Hoshi­noya Bali

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Just a half-hour’s drive out­side Ubud, the first over­seas out­post of Ja­pan’s Hoshino Re­sorts ef­fort­lessly fuses Ba­li­nese craftsmanship with Zen-like sen­si­bil­i­ties. Ar­chi­tect Rie Azuma and land­scape de­signer Hiroki Hasegawa have con­verted a slop­ing site above the sa­cred Pak­erisan River into a re­sort vil­lage around three canal-style pools, a ref­er­ence to the is­land’s com­mu­nal subak ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem. Thatch-roofed pavil­ions and pool­side ter­races fea­ture in all 30 vil­las, whose min­i­mal­is­tic, tim­ber-dom­i­nated in­te­ri­ors come with batik-printed box lan­terns, slid­ing glass walls, and, in most cases, ex­quis­ite wood­work screens that are back­lit above the low plat­form beds. Hoshi­noya Bali is ar­guably even more al­lur­ing after dark, when each struc­ture—par­tic­u­larly the “float­ing” gaze­bos stilted above the hill­side—re­sem­bles a for­est-en­shrouded jewel box and the sound of gush­ing wa­ter seems to gain re­newed in­ten­sity. Can­dles lead guests into the open-air din­ing room for a 10-course Ba­li­nese kaiseki that sees co­conut shav­ings trans­formed into tem­pura flakes atop a roe-flecked egg cus­tard, and a sub­tle blend of In­done­sian spices—car­damom, co­rian­der, cumin, gin­ger, black pep­per—added to grilled gin­dara in sweet miso. It all makes for an in­spired com­bi­na­tion. — 81/50-3786-1144; hoshi­noya bali.com; vil­las from US$452

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