This 146-acre jewel of tropical nature offers a romantic atmosphere, in a preserved environment, and a variety of picturesque locations
Whether swimming off your own private beach just in front of your villa, enjoying a special couples massage in the overwater spa, bareback horse riding along the beach or sailing around the island in one of Ratua’s colorful fishing canoes, there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge your loved one and create lasting memories.
At Ratua, you don’t have to worry or think about anything except for the simple pleasures in life and what your next adventure or meal might be. Once you step foot on the island, everything is free and there are no house rules. Guests are immediately invited to learn “the art of living” and made to feel at home in this exotic wonderland where “mia casa e tua casa”. Feel free to jump behind the bar and be the resident mixologist. If cooking is your thing, you are welcome to give the chef a hand or take over completely.
The cuisine, a mixture of Pan-Pacific and Franco-Asian dishes, showcases fresh organic produce, fish, beef, and chicken with a variety of local spices and flavors (like coconuts) to keep you both intrigued and sated. The Ratua wine cellar stocks the best of Australian, New Zealand, Californian, and French wines as well as a unique collection of rare international vintages. Best of all, the kitchen is left open for midnight snacks and the fridge in the bungalow is well stocked with exclusive French wines and Champagne created especially for Ratua.
But with great freedom comes great responsibility. Thus, the self-sustainable sanctuary spreadacross 146 acres has been conceived with a well thought-out ethical and ecological model that uses only local and renewable resources, including staff–all 60 of them! The chef feeds guests from the island’s own organic kitchen garden tended by the local community and school that regularly uses or sells whatever is left over.
The island also hosts a number of chickens, goats, cows, and pigs that roam freely about the property, including 15 horses, two cats and one sheep. Rumor has it that an elephant will soon join the motley crew. But perhaps most significant is the fact that 100 percent of Ratua’s profits are put back into the local surrounding communities through the Ratua Foundation with an ambitious plan for housing, education, hospitals, farming, cultural projects such as an outdoor cinema, and local craft industry by micro credit.
Guests sleep in one of three “villages” interconnected by a long plank walkway that leads to 12 original Indo-Oceania style bungalows perched on their own private beach with stunning water views. Each room is simply, but beautifully decorated with exotic Indonesian and Balinese antique furniture, and has a separate adjoining bathroom. The terraces offer sumptuous daybeds perfect for reading and napping on in the late afternoon. Look out for the horses that like to graze on the doorstep at dusk.