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$199 or less
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Alila Manggis
Desa Buitan, Manggis
Karangasem , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 363 41011
manggis@alilahotels.com
www.alilahotels.com/manggis

The Candidasa region on the northeast coast is everybody's favorite undeveloped spot in Bali. And the Alila Manggis's two coconut-fringed, colonial-style mansions are ideally located for an exploration of the area's gorgeous, rugged coastline and fascinating aboriginal villages. The 53 guest rooms, dressed in a warm beige-and-ocher palette, pack a lot of luxury into 365 square feet, with designer linens by Ploh, modern rattan furniture, and marble floors. All have commanding views of the Lombok Strait from private terraces or balconies with day beds. Seasalt restaurant serves contemporary international cuisine alongside Indonesian classics; ambitious guests can learn how to make traditional dishes at the on-site cooking school.—Jamie James

$400 or more
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Alila Villas Uluwatu
Jl Belimbing Sari
Banjar Tambiyak
Desa Pecatu , Bali
Indonesia 80364
Tel: 62 361 848 2166
uluwatu@alilahotels.com
www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu

This fabulous clifftop pleasure complex on Bali's booming south coast is the region's first fully successful marriage of postmodern cool and tropical hot. The Singaporean design partnership WOHA has created a startlingly original vocabulary that alternates monumentality and intimacy, classicism and funk—and lets sky and sea shine through at every turn. The public places and 84 villas spill across a hillside overlooking the ocean with an organic ease that makes the place feel like it's been there forever, and its smart eco-planning may let it stay there almost that long: Flat roofs are insulated with local volcanic rock, and water from washing machines and baths is filtered for garden use. Rooms have ceilings of local bamboo, and the hardwood is recycled from retired Indonesian railway sleeper cars. The yoga pavilion is a little architectural masterpiece on a verdant knoll, and the two restaurants—one serving traditional Indonesian and Balinese, the other contemporary Western fare—are excellent. Perhaps one of the resort's most beautiful touches is a private banquet room with a vaulted clerestory studded with 2,500 glittering copper batik stamps.

$300-$399
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Amandari
Kedewatan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 333
amandari@amanresorts.com
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.

$400 or more
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Amankila
Manggis , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 363 41 333
amankila@amanresorts.com
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.

$400 or more
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Ayana Resort and Spa
Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera
Jimbaran , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 702 222
reservation@ayanaresort.com
www.ayanaresort.com

This thatched-roof resort on a cliff overlooking the sea is "simply beautiful." Rooms are "open and airy," with traditional Indonesian canopied beds, batik bed runners, and iPod docking stations; villas have private plunge pools. At Padi, the dining pavilions appear to float on lotus ponds. The property is "spread out, so expect to climb some hilly pathways."

(368 rooms)

$300-$399
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Bambu Indah
Banjar Baung
Desa Sayan
Gianyar , Bali
Indonesia 80571
Tel: 62 361 975 124
reservations@bambuindah.com
www.bambuindah.com

Recent years have seen the opening in Bali of several small resorts comprising Indonesian farmhouses relocated to quiet settings, yet none of them has quite the panache of this choice collection assembled by Canadian jewelry magnate John Hardy and his wife, Cynthia. The four hand-carved wooden houses transported from Java, each more than 100 years old, are set amid rice fields on the Sayan Ridge, an ethereal Eden near Ubud. The furnishings are a harmonious blend of exquisite pieces the Hardys have collected on their journeys: deep-dyed handloomed rugs from Tibet, massive teak cupboards from Java, graceful baskets from Borneo, rawhide benches from Ethiopia. The unpretentious dinner service is simply the best Balinese cooking to be found at an international hotel here. Adventure and cultural activities are well organized, and traditional Balinese massage can be scheduled in rooms. Caveat: A key element of the charm of antique Java houses is their rough-hewn construction, with cracks and knotholes; as a result, the passing conversations of people outside are clearly audible in the room. Not recommended for honeymooners.

$400 or more
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Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali
Jl Melasti
Banjar Kelod
Ungasan , Bali
Indonesia 80364
Tel: 62 361 300 7000
reservations-ungasan@banyantree.com
ungasanbaliresort.com

Once a desolate, sparsely populated rock, the Bukit, Bali's southern peninsula, is now chockablock with luxury resorts; the new kid on the cliff, the 72-villa Banyan Tree Ungasan, offers supreme comfort at a competitive rate. The glory here is the Villa, at 2,500 square feet among the largest standard rooms in the region and tantalizingly livable, with completely separate living and sleeping chambers, a guest toilet, a vast marble bathroom (with a little TV for the tub), and many smart details. The private pool is big enough to swim in, with a jet pool adjoining the day pavilion, itself spacious enough for alfresco private dining. The resort's design is attractive and comfortable, if a bit over-logoed with the brand's leaf motif. Service is prompt and friendly, with a high level of English skills by all staff. The creative contemporary international cuisine at the signature restaurant, Ju-Ma-Na, is excellent, and the bar, a gleaming monument of inner-lit alabaster perched on a breezy terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, is one of the most romantic spots on Bali

$400 or more
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Bulgari Resort
Jalan Goa Lempeh
Uluwatu , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 847 1000
www.bulgarihotels.com

The maid might not leave a diamond necklace on your pillow when she turns down the bed at night, but this new resort still gleams with all the luxury its name implies. The setting is supreme: Magnificently situated atop a 500-foot cliff on the island's southern coast, the resort is a village of 59 private villas clustered around two restaurants, a seaside bar, a spacious spa, and a curving infinity-edge pool. A funicular tram descends the side of the cliff to a rugged, otherwise inaccessible white-sand beach that's just for guests. The interior design is just as opulent: Each villa is constructed of native bangkiray wood and bamboo and furnished with Balinese antiques, and has a private outdoor pavilion and plunge pool. The bathrooms are positively operatic, with spotlighted, freestanding black basalt tubs and gleaming chrome fixtures. Unfortunately, despite the sumptuous trappings, privacy is a bit of an issue; the villas sit close enough to one another that there are clear views into the neighbors' gardens. The signature restaurant, however, which occupies a pair of poolside pavilions graced by fabulous flower arrangements, is one of the island's best Westerns—certainly the top choice for creative Italian cuisine.

$400 or more
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Calyx
Jl. Bingin Kuta Selatin
Badung , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 847 0958
info@thecalyx.com
www.thecalyx.com

Hugging the craggy southwestern coastline of the Bukit Peninsula, this group of four whitewashed two-bedroom clifftop villas maximizes the view with floor-to-ceiling glass walls in minimalist, high-ceilinged bedrooms. Clearly the point is to absorb the ocean scenery: Each villa comes with plenty of outdoor cushions, plush daybeds, and a plunge pool, while mighty showers, sunken baths, and dual volcanic-stone sinks fill the spacious bathrooms of these modern thatched-roof houses. The main 65-foot infinity pool overlooks famed surfer beach Dreamland, and the manicured grounds are dotted with works from the Bali-based glass artist Seiki Torige. The eager young staff would do well to improve their English skills, but on-call butlers keep trying until they exceed expectations, whether arranging a tour to nearby Uluwatu Temple or serving an Indonesian feast on a villa's Japanese-style tatsu table. Spa Ray's two treatment suites have unobstructed water views, and generous time slots allow for prolonged outdoor showers on cantilevered wooden decks.

$300-$399
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The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah
Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 685
chediclububud@ghmhotels.com
www.ghmhotels.com

Not only does the Chedi Club deliver stunning views of Ubud's lush green rice fields, but it comes steeped in Indonesian history. Once the private estate of Hendra Hadiprana, one of the country's most celebrated architects, it comprises 19 stand-alone villas scattered over 12 acres that combine exotic-wood furniture with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and outdoor showers. The Chedi boasts a glamorous pool scene and a partially open-air spa—both rendered superfluous by select villas, which sport private pools and special spa rooms. Descendants of Hadiprana's collection of rare and exotic birds still paddle the central lotus pond and call out from a variety of perches.

$400 or more
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Como Shambala Estate at Begawan Giri
Banjar Begawan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 978 888
www.cse.como.bz

The Como group spared no expense on its flagship property, nestled amid jungle greenery outside Ubud—and the results are spectacular. Ten buildings are split into 21 expansive suites, each with a sky-high cane-thatch roof, gleaming wood floor, carved teak furniture, Victorian bath, and canopied bed. Each building has a spacious common dining and lounging area, and a terrace with chaises and an infinity pool overlooking the Ayung River valley below. (For maximum fabulousness, book the Royal Suite—more than 3,000 square feet filled with stunning antiques and artworks, and a multitiered pool with views over Mount Batu Kara.) The ten stand-alone villas are similarly outfitted and rented in their entirety. Spa treatments are a big part of the experience here; there are nine treatment rooms and four pavilions where guests are massaged, wrapped, soaked, steamed, and purified. Nutritionists and mind–body practitioners tailor specific exercise, healing, and diet regimens (there are two health-conscious restaurants). Perhaps the only downside to this place is its remoteness; it's a half-hour drive from Ubud, and once you arrive, you'll be pretty much confined to the property.

$300-$399
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Conrad Bali Resort & Spa
Jalan Pratama 168
Tanjung Benoa , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 778 788
baliinfo@conradhotels.com
bali.conradmeetings.com

This refreshingly low-key resort on the island's southeastern coast is easily the most family-friendly on the island. The 298 guest rooms and suites here are spacious and comfortable, with authentic Indonesian accents such as dark-wood platform beds, rattan wall screens, and carved objets d'art are offset by clean-lined modern sofas and rugs in Jonathan Adler–type prints. But the interiors aren't the focus here—fun in the sun is. Tanjung Benoa is a spur of land dangling off the end of the island, near the Nusa Dua hotel strip; its lovely, sandy beach is protected by a breakwater that keeps the sea as tranquil as glass. The Conrad takes full advantage of this, offering water sports galore—parasailing, Jet Skiing, cruising aboard a glass-bottom boat or catamaran, intro scuba classes. The resort also has a 108-foot swimming pool designed like a meandering lagoon, with a sandy beach at one end for kids. Several suites have terraces edging the pool; you can change in your room and hop right in.

$300-$399
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The Damai
Jalan Damai, Kayu Putih
Lovina , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 362 41008
info@damai.com
damai.com

Lovina Beach on Bali's north shore was the exclusive domain of backpackers and families on a budget until Danish hotelier Nils Normann looked up from the beach and envisioned a country inn on the forested hills above. Opened in 1995, the Damai offers traditional-style bungalows that flank a verdant garden and 2,100-square-foot pool villas on a gorge overlooking the sea. The 42 guest rooms are furnished with Balinese antiques and beautifully crafted hardwood furniture that overflows onto private verandas. The food at the Damai is alone worth a trip: Conceived by Normann's friend Per Thøstesen, a Danish chef who trained with Paul Bocuse, the Continental menu uses organic herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel's gardens. The Damai also raises its own quail, ducks, rabbits, frogs, snails, and pigs—at a discreet distance.—Jamie James

$200-$299
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Desa Seni
Jl. Kayu Putih No. 13
Pantai Berawa
Canggu , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 844 6392
desaseni.com

A short drive from Seminyak along winding back roads, Desa Seni is a change from the synthetic perfection of most resorts in Bali: Set amid rice terraces, ten integral antique houses from all over the Indonesian archipelago—Sumatra, Java, Lombok, and Bali—create a storybook town with meandering cobble paths. The rooms are furnished with rustic antiques: old wooden farming implements, spinning wheels, massive millstones, and cowbells. It could easily have turned out hokey, but tasteful eyes have been at work, and creature comforts haven't been neglected, with luxurious bathrooms added behind the houses, and DVD players and free Internet access in rooms. Complimentary yoga classes are held daily except Sunday in a wide, breezy pavilion, and there's a pretty saltwater pool. Dining options focus on fish and poultry dishes in healthy sauces concocted with vegetables from the resort's organic gardens.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 701 010
www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay/index.html

From the moment a staff member meets you at the airport with a chilled hand towel, the service at this resort is unparalleled. The 147 elegant Balinese-style villas have stone walls, thatched roofs, and marble floors; inside are separate sleeping, bathing, and living pavilions, private plunge pools with ocean views. At the resort's cooking school, you can take classes in Balinese cuisine, and tour the local markets before preparing your finds in a state-of-the-art kitchen. The excellent spa offers traditional treatments using sea-salt crystals, seaweed, and aromatics, as well as massage, scrubs, and wraps. The luxurious Lulur Jimbaran, based on a Javanese beauty ritual, includes exfoliation with sandalwood and gingerroot, and a soak in a bath infused with flowers from the spa's garden.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Sayan , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 977 577
www.fourseasons.com/sayan/index.html

Indonesian art and local handmade fabrics decorate the 42 spacious villas and 18 suites of this property, just outside of Ubud. The sliding teak louvered doors, the ceiling fans, and canopy-draped beds all seem very traditional—so it's quite a shock to approach the looming, ultramodern main building, which looks more like a spaceship that's landed on the hillside than a hotel lobby. With reflecting rooftop lotus pools and an open-air "floating bar" with gorgeous views of rice terraces and the Ayung River valley below, it's certainly a showstopper—but it seems markedly out of place in this jungle setting. Still, you'll easily get used to it once you venture inside to the spa and settle in for a Lulur Sayan treatment: a traditional Javanese beauty ritual employing herbal scrubs, a cooling yogurt splash, and Balinese massage. It's even more heavenly when enjoyed in one of the three private spa villas overlooking peaceful gardens.

$400 or more
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Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate
Jalan Yoga Perkanti
Jimbaran , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 705 777
kayumanis.com

One doesn't usually think of Bali as a land of wide open spaces; yet Kayumanis Jimbaran conveys a sense of what the island was like before the tourism boom began in the seventies. Kayumanis, a regional brand, has created a luxury property to compete with the international chains, with a design that has a distinctively Indonesian feel, and efficient and cheerful service throughout. The reception area is a modest modernist pavilion overlooking a broad, manicured coconut grove, refreshed by sea breezes. A cobblestone path winds past 19 well-spaced residences, each occupying more than 1,500 square feet. A classic Balinese thatched-roof bungalow houses a bedroom and an indoor/outdoor bath; it faces a smaller glassed-in room that can be set up as a study, a second bedroom, or a yoga studio. A long living pavilion adjoins the big private pool. The beautifully presented food emphasizes authentic Balinese cookery and Western comfort food.

$200-$299
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Komaneka at Bisma
Jalan Bisma
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia 80571
Tel: 62 361 971933
komaneka.com

The sweet-natured staff seem accustomed to seeing guests' jaws drop upon arrival at this contemporary resort a five-minute drive from central Ubud. The 44 rooms face dense jungle and rice paddies, and come with a cozy living area, a 42-inch flat-screen TV with more than 200 movies on Apple TV, and a walk-in closet. A long infinity pool perches at the edge of the Camphuan River, and contemporary Balinese art hangs in public areas. (A complimentary tour of the nearby Neka Museum, founded by the hotel owner's father, is available.) No air-conditioning in the restaurant can mean stifling midday meals. But other details—a soft cotton tunic (perfect over a bathing suit), freshly baked cookies, and a detailed weekly schedule of Ubud's dance and gamelan performances—go the extra mile. And you'll eat well: The menu ranges from indigenous dishes to wafer-thin pizzas from the outdoor wood-fire oven.

$400 or more
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The Legian Bali
Jalan Laksmana
Seminyak Beach , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 730 622
reservation@thelegianbali.com
www.ghmhotels.com/hotels/hotel_home.asp?hotelid=3§ion=home

Set among the bustling shops and nightspots of Seminyak, 45 minutes northwest of Kuta, the Legian occupies one of the best stretches of beach on the southern coast. The 67 suites (which range from studios to two-bedroom options) feel more like spacious private apartments than hotel units, thanks to parquet floors, chic recessed lighting, and (in most) sitting and dining areas big enough to host a small cocktail party. All are furnished in streamlined, mod-Indonesian style—teak platform beds, tables and chairs, woven rattan floor mats, gauzy curtains—and have Bose sound systems and iPod docking stations. Many have private balconies overlooking the property's two-tiered swimming pool, with its huge daybeds for sunbathing and lunch-taking, and the sea beyond. Social types gravitate to the lobby piano bar and open-air restaurant in the evenings; romance-seekers can arrange to have dinner served in a private beachfront pavilion. Those who really want to get away from it all can spring for the Beach House, an opulent villa set apart from the rest of the property; it comes with butler and limousine service, a full private breakfast served each day, and an infinity pool for solitary dips.

$300-$399
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Maya Ubud
Jalan Gunung Sari Peliatan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 977 888
www.mayaubud.com

Set on 25 acres of landscaped tropical forest crowning a hill between two river valleys, the 108-room Maya Ubud harmonizes with its wild surroundings without resorting to the clichéd faux-temple architecture that mars many of its corporate competitors. Pool villas have an inviting homey quality, as if you're staying at the guest cottage of an affluent friend, with private gardens that overlook the valley. Even the standard rooms are generously laid out like junior suites, with platform king beds, small living rooms, and balconies with views of the river valley and rice fields. Every major resort in Ubud has a spa, but none can match the setting of this one: It's located 100 feet below the hotel on the banks of the rugged Petanu River. The trio of restaurants serve up international, Asian, and spa cuisine. And if you ever tire of relaxing in the tropical wild, civilization is only a five-minute drive (or short walk) away in the village of Ubud.—Jamie James

$200-$299
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Menjangan Resort
West Bali National Park
Jalan Raya Gilimanuk, Desa Pajarakan
Buleleng , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 362 94700
bliss@themenjangan.com
www.menjanganresort.com

If you want to see what Bali was like before the tourists (or, really, anyone) took over, Menjangan Resort is the place, surrounded by the savanna and mangrove forests of the West Bali National Park. Gentle herds of russet-colored mouse deer run free on the grounds, and you might catch a glimpse of the jauntily crested Bali starling (one of the rarest birds in the world) from the restaurant's tree-topping terrace. Standard rooms, which front the swimming pool, as well as the private villas beside a pretty white-sand beach (a rarity on Bali's northern coastline) incorporate the bengkirai wood floors and alang-alang grass roofs of traditional Joglo Javanese architecture. Menjangan also maintains a stable for its collection of Australian horses; guided excursions are available for riders of all levels.—Jamie James

$400 or more
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Puri Ganesha
Pantai Pemuteran, Gerokgak
Buleleng , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 362 94766
diana@puriganesha.com
www.puriganesha.com

Puri Ganesha has been described, in jest, as "a brave experiment in wasted space": Each of the resort's four villas is on half an acre of seaside greensward, delightfully uninflected aside from a 12-meter pool and a bale, or thatched pavilion. At 3,700 square feet, the two-story villas (with up to three bedrooms) work well for families or a double-date holiday; the fine finishes include terra-cotta floors, thatched roofs, and Indonesian antiques. The all-organic kitchen is supervised by owner Diana von Cranach, who prepares an eclectic menu of raw foods, spicy curries, steamed fish, and yummy desserts daily. Most guests at Puri Ganesha take up residence for an extended stay of a week or more. The resort also organizes snorkeling trips to nearby Menjangan Island, visits to a spice farm in the mountains towering behind the fishing village of Pemuteran, and private in-villa performances by a local gamelan and dance troupe.—Jamie James

$400 or more
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St. Regis Bali Resort
Kawasan Pariwisata
Nusa Dua , Bali
Indonesia 80363
Tel: 62 361 8478 111
www.stregis.com/bali

Occupying a prime tranche of sea coast in the resort enclave of Nusa Dua, the 120-room St. Regis brings Fifth Avenue smarts to the tropics without losing a scintilla of the island's languorous magic. Even standard rooms are enormous (990 square feet) and turned out in cosmopolitan style. Spacious pool villas offer a choice of garden privacy, a private gate to the beach, or hop-in access to the meandering 40,000-square-foot lagoon pool. There's no end of things to do here—a water-sports center, a private entry to the adjoining Bali Golf & Country Club, frequent cultural events, and an exquisite spa. The resort also abounds in private nooks: A magnificent formal garden dotted with thatched pavilions occupies an expanse of nearly two acres between the main building and the golf course. The beachside Kayuputi restaurant is easily one of the island's best, offering extravagances like wagyu beef and Prunier caviar, and desserts both delicious to the palate and witty to the eye.

$200-$299
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Taman Bebek
Sayan Road
Sayan , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975385
info@tamanbebekbali.com
tamanbebek.com

Taman Bebek, surrounded by five-star international brands on the prestigious Ayung River gorge, offers amazing value at one of the best locations in the Ubud area. Created under the close supervision of Made Wijaya, Bali's legendary designer, the hotel's bungalow accommodations hark back to the prewar heyday of the Ubud art colony. Every room is unique, finished with Wijaya's blend of classic tropical design and enlightened whimsy, with hand-carved furniture, playful artwork, and fabrics in vibrant colors; four newer suites have a more contemporary style. Just beyond the room terraces and balconies are lush tropical gardens, artfully landscaped to guide the eye toward the natural masterpiece of the gorge. The village of Sayan has a fine selection of places to eat and shop, which makes it possible to go for days without getting into a car.—Jamie James

$200-$299
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Uma Ubud
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Kedewatan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 972 448
info.ubud@uma.como.bz
www.uma.como.bz

Hotelier Christina Ong proves that less is more with this 29-room hotel a five-minute drive from Ubud. Overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley, the oasis is set on a hillside and backed by coconut palms and banyan trees. Blending in with the surroundings (the buildings are made from local wood, with alang-alang thatched roofs), the understated design features sleek, uncluttered lines and cream-and-white furnishings. The soothing Shambhala spa offers treatments based on Asian traditions. Try the Javanese Lulur Royal Bath (incorporating massage, a bath, and a skin-softening treatment), a ritual still practiced in Bali prior to wedding ceremonies. With complimentary daily yoga classes and the hotel's healthful Bali-influenced menu, you'll return home feeling svelte and serene.

$400 or more
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W Retreat & Spa Bali
Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 738106
www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3221

The high-tech W Retreat & Spa Bali sits on the best curve of the best beach on an island that has until now stressed the traditional. The high, wide lobby, tinkling with a chorus of glass wind chimes, has sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and Bali's craggy southern peninsula in the distance. The hotel's 237 rooms, stocked with iPod docks, Bose sound systems, and 40-inch LED TVs, look more Miami Beach than Bali, although the local artwork and contemporary Asian furniture are subtle reminders that you're far from home. The cuisine at W holds its own against Jalan Petitenget's crowded restaurant row; among the best options are seaside dining at Starfish Bloo and the more casual grill at Fire. Service throughout the hotel is friendly and flawless.—Jamie James

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