Alila Villas Uluwatu, Desa Pecatu, Bali $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler: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 funkand 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 restaurantsone serving traditional Indonesian and Balinese, the other contemporary Western fareare 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. 2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Villa 409, a one bedroom at one of the resort's highest points, offers total privacy and a wide ocean view.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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