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the second Karma property on our list., Karma Jimbaran. Large private villas are hidden throughout the beachside jungle and the faintest scent of incense followed us everywhere as we explored the palmframed grounds. No detail is overlooked. Koi ponds wrap around plush day beds and oversized, glass-fronted sliding doors open to a private pool. Dining in-house is encouraged, and the mahi mahi is a musttry. Should you want to explore beyond the gates of Karma Jimbaran, head to the beach just before sunset. We slipped into the easy rhythm of Balinese life while watching families gather to play in the sand and surf. Jimbaran Bay is an ideal swimming spot for all ages, as the beach is clean and the waves are calm. At dusk, a confetti of restaurants extend their tables to the shoreline and the entire beach flickers with candlelight. This is the place to try any and all seafood. Our hunt for cocktails led us around the corner to Rock Bar, one of the highest rated bars in the world. The steep price tag is justified by the intermittent fireworks displays that we watched, round-eyed, from a cozy booth suspended over the ocean. The next morning, as we made our way out of Jimbaran Bay, we stopped at the local fish market (be prepared to have a variety of freshly baited eyeballs staring at you as you make your selection). We left empty-handed and eager to head inland, where we would reach our final destination and the retreat-style accommodations of Karma Mayura. This property is nestled within a jungle-fringed riverbank on the outskirts of Ubud - Bali’s famed artisan village. The rooms feature hand-carved beds and large balconies with charming views of the Balinese

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