Bali reopens, bookmark these luxurious resorts

Ruhi Gilder
Indonesia finally opened the popular tourist destination of Bali to all foreign travellers on February 4. For the first time since the pandemic hit, Bali has also resumed direct international flights. 
However, quarantine is mandatory for all visitors. Those who have been fully vaccinated need to quarantine for 5 days, while those who have received only one dose of the vaccine, will have to quarantine for 7 days. Tourism is the primary source of income on the lush islands, and this move comes as a cause for celebration for both travellers and the hospitality biz. So for those dying to jump into the clear blue waters of Nusa Dua or wander among the green forests, check out this list of exclusive resorts you need to have on your bucket list.  
Alila Villas Uluwatu 
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Photo Courtesy: Alila_Villas_Uluwatu
Poolside, hillside or by the cliff’s edge, each of the villas at the Alila property in Bali have a unique view. The spa too is perched right on the cliff’s edge with panoramic sights of the ocean below. Couples can enjoy a 5-course meal and a bottle of champagne at the property’s romantic floating cabanas. The location is ideal for those who want to relax in the sun and sand at Balangan beach, Dreamland beach, and incorporate a bit of sightseeing at the famous Uluwatu Temple.  
Starting at ₹ 49,000 / night 
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Amankila 
Photo Courtesy: Amankila
Photo Courtesy: Amankila
Amankila occupies a stretch of coastline on the Lombok Strait, on a hillside beneath sacred Mount Agung. Their Balinese-style beach houses on stilts ensure spectacular views while a three-tier infinity pool resides at the heart of the resort. A highlight of the property is its private black-sand beach, where guests can try their hand at slacklining, beach golf or just laze on the sand. Its location in the east of Bali means that cycling alongside Mount Agung and past Tirta Gangga Water Palace is possible. As is trekking to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise. Amankila also offers yacht tours of the Indonesian archipelago, wherein visitors can dive in the blue waters, spot the Komodo dragon and take in the serenity of the islands.  
Amankila
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Starting at ₹ 59,000 / night 
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Capella Ubud 
Photo Courtesy: Capella Ubud
Photo Courtesy: Capella Ubud
For those who want a different Bali experience, head to these award-winning luxurious tented camps built in the heart of verdant forests. The concept borrows inspiration from the early European settlers from the 1800s, and architect Bill Bensley designed Capella Ubud as a tribute to their spirit of adventure. The property houses 22 one-bedroom tents as well as a two-bedroom lodge, all with private saltwater pools. The tents have the advantage of views of the Keliki valley, bathrooms decked with Japanese bathtubs and hand-hammered copper baths, as well as rooms decorated in deep hues of red and grey, overlooking a large wooden deck with two daybeds. 
Photo Courtesy: Capella Ubud
Photo Courtesy: Capella Ubud
Starting at ₹62,000 / night 
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HOSHINOYA, Bali 
Photo Courtesy: Hoshinoya / Instagram
Photo Courtesy: Hoshinoya / Instagram
Sit back with a book in HOSHINOYA’s canal-like swimming pools that criss-cross all over the hotel’s property. These semi-private pools can be accessed from one’s guest villa, and a water garden demarcates the private areas. The design of each villa is rooted in Balinese Hinduism and balances the human and the natural, even the supernatural. Gazebos with alang-alang (sacred grass) roofs are nestled in the courtyard, villa interiors are decorated with traditional wood carvings that tell a story related to Ubud’s nature or its folklore, created by local artisans. The hotel spa specialises in Balinese massages that originated in the courts of the Javanese King. Practitioners of this technique apply herbal medicine, rice flour, and other natural ingredients to improve the skin’s glow, and ease tensions.  
Starting at ₹ 41,000 / night 
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Karma Kandara 
Karma Kandara
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Built on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, aka, ‘Billionaire’s Row,’ Karma Kandara is meant for those who cherish privacy and luxury. A series of two, three and four-bedroom private villas, come with their own tropical courtyard and private pool. Natural stone, teakwood decks and indigenous grass or ironwood tile roofs are used extensively through the property. An award-winning restaurant, di Mare serving Mediterranean cuisine is a must-see due to its stunning cliff-top location. The Karma Spa is also set on a cliff top and provides wellbeing experiences like an Infrared Detox Sauna and Soaking Pool, and oxygen facials.  
Starting at ₹ 46,000 / night 
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Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve 
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Photo Courtesy: Mandapa
Images of this resort are sure to give you wanderlust. Mandapa, which means “temple” in Sanskrit, wants to provide guests with a sanctuary or temple of their own. Prioritising serenity and relaxation, the hotel is in Ubud, by the Ayung River. Mandapa offers butler-serviced villas and suites, and a swimming pool with a view of the green rice paddies. Guests can participate in yoga classes held in the river-facing pavilion or on the rice paddy-field platforms, while their little ones enjoy at Mandapa Camp, nature- and education-based activities the hotel conducts for kids.  
Starting at ₹ 49,000 / night 
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Raffles Bali 
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Photo Courtesy: Raffles
Less than half an hour from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the Raffles Bali resort is ensconced in nature. Located in Jimbaran, the resort offers 32 private villas for guests. For a truly memorable experience, book the 900 m² Presidential Suite, with two bedrooms, private pool, gazebo, his and hers walk-in closets, and butler services.  
Starting at ₹92,000 / night 
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Soori Bali 
Soori Bali
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Where volcanic mountains preside over lush rice terraces and black-sand beaches, that is where the Soori, Bali is located. It is on the south-western coast, in the Tabanan Regency, at the edge of the ocean between the Mount Batukaru and terraced rice fields. The Soori’s interiors are crafted out of local materials, and the walls clad in paras kelating, a cool grey sandstone that is manually extracted. The resort has 48 villas, all featuring private pools, and three dining options (Cotta, Ombak and the Reading Room), a spa, infinity pool, bar, 24-hour gym and library. 
Starting at ₹ 63,000 / night 
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The Bvlgari Resort Bali 
Bulgari
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This exclusive resort combines Balinese forms with Bvlgari’s high Italian style, to create a space furnished with hand-cut volcanic stones, bangkiray hardwood, Balinese art pieces and antiques. Soak in the luxury at Bvlgari’s 3,590 m² five-bedroom mansion, featuring a multi-level private pool lined with the green Sukabumi stones, garden with Indian Ocean views, a terrace, open-air living room pavilion, and private elevator.  
Starting at ₹ 56,000 / night 
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The Edge  
Photo Courtesy: THE EDGE
Photo Courtesy: THE EDGE
Take a dip in this resort’s glass bottom sky pool that overlooks the ocean. Another resort nestled in Uluwuntu, the edge stays true to its name and is settled high on a clifftop with sweeping views of the vistas below. Eight opulent villas offer 24-hour butler services, private kitchens. The most luxurious of the lot is The View Villa. A five-bedroom villa, it is equipped with a private wine cellar, cigar lounge, children’s entertainment room, an eight-seater cinema, and two large living areas. An 800 m² outdoor space comes with a private pool as well as a separate infinity plunge pool, an event area, two gazebos, and sprawling gardens. 
Starting at ₹79,000 / night 
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