Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
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