Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Tanjung Benoa, Bali $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This refreshingly low-key resort on the island's southeastern coast is easily the most family-friendly on the island. The 298 guest rooms and suites here are spacious and comfortable, with authentic Indonesian accents such as dark-wood platform beds, rattan wall screens, and carved objets d'art are offset by clean-lined modern sofas and rugs in Jonathan Adler–type prints. But the interiors aren't the focus here—fun in the sun is. Tanjung Benoa is a spur of land dangling off the end of the island, near the Nusa Dua hotel strip; its lovely, sandy beach is protected by a breakwater that keeps the sea as tranquil as glass. The Conrad takes full advantage of this, offering water sports galore—parasailing, Jet Skiing, cruising aboard a glass-bottom boat or catamaran, intro scuba classes. The resort also has a 108-foot swimming pool designed like a meandering lagoon, with a sandy beach at one end for kids. Several suites have terraces edging the pool; you can change in your room and hop right in.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:In a departure from the island's recent trend toward over-the-top fantasy villas, the 313 rooms at the Conrad are downright tastefulspacious and comfortable, with authentic Indonesian accents. The only thing excessive here is the setting. Tanjung Benoa is a spur of land dangling off the southern end of the island, with a lovely beach facing the harbor; a breakwater keeps the surface as tranquil as glass and perfect for water sports, which include introductory scuba, parasailing, riding Jet Skis (at a discreet distance), and sailing aboard a catamaran or motoring in a glass-bottom boat. This is a family-friendly resort, but the atmosphere is remarkably sedate: The Club wing doesn't allow kids under 12, and the signature restaurant, Spice, on a breezy terrace overlooking the sea, is one of Bali's most romantic.2005 Hot List
When to go: The sunny high season (JuneSept.).
Which room to book: Suite 1116, for its terrace abutting the lagoonlike swimming pool
Amenities: Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible, Bar/lounge, BeachSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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