PRINT PREVIEW
send to printer

Concierge.com

Bali

Bali

By Ktrev22
Destinations: 
Asia,
Bali,
Indonesia,
Manggis,
Ubud

No Description Available.

ITEMS

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Amankila, Bali, Indonesia

Manggis, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: 62 363 41 333
Email: amankila@amanresorts.com
Website: www.amanresorts.com

This resort, with its series of interlocking, terraced buildings set right into a cliff side, takes full advantage of its setting above the Lombok Strait. Each of the 34 modern, separate guest villas here has its own spacious veranda with daybeds or an infinity pool, most with dizzying views over the sea. The interiors are typical Aman-gorgeous, with inlaid marble-and-wood floors, arched teak window casings, carved bedsteads with luxurious linens, and soaring cane ceilings. Villas are interconnected by winding tree-shaded walkways to the main building, where light cuisine is served in the restaurant, and passion fruit margaritas can be sipped in thatched bales (gazebos). Just below, there's a vast three-tired infinity pool, and a cabana-lined beach, where traditional Balinese massages are given on tables set into the sand. The sheer fabulousness of it all might tempt you to stay on the property for the duration of your stay—but don't. This part of the island—often called "Old Bali"—is chock-full of ancient palaces and temples to explore, and charming villages where you can haggle over snake fruit and carved wooden masks in outdoor markets. The resort offers day trips to all these attractions—which you can choose to explore on foot or via mountain bike or Jeep.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Amandari, Bali, Indonesia

Kedewatan
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 333
Email: amandari@amanresorts.com
Website: www.amanresorts.com

If you want a sense of how life is lived in a typical Balinese village, Amandari purports to provide it. And the property's 31 low stone-and-teak villas, set among terraced rice fields overlooking the Ayung River gorge, do look like the region's traditional homes. The river-stone pathways winding around the grounds, planted with plumeria and banana trees and decorated with stone carvings, also have an old-world authenticity. But the similarity pretty much ends there. Not too many local villagers' houses have Javanese-marble floors or sunken oversized tubs in glass-walled bathrooms. Or, for that matter, private outdoor pavilions for spa treatments, or a glittering green-tiled infinity pool where musicians serenade during dinner hour. (Not that the guests are complaining about any of this.) The resort hosts several cultural-immersion experiences, though; one of the most popular is the trip to a local market with the restaurant's chef, who teaches guests about the produce for sale and shows them  how to use it in traditional Balinese dishes.

Eating

Ary's Warung, Bali, Indonesia

Main Street
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 053
Website: www.dekco.com/aryswarung/

Right in the center of Ubud, Ary's is kitty-corner to Ubud Palace and directly across the street from the rehearsal hall of the court gamelan—the traditional Malay percussion orchestra—which frequently serenades diners. The cuisine is contemporary Asian, with creative (but not contrived) specialties such as lobster wonton, tuna parfait with caviar and wasabi cream, tataki loin of venison, and rack of lamb with chili-mint sauce; there's also a good choice of vegetarian dishes. The five-course tasting menu for under $30 is a great value. Desserts are excellent: If you've never been brave enough to try durian, Asia's famous stinky fruit, Ary's silky durian crème brûlée is a good way to test the waters.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.