Four Sea­sons Jim­baran Bay

BALI

Food and Travel (UK) - - Tried & Tasted -

To wan­der amid the trop­i­cal gar­dens of this coastal re­sort on Bali’s south-east­ern tip, is about as close to heaven as you can get on the Is­land of the Gods. When it launched in 1993, it was the first all-pool villa ho­tel in the world and it set the stan­dard in terms of ‘mod­ern Bali’ style. Hot off the heels of a re­vamp, which has added three villa cat­e­gories, it’s look­ing finer than ever.

There are 147 vil­las, each sig­ni­fied by an in­tri­cate tra­di­tional com­pound-style door, and they hit the mark on ev­ery level. Space abounds and in­te­ri­ors are warm and el­e­gant: ex­pect cloud-like canopied beds, dreamy an­tique baths, hand-crafted art and lo­cal tex­tiles. Pri­vate gar­dens lead to an outdoor bam­boo shower, in­fin­ity plunge pool, thatched-roof pav­il­ion, and an iron­wood sun­deck. There’s some­thing spe­cial about slid­ing open your pa­tio doors of a morn­ing to catch a warm breeze and the sun ris­ing over your patch of par­adise and the ocean be­yond.

Spend easy days prac­tic­ing yoga at the clifftop bale or fol­low the nat­u­ral flow of the 3km coast­line to exclusive Co­conut Grove Beach for games, wind­surf­ing or kayak­ing. This area’s a surfer’s par­adise and lessons are also avail­able. Just along the beach­front, Sun­dara has an­other in­fin­ity pool and daybeds, and is our pick for din­ing. Chef Pasquo King serves up ex­cit­ing riffs on bor­der-cross­ing ta­pas through­out the day, while break­fasts fea­ture de­li­ciously in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tions. BG. Vil­las from £424. 00 62 361 701 010, foursea­sons.com

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