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Bulgari Resort, Uluwatu 

Jalan Goa Lempeh
Uluwatu , Bali
Tel: 62 361 847 1000
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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.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

After the success of its Milan hotel, Bulgari surprised everyone by choosing Bali's rugged south coast for the follow-up. The 59 villas are perched atop a cliff near Pura Luhur Uluwatu, site of one of Bali's most sacred temples, and a tram descends from the breathtaking resort to a deserted beach. Gorgeous bamboo-roof rooms—all with a plunge pool and a breezy dining pavilion—are constructed of volcanic stone and bangkirai wood, and bathrooms are floored in black basalt and have a tub rising in the center like an altar to purity. The rates, too, are breathtaking, and despite the price, the villas are less than completely private. Il Ristorante serves creative Italian, while the seaside Sangkar does Indonesian classics with gourmet ingredients—as in fried rice with lobster. The Bulgari Spa is included among the 2007 Hot List Spas.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: June through October for blazing blue skies.

Which room to book: Villas 40 through 49 have unobstructed sea views.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Pool, Spa

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