Thursday, April 15, 2010

When it comes to luxury, Bali's the world's best

Bali has the best hotels in the world.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi may disagree as may New York or Hong Kong.

But for sheer aesthetics, I don't think you can beat Bali.

And with more and more hotels now including private villas complete with pools - and your own butler - the Indonesian island's luxury reputation is heading sky-high.

The latest is AYANA Resort and Spa, which used to be the Ritz-Carlton Bali, Resort and Spa in Jimbaran.
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, 
Jimbaran - hotel Photo AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, 
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It's been given a multi-million dollar makeover, now employs 1000 staff with butlers certified by the Guild of Professional Butlers and has become particularly well known for its new Rock Bar - a must-visit for anybody in the know.

Sipping cocktails as the sun melts into the Indian Ocean right in front of you and small jukung boats head out on fishing trips is pretty close to bliss (even if it is a bit hot!) Just keep an eye on your bag - there's naughty monkeys ready to jump.

To get to the bar perched on, yes indeed, a rock you ride down in an inclinator which also takes you to the Kisik Bar and Grill and the saltwater Ocean Beach pool, one of five pools at the resort.

Full article, Sydney Morning Herald

Prices, Availability and Online Booking Ayana Resort & Spa here

Information on Ayana Resort & Spa:

Super-deluxe Ayana Resort and Spa Bali offers 77 hectares of cliff-top scenery overlooking Jimbaran Bay, a private beach and world-class spa.
Ayana provides a majestic Aquuatonic pool with views across Bali’s west coast. Enjoy the spa, with professional massage treatments or you can energise at the gym.
The Rock Bar, Bali's famous open-air bar serves premium cocktails and features panoramic views. Enjoy dinner in one of several restaurants, including Asian Fusion, Seafood Grill and Thai.
Ayana provides a shuttle to Kuta Beach and is just 15 minutes from Bali’s airport. Central Jimbaran is 8 km away.
Hotel Rooms: 368.                    

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