The bliss­ful Bali few know

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

FEW des­ti­na­tions evoke vi­sions of par­adise like Bali. There’s one cor­ner of Bali that re­mains largely un­touched and de­liv­ers

on these vi­sions of par­adise. It is still a pris­tine, cul­tur­ally vi­brant and spir­i­tu­ally charged lo­cal pre­serve that slips un­der the ma­jor­ity of trav­ellers’ radars: Ta­banan Re­gency. A vast patch­work of blaz­ing green and gold rice fields blan­kets the area’s 839 square kilo­me­tres, nur­tured by an

ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem. This is Bali, the rice bowl of In­done­sia. On the edge of a black di­a­mond sand beach sur­rounded by

rice fields, the in­de­pen­dently owned and op­er­ated Soori Bali was con­ceived as a pri­vate va­ca­tion home for the fam­ily of ar­chi­tect Soo K. Chan. Yet the set­ting was so breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful that Soo ex­panded his orig­i­nal vi­sion from a pri­vate re­treat to a more pub­lic ex­pe­ri­ence.

All of Soori Bali’s 48 vil­las have pri­vate pools with sweeping vis­tas of the ocean or rice fields un­der the gaze of Mount

Batukaru. The EarthCheck Gold-cer­ti­fied re­sort has an in­fin­ity pool, gym­na­sium, li­brary, spa, he­li­pad, two gourmet restau­rants, leisure concierge and but­ler ser­vice, and round-the-clock room ser­vice. DE­TAILS: soorib­

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