For those of you with Bali on their list, be sure to check out the following three luxurious resorts for potential stays when you’re in planning mode.
Located on the untouched west coast, the luxurious Alila Villas Soori has breathtaking views. Perfectly located between lush, green paddy fields and the soft black-volcanic sands of a Balinese beach, the resort’s 48 beautifully designed villas all tout stunning views of the Indian Ocean and are sleek and spacious with modern interiors and generous outdoor decks and private pools. The hotel is only a stone’s throw from Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali’s most sacred temples.
If you want to plunge into one of the most beautiful pools in the world while overlooking the terraced jungle head to the hillside village of Payangan in Bali, Alila Ubud offers valleys and villages hugging the hillsides, which is opposite from the other side of the island where you’ll find more typical white-sand beaches and thatched-roof villas.
Here the resort’s rooms and suite villas stand on stilts like tree houses above a ravine. There’s an in-house art gallery, Mediterranean-infused cuisine and Bali’s art capital, Ubud, is easily accessible. This design hotel mixes traditional Balinese design with strict modern geometry. Smooth plaster walls and concrete meet straw roofs, terracotta tiles to crushed rock, and wood to glass.
The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel touts itself as a design-friendly hotel among many other things and is only a few minutes away from the the white-sand beaches of Seminyak, adjacent to the Oberoi, restaurants, shops and nightspots. The Elysian design hotel’s look is ‘modern Asian’, a mix of traditional proportions and modern clean lines.
Elysian means paradise, and here that’s exactly what you get. Each of the 26 villas comes with its own private pool and a focus on openness. Oversized wood-framed sliding doors and windows edge walled gardens, while teak wood, local stone and marble provide luxurious finishes.