Story by Travel + Leisure
Bali has been a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world, but especially Australians and Americans, for the past few decades. As a result, the island is well accustomed to meeting the needs of international tourists. Travel + Leisure’s Bali travel guide will help you make the perfect trip to see Bali’s ancient and natural wonders.
Bali is full of high-end hotels that effortlessly blend Balinese culture with modern, state-of-the-art amenities. Service standards are exceptional on the island, from the smallest family-run hotel to the most lavish resorts, and competition is tight.
Yoga practitioners and nature buffs flock to the volcanic-sand shore of Alila Manggis, an hour east of the trendy Seminyak beach resorts and adjacent to Mount Agung, an active volcano considered Bali’s most sacred peak. All 55 rooms face the Bali Sea and overlook a lush central garden with coconut trees, white frangipani, and pink bougainvillea—the setting for the resort’s complimentary yoga sessions (all levels are welcome). The rooms, with batik accents, are set in two-story thatched houses that surround a palm-fringed pool; each has its own shaded private terrace. One excursion to request: ask the resort to arrange a traditional jukung fishing boat to take you out on the water before the crack of dawn to watch the sunning sunrise over Lombok Island.
A more upscale alternative to the boisterous bar and clubbing resort of Kuta, Seminyak has stylish cafes, bars, restaurants, chic shops, and a wide expanse of white sandy beach. The Alila Seminyak is the brand’s newest hotel in Bali, with a modern design, tropical plants lining the open-air public spaces, and an ancient temple. The 240 modern rooms and suites are designed to maximize space, with wide mirrors fitted on the opposite side of the rooms and well-sized balconies with unobstructed sea views. The hotel’s Beach Bar is the perfect relaxed spot to watch the sunset, and offers specially paired canapés and cocktails from 5pm to 7pm.