Boutique Bali – Indonesia’s Top Destination for Luxury Travel
Without a doubt, the country of Indonesia offers up some of the most stunning sights in terms of scenery and natural wonders. From high, smoking volcanoes to low lying plateaus of jungle and forest, temple complexes that overlook highlands and fields of rice to the beaches that provide some of the most stunning and incredible options for snorkeling and diving, Indonesia seems to have it all. With the development of a booming tourist industry has inevitably come the advent of some truly spectacular options in terms of luxury getaways, especially on the well-developed tourist island of Bali, which seems to be the perfect embodiment of all things nature related in the country of Indonesia. In truth, Bali is the perfect destination for both budget and luxury travelers as it features a healthy array of accommodations and tours to fit both shoestring and extravagant budgets.
Bali – Getting In and Around
For the most part getting into Bali is by air, with flights arriving from most major nearby hubs into the Denpasar International Airport – Indonesia’s third largest. The airport is conveniently serviced by both low-cost airlines as well as more prestigious and well-known airlines including big names such as Qantas, KLM, Thai Airways and more, meaning that you can book a flight through to Bali from your home without necessarily needing to switch to a less luxury-minded airline, but with a likely stop or transfer in the likes of Bangkok, Singapore or Jakarta.
From the airport, there are a handful of luxury and mid-range private transfer operators which help take the guesswork out of getting to your hotel or villa. Depending on what you’re after in terms of car or transfer, you can get everything from private sedans, vans, and minibusses for those traveling with families or groups of friends. The most popular cities or villages, especially for luxury seekers are the cities of Jimbaran, Seminyak, and Ubud, all of which offer up some truly spectacular options in terms of hotels, villas and scenery.
To get around, the best bet to truly enjoy the luxury lifestyle is to get yourself a rental car with driver. This will allow you the luxe privacy of your own car, but with your own chauffeur so you don’t need to worry about driving. This is particularly useful for those looking to take the next step to a luxurious getaway, or for those who want to have the flexibility of a rental car but without having to drive themselves. Look to Explorient to provide you with all the logistics and to take the guesswork out of a fun vacation.
Where To Stay
If you’re the type who likes to really unwind and relax without having staff from your hotel or resort milling around potentially disturbing you, then the Layar Resort Villas in Seminyak is your go-to place. Featuring villas that have between one and four rooms, these are perfect for couples, groups of friends or families that really love a taste of the good life. The staff at the Layar focus on bringing you the best service when you need it, and aside from that, you will be mostly left to your own devices. With a central kitchen, on-site restaurant, beautiful rooms, villas, and private swimming pools for each villa and modern appointed living spaces with chic style, the Layar is run as a boutique resort with all the frills and luxe options you want on a trip like this, including on-site spa services with signature treatments made just for the luxury seeker like you.
The Villa Ria Sayan is another beautiful villa that has luxury at the forefront of the operations. Located in Ubud, this is actually a privately owned villa which employs its own chef and other staff and is built in the traditional Bali architecture, making this a purely ideal place to spend your holiday on the island. With stunning volcano and river views from your private terrace, you also get your own inground swimming pool surrounded by lush green plants with a Balinese pavilion for you to relax and while away the hours in true style. Enjoy the garden, which features fountains and beautiful flora, overlooking the river and volcanoes in the distance. This is the ultimate in luxury Bali escapes, so do not miss this one.
Villa Khayangan is one of the most prestigious villas for rental on Bali. With six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a maximum guest capacity of 14 and dedicated staff of 20, this means you will be waited on hand and foot during your stay. The bathrooms include beautiful standalone stone tubs and some of the most unique and beautiful decorating to be seen. This is truly a marvel at luxury, and its four-poster beds, lavish furnishings throughout, beautiful garden, terrace, pools and more are the perfect examples of the best it can get. With luxury like this, you almost won’t want to leave your villa – and no one would blame you. Nestled on a hill on the very southern tip of the island surrounded by luscious gardens, overlooking a pristine white sand beach means you get some of the most stunning views available.
Things To Do
As with most islands, some of Bali’s top things to do include simply whiling away the hours on the bright white sands that line almost every coast of the island. Some beaches are better than others – particularly those in more remote areas such as Padang Bai, Seminyak, Sanur, and Jimbaran. These are locations where you will be likely to find some quieter stretches of beach, as well as more upscale dining options, bars, and other attractions. If you want to keep your trip relatively low key, try to stay away from the beaches around Kuta, which is where you will run into a bit of a party-focused crowd. For something truly unique though, check out Lovina and its black volcanic sand beaches – great for health benefits as well.
Many things to do can be condensed into private and bespoke tours that take you and your travelling companions or family off on a wild adventure in luxury transportation to main sights and attractions such as Air Banjar – a location of true beauty and luxury with their hot springs set in beautiful gardens, or to some of the well-known and popular temples, of which there are literally hundreds to choose from. Bali is huge for those people looking to get out and active and water rafting is a highly enjoyed activity, as is hiking and volcano climbing. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are hugely popular as well, and Indonesia has some of the world’s most amazing, beautiful and lively coral gardens, prime for exploring.
Overall, Bali is one of the best options for those travelers looking to check out Indonesia’s natural beauty without skimping on luxury and comfort. Bali is one of the most well-equipped places in South East Asia for luxury seekers and provides some of the most luscious options for tours, transfers, and accommodation, just come see for yourself.