Chic Retreats and Swanky Sanctuaries in Brilliant Bali

Friday, May 10, 2024

Nestled in the emerald embrace of the Indonesian archipelago and spanning pristine beaches, cascading rice terraces, majestic volcanic mountains, and lush jungles dotted with mystical temples, Bali certainly earns its title of ‘Island of the Gods’. Along with its abundant natural wonders and rich history of spirituality and healing, the island stands as a heavyweight in the realm of luxury travel. Boasting top-tier restaurants in stunning locales, high-end shopping, exclusive beach clubs, blissful spas, and a dizzying number of world-renowned hotels and villas to choose from, this tropical paradise really does have it all.  

From the island’s cultural heartland of Ubud to the buzzing cosmopolitan flair of Seminyak and the dreamy white sands and cliff-top opulence of Uluwatu, there is much to explore. So much so that many visitors opt for a multi-destination trip to experience the island in all its diverse glory. 


The upland town of Ubud is Bali’s artistic, healing, and cultural capital and has long attracted wellness seekers, spiritual pilgrims, and nature lovers. While the bustling town, vibrant markets, and the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary are certainly worth exploring, Ubud’s surrounding temples and sacred sites, jaw-dropping landscapes, rolling paddy fields, and shaded jungles are what really set it apart. To further add to its appeal, the area is also home to some of Bali’s most impressive hotels, with Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, being top of many luxury seekers lists. Located on a private 25-acre estate haloed by dramatic paddies, verdant rainforest, and the sacred Ayung River, Mandapa offers divine suites with sweeping views and infinity pools, world-class service, exceptional cuisine, and a spa for the ages. Or, for the ultimate luxurious treehouse escape, head to Buahan by Banyan Tree and enjoy their incredible ‘no walls, no doors’ villas that sit above the jungle canopy.  

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Known for its dramatic limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, azure waters, and epic surf breaks, Uluwatu is the epitome of coastal cool. It has become a mecca for those seeking a luxurious yet laid-back lifestyle. Remote, relaxed, and home to some of the best beaches on the island, it’s no surprise that days here revolve around sun, sand, and sea. When you aren’t snorkeling or trying your hand at surfing, sip creative cocktails at one of the buzzy beach clubs, savor gastronomic delights at the upmarket eateries, or hike one of the clifftop trails. Be sure also to visit the Uluwatu Temple, considered one of the holiest places in Bali, and watch the traditional Kecak and Fire dance that takes place in the clifftop amphitheater every evening, framed by the dazzling hues of Bali’s iconic sunsets.  

 When it comes to where to stay, the illustrious Bulgari Resort Bali, with its ocean panoramas, impeccable Italian design, and swanky villas and mansions, is hard to beat. Other sleek and sophisticated options include Six Senses Uluwatu or Alila Villas Uluwatu.  

SeminyakA hedonistic haven of fashionable boutiques, world-class dining, vibrant nightlife, and trendy beach clubs, Seminyak is a playground for fans of the finer things in life. The action centers around Seminyak Beach, Bali’s hippest strip of sand, which is full of sun-seekers and surfers by day and a glamorous crowd dancing to tunes from international DJs by night. Seminyak is known for its glitzy vibe, but only a short 20-minute drive down the coast is its boho-chic cousin, Canggu, which is also well worth visiting. 

Despite being always on the go, you can find a sanctuary of calm inside the plush hotels dotting the Seminyak coastline. The sophisticated oceanfront The Legian is one of the standout stars, offering the choice of sleek suites with stunning views or private villas with your own pool and personal butler service. The ever-popular W Seminyak is a hive of activity with fantastic restaurants and an upmarket beach club. However, the exquisite WOW or EWOW villas provide you with your own private paradise.  

Nusa Dua

This sprawling gated enclave is a purpose-built area dedicated to high-end hotels and villas, exclusive golf courses, manicured gardens, beautiful quiet beaches, and sumptuous spas. Whilst you can argue the area is not as traditionally Balinese as the rest of the island, Nusa Dua is an excellent option for unwinding at the end of your stay, if you are looking for a quiet base from which to explore, or if you are simply in need of rest and relaxation in the lap of luxury. The St. Regis Bali Resort oozes elegance and offers exceptional service and decadent beachfront villas. Or, for something even more private, the ultra-exclusive Aman Villas, by legendary hotel group AMAN, come with personal butlers and private chefs to take care of your every need.

Unforgettable Island Excursions

Chasing Waterfalls: Bali’s waterfalls are breathtaking, with NungNung, Munduk, Kanto Lampo, and Tukad Cepung being among the best. Take a refreshing dip, immerse yourself in their soothing sounds, and enjoy the cooling mist as you take in nature’s raw splendor.  

Set Sail: Take a private yacht charter to Nusa Penida, one of the tropical islands located a short distance off ‘mainland’ Bali. Soak up the incredible scenery, relax on butter-soft sands, and explore the vibrant coral reefs surrounding the island, spotting everything from tropical fish to majestic manta rays.  

Volcanic Sunrise: The 2—to 3-hour pre-dawn hike to the top of Mt. Batur, an active volcano, is worth it when you see the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sunrise frame the landscape. Fiery oranges and purples dance before you while you stand above the clouds, marvelling at distant Lombok Island and Mount Agung. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.  

Wellness Oasis: Immerse yourself in Bali’s renowned healing and spiritual properties and experience everything from Balinese massages and sound baths to yoga or holistic spa treatments. Consider the traditional 'Melukat' spiritual cleansing ritual for a profound connection. Use this time to reconnect amid Bali's serene and sacred ambiance. 

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is the main airport in Bali and can accommodate all sizes of private jets. A private FBO serves the airport, which is only a short transfer by private chauffeur or helicopter from the island’s leading resorts.

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