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The Resort Hotels – Royal Pacific Resort: Orientation

Your Royal Pacific Resort experience begins when you cross a broad, thatched-roofed, bamboo-accented bridge over an artificial river. Step into the massive rectangular lobby and you enter a Balinese demi-paradise. Pause to admire the intricately carved Indonesian wood panels hanging on the walls on either side of the entrance. The lobby completely surrounds a glassed-in, orchid-accented courtyard pool. Statuary elephants cavort in its shallow depths while fountains in the form of Southeast Asian temple statuary constantly replenish its waters. At night, with a crescent moon high overhead, this courtyard is ravishingly romantic.

To the left of the courtyard pool is the reception area, to the right an elegant staircase that descends two stories to the hotel's main restaurant and the swimming pool area. Also to the right, just around the corner and past the staircase, is a spacious seating area complete with expansive views and the elegant Orchid Court Lounge bar with an adjoining sushi bar. The floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pool area evoke the open-air pavilion architecture that represents the finest in Balinese living.

The hotel's 1,000 rooms are arrayed off the lobby in three Y-shaped, seven-story wings, called Towers. Tower 1, The Windward, is to your right as you enter, Tower 2, The Leeward, is to your left, and Tower 3, The Royal, which houses the hotel's Club Level rooms on its seventh floor, is directly opposite the main entrance. (In your four-digit room number, the first digit indicates which tower you're in and the second digit denotes the floor.) The swimming pool is located between the Windward and Royal Towers, and beyond the pool the rides and attractions of Islands of Adventure form an antic skyline. The space between the Leeward and Royal Towers, in contrast, is given over to a quiet croquet lawn and open spaces, such as the Wantilan Pavilion, designed for outdoor events. The Leeward and Windward Towers frame the main entrance.

The lobby is on the third level. Most of the dining and other amenities will be found two floors below. From the Islands Dining Room, the hotel's main restaurant, a covered walkway hugs the building as it makes its way past the pool to Tchoup Chop, another creation of Emeril Lagasse, and the vast convention center beyond that is attached to the hotel.

The water taxi dock is near Tchoup Chop, most convenient to rooms in the Royal Tower and a longish walk past the pool from the lobby area. From the water taxi stop, the "Garden Walkway" runs along the shore of the Bali Sea, past the pool and on to CityWalk. It takes less than ten minutes to stroll there at a leisurely pace. The main entrance can be reached by foot from the Garden Walkway, but is most conveniently reached by car.

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