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Waldorf Astoria Thinks Bali Isn't Crowded At All

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  Site Where: Bukit Phandawa, Bali, Indonesia
March 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

We can rattle off a handful of hotels opening in Bali in the next few years without much effort (there is the Regent, Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton again, Starwood (Luxury Collection and Westin), and Six Senses, among others), which, together with everything that’s already there, raises the pressure once again to slow down hotel development on the island.

While the discussion on overcrowding and what is right for Bali continues, so do the announcements of new openings, with this week the addition of a Waldorf Astoria resort in 2017. Only a short transfer from Ngurah Rai Denpasar airport, the resort will have 96 villas on a cliff facing the sea.

The arrival courtyard looks pretty modern, with a waterfall feature on the right and the name and logo of Waldorf Astoria looking straight at you when you make your way inside.

Villas range from one bedroom to six bedrooms, with four poster beds and lots of woodwork. At least some of them will have private pools too, which from these architectural renderings look to be the infinity / overflow type.

The resort will have two restaurants and a "destination bar," a private beach with sea-facing pool, and a health club and spa. If the setting puts you in the mood for marriage, there will be a wedding chapel too.

2017 should see a double-entry into Indonesia for Waldorf Astoria, with a city hotel in capital Jakarta opening too, which will look something like the rendering below. Together with Bangkok the year before, that makes three in southeast Asia by then.

[Renderings: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & SCDA Architects, Rendering Jakarta: WOW Architects]

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Bali is popular with Australians - having come through the economic downturn of the last years mostly unscathed and with a strong currency, they are all over the high-end resorts in Asia. Then traffic from the major Asian hubs, Europe, and a bit of the US, the Eat Pray Love crowd, and it's doing pretty well.