The Laguna Resort & Spa in Bali Nearing Completion of Makeover

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali is set to debut the result of a year-long renovation project that touched upon its rooms, restaurants and other facilities. The final touches will be unveiled in July. 

Last summer, the resort’s 287 rooms, villas and suites were refreshed, while the De Balé Lounge & Bar and Banyubiru Restaurant were added. This was followed by the reopening of the Kulkul Beach House in April. The final element of the makeover will be added in July 2023 with the reopening of Arwana Restaurant. This marks the completion of the first renovation of the property in over 30 years.

Set on the white shores of Nusa Dua beach in the south of the island, the resort’s new design draws inspiration from its surroundings of water, nature and indigenous culture. The refreshed resort lobby showcases local craftsmanship: The Balinese white stone carving above the check-in desk—evoking the story of the water goddess Danu, the wife of God Vishnu, who maintains peace and harmony in the universe—forms the centerpiece of the space.

The new design of the bedrooms has been inspired by the stories and traditions of Bali, as well as nautical elements influenced by the resort’s seven lagoons. Rooms have headboards inspired by Balinese sulaman embroidery seen in kebaya fabric; Saput poleng, the woven black-and-white checkered textile draped over statues and worn by people during traditional ceremonies, is interpreted in the palette and materials in the room, such as the cushions. References to the lagoons and nautical experiences are found in details such as the selection of lamps and shiplap walls and leather suitcase detailing in the furniture.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali Areal Shot

Showcasing fresh seafood and signature dishes, the beachfront Arwana is set to reopen in July as an Asian grill restaurant. Its design is inspired by a modern boathouse with nautical components and will include an open kitchen with Basque grills.

As of spring 2023, Nusa Dua beach is also home to the Kulkul Beach House with its revamped interiors and updated food and cocktail menus. Kulkul offers a social setting where days can be spent lounging outdoors in cabanas by the 39-foot adults-only pool. The Kulkul kitchen returns with a greater emphasis on zero-waste drinking and dining. The all-day menu offers a range of vegetarian and vegan options alongside traditional dishes and seafood specialties.

The resort offers five F&B destinations, including De Balé Lounge & Bar and Banyubiru, which were completed in the first phase of renovations last year. De Balé Lounge & Bar is the place for sundowners while watching Balinese performances and exploring cocktails inspired by the oceanic spice trade. Meanwhile, Banyubiru Restaurant’s redesign includes a show kitchen, as well as a buffet counter inspired by Bali’s traditional warung stalls. The restaurant showcases elements and materials of the surrounding fishing villages, such as Balinese batik patterns, which are an integrated feature of the buffet and communal area floor tiles, while bamboo and rattan are used as detailing for the furniture, lighting and decorative items.

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