Monday, March 3, 2008

Fashion Gods Descend on Island of the Gods

Cliffside Bali Resort Features Spa, Golf, Fashionistas and Extremely Private Grounds.

The glam Bulgari Resort in Bali perches cliffside, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

The sublime setting on the peninsula of Bali, or Island of the Gods, was once the former hunting grounds of Balinese royals.

Today the jet-setting elite are escorted by a fleet of golf carts and whisked to the private beach below in a glass elevator tram.

Blink and you'll miss the people.

In this extremely private setting, there really isn't much to do, especially if you aren't there on your honeymoon, as it appears everyone else — 70 percent occupancy — is.

The brainchild of Italian architect Antonio Citterio, Bulgari's second hotel after Milan was built using primarily a mahogany wood from Java called Bangkiray, with large glass windows and open-air rooms to take in the breeze.

The resort's clean-lined furniture and unique accessories are handmade in Bali, inspired by local culture, history and nature, and designed by Indonesian artists and Citterio's team.

Each of the 59 villas, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 a night, oozes intimacy, with its own secluded garden, al fresco living room, and plunge pool to escape the tropical humidity and rinse away the mozzie spray.

Even in the dark of night, when the ocean below is out of sight, the Bulgari Resort in Bali proves worthy of the Island of the Gods.


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