There are some places on this Earth that are meant as havens to escape the everyday – the city, the job, the local grocery shop, the routine. Luxury escapes cater to our self-pampering most inner desires.
However, most of us don’t ask for much. Maybe to kick back on a pillow-choked deckchair with an icy cold Mai Tai running through the straw and the sun spilling over a steaming blue ocean.
Bali has been building its reputation as a treasure island of white beaches, colorful coral reefs, iconic rice paddies, pure comfort and blissful oblivion for a while now.
Five-star resorts, high-end hotels, cozy bungalows on the edge of the sea – the tourism industry is well versed in planning the perfect escape route. So once you’re ready to break out from that Alcatraz-tight city prison, memorize our carefully drawn map of the best 3 luxury escapes Bali can offer.
The Top 3 Luxury Escapes in Bali
Double-Six Resort Seminyak
The Seminyak’s coastline is unequaled among Bali’s luxury escapes. The Double-Six resort, next door neighbor to the already legendary Ku De Ta beach club, is an ‘apartment sized, all-suite’ luxury concept. Despite its recent inception, it has already struck some waves amongst Bali travelers.
The offers on the menu are simply overwhelming. An infinity pool that snakes around the property, penthouses stretching up to 400 square meters, and marble bathrooms. Not to mention a unique aquarium themed day spa and a sensory hydro trail – a rare sight in this part of the world.
Follow your top-notch water therapy with a rooftop bar cocktail. The view draws a 270-degree compass line across the Seminyak coastline. The silent disco is unobtrusive. Moreover, the black and white movies playing in the background contrast fully with Bali’s techno-colored sunsets.
Price tag: $505/night for the Premium Suite Pool Access Ocean View
Viceroy Bali Hotel
If you care to tower over the Balinese rainforest, this luxury escape comes equipped with a hilltop infinity pool. You are now bathing over the island’s canopy. So don’t hold back the Tarzan ululating call.
The 25 sophisticated private pool villas feature valley vistas, marble bathrooms, and all the high-tech amenities of a five-star hotel.
The family owned resort is only 3 km from Ubud Palace and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Guests complain that, even with full disposal of a fleet of drivers at the gates, they cannot tear themselves apart from the resort. Sightseeing is simply better from such commanding heights.
Price tag: $456/ night
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Mandapa sweeps you off your feet with the first step. You won’t go further than the reception hallway when, guaranteed, you’ll declare yourself a lifetime lover of the place.
The jaw-dropping view from the lobby spreads over a magical, lush rainforest. Small, verdant rice fields pepper the landscape in the background. Moreover, the Ayung river meanders at your feet as you dangle them in a dream-like state from the cliff-hanging infinity pool.
The name is appropriate. In Indian architecture, the mandapa is a pillared pavilion in a temple used for public rituals.
Not only does the Ritz-Carlton resort embody the architectural style of a mandapa, it also stands by its symbolism. The intimate resort values a quiet, meditative atmosphere.
Price Tag: $626/ night. The ‘tiniest’ of the 60 resort villas and suites measures more than 1,000 square feet.