Bali: why not?!?
Time and again Bali is voted the world’s best travel destination, and it’s not hard to see why. With spectacular beaches, fascinating culture, welcoming locals and a genuine sense of spirituality (on the picture above the iconic Tanah Lot Temple), this unique Indonesian island is many people’s idea of paradise. Home to some of best resorts in the world, choosing where to stay in Bali can be difficult. To help make it a bit easier, here are two of the best luxury resorts on the island:
Villa Sungai Bali is a distinguished luxury villa with the sophistication, inclusions and full service of the finest hotel, but with the privacy and exclusivity of a private residence. This isn’t one of a complex of villas, not a villa within a hotel, but a truly private “one-off”. Bali has a number of beautiful private villas, but this is one of the best. Imagine five star resort service, then imagine that service all to yourself in a villa with the amenities of a top hotel, that’s Villa Sungai. Set in a tranquil country village in the island’s south-west, yet just 30 minutes from action-packed Seminyak Beach, Villa Sungai is the stylish way to do Bali. Sungai is divided into two parts: Villa Sungai, which has three large en-suite bedrooms overlooking an18m infinity pool and a spacious dining/relaxation area; and Sungai Gold, a separate, smaller space housing three bedrooms also with its own infinity pool and dining/living pavilion. The main difference between the three rooms of Villa Sungai is that one room, the master, has a much larger outdoor bathroom where you can bathe or shower under the stars. It’s available for exclusive-hire only, with a 24-hour butler, chefs, chauffeurs and a team of staff to spoil you.
Tugu Bali isn’t a typical Indonesian island retreat. Located in the sleepy town of Canggu, just steps from the beach, the hotel has ditched the identikit white-on-white design concept in favor of creating a true sense of place. The soaring thatched lobby is modeled after a traditional ceremonial hall and features a towering 4.9-meter tall statue of Garuda carved from a 120-year-old tree and pillars adorned with carved wooden heads. It feels as if it were built for reliquary purposes rather than greeting guests. Tugu Bali is designed to bring back to life the romantic, forgotten tales of Java and Bali. The hotel, owned by an Indonesian who has been collecting antiques since the early 1960s, is home to one of the largest original art collections in South-East Asia. All guest accommodations are within steps from the beach. All ground floor suites (Dedari Suites) have private plunge pool and open air bathroom, whereas the second floor suites (Rejang Suite) have ocean-view and private spa area with unique sunken tub. Hotel Tugu Bali recounts the most romantic tales, folklores and legends of Indonesia, one room at a time. Guests never have to dine in the same place twice and each meal can be taken in a special setting. Relax by the large, deep blue pool, surrounded by lush foliage or indulge yourself in a Spa treatment, many of which have their roots in ancient Indonesian culture. You can take a yoga class, learn to cook using traditional Javanese or Balinese methods or even learn local styles of flower arranging or dance.
However there is a reason that over three million travelers choose to visit Bali every year. For decades, Bali has consistently drawn holidaymakers from around the world by offering diverse experiences with a common theme of beauty, hospitality and authenticity. The island nation offers a wild night life, crowded markets and plenty of action and the short film released just few days ago by Daan Van Reijn, shows us a glimpse of the beautiful nature and friendly people of Bali in their daily lives. Do watch it, now!