Bali is the star of Indonesia’s 1300 islands, the number one draw for travellers heading to this dramatically beautiful archipelago. A enticing mix of volcanoes and beaches, Indonesia is the perfect hot destination while much of the rest of southeast Asia is rainy in our summer months.
Bali is a delightful island with an abundance of exotic flowers, ancient temples, volcanoes, and happy people, undoubtedly because of the peaceful vibe that permeates the entire island. We’re spotlighting two fantastic resorts in Bali today but there are many more – and Bali is also a fantastic choice for fun transfers, where you can explore more of the island rather than simply flying from place to place.
Jimbaran Puri Bali is located on the beachfront in Jimbaran Bay, well known as one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. The resort is one of the most stylish in the area, with 42 charming cottages and 22 more luxurious and private pool villas.
Each cottage is detached with its own walled garden, terrace, and open beam thatched roof. The sunken freeform bathtubs add a touch of luxury to your relaxation and are a vivid reminder that you’re in Indonesia, and each cottage has a choice of a view over either the garden or the beach. The resort also has two family cottages in case you want to bring the kids.
The Deluxe Pool Villas, the step up, are designed for true comfort with individual swimming pools, garden courtyards, a pool deck, and a oversized outdoor day bed. As a villa guest, you’ll also receive a private in-villa breakfast, butler service, daily afternoon tea, and a 20 minute jet lag massage at the Beach Spa.
The Bale is very attuned spiritually, dedicated to providing relaxation and rejuvenation through a variety of holistic spa treatments alongside well-being programmes. Located in Bali’s exclusive Nusa Dua, the resort has 29 pavilions with modern, chic interiors, each with a private pool and kingsize daybed. The design ensures that you feel open and connected with the elements but with an extra touch of privacy – no one will be peeking in. All guests enjoy a 24 hour butler service.
To go along with their aim of promoting relaxation and rejuvenation, the hotel’s restaurants focus on fresh, healthy, organic ingredients in their cooking and specialise in seafood. You’re just a short walk from the Beach Club, and free transfers are also provided for ease of access.
Seminyak is one of the most fashionable parts of Bali, with a lively culture of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. The Samaya is located on a lovely stretch of beach just a short walk from the town, so you’ll get the best of both worlds by staying here. You don’t have to take our word for it, either, as it’s been voted ‘Leading Beach Resort of Asia’ and ‘Leading Resort of Indonesia’ in the World Travel Awards 2010.
There are two different sides to the resort; the beachfront villas are along the water with private pools, gardens, and simply decorated villas, while across the road are 22 Royal Courtyard villas which are larger and more luxurious. In 2011 the beachfront villas are undergoing restoration to match these, so if you’re keen on staying along the beach, it’s best to book for 2012.
These three fantastic resorts in Bali will add that extra touch of luxury and style to your next holiday.