The spiritual kingdom of cool; sun lovers, surf junkies, and yoga bunnies all flock to the self-proclaimed Island of the Gods. Bali is one of those places that has a mood to suit each style. While the crystal healers head to the lush inlands of Ubud, the tanned surf crowd cling to the southern side, and the yacht life lovers stick to the chic white shores of Seminyak. From days lost to beautiful beach club lounging to resort havens that look like heaven, pack your finest luxury beachwear and prepare to make a statement on the endlessly cool shores of Bali.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the rolling thunder of Uluwatu, the worlds most striking hotel invites glamorous play between the blue of the sky and the sea. The Alila Villas is a vision of whitewashed modernist style, with beautiful batik bungalows, a show-stopping woven wooden centerpiece etching out over the cliff, and a picture-perfect private beach.
Smooth Italian charm meets tropical hues at the Bulgari Resort on the Bukit Peninsular. Volcanic stone is brightened with frothy bougainvillea, suites offer al fresco living and private plunge pools, and Tuscan delights by candlelight offer intimate dining.
Merah Putih offers sassy Indonesian dining in Seminyak. The glittering glass atrium filled with indoor palms is the perfect place to linger over eclectic fusion food. Elite guests can book one of the private dining pods and pore over perfect plates of coral trout, and crispy duck with pumpkin salad as the sommelier whisks bottles from the wine room.
Mozaic embraces the art of living well in the lush interior of Ubud. Choose the private dining room where you can watch the chef whip up French-infused wonders for you and your entourage. With local produce from the cascading farms close by, expect tuna tataki, butter roasted Javanese pigeon and star fruit sorbets.
Nestled on the young and hip surf shores of Canggu’s Echo Beach, the Como Uma Beach Club is the latest spot for sporting your best designer beachwear. Kick back on a swing bed with a cocktail in hand and soak up the modernist surf shack vibes. Acoustic vibes keep things purely horizontal during the day, but after a flashy sunset, it’s all world class DJ’s on the decks and dramatic panoramas.
When the night starts to sizzle, head down to the hottest club on the island – Ku De Ta in Seminyak. The center lawn offers a sublime meeting point for the well-dressed and wealthy to mingle and move to the soulful soundtrack of an impressive roster of international DJ’s.
Take a break from the chic sands of Bali and head out to explore the gorgeous Gili Islands on a traditional wooden Phinsi boat charter. The very well recommended Ultimate Indonesian Yachts have an incredible selection of traditional Phinsi’s to select from and chartering one will be the cherry on top of your escape to Bali. Glitzy Gili T is the hippest of the three islands with a pulsating party scene and laid-back luxury. Gili Meno is a smidge of paradise and the perfect spot for snorkeling with turtles. Gili Air sits breezily between the two, offering white sand beaches and beautiful brunch spots.