Bali, one of Indonesia's 33 provinces, is an island paradise bordered to the north by the Java Sea and to the south by the Indian Ocean. Brought to the forefront by the hit book and movie "Eat Pray Love," Bali is known for its Hindu temples and spirituality, tropical gardens, sandy beaches, volcanic parks and arts and crafts. The capital is Denpasar, which is located in the southern part of the island -- the populous area with the most beaches and resorts.
Conrad Bali Resort & Spa
Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, boasting 360 rooms and large suites overlooking seven acres of gardens and lagoons, is 6.5 miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. Adjacent to the Nusa Dua beach area, the contemporary, tropical-themed resort has beach access, a large swimming pool, lit tennis courts, a fitness club, jogging track, full-service Jima Spa and Kura-Kura Club for children ages 3-12. The on-site restaurants include Rin, the property's signature Japanese restaurant; East, a Mediterranean-flavored restaurant specializing in seafood, pizza and pasta; and Suku, with Balinese, Indian and Asian-influenced cuisine. Guests can access nearby Bali Golf & Country Club or Bali Handara Golf Club on the edge of a volcanic crater, enjoy spa treatments on the beach or attend a performance of dramatic Balinese dance. Denpasar's attractions also include colorful Badung Market, which sells arts, crafts and exotic textiles, and the old city with its traditional palace and temples.
InterContinental Bali Resort
It's easy to immerse yourself in the serenity of Bali at the InterContinental Bali Resort, located in the secluded upscale neighborhood of Jimbaran Bay in the southern part of the island. While the 418-room resort offers modern amenities and technology, the decor incorporates some elements of traditional Balinese architecture, including earthy colors, bamboo wood and stone. The 14-acre luxury property is rich in sandy beaches, ornamental ponds, traditional stone-work and lagoons. Other amenities include pools, gardens, fitness center, business center, travel services (airline, rental cars and tour desks) and Planet Trekker for children 4-12. Check out the suite packages, which include butler and valet service, cable/satellite TV, CD/DVD players, complimentary breakfast and newspapers, kitchen or kitchenette and work desk. Guests at the InterCon can easily take a bike ride through Jimbaran village or drive 30 minutes to sacred Uluwatu Temple. The temple, which is dedicated to the sea, sits on a limestone cliff and is home to a lively group of monkeys. A highlight of a visit to the temple is the traditional Kecak dance performed at sunset.
Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay
If you stay at the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay, you'll be staying in a free-standing thatch-roofed villa. The 156 villas are available in one- and two-bedroom configurations on the ocean or with an ocean view. For guests who need three- or four-bedrooms, the property rents private residences. Each villa's bedrooms are air-conditioned and the living area is open air. Other features include private plunge pools, soak tubs and showers, Bose sound equipment and LCD TVs. Spa treatments are offered in villas, on the beach and in the large treatment rooms, and restaurants offer seafood, Italian food and local and regional cuisine. Guests at the resort have easy access to Bali Bird Park and Reptile Park, the village of Batu, known for its silver and gold handmade jewelry, and Mas, home to Bali's famed wood carvers. Personal travel planners at the resort will arrange activities and tours tailored to the guests' interests.
Kamandalu Resort & Spa
If you prefer lush, green mountains to the beach, Kamandalu Resort & Spa in Ubud, Bali, may be to your liking. The boutique hotel is located about an hour's drive from Denpasar's international airport in Ubud, one of Bali's most famous traditional arts towns. The 56 thatch-roofed villas sit among tropical forests and rice paddies with views of Petanu River and the Ubud valley. Each villa offers air conditioning, satellite TV, a safe and in-room coffee/tea station. A full-service spa, restaurants featuring Asian and Asian-Western fusion cuisine, pools, a game room, a bar and lounge, and a gift shop featuring local arts and crafts are among Kamandalu's other amenities. The resort runs a complimentary shuttle to the center of Ubud and can arrange whitewater rafting, surfing, diving or golf outings for guests.
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