restaurant that nestled adjacent to the beach bar. The restaurant offers steak and seafood BBQ – their Smoker’s steak is one of the highlights of the menu that is worth to try.
Other restaurants include Genji that serves Japanese cuisine specializing in a Teppanyaki set, Octopus that offers Italian food, Waterfall for international breakfast and Indonesian dinner, and more. Ayodya Resort Bali also has an open-air Balinese Theater that serves Balinese-themed dinner only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. For those who are still curious about the “Rama-Shinta” love story, don’t forget to join this Balinese dinner on a Saturday to watch a live Kecak Dance performance. Ayodya Resort Bali has complete facilities for leisure, like an infi nity swimming pool, children’s playground, a squash court, spa and gym, and more.
Another highlight from my stay experience is how well the hotel’s staff treat all guests with warmth. Most of the staff have been working at the property for years, many of the seniors have been there since the day the hotel opened. This means, they understand the hotel’s facilities and hospitality standard by heart. The resort has become their second home and they treat their guests with love, just like they treat a family member.
Ayodya Resort Bali
Jalan Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua
By Risty Nurraisa
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