Calyx, Badung, Bali $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
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.2008 Hot List
When to go: June through September, for breezes and blue skies.
Which room to book: All four villas have equally attractive vistas.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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