Bali has long been home to the far east’s most show-stopping hotels, and it doesn’t matter whether you base yourself at a beach resort or an inland hideaway, be prepared to be blown away. Not only will you be staying somewhere that invented the minimalist yet exotic interiors that everywhere else seems to copy, but you’ll be looked after by gentle and apparently telepathic people who seem to know exactly what you want two-minutes before you do. And, of course, all this comes with achingly beautiful coastal, mountain and jungle scenery, not to mention a powerful sense of spirituality sure to introduce a whole new dimension to your two-weeks away.
Size-wise Bali is about 95-miles wide by 69-miles long, with most hotel development on the south and south-west coasts. Whether you go for the upscale tourist enclave of Nusa Dua, or the seaside resorts of Jimbaran or Seminyak Beach, you’re never too far away from craft shops, seafood restaurants, a world-class golf course or, indeed, the famous pilgrimage temple at Tanah Lot. If you fancy dipping into ‘old Bali’ instead, then stay on the rural east coast with its royal water palaces and terraced rice fields.
And, of course, you simply can’t make your exit without at least visiting Ubud, this hip artists’ colony on the Ayung river valley alive with painters, artisans and every kind of performer. The whole escapist vibe certainly reaches new levels on Lombok, a picturesque island with famous surf beaches, traditional Sasak villages and a still-active volcano lying just 65-miles east of Bali and about 20-years back in time. Indeed, it’s less developed than its neighbour and perfect for a laid-back beach holiday where you’ve not got too much to distract you. Although you’re sure to be intrigued by the thought of playing Robinson Crusoe on the nearby Gili Islands!
HOW TO GET THERE Flights to Bali are via Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and take about 15 hours - you can choose between British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways or Malaysian Airlines. Onward flights to Lombok take just 20 minutes.
WHEN TO VISIT Try to coincide with the dry season months between April and September. Whilst temperatures vary little and downpours occur all year, you’ll appreciate the reduction in rainfall and humidity levels.
Nestled in the heart of the noteworthy “Garden of Bali” and located on the pristine beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali is a paradise destination. Vast, lush gardens and a 3668sqm crystal blue, swimmable saltwater lagoon providesa stunning backdrop to suites and villas elegantly furnished with Balinese art, splashes of colour and luxuriant fabrics.
Derived from the Balinese word used to convey a sense of anything delighting the senses, The Legian is one of the most beautifully conceived destinations in the region, set on Seminayak beach on Bali’s southern coast with views of the Indian Ocean.
This legendary hideaway at Jimbaran Bay offers romantic luxury combined with authentic Balinese simplicity. Influenced by traditional Balinese architecture, the resort’s 156 villas are sheltered inside a private stone-walled courtyard of thatched-roof pavilions. Sundara, the new beachfront restaurant and bar, offers the perfect mix of five-star flair and relaxed beach-club vibe.
Seminyak Beach, Bali Come here for a distinctly Balinese experience far removed from the hurly-burly of Kuta or Nusa Dua. The Oberoi, Bali stands amidst 15-acres of palm-studded gardens on a wide stretch of Seminyak Beach, the sound of the breaking waves accompanying everything you do. And whilst celebrated architect Peter Muller designed it in an understated village style with plenty of earth colours, thatched roofs and natural stone, it will probably be the nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude of everyone who works here that will confirm you’ve made the right choice.
Set above the treetops and looking down upon Bali's sacred Ayung River, Four Seasons Sayan offers enormous and luxurious suites and villas, deep in the jungle, for a holiday of utter peace and tranquility. The 18 suites and 42 utterly private villas all feature rich teak furniture and hand-loomed, gloriously colourful fabrics and furnishings and blue or green terrazzo tiled and black granite bathrooms.
This fully-integrated all-villa resort is perched upon an elevated plateau along Bali’s southern coastline, its modern Balinese-inspired architecture doing full justice to its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Yet this is somewhere that really pulls out all the stops when it comes to impressing its guests, its personalised services including no less than three levels of butler service, its oversized one, two and three-bedroom villas all blessed with private swimming pools and ocean vistas – their contemporary designs are set off by lots of Balinese accents and indeed all the materials have been sourced locally.
With a backdrop of soaring volcanos and shore lapped by the blue of the Bali Sea, this adult-only spa resort is an oasis of peace, where the therapeutic benefits of beautiful surroundings are enhanced by treatments that embrace the ancient remedies and gentle spirituality of this island paradise.
Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali The immaculate Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah is less a destination and more minor miracle in the midst of verdant greenery and picturesque rice fields, this exclusive estate is the last world in luxury. Beautiful Balinese architecture, Hadiprana artefacts and superb comfort give each of the designer residences a wonderful sense of sublime serenity.
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|January||Bali 30/13 Lombok 30/13|
|February||Bali 30/10 Lombok 30/10|
|March||Bali 31/9 Lombok 31/8|
|April||Bali 31/5 Lombok 31/4|
|May||Bali 30/4 Lombok 31/4|
|June||Bali 30/4 Lombok 30/2|
|July||Bali 29/5 Lombok 30/2|
|August||Bali 29/2 Lombok 31/1|
|September||Bali 30/5 Lombok 31/1|
|October||Bali 31/7 Lombok 31/4|
|November||Bali 31/7 Lombok 31/6|
|December||Bali 31/10 Lombok 31/9|
The above temperatures are maximum average temperatures in degrees Celsius. The rainfall is recorded in inches. This information should be treated as a guide only and our sales team will be happy to advise on weather trends, including hurricanes.