Como Shambhala Estate at Begawin Giri Lost in the depths of a remote jungle mountain range lies one of our favourite hotels in the world. Como Shambhala Estate is a world-class health retreat in central Bali’s Ubud that is dedicated to improving its guests overall well being. With state-of-the-art health, spa and fitness facilities, guests can commit to their award-winning Wellness Programs, including 3, 5 or 7-day full detox programs for the ultimate rejuvenation. Otherwise, you can take the less drastic approach by simply indulging in the odd spa treatment and a deeply relaxing massage between sleeps by the pool. The fresh and health cuisine is a major highlight, the Balinese staff are absolutely delightful, and the villa-style accommodation is luxuriously perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking the picturesque Ayung River. This is a magical place that is the perfect hideaway to seriously unwind.
Anantara Seminyak Resort As one of the newest additions to Bali’s design hotel scene, the Anantara Seminyak Resort is one of the coolest resorts to arrive in the heart of Bali’s vibrant Seminyak area. Boasting a stunning beachfront position right on Seminyak Beach, spacious modern suites and a soaring rooftop lounge, Anantara Seminyak has been turning heads since its controversial opening in 2009. Splash out on the oceanfront suites with private outdoor terraces, deep indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, and a sumptuous in-room lounge area which is the perfect place to unwind in privacy. While the restaurant serves a commendable menu of Thai and Indonesian flavours, its really the hotel's rooftop lounge where all the action takes place. As one of the trendiest new nightspots in Bali, you’ll find a cutting-edge line up of international DJs. This is the perfect resort if you want to be close to the Seminyak action.
Amankila As one of Bali’s most secluded and exclusive resorts, the Aman Group’s luxurious Amankila property is located in the remote eastern Balinese countryside on a peaceful cliff top setting beneath the towering Mount Agung. Inspired by the area's local traditions and the spectacular unspoiled habitat, this exclusive hideaway resort boasts dazzling views across the enigmatic turquoise sea of the Lombok Straight, and is a sanctuary for romantic, spiritual, cultural and rural pursuits. One of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make is whether to spend the day lounging by the breathtaking three-tiered infinity pool on the edge of a dramatic cliff, or to wander down to the resort’s long private beach with sparkling white sand (which also happens to be one of Bali’s most beautiful and remote beaches). Amankila’s 34 freestanding thatched-roof suites are perched on the edge of the hillside to take advantage of the spectacular ocean views.
Private Villas One of the best value accommodation options in Bali is to a hire a private villa. Many trusted, well established villa rental agencies offer an extensive selection of affordable private villas, making this a great option if you’re planning a longer stay or are traveling with a larger group. Many of Bali’s best rental villa boast stunning private pools, a 24-hour personal chef and butler service, and even a private chauffer if you’re lucky. Here is a list of some of our favourite villa rental agencies in Bali - click on the links below to find out more information and to check availability:
Elite Havens - www.elitehavensbali.com
Bali Tropical Villas - www.bali-tropical-villas.com
Villa Rental Bali - www.villarentalbali.com
Karma Resorts - www.karmaresorts.com
Villa Getaways - www.villas.villagetaways.com