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Calyx, Badung, Bali 

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Jl. Bingin Kuta Selatin
Badung , Bali
Tel: 62 361 847 0958
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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.

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