These Balinese hotels combine adventure, romance, culture and relaxation.
1. Contemporary Eco-Cool: Alila Villas Uluwatu
Set on a cliff 300 feet above the Indian Ocean, each of the 64 villas comes with a private pool and cabana to offer the full experience of indoor/outdoor living at its best. Other luxuries include a rain shower, Ploh bed linens, free Wi-Fi and daily yoga. Journey experiences range from gastronomy classes to visits to holy temples and hikes through the Pecatu region for deeper insight into the community and culture.
2. Boho-Chic: Bambu Indah
Nestled in a rainforest and organic gardens that lend breathtaking views over the rice fields, Bambu Indah is sure to bring out the nature lover in even the urbanest of city slickers. The owners, John and Cynthia Hardy (yes, the famous jewelers), restored 11 antique Javanese teak wood bridal homes.
3. Timelessly Elegant: Amankila
Located along the less developed east coast, Amankila offers stunning views and a secluded beach. The 34 villas, nestled into the hillside, flaunt a posh beach-bungalow vibe. A three-tier swimming pool overlooking the sea is the pièce de résistance though we recommend the spa (pictured left) or the beach club, where private bales (bungalows) are set within coconut groves. Our favorite perk: homemade popsicles served on the sand.
4. High Standards: AYANA Resort and Spa
AYANA Resort and Spa recently unveiled the open-air SKY wedding deck, perched on a cliff top 115 feet above the Indian Ocean. Sky-high vows? We think yes.
5. Sunset Views: The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
Just when we thought Bali couldn’t get any dreamier, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali proved us wrong with the February 2015 opening of its outpost set amid dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches. The oceanfront chapel is an idyllic spot to say I do.