Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, our favourite Indonesian island, and any time is a good time to do a quick getaway. So pack your bags, book your flight and jet off to rejuvenation.
When Julia Roberts filmed ‘Eat Pray Love’, Ubud was where Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts herself) fell in love. And Ubud has since been on many’s travel lists. In a recent trip to Ubud, we spent quality time with each other, and treated ourselves to the true essence of Balinese’s hospitality.
Our humble abode was Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa, a luxurious property tucked away in the alleys of Sayan Village and overlooking the Ayung River Valley jungle. Of tranquility and serenity, private villas and an abundance of lush greenery, step into a sanctuary and let your butlers pamper you throughout your stay.
Kayumanis Private Villa & Spa is one name that we’ve been hearing for quite some time now, and when leading luxury hotel bookings portal The Luxe Nomad offered us the chance to experience the hospitality, we hopped on to a flight and checked in to the Jimbaran property. The drive in to the villa was a colourful one – where we were greeted by a local linear of provision shops, warungs (small Indonesian eateries) and a scatter of fashion boutiques – before we turned in to the private land.
The serenity was then all ours.
Bali is an ideal island for holidays of all sorts – partying at the most happening beach clubs and bars, dining at some of the top tables in Bali, enjoying a whole range of water sports like jet-skiing, diving or parasailing, or simply to have a nice and quiet spot to escape from the world.
If you are looking for a getaway in Bali to recharge yourself, the luxurious and spacious oceanfront villas at Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay is the top choice. Tucked at the end of Jimbaran Bay, it is one of Bali’s most exclusive hideaway resorts. Blessed with a spectacular view of the ocean, it s the kind of resort that would stop you in your tracks and take your breath away. Believe me when I say that it feels like a heaven. The word that describes the resort for me – apart from gorgeous and beautiful – is idyllic.
It has often been said that one must stay at W Retreat & Spa when in Bali. We had the immense pleasure of staying there during our recent trip and we wholeheartedly agree. W Bali has that “X-factor” that cannot be replicated and this is why everyone goes to W Hotel when they are in Seminyak.
When I choose a hotel, one of the critical factors is the presence of good F&B establishments. At W Retreat & Spa, the restaurants and bars in the property are effortlessly chic and complete the true W experience.
From its sunny shores and beautiful beaches to stunning ocean-view resorts and excellent restaurants, it is understandable why Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the region, and people keep returning to this island that is getting better and better with new swanky hotels and cool and stylish restaurants.
If you are planning to head to Bali in the near future, we have sussed out four fabulous hotels and resorts for a romantic retreat in Bali.
I am currently in Bali for two weeks, exploring great restaurants, staying at well-designed hotels and having the time of my life. There are so many fantastic restaurants in Bali which not only serve very good food, but also provide the complete dining experiences. Needless to say, I am eating very well here.
For July, we will be doing a special Bali feature where we bring to you comprehensive guides on the best restaurants to dine at, cafes to chill out at, spas for a relaxing break, and hotels for a much needed hideout.
Bali is only slightly less than 3 hours away from Singapore, and with cheap flights from airlines such as KLM and Qatar, there is really no reason to not come here for a getaway. I hope that with this feature, you will understand Bali on a whole new level and spark the travel desire in you.
We could always use an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ holiday. Join us on our journey – on instagram, twitter and facebook – as we show you the best of what Bali has to offer.
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What really makes Outlet stand out from the other deal websites in Singapore is the fact that they offer only good quality deals. The folks at Outlet are not just offering cheap deals. They are reshaping the whole experience of value-for-money luxurious deals.
I had the chance to try out some of the deals offered on Outlet, and it includes all you can eat Thai buffet, lavish Japanese feast, relaxing spa massage, and a luxurious villa stay in Bali.