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Bali, better known as “The Island of the Gods,” is a paradise for sightseers, surfers, and yoga and meditation enthusiasts alike. Annually, tourists flock to the Indonesian province for a slice of the peaceful life. Bali has also become a popular getaway for the jet-set, and RealClearLife has curated a list of top luxury spas and hotels the island has to offer.
Local artisans helped design the spa, so it has a particularly traditional Balinese flavor to it. Amandari offers both standalone suites and villas with private gardens and baths, and special services include the ability to dine in the surrounding rainforest courtesy of one’s own personal chef. To book a trip to Amandari, click here.
Ayana Resort and Spa
The villas at the clifftop resort and spa were awarded the “World’s Leading Island Villas” at the World Travel Awards in 2015. (Taken into account in the award were the views, architecture, and customer experience.) With 24-hour butler service for villa guests, it’s clear why Ayana is such a revered name on the island. To book a stay, click here.
Bulgari Hotels and Resorts
Each villa at the Bulgari has its own garden; private pool; and giant outdoor living room overlooking the Indian Ocean. An inclined elevator shuttles guests down to Bulgari’s secluded, private beach. Day activities include helicopter flights over the island’s volcano and guided excursions to nearby islands. Click here to book a reservation.
Como Shambhala Estate
At the Bali location, just outside the town of Ubud, the emphasis is on wellness, with a laundry list of amenities, including nine treatment rooms; three different types of pools (outdoor hydrotherapy, chemical-free spring water, and heated); and a climbing wall. Located in the jungle, the spa is nearby a spring known as “The Source,” a spot revered by locals for its healing powers. Click here to book a stay.
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
“Mandapa” is the Sanskrit word for temple, and the experience at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve—or hyper-luxury and -secluded resort—starts with the ringing of a Balinese gong. Each guest has a personal butler his or her entire stay, yet the spa’s goal is an entirely distraction-less experience. Each suite has a private patio and views of a tropical rainforest and rice paddies—which supply a common element in much of the resort’s top-notch Balinese cuisine. To book a stay, click here.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
Located in Nusa Dua, a peninsula in South Bali, the Ritz-Carlton—not to be confused with its Mandapa cousin—features clifftop villas with private pools and butler service. Like something stripped from a Roald Dahl book, guests descend to the beach in a glass elevator—while the hotel’s on-site “Culinary Cave” provides guests with hands-on Indonesian cooking classes. For more on the hotel and spa, click here.
Located in Bali’s so-called “Valley of the Kings,” the Australian-run Viceroy brings an outsider’s eye to the island, thus adding a layer of comfort to its international clientele. Boasting of 25 pool villas, the Viceroy includes an exclusive “Presidential Villa,” a two-bedroom affair, the second of which can be converted into a formal dining space for small functions. To learn more about the Viceroy, click here.