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One-bed­room vil­las from $US738 ($1000) a night plus taxes, in­clud­ing a la carte break­fast, 30minute mas­sage, air­port trans­fers, af­ter­noon tea, mini­bar, Wi-Fi and 24-hour but­ler ser­vice. Sis­ter prop­er­ties in Bali are at Ubud, Nusa Dua and Sa­nur. There’s also a Kayu­ma­nis villa re­sort in Nan­jing, China. More: kayu­ma­ ner­vous) or jump a shut­tle to sis­ter re­sort Kayu­ma­nis Nusa Dua to use its pri­vate beach club.

We’re ven­tur­ing no fur­ther than 100m to Resto. Again. Opened eight months ago, it’s mak­ing quite a splash, serv­ing the best In­done­sian fare in the area. Chef Oka, Bali-born but re­cently re­turned from Oman, of­fers an ex­ten­sive menu in­clud­ing a very su­pe­rior beef ren­dang and the sig­na­ture be­bek pang­gang mekudus, grilled duck mar­i­nated in Ba­li­nese spices and served at the ta­ble on a small, smoky clay grill ac­com­pa­nied by minced chicken on lemon­grass skew­ers and a clear broth.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of lovely re­sort man­ager Made Karta, who learned his trade from the ground up join­ing Kayu­ma­nis 15 years ago as a but­ler, the staff are ex­em­plary, al­ways re­mem­ber­ing guests’ names and tai­lor­ing every stay with gen­uine care. Fancy a mar­ket tour? Cook­ing or yoga class? Per­haps an in-villa din­ner a deux with your ta­ble set on a float­ing plat­form in the pool? Most things are pos­si­ble.

We’re dis­ap­point­ingly low main­te­nance, happy just to doze by the pool af­ter a late lunch en­joy­ing ab­so­lute pri­vacy and tran­quil­lity, far from Bali’s madding crowd.

Chris­tine McCabe was a guest of Kayu­ma­nis Jim­baran Pri­vate Es­tate and Spa.

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