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The luxury hotel brand Kempinski has recently opened their latest addition in Indonesia, with the Apurva Kempinski hotel on the island of Bali. Whilst on a trip to the tropical island, we took the opportunity to visit.
Indonesia itself is not known as a top LGBT destination, but the island of Bali offers LGBT travellers a hot climate all year round, an abundance of luxury accommodation options, plenty of culture (temples) and of course a variety of jungles, beaches and nature to explore. Moreover, the Balinese being a very respectful nation, we found no day-to-day issues as LGBT travellers.
Note: This article is long so it has been spread over several pages for ease of reading. Click through until you reach the ‘overall thoughts’ at the end.
Apurva Kempinski Bali
The first impression of Apurva Kempinski Bali is that it is vast. Very vast. Pulling up the driveway to the main lobby, the pond that needs to be traversed cannot be missed. Once under the main canopy of the lobby, your gaze ascends following the roof upwards, and eventually back down, giving way to the resort cascading downwards to a vast pool and beach.
The hotel took 7 years to construct, and taking a few minutes to look around it is obvious why. Every detail, carving, and design has been created by hand from local craftsmen in Bali, provided into all 475 rooms, suites and villas and the public spaces.
As expected from a 5-star hotel chain, the Apurva Kempinski has more than enough amenities for a hotel of its size, with a 60m adult pool (and several smaller ones), spa and fitness centre (we’ll mention these later), a variety of restaurants, a quite charming chapel constructed of bamboo, a boutique with curated products from local suppliers, not forgetting the Executive Lounge (that we’ll come back to).
Vada rating for the public spaces 10 out of 10
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