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PULLMAN BALI LEGIAN NIRWANA Legian

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COMO SHAMBHALA Ubud

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AMANKILA Manggis

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT JIMBARAN Jimbaran

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SOFITEL NUSA DUA Nusa Dua

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The Legian Seminyak

The Legian is a resort that takes Balinese traditions of design and form and presents them in a contemporary manner.

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he Legian is l o cate d in th e fash ion able d i s t r i c t of S e m inyak w here rest aurant s, t ren dy boutiques an d l ive l y b a r s a re fo und. S et in idyl l ic groun ds of lan dscaped trop i c a l ga rd e ns, The Legian o ffers hig h- en d luxur y in suites an d vi ll a s t h at never l o se sig ht o f t heir tradition al roots. Th e Le gi a n i s a re s or t t hat t akes Bal inese t radition s of design an d fo r m a n d p re s ent s t hem in a co ntemp o ra r y man n er. Th e foc u s of t he ent ire p ro p er t y is t he sea - th e relentless s ou n d of waves fro m t he I ndian o cean rollin g in on th e s e c lu d e d s t re tch o f b each. S m oot h m a r bl e fl o o rs, int r icate I ndo ne sian sculptures an d ot h e r i n d i g e n ou s ar t-wo r ks greet visitor in an impressive l o b by of d a r k wo o d in a cl assic design. Local c raf tsman sh ip is on d i s p l ay i n The Legian’s p eaked ro o fs, bare wooden column s an d ra f te r s.

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S i le n ce i s a must in t he co sy at mo sph ere. Th e design is re f i n e d a n d s tro ng l y et hnic. I n t he even in g before din n er, gu e s t s c a n e n j oy canap Ês o n t he deck ter races of th e suites. Th e cont ra s t b et ween S eminyak ’s fren z y an d th e silen ce i n s i d e t h e re s o r t is el o qu ent. The cu l t ivated design an d th e cont i n u ou s m a intenance keep s t he p ro p e r t y youn g, wh ile th e at te nt i ve a n d d iscreet ser vice makes it exc lusive. At Th e R e s t a urant t he execut ive chef Lu ke M ac leod combin es l o c a l i n gre d i e nt s w it h wester n accent s drawin g attention on th e n e w B a l i n ese cuisine.

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INFO HOTEL THE LEGIAN Seminyak lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali Rooms & Suites 67 Villas 1 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain LHM Hotels Affiliation LHW Activities beach and sea activities Score 88 Environment 85 Design 90 Service 95 Cuisine 88 Health 78 Spa 88 Rooms 93

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Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana Legian

A contempo rary 5-sta r , i n f or m a l a n d well p o si ti o n ed fo r th ose w h o w a n t to live the Bal i n ese ni gh t .

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al i is a mood: it var ies d e p e n d i n g on t he o ccasio n and how we feel; an d soon er or l ate r e ve r yon e w il l feel t hat l ife is fl ow in g aroun d th em an d th i s i s d e f i n i tel y a g o o d t ime to cho o se Pullman Bali Legian N i r wa n a H ote l. Yo ung, dynamic, in t he pulsatin g h ear t of Le gi a n , j u s t i n fro nt o f t he l eg endar y b eac h celebrated in so m a ny b ook s. Conte m p ora r y design is p ar t o f t he image of th e h otel. But wh at gi ve s a s ense o f l ifest yl e is t he infin it y pools on th e th i rd f loor. Th e o cean is in fro nt, and down below life pulsates

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w h i le we s wi m , fl o at ing ab ove Bal i. I n t he late af ter n oon guest c a n e n j oy h a p py ho u r. The disc jo ckey ar r ives an d th e sun set a p e r i t i f g e t s under way. I t is info r mal, ch ar min g an d ver y g la m orou s. Wh e n t h e we at her p er mit s, dinner is ser ved in th e garden . G u e s t s a re t re ated to a b u ffet w it h a different th eme each n i g ht - of te n w it h l ive music. A conte m p o rar y 5-st ar, info r mal and well position ed for t h os e wh o wa nt to l ive t he Bal inese nig ht.

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Hotel Tugu Canggu

“The Art, Soul and Romance of Indonesia”. There is a world to discover in Bali. Not only bars, discotheques, surfing schools and other things the average tourist seeks.

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al i excels in tradition – a s t ron g c u l t u ral t radit io n w hich is felt an d identifies th e B a li n e s e f rom o t her I ndo nesians. I t is n ot on ly th e religion – we m u s t re memb er t hat Bal i is t he o nl y H in du islan d in th e m os t p op u lou s Isl amic co u nt r y in t he wo r ld – but ar t, customs an d c u i s i n e a s wel l. At H o tel Tu g u t here is a n otewor thy cont r i b u t i on to t he co nser vat io n o f t his tradition . We c an s t a r t wi t h t h e a rchitec t ure, w hich recal l s th at of a village, with i t s l ava s ton e a nd wo o den ho u ses covere d with resistant an d ( e col ogi c a l ) s t raw ro o fs; t hen t he fu r nishin gs ( of ten antiques) an d a d é cor w here wo o d is st il l do minant. Fin ally, we fin d wor k s of a r t s p read t hro ug ho u t t he ro o ms an d common areas. Eve r yt h i n g is p ack ag ed w it h at tention . D etails are m e t i c u lou s ly cared fo r and t he ser vice cor respon ds to th at wh i c h on e ex p ec t s in a five -st ar p ro p er t y. A luxur iant garden s u r rou n d s t h e resident ial u nit s, al l different on e from th e ot h e r. Th e concep t o f t he rest au rant disappear s – at least as a loc at i on – a nd g uest s can cho o se to be ser ved wh ere an d wh e n t h e y p l e a se. They can cho o se fro m Tradition al Balin ese, As i a n f u s i on c reat io ns and t radit io nal J apan ese dish es.

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Th e s p a “ f l oat s” o n a l ake o f l o t us fl ower s. Th e th erapists, wi t h t h e i r s t rong hands, revive in a mo d er n way th e Balin ese tra d i t i on m a d e o f sp ir it ual it y and physical well-bein g. Flowe r s s u c h as frangip anis, magno l ias, roses, j asmin e an d yla n g -yla n g b l o sso ms are co nsidered t he predilec tion of th e god s a n d h e n ce p u t in t he essent ial o il s used for massages. H ote l Tu g u d oes no t “su r p r ise” b ecause of its dimen sion s or l u x u r y ; h owe ver, it must b e discovered bit by bit, savor in g e ve r y m om e nt as p ar t o f a p ro ficu o u s jour n ey in th e h istor y of t h e i s l a n d.

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Plataran Menjangan a responsible-luxury destination A destination that will leave you with memories quite unlike others: the realization that, in addition to all the pampering enjoyed at luxury properties, you were involved in the preservation of our unspeakably beautiful terrestrial home.

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n to day ’s wor ld, luxur y h as acq u i re d s o m a ny new faces: fro m creat ive n ew spa treatments to or i gi n a l b i o - g o ur met dishes to innovative an d emotion al con ce p t s i n to ur ism dest inat io ns. R eg ardin g th e latter, on th e re n own e d isl and o f Bal i in t he I ndon esian arch ipelago, Pl at a ra n I n d on e sia, a dar ing ho sp it al it y ma n agement company, ha s d e ve lop e d a new co ncep t in l uxu r y tour ism wh ic h can b e ex p e r i e n ce d in t he West Bal i Nat io na l Par k . Th ere guests wi ll f i n d t h e Pl at aran M enjang an R eso r t & S pa, wh ich offer s th e exc l u s i ve o p p o r t unit y to vacat io n in a n atural wildlife re f u ge wh e re t he fl o ra and fau na are attentively mon itored an d p rote c te d. B esides enjoying del ig htful coc ktails wh ile l o u n gi n g on ter races scu l p ted fro m precious I n don esian wood s, s u r rou n ded by l u xu r iant veg et ation an d over look in g th e r i c h exot i c b l u e o f t he I ndian O cean, guest may par tic ipate i n or b e wi t n e s s to an excit ing p ro gram to con ser ve th e plant an d a n i m a l l i fe o f o u r p l anet. M o reover, th e fac ilities of S E R C, th e S c i e nt i f i c Exp er iment at io n and R esea rch Center,are also l o c ate d r i ght i nside t he reso r t area. Th e n e w s p a , w hich is due to o p en ver y soon , will provide a va r i e t y of therap eut ic massag es and oth er invigoratin g tre at m e nt s i n a facil it y w hich ex tends o u t over th e ocean .

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For g u e s t s w ho l ike to st ay ac t ive, th e resor t provides nu m e rou s a c t ivit ies su ch as sno r k l ing aroun d th e n ear-by i s l a n d of M e n j ang an - al so p ar t o f t his p rotec ted refuge - an d e n l i g hte n i n g wal ks in t he fo rest. G u e s t c a n e njoy exqu isite I ndo nesian c uisin e both in th eir vi ll a or at t h e char ming sea-side rest a urant Th e O c tagon . Th os e wh o d e sire to st ar t t heir day w it h pan ach e c an en j oy b re a k f a s t a f te r an ear l y mo r ning hike t hrough th e forest wh ich con c lu d e s i n a del ig ht fu l shaded area ove r look in g th e ocean . Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa is a destination of responsible luxur y. It will leave you with memories quite unlike others: the realization that, in addition to all the pampering enjoyed at luxur y properties, you were involved in the preser vation of our unspeakably beautiful terrestrial home.

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INFO HOTEL PLATARAN MENJANGAN West Bali National Park www.plataran.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 20 - Restaurants 1 Spa (under construction) in-room treatments Children yes Chain Plataran Hotels and Resorts Affiliation none Activities eco tourism Score 81 Environment 90 Design 81 Service 80 Cuisine 80 Health 78 Spa 77 Rooms 82

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Ubud

The Orient which meets the West. In the architecture and the cuisine, where recipes and local ingredients meet Western taste. Two worlds that meet, each enriching the other.

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u est s can t r y it with a pic n ic lun ch u n d e r a b a l e f a cing t he r ice p addies o r at th e’Ay un g Ter race, an d, p e r h a p s, in t he R ijst t afel Dinner ( literally, ‘r ice table’, a t ra d i t i on f ro m t he D u tch co l o nial p er iod wh ic h sees r ice accom p a n i e d by meat and fish, al ter nat in g with vegetables) . Th e re s u lt i s a heal t hy cu isine, r ich in sp ices, delic ately piquant … s p i c y li k e t h e isl and. Th e c u i s i n e co mp l ement s t he sp a and its treatments. We tr i e d t h e s i gn at u re t reat ment, M u l adha ra. Th is is a r itual i n s p i re d by t h e Bal inese, aimed at p u r ifyin g th e body. Locally grown gi n ge r and cinnamo n w it h a b l end of vetiver, patc h ouli an d j at a m a n s i o il s are used fo r a sl ow an d deep massage. Th e ex p e r i e n ce indu ces a deep sense o f stilln ess th at h elp to d e fe at j e t l a g. I nser ted in t he greener y, en c losed in a silen ce i nte r r u p te d on l y by t he fl ow ing water of th e r iver, th is spa l ive s u p to i t s name and t hen so me. I t is in per fec t sy mbiosis wi t h n at u re i n t his p eacefu l val l ey.

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INFO HOTEL FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT SAYAN Ubud www.fourseasons.com Rooms & Suites 18 Villas 42 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Four Seasons Affiliation none Activities spa, excursions

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COMO Shambhala Ubud

Few resorts can rightfully define themselves as a wellness retreat like this one. This is all due to the vision of Christina and Melissa Ong.

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su ccessful entrepren euse from Si n g a p ore Ch r ist ina Ong al o ng w it h he r daughter, M elissa, c re ate d t h e CO MO chain. The idea o r iginated from h er passion fo r e ve r yt h i n g heal t hy, fro m fo o d to sp or ts ac tivities to th e s p a . At te nt i on to det ail charac ter izes t h e approach of both m ot h e r a n d d au g hter. Fi r s t of a l l, t h e l o cat io n: o n a hil l over l o ok in g th e Aun g R iver. Th e re a re fe w p l aces t hat can co mp ete w ith th e n atural beaut y of t h i s p rop e r t y : t rees w it h audacio us crown s th at pierce th e s k y on a p a r w it h t he b o l dest sk yscrap ers ; luxur iant green er y wi t h col or f u l f l owers t hat master fu l l y p aint th e sur roun din gs; th e d e l i g ht f u l singing o f rare t ro p ical b ird s; th e gentle r ustlin g of t h e n e a r by Ayu ng r iver. I t is here t hat talented arch itec ts have s e t t h i s magnificent p ro p er t y.

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Th e vi l l a s a re set o n a sl o p e su r ro unde d by a metic ulously m a i nt a i n e d t rop ical fo rest (an ar my o f g a rden er s is always at wor k ) . Th e n t h e scient ific ap p ro ach: amon g th e staff, th ere i s a yoga te a c her, an ayu r vedic do c to r, a n utr ition ist an d a c h e f, c a re f u ll y cho sen fo r his at tent io n to th e lightn ess of h is c u i s i n e a n d h eal t hy ingredient s. The result is a full immer sion i nto a wor l d of at tent io n t hat l eads us to ... discon n ec t from ou r s t re s s f u l ro u t ines, so met hing we are rarely able to do. Th e s p a , a s direc to r S al l y H al stead remin ds us, is j ust a m om e nt i n t h e overal l p ro jec t o f resto r in g guests’ mental an d p hys i c a l b a l a n ce t hat t he reso r t can o ffer.

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INFO HOTEL COMO SHAMBHALA Ubud www.comohotels.com Rooms & Suites 21 Villas 9 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain COMO Affiliation none Activities spa, excursions Score 88 Environment 98 Design 92 Service 95 Cuisine 83 Health 74 Spa 88 Rooms 87

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Amankila Manggis

On the sea, on the eastern coast of Bali, not far from Karangasem. Overhanging a lava beach. This is the location of Amakila, the “peaceful island”.

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he R oyal Pal ace of Tir tagan gga with i t s wate r t h e ater is a few k il o meters away as well as th at of K lu n gk u n g - i mp o r t ant test imo nies o f h istor ic Bali, th e so c a ll e d “ol d B a l i � as o p p o sed to t he mo der n on e with resor ts. Th e vi l l a s n u mb er 34 and al l have t he t radition al straw roof of a la n g a la n g. A ser ies o f wal k ways and stair s con n ec t th e re s i d e nt i a l u n it s to t he main b u il ding and beac h . Bath rooms are ge n e rou s i n size; fu r nishing s u se p recious an d tradition al wood s s u c h a s t hat o f co co nut. The sensation of space coupled wi t h t h e s e n s e o f immersio n in nat u re is str ik in g. S ome villas have a p r i vate p o o l. The l o cat io n o n t he slope of a h ill en sures th at e a c h vi ll a has a sea view. Th e t h re e i n f init y p o o l s o ffer a u nique exper ien ce, givin g th e i m p re s s i on o f b eing to t al l y immersed in th e blue of th e s e a . From h e re yo u can see Lo mb o k and its strait. At t h e B e a c h C l ub, sep arated fro m t he b lac k beac h by a palm g a rd e n , t h e re is ano t her reso r t p o o l. H ere guests also fin d a re s t a u ra nt op e n fo r b reakfast and l unch. I t is also available for p r i vate p a r t i e s and wedding s.

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Th e c u i s i n e ser ved in t he t wo res taurants uses local i n gre d i e nt s p ro duced in t he reso r t ’s g arden or on th e far ms th at b e n e f i t f rom t he r ich vo l canic so il o f M onte Agun g. E x p e r i e n ce d t herap ist s p ro p o se t radit ion al massages in th e p r i va c y of t h e vil l as w hil e await ing t he c reation of a n ew spa th at wi ll s oon b e b u il t amid t he p al m trees n ear th e B each Cl u b. Wate r s p or t s ent husiast s w il l b enefit from th e sn or k elin g an d wi n d s u r f i ng equ ip ment avail ab l e at th e B each Club an d f rom t h e Am a n X II and Aman X V I yacht s for a cr uise or j ust for a coc k t a i l at sunset. The sea view w il l h elp make an already u n i q u e s t ay one t hat is al so unfo rg et t ab le.

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INFO HOTEL AMANKILA Manggis www.aman.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 34 - Restaurants 2 Spa in-room treatments Children yes Chain Aman Resorts Affiliation none Activities sea and beach activities, excursions Score 85 Environment 90 Design 88 Service 95 Cuisine 84 Health 70 Spa 77 Rooms 90

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Karma Jimbaran Jimbaran

One of the best-known beaches on the island is Jimbaran, which, not by chance, is the name of this resort composed of only villas. Very tranquil, it arises inland just a few steps from the beach.

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ach vil l a has it s own pr ivate garden , d e l i m i te d by a l avasto ne wal l, w it h a p o ol, a bale for relaxin g i n t h e s h a d e and a temp l e – af ter al l, we are in th e islan d of t h e g od s. Pr ivac y is assu red by t he tropical vegetation wh i c h s u r rou n ds t he vil l a and it s gro un ds. Th e day area is g e n e ra ll y s e p a rate fro m t he sp ace reser ved for th e n ight an d i t op e n s ou t onto t he su r ro unding area with glass walls. Th e arc h i te c t u re i s t radt io nal w it h ro o fs o f dr ied leaves. Th e s p a i s smal l b ut t he t herap ists wor k with great p rofe s s i on a l i s m , and t he t reat ment s o ffered are tradition al on e s. G ood c u i s i n e. The rest au rant ser ves tradition al an d i nte r n at i on a l dishes p o o l side. The m en u is limited to g u a ra nte e t h e freshness o f t he ingredients. Even break fast is à l a c a r te. D o n o t miss t he great cap p u ccino wh ic h , alon g with th at s e r ve d at K ar ma K andara, is o ne o f th e best in Bali - n o coi n c i d e n ce t hat t he co ffee is I l l y. Fresh j uices, in c ludin g th e B e e t root Cl e a n ser, w hich co nt ains b eet s, c ar rots, apples an d gi n ge r, a re d e licio us and, o f co urse, ver y h ealthy.

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Th e n on - excessive co st makes t he resor t interestin g for th os e t rave l i n g w it h a l arg e famil y, as t h ere are several villas wi t h t wo or t h ree b edro o ms. N ot la rge, u no b t ru sive, t he K ar ma J imbaran offer s quiet an d d i s c re e t a ccom mo dat io n ju st a sho r t wal k from Jimbaran Bay.

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INFO HOTEL KARMA JIMBARAN Jimbaran karmagroup.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 40 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Karma Group Affiliation none Activities beach and sea activities Score 78 Environment 77 Design 78 Service 79 Cuisine 78 Health 78 Spa 76 Rooms 81

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Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Jimbaran

Su nd ara, th e restaur a n t on t h e bea ch at Fo ur S easo n s a t J i m b a r a n B a y. In S an skri t “S und a r a ” m e a n s bea u ti ful .

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s beautiful as the view you can enjoy from the terrace, as beautiful as everything that you find on this magical island, bathed by the Indian Ocean. Sundara offers the perfect blend of sophisticated style, suited to a five-star hotel but with a relaxed atmosphere suited to a beach-club. The indoor- outdoor design combines a restaurant, bar, patio and a row of large sofas for lounging in front of the Infinity pool. Bali’s magic, however, comes from its environment, its culture, its art and the natural hospitality of its inhabitants. It is also thanks to traditional medicine which here merges with the art of well-being. Hence, before dinner at the Spa we try the Waves of Desire, a ritual that restores the biorhythm of the body by relaxing the nervous system. For lunch Sundara offers pizza, sandwiches, sushi and salads along with Indonesian specialties. At dinner, instead, it turns into one of the most sophisticated destinations in Bali, offering a refined menu of steak & seafood in a very contemporary atmosphere. The list of cocktails and the wines, focused on Australia, New Zealand and South Africa - not to mention Europe and South America - is indeed Interesting.

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INFO HOTEL FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY Jimbaran www.fourseasons.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 147 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Four Seasons Affiliation none Activities spa, sea activities

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Sofitel Nusa Dua Nusa Dua

A resort featuring contemporary design and an attractive wellness area that, in addition to SoSpa and Vietura, includes a large SoFit, as the sofitel gyms are commonly called.

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o r so me s tran ge reason Bali i s f a m ou s for it s b eaches. O f co urse t h ere are many, but d e f i n i te l y n ot t he b est at t rac t io n fo r t h e islan d. However, a re s or t wi t h direc t access to t he b eac h offer s a r ic h an d va r i e d h ol i d ay exp er ience. The S o fitel Nusa D ua R osa is on e of t h e s e, or b e t ter, o ne o f t he l ast o p ened on on e of Bali ’s m os t b e a u t i f ul b eaches. The design is ver y contemporar y an d p lays a d m irab l y w it h t he recreated natural settin g in th e g a rd e n t h at s u r ro u nds t he w ho l e co mp l ex. Th e pool con cept ha s b e com e widesp read, ar t icul ated across a ser ies of spaces th at wi n d t h ro u g h t he g arden. The beach is equipped, not p r i vate b u t manag ed by t he reso r t. A delightful open ai r re s t a u ra nt is avail ab l e fo r a l ig ht l u n ch or a can dlelight

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d i n n e r wi t h s ea views. H owever, it is t he welln ess offer in g t h at m os t c h a rac ter izes t he reso r t. First of all, S oS pa offer s a n a r t i s a n m enu o f Bal inese and inter n ation al treatments i n s p i re d by French cul t ure, using C l ar ins produc ts. Even h ere, t h e at m os p h e re and déco r charac ter ize th e gen erous spaces gi vi n g t h e a re a a fusio n char m t hat refl ec ts th e con cept of th e sp a . S p e c i a l m e ntio n must b e granted to Vietura, “Ar tisan of AntiAgi n g”, a n a re a dedicated to aest het ic ser vices wh ere detox t re at m e nt s, f a cel if t w it h nat u ral p ro du c ts, liposuc tion , laser h a i r re m ova l and intensive sk in t reat ments are prac ticed. All a re c a re f u ll y p er fo r med acco rding to t he results of a th orough m e d i c a l ex a m inat io n at t he center.

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INFO HOTEL SOFITEL NUSA DUA Nusa Dua www.accorhotels.com Rooms & Suites 415 Villas 20 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Accor Hotels Affiliation none Activities sea and beach activities Score 81 Environment 82 Design 81 Service 80 Cuisine 77 Health 82 Spa 85 Rooms 83

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Karma Kandara Ungasan

The Karma Chain originated in 2005 from the idea of the young Australian entrepreneur, John Spence. Two of the properties are in Bali: Karma Kandara in Uluwatu and Karma Jimbaran, near the exciting nightlife of Kuta.

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ar m a K an dara is a few m i n u te s’ d r i ve fro m t he Ul u wat u Temp le, on e of th e most f a m ou s c u l t u ra l dest inat io ns o n t he p en in sula. I t ar ises over th e I n d i a n O ce an, t he view o f w hich ca n be en j oyed from s e ve ra l vi l l a s. What is st r ik ing, however, is th e beach , loc ated ab ou t a h u n d red feet b el ow and reachable by mean s of an i n c li n e d e le vato r (o r descending mo re t han 3 0 0 h idden steps i n t h e t h i c k ve g et at io n). Th e p rot a gon ist here is nat ure, and yo u c an en counter tiny l o n g- t a i l r h e s us mo nkeys ever y w here, sometimes fr ien dly, ot h e r t i m e s d i sgrunt l ed, b ut ver y “fashio nable”. I n fac t, th ey l ove s u n g l a s s e s and st raw hat s w hich t hey bor row from time to ti m e f rom n a i ve g uest s. The b each, essentially pr ivate - bein g d i f f i c u lt to a ccess fro m t he gro u nd - has w hite san d, someth in g q u i te ra re on t his vo l canic isl and, and is ver y spac ious. I t is a p l a ce for lon g wal ks b ut al so ro mant ic can dlelight din n er s in th e re s t a u ra nt sit u ated t here.

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Th e i nte r n at io nal cu isine is g o o d, as are th e few dish es from th e r i c h loc a l t radit io n. The sp a is simple an d gover n ed by e f fe c t i ve t h e ra p ist s w ho wel co med u s in pavilion s with slidin g d oor s t h at op e n o nto t he o cean. The b reeze brought us th e s ce nt of t h e ocean and t he waves it s music. Af ter all, we were i n B a li , wh e re t he o cean, nat ure, massag es an d h ospitalit y are p a r t of a r i c h c ul t ure t hat is ro o ted in t he h istor y of th e region .

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INFO HOTEL KARMA KANDARA Ungasan www.karmagroup.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 54 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Karma Group Affiliation none Activities beach and sea activities Score 79 Environment 83 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 83 Health 74 Spa 72 Rooms 78

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Bulgari Resort Bali Ungasan

Designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners, the resort reflects a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Balinese design while conveying the distinctive Bulgari Italian style.

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niquely positioned at more than 150 metres above the sea shore, the resort offers a great views across the Indian Ocean. Nestled between the cliff and the ocean, a long beach is accessible only through the resort’s inclined elevator. Designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners, the resort reflects a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Balinese design while conveying the distinctive Bulgari Italian style. The layout and overall design also incorporates the culture and natural elements of the location. The hotel has been built and furnished using handcut volcanic stones, rich exotic woods and refined fabrics. Natural lava and palimanan stone are used for the garden and interior walls, refined bangkiray hardwood in the villas, natural green colored subakumi stone to clad outdoor showers, plunge and swimming pools. A collection of exquisite Balinese antiques and exotic art pieces, including more than 90 examples, adorn the entire resort. Starting this year the signature restaurant of the resort will carr y the name of award-winning chef Luca Fantin. Riding the wave of the enormous success of his homoynous restaurant at the Bulgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo, Luca Fantin has also brought to Bali

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his reinterpretation of Italian cuisine, beautifully orchestrated with organic ingredients. Assisted by resident chef Fabrizio Crocetta, Luca, at the Il Restaurant - Luca Fantin, offers a culinar y experience which is at the same time simple and sophisticated. The very few ingredients are raw or skillfully cooked in such a way as to preserve their flavor and texture. The presentation reflects the concept, and the result is elegant sophistication with geometr y. Flavors are clear and defined. Take for example the Cold Spaghetti with Caviar (above). It is served with a Franciacorta Antinori Montenisa. Then we have the Risotto Carnaroli, Fennel Creamed with Cacciucco sauce (below), which comes combined with a Campogrande Orvieto Santa Cristina 2013.

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INFO HOTEL BULGARI RESORT BALI Ungasan www.bulgarihotels.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 64 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain Bulgari Hotels Affiliation none Activities beach and sea activities Score 93 Environment 98 Design 98 Service 95 Cuisine 96 Health 86 Spa 88 Rooms 92

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Plataran Borobudur Borobudur

The d ark l ava sto nes of t h e t e m p l e ca n be seen no t eve n so f a r a w a y. The teak fo rest surroun d s a n d protects i t as i t do es t h e r e sor t .

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he dar k l ava ston es of th e te m p l e c a n b e seen no t even so far away. We are seated at b re a k f a s t a n d t he mo st imp o r t ant Buddh ist temple in th e wor ld i s i n f ront o f u s. Uniqu e and excitin g. Th e teak forest s u r rou n d s a n d p ro tec t s it as it do es t he resor t. An d wh ile th e s t a f f i s c a re f u l to ensu re t hat o ur meal p roceeds for th e best, we e nte r i nto emp at hy w it h t his l ovel y timeless pan orama, an d we re f le c t o n how fo r t une we are to awake obser vin g th e m or n i n g mist disap p ear, sl ow l y revealin g th e treasure it hi d e s. Th e m a i n b uil ding is a l arg e co l o nial -s t y le villa with large colu m n s s u r rounded by a p at io. The l at te r contin ues onto th e te r ra ce wh e re t he rest au rant t ab l es are ar ran ged an d from wh i c h you c a n enjoy t he view o f t he te mple. Th e villas are p a r t l y i n c la s s ic Bal inese st yl e and p ar t l y contemporar y, an d s om e h ave a p oo l. The use o f wo o d, sto ne an d oth er tradition al m ate r i a ls i n s e r t s it p ar t icu l ar l y wel l into th e environ ment. Th e re s or t i s al so a p r ivil eg ed st ar t ing point for visitin g th e te m p le a nd fo r o t her excu rsio ns in th e vic in it y. Th e con c i e rge re commends a daw n dep ar t ure in order to en j oy

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a n a l m os t p r i vate visit. Wal k ing amo ng t he bas-reliefs an d th e sm a ll i n n u m e rab l e st up a t hat make u p th e sac red place h as som e t h i n g m a gical w it ho u t t he crowds o f tour ists. An ot h e r i r re m issib l e sto p is t he reso r t spa. Th e treatment ro om s h ave la rg e w indows over l o o k ing th e forest an d h uge ston e t u b s. Sil ence p er vades t he environ ment, favor in g re l a x at i on a n d medit at io n. The massag e en ds with a bath of p e t a ls, s i p p i n g a detoxifying infusio n. Th e s m e ll of t he sp ices in t he su p er b tradition al cuisin e at t h e re s t a u ra nt - w hich do es no t neg l ec t inter n ation al classics - com p le te s a st ay. J ava and t he visio n of its lava temple will n ot b e e a s i ly forg o t ten.

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INFO HOTEL PLATARAN BOROBUDUR Borobudur, Java www.plataran.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 26 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Plataran Hotels Affiliation none Activities spa, excursions Score 87 Environment 95 Design 85 Service 88 Cuisine 85 Health 81 Spa 88 Rooms 87

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Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta Jakarta

The Four Seasons opened in Jakarta a year ago is a youthful one, but one which, at the same time, continues the twenty-year presence in the Indonesian capital.

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p resen ce th at contin ues i n a n e w b u i l d ing, a t went y-sto r y tower d esign ed by th e Pelli Cla r k e Pe ll i s t u dio and t he inter io r o f wh ich was c reated by t h e Ch a m pal imau d St udio. The st yle is in defin able as i t i s t i m e le s s. C l assical quo tes sp eak with decisive color s an d conte m p orar y mo t ifs, giving r ise to suggestive an d com for t a b l e e nviro nment s. Th e s e r vi ce d o es no t disap p o int - as is t y pical for th e Four S e a s on s t ra d i t io n. Fro m t he recep t io n at th e air por t, to c h ec ki n u p to t h e e nt rance in t heir suite, g uests are cared for an d ente r t a i n e d. The ho tel has 125 g enerous suites an d large wi n d ows t h at make t hem p ar t icul ar l y br ight. Th e eth ereal d ĂŠ cor h a s d i f fe rent det ail s in each su ite, so th ere is n o on e th e s a m e a s a no t her. A b it l ike t he ser vice th at is customized, s o m u c h s o t h at g uest s are o f ten cal l ed by n ame. Th e s p a i s a ver y enjoyab l e sto p af ter a day spent in th e c i t y t ra f f i c. Am o ng t he menu o f t reat ments, th e Four S eason s H ot Pou l t i ce M assag e is ver y wel l su ited for relaxation . Th e m e n u d e f i n e s it as dep u rat ive, sl imming an d en ergiz in g. I n es s e n ce, gu e s ts are hel p ed to find a p hys ic al-mental balan ce i n p re p a rat i on fo r dinner.

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O n t h e grou n d fl o o r g u est s can cho o se th e Palm Cour t. Th e re s t a u ra nt i s op en fo r b reakfast, l u nch and din n er. I n addition , af te r n oon te a is al so ser ved. The dishes un ite West an d E ast in a b le n d t h at t akes t he b est o f ever y t rad ition . Th e sign ature re s t a u ra nt, on t he to p fl o o r, is, no t by ch an ce, c alled Alto. I t of fe r s a m e n u o f I t al ian dishes created by c h ef M assimo R iva. Am on g t h e f i r st co u rses st and o ut t he Wild M ush room R avioli an d a m on g t h e seco nd co u rses t he Tu sca n -St y le Veal Piccata. For d e s s e r t, our advice is to indul g e w it h a r ich tiramisu. O p u le nt, s ophist icated, incredib l y g l a morous. Th is is th e ne w Fou r S e a s ons in J ak ar t a, w it h ir remissible restaurants.

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he 25x o p t ical zo o m st ar ts from an equivalent wi d e a n gl e a n d g o es u p to a 24 mm to ar r ive at a 6 0 0 mm s u p e r- te l e p h oto l ens, a l o ng rang e w it h some compromises b u t a ls o wi t h an excel l ent st ab il izer o n 5 axes. I t is a super b re s ou rce to d o cument inaccessib l e areas or to grasp details. I t s m a c ro f u n c tio n must no t b e over l o o ked eith er. Th is is wh at we u s e d to p h o to grap h t he l o cal cu isine. Th e u n d e r s t ated ap p earance o f t he ca mera allowed us to have m ore f re e do m in sho o t ing. Th e 20- m e g ap ixel 1 “senso r g ave exce llent defin ition th us m a k i n g i m a ge s p ub l ishab l e - even fu l l p age. I n con c l u s i o n, t he Cano n PowerSho t G3 X represents an exce l l e nt a lte r nat ive to a refl ex, esp ecial ly on th e road an d in all t h os e s i t u at io ns w here immediac y mak es th e differen ce.

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