Bali was the beautiful setting of Julia Roberts’ romantic film “Eat, Pray, Love”. Making us truly believe that it’s a magical place, it’s been constantly named one of the best island holiday destinations in the world. This year make sure to mark this picturesque place on your next getaway.
With its idyllic forests, volcanic mountains, scenic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, the island is home to splendid hotel resorts that offer wellness, relaxation, and retreat.
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It’s love, at first sight, the moment you arrive at Amankila. Start with the stunning three-tier pool that’s set into the cliff edge, it offers spectacular panoramic views of Amuk Bay and Nusa Penida. The aqua-tiled pools flow one into the other cascading down like terraced rice fields, the scene will simply take your breath away.
The sacred Mount Agung also serves as a backdrop while you sip cocktails or delight in light bites while enjoying your holiday. Amankila maintains the Balinese culture in its interior designs inspired by the water palace at nearby Ujung. Stretching from hilltop to private beach, the property lies within reach of atmospheric temples and artisan villages.
Amankila boasts of 33 suites with nine featuring private pools. Decorated with inlaid pearl and coconut-shell furniture, all suites feature canopied king-size beds, a living area, large bathroom with a soaking tub, and outdoor terraces. You’ll never get bored with activities such as trekking, cultural tours, cooking classes, water sports and more.
Amankila Jl. Raya Manggis, Manggis, Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia, +62 363 41333, www.aman.com
Nestled in the heart of Bali’s Jimbaran this new boutique hotel and luxury villa accommodation comes with the service of a five-star hotel.
Celebrating the rich Indonesian history, everything about The Longhouse is thoughtfully inspired by authentic Balinese culture. It is elegantly perched in the hills of Jimbaran, originally a tiny fishing village and market. Designed with the help of renowned architect Popo Danes to reflect the true essence of island living, the property has been developed and programmed for guests wanting to discover the lesser known side of Bali. It’s the perfect escape away from the tourist traps of Seminyak and Kuta.
Stay in any of the stylish suites named after an Indonesian island, with distinctive interior designs and local arts handpicked by the owners from their extensive travels across the region. No two suites are the same, providing an entirely unique boutique hotel experience. You’ll be impressed with the dedicated team offering a spectrum of services from cooking courses in Indonesian cuisine, to local village tours, Balinese massages in the in-house spa and mixology sessions. Savor signature homemade Indonesian recipes and western and fusion dishes with the hotel’s unique dining programme which changes each day to offer an innovative alternative to the traditional hotel restaurant experience, they have everything from garden barbecues to candlelit banquets, at The Longhouse.
The Longhouse Jl. Goa Gong, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 737498, www.thelonghousebali.com
Bali is renowned for meditation and spiritual retreats. It’s an island to immerse yourself in nature and find your inner being or in some cases your purpose in life. This year, a new wellness retreat opens its door to guests offering three hectares of lush land in Bali. Meaning “I’ll live again”, the concept of REVĪVŌ is to soothe the spirit and rejuvenate the body through enriching the mind with a complete journey including relaxation activities, spa and holistic medicine treatments, and a personalized nutritional programme.
The resort will offer 16 Balinese-style suites, including two 4-bedroom villas that can be booked for more exclusive retreats, a restaurant, bar and poolside lounge, spa, hybrid fitness area and events space. It is surrounded by dense tropical rainforest and the Indian ocean for the ultimate escape from the bustling city life. The resort features bespoke programs based on each individual’s needs, with the goal of achieving holistic “healing” through mind training and self-awareness, as opposed to treating specific illness or injuries.
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts Jalan Desa Sawangan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 3011011, www.revivoresorts.com