The prestigious Condé Nast Traveler 2007 List of Hot Hotels and Spas has just been published. Like any list "in the know" for smart travelers, the 2007 list includes the following hotels and spas found in Bali.
• Desa Seni - a collection of ten antique houses from across the Indonesian archipelago and installed on the edge of a Balinese rice field. Rustic, yet tasteful, the Desa Seni has built in all the bells and whistles in terms of creature comforts. It's a long list that includes DVD players, Internet access, and luxurious bathrooms. Outstanding food and free yoga classes are sure to complement any stay at this Seminyak property.
• Kayu Manis Jimbaran Private Estate - is one of Jimbaran's hidden treasures. A very light use of a large piece of land that was once a coconut plantation provides the ultimate luxury of "space" on an increasingly crowded island. Simplicity and excellence at every turn are the hallmarks of the Kayumanis with many delightful Indonesian features yours to discover and explore. There are only 19 well-appointed pavilions – so best book early.
[Kayu Manis Jimbaran Private Estate].
• Bulgari Resort - Bali's newest and most talk-about luxury resort has also made the Condé Nast "Hot" list. Located on the southernmost tip of the Island, this 59 room villa is quickly becoming the preferred haunt for the rich and famous who keep their private jets parked at Bali's nearby airport while they luxuriate at the Bulgari’s Spa or dine at one of their premier restaurants.
Incidentally, Bali's Bulgari got a double mention in the Condé Nast Hot List by having their Spa named to the list of Hot Spas - the only Indonesian spa so honored.
Nestled on a high cliff over the Indian Ocean, the views, both inside and outside the Resort, are breathtaking. God takes credit for the views to the sea; Bulgari gets full marks and credit for what you'll find ashore.
[Bulgari Resort Hotel, Jimbaran]
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