The Legian Bali, Seminyak Beach, Bali $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
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.