The reason Bali is such an attractive travel destination for the rich and famous is that it offers some of the most extravagantly luxurious properties on the planet, often with over-the-top extras and absolute privacy. Luxury in Bali can also be surprisingly accessible, making it worth the investment for a memorable experience to mark a special occasion, be it a significant milestone, the ultimate honeymoon or simply an opportunity to spoil yourself silly. Undoubtedly there is a Bali luxury itinerary to suit your mood.
Combining luxury with experiences of two quite different aspects of Bali, this itinerary explores three different beach-side properties, each with a sister property in the lush central highlands district of Ubud, and each offering its own style and attraction.
Begin your holiday in one of the elite villas at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, the thatched roofs of which can be seen terracing down the cliffside to the beach. The villas were the first of their kind and have long been a landmark for visitors flying in to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International airport. Spend some time exploring your luxury surroundings before enjoying one of the water sports on offer. Then return to your villa to enjoy a sumptuous in-villa dining experience.
After breakfast, learn the culinary delights of the local cuisine with a cooking class at the Resort’s professional stand-alone cooking school, the Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy. Alternatively, embark on a pleasant ‘art and culture tour from your doorstep’, involving a stroll through the resort with a resident Balinese expert.
Spend the remainder of the day chilling in true beach club style at Sundara; then keep the casual vibe going by moving to Taman Wantilan for dinner. Or change to smart casual attire and return to Sundara for a fine dining experience to round off your stay at Jimbaran.
From the seas of Jimbaran Bay, travel inland to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, minutes from Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. The unique “upside down” architecture of this resort drew as much interest as its sister property when it first opened. The design sees visitors cross a wooden footbridge to a large lotus pond, in the centre of which is a tranquil meditation site, before descending to the lobby, suites, restaurant and spa on the lower levels.
Lush gardens are interspersed with functioning rice paddies and fish-filled ponds, between which are several luxuriously appointed individual villas. Some replicate the architecture of the main building and invite guests to enter their lavish living space through their own lily pond and meditation area. Have a butler drive you to the Riverside Cafe at Four Seasons Bali for lunch, then spend the afternoon by the pool, watching the occasional rafter float along the Ayung River or return to your villa to soak up the sun by your private pool. Enjoy dinner at the Ayung Terrace.
Experience a unique “Day in the Life of a Balinese Farmer” which blends elements of tradition with indulgent pampering and delicious food. Or for something completely different, sample the stress relieving benefits of Antigravity Yoga in the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale.
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Begin your holiday at Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa, a boutique all-villa property that celebrates sophisticated luxury in an adult only environment. A complimentary half hour back an shoulder massage will set you up for a relaxing spell by the pool before ordering lunch in your villa.
After lunch, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment at Kayumanis Spa at Nusa Dua, then take advantage of the complimentary afternoon tea. In the evening, enjoy classic Italian cuisine at Piasan Restaurant.
Start the day with a refreshing walk along the beautiful white sand beach before enjoying a picnic-style feast for breakfast. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the private facilities of the Beach Club or exploring by bicycle on your own – or in the company of a butler. In the evening, try the authentic Indonesian cuisine in Tetaring Restaurant at Kayumanis Nusa Dua.
Leave Nusa Dua for the hills of Ubud where, hidden among the cinnamon groves, overlooking a dense tropical forest and the Ayung River, is Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas & Spa. With a similar layout and equally luxurious appointments to Nusa Dua, you will quickly adapt to your new environment, with the sound of the waves replaced by birdsong and the rushing of the river below.
For lunch, savour the flavours of traditional Thai cuisine at the Dining Corner, then walk it off with a one hour guided trek through the local community into the surrounding countryside.
Have dinner in your villa or celebrate with a Romantic Riverside Rendezvous under an elegant canopy, with flickering candles and ceremonial Balinese flags wavering in the breeze. Treetop lanterns twinkle above as a discreet team of personal waiters server a superb four course menu paired with sparkling wine. You can further enhance the occasion with a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Start the day with an energising yoga session to relax your body and clear your mind. In a serene setting, a resident yoga master will guide you through a series of gentle postures that are traditionally believed to harmonise your body and soul.
After breakfast, take the Tabanan Farm Tour during which you will learn ancient farming techniques, sample a traditional Balinese luncheon, visit the Monkey Forest in Alas Kedaton and imbibe a cool drink at the seaside temple of Tanah Lot. Alternatively, explore Ubud as recommended by your personal butler.
In the evening, dine on the terrace at the Delight Corner, overhanging the valley below on one side while, on the other, small candle lights twinkle on the surface of the infinity swimming pool adding an air of romance to your final night.
Begin your luxury holiday at Amanusa, situated adjacent to one of Bali’s premier golf courses, and with its own Beach Club on the white sands of Nusa Dua beach. Take some time to decide how to spend your day. Enjoy the privacy of your own pool, or lounge beside the resort’s impressive main pool. If the ocean beckons, a resort cart will carry you to the private beach club where you can bathe in the azure seas of the Indian Ocean or doze in your own gazebo or “bale”. Plan to dine at The Terrace around sunset.
Breakfast at The Terrace, before setting out for a game of golf or a few hits at one of the island’s best courses, Bali National Golf Club. If golf isn’t your thing, treat yourself to one of several therapies on offer in the spa suite, choosing a traditional Balinese massage to soothe away the kinks or a cleansing full-body treatment that honours the body from top to toe. The benefits of massage, body wraps, scrubs and Reiki appear magnified in these idyllic surroundings.
Relax for the rest of the day before taking in another incredible ocean sunset, this time in the shadow of the ancient Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. Return to the hotel for dinner at the Resort’s Italian Restaurant.
Transfer to Ubud, where the Amandari is set on sacred ground high above a Hindu shrine and overlooking the rich green of the Ayung Valley. In the afternoon discover what gives Ubud its artistic reputation by visiting the workshops of artists and artisans in the area, or taking an art lesson from a Balinese painter in Ubud or an international artist living nearby.
Take advantage of the transport on hand to go off site for dinner. Try the very popular Mosaic restaurant or the renowned local cuisine at Indus.
Ask your concierge to arrange a bicycle tour of local villages, trek into the jungle or breakfast in the rice paddies. Create a special memory with a visit to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, where you can negotiate the majestic slopes of Ceking from the back of an elephant. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying your suite and have your final dinner at the hotel restaurant where you can view the magical sight of floating candles in the swimming pool while the Gamelan plays softly in the background.