RIMBA JIM­BARAN BALI BY AYANA

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ne of the most idyl­lic lo­ca­tions in Bali, it’s lit­tle won­der Ayana Re­sort & Spa hosts an av­er­age of 300 wed­dings a year. Here, eight pic­turesque wed­ding venues have seen nu­mer­ous cou­ples ex­chang­ing vows against mag­nif­i­cent views of the azure In­dian Ocean, be it in a mod­ern glass chapel, a 350-year-old joglo (a cer­e­mo­nial pav­il­ion found in the royal palaces of Java) or new­est venue Sky, a spec­tac­u­lar cliff-edge can­tilever. Popular with hon­ey­moon­ers, there’s some­thing about this beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion that al­ways leaves one want­ing more.

“Some peo­ple stay for weeks,” says Mar­ian Car­roll, direc­tor of public re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions, as we ex­plore the 90 hectares of trop­i­cal bliss – think sway­ing ca­suar­i­nas, fra­grant white plume­rias, and vi­brant bougainvil­leas of pur­ple and pink. “And still feel they haven’t had enough.” Since the award-win­ning ho­tel first opened in 1996 (for­merly The Ritz-Carl­ton up till 2009), two more have been launched, The Vil­las and Rimba Jim­baran, mak­ing this Bali’s only in­te­grated luxury re­sort.

THE VIL­LAS AT AYANA RE­SORT

Jour­ney to the past by way of 78 ex­clu­sive, free­stand­ing cliff-top vil­las, set in tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese gar­dens with pri­vate plunge pools. Lounge on a day bed with a book or just take in the stunning scenery, in­clud­ing that of sa­cred Mount Agung. Come evening, en­joy a sump­tu­ous can­dle-lit din­ner served by your 24-hour but­ler. Let your nights be long and sleep in; there’s a gor­geous float­ing cham­pagne brunch to wake up to. More con­tem­po­rary in de­sign, Rimba draws from rich Ba­li­nese her­itage – ev­i­dent in the cas­cad­ing swim­ming pools rem­i­nis­cent of rice ter­races. Launched in 2013, it is sit­u­ated slightly fur­ther in­land, sur­rounded by lush for­est. (Beachlovers may still take a shut­tle to the tran­quil Kubu Beach for sun, pow­dery sands, and sea.) Dra­matic paint­ings and sculp­tures abound, in­cred­i­ble art­work cre­ated by Ky­oto-born artist Seiki Torige, with rustic drift­wood and mo­saic tiles prom­i­nent in the dé­cor.

With 282 stylish rooms and suites, con­sider a grand view of the green­est tree­tops or go for di­rect pool ac­cess. Ayana has 11 pools of sparkling wa­ters (six at Rimba), com­plete with in­ti­mate ca­banas, “bird­cage” seats, and wa­ter­slides. There’s even a pool at the Unique Rooftop Bar & Restau­rant, which of­fers 360-de­gree views of the stunning Uluwatu Hills.

Ar­guably the sex­i­est dip has to be the daz­zling in­fin­ity pool near the Rock Bar, back at Ayana Re­sort. De­signed by ar­chi­tect Ya­suhiro Koichi, the glam­orous Rock Bar is a per­fect 14 me­tres above sea level – high enough for breath­tak­ing sun­sets over­look­ing the coral reef, yet close enough to hear waves crash­ing be­low. Sip on sig­na­ture cock­tails in the ocean breeze on a starry, starry night. Was there ever a hol­i­day of greater bliss? www.ayanaresort.com The suite life at Rimba Jim­baran Bali by Ayana

Dive into the in­fin­ity pool at Ayana Re­sort & Spa

The fa­mous Rock Bar at Ayana Re­sort & Spa

Pri­vate pool at The Vil­las at Ayana Re­sort

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