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Trips to Bali are in­com­plete with­out din­ing al fresco on the white sand beach at Jim­baran Bay – one of the is­land’s pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions, known for its fin­ger-lick­ing-good grilled seafood eater­ies. Now there’s more rea­son to visit the pic­turesque fish­ing vil­lage – to stay at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali’s re­vamped vil­las. The five-star ho­tel’s 147 lux­ury vil­las re­cently un­der­went a facelift that in­cludes the ad­di­tion of the Im­pe­rial and Royal Vil­las and the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘Epic Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ences’ ser­vice. The re­vamped vil­las that opened their doors last month were de­signed by the late In­done­sian de­signer Jaya Ibrahim, who in­cor­po­rated tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese ar­chi­tec­ture – think thatched-roof ve­ran­das – that en­sures the vil­las of­fer ocean views from ev­ery van­tage point; the vil­las are flanked by trop­i­cal gar­dens and long stretches of beach on ei­ther side. The two-storey, three-bed­room Im­pe­rial Vil­las are as pala­tial as their name sug­gests, mea­sur­ing 1,300 square me­tres with floor-to-ceil­ing glass doors, a rooftop gar­den and an in­fin­ity-edged wa­ter fea­ture. The bed­rooms come with their own set of bells and whis­tles – a pri­vate in­door liv­ing area, sun­decks and en­suite bath­rooms. The two-bed­room Royal Vil­las are equally ma­jes­tic and come with a separate chil­dren’s room fit­ted with trun­dle beds. The royal treat­ment be­gins at the air­port – guests book­ing into the Im­pe­rial or Royal Vil­las en­joy fast-track VIP clear­ance at im­mi­gra­tion, in-villa break­fasts and re­turn air­port trans­fers. Room rates on re­quest; call 62 (361) 701010.

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