THE EDGE, BALI, IN­DONE­SIA

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Carla Gros­setti mesa­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com

The glass-bot­tomed pool with 152 m ver­ti­cal views down to the In­dian Ocean at The Edge in Uluwatu seems to have been de­signed with In­sta­gram­mers in mind. But the in­fin­ity-edged pool perched like an eyrie over the clifftop is not the only draw­card at this ex­clu­sive hide­away lo­cated in the south­ern­most tip of Bali. In fact, each and every de­tail at The Edge was de­signed with ‘over-the-top’ in­dul­gence in mind – from the sump­tu­ous vil­las to the warm Ba­li­nese hos­pi­tal­ity to the oneeightyº din­ing view. The 3 ha prop­erty, which opened in 2011, fea­tures just six vil­las all clus­tered on the clifftop with daz­zlingly trop­i­cal gar­dens all around. If we had an en­tourage, we’d stay at The View, which has five be­d­rooms, two nat­u­ral stone pools, an ex­pan­sive din­ing room, eight-seat cin­ema, chil­dren’s play­room and vast trop­i­cal gar­den. But given there are just the four of us, we’re con­tent at The Shore, com­pris­ing two large be­d­rooms, a sep­a­rate liv­ing and din­ing area, in­fin­ity plunge pool and pri­vate li­brary/of­fice. Our 1400 sq. m villa even has a but­ler on hand 24/7 to de­liver our break­fast, make us end­less cups of tea, fluff our pil­lows and chauf­feur us to and from the lo­cal surf breaks. Al­though the decor at The Edge nods to Bali – all con­tem­po­rary In­done­sian art­works, Iron­wood floor­boards and teak ac­ces­sories – the ar­range­ment of the rooms feels in­fin­itely more Euro­pean. And while the bath­rooms of­fer a touch of lav­ish­ness – with Les Notes de Lan­vin ac­ces­sories, in-room Jacuzzis and rain­storm shower heads – it’s worth book­ing in for a crème hair bath at the Spa so you will be look­ing your best when you pose for that money shot on In­sta­gram.

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