Hanging Gardens of Bali
Opened in 2005, the concept of Hanging Gardens of Bali was to create something magical and authentic in the heart of the Balinese jungle: an immersive experience in a natural tropical environment. With 700 local craftsmen using traditional materials and adapting indigenous ideas, the resort took shape in the heart of Ubud. A winding path of 88 steps leads from the reception to the restaurant; built with Feng Shui principles representing infinity and stability of energy: an important factor when building on a 45 degree angle.
With 44 astonishing private villas to choose from, The Hanging Gardens of Bali is a remarkable destination for creating the most unforgettable memories. Our guests can experience award-winning spa treatments, delectable gourmet creations and discrete privacy; all delivered with the warmth of Balinese hospitality at its best. At the geographical epicenter and our spiritual core, is the World’s most remarkable Swimming Pool.
AYUNG RIVER RESORT
THE Ayung River Resort is a unique and luxurious blend of breathtaking natural charm, an eclectic collection of art and the best service this island has to offer.
The unforgettable setting and dramatic scenery is only one aspect of this extraordinary property. Lush, tropical trees of all shapes and sizes, fecund with exotic fruits and flowers, showcase many of the traits that makes Bali one of the most popular tourist attractions worldwide.
As you enter the grounds of the eight-hectare property – nestled in the midst of dramatic rainforest greenery, and perched on the banks of Bali’s most sacred and important waterway – you are taken on a journey back in time by the sight of colonial style buildings with tall, white marble pillars and vast wooden statues that make up the lobby and the entrance into a world of eclectic décor and the mystic presence of the river below.
WHILE ecological awareness has filtered into many a hotel these days, being green can mean many things.
Being fundamentally sustainable and environmentally sound, however, is something completely different. Imagine a place of natural beauty where the buildings blend seamlessly with nature, where the pool is kept clean and natural without chemicals or chlorine, where the ground’s organic produce makes up the majority of your breakfast, lunch and dinner and where the impressive buildings are either hand-built from bamboo or are 100-year-old timber joglos from Java.
Welcome to Bambu Indah, an eco-jewel in Bali’s crown of boutique luxury accommodation. The brainchild of famed jeweller and co-founder of the Green School, John Hardy, Bambu Indah was created in 2005 with just five antique Javanese joglos tucked tastefully among lush permaculture gardens overlooking the magical Sayan Gorge, only minutes from Ubud in Bali’s central highlands.
THE CHEDI CLUB
THE Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah on the outskirts of Ubud spreads out over five hectares of undulating rice fields and landscaped gardens offering travellers a true respite from the world.
Tucked away only 10 minutes from the centre of town on grounds dotted with Ganesha statues and lily ponds, meandering paths lead to exquisitely appointed villas that range from one-bedroom suites to spa and pool villas with elaborate light-filled semi outdoor bathrooms, and to the spacious two-bedroom family pool villa.
Hard to miss is the Chedi Club’s palatial open dining room planted amidst the rice fields and featuring one of the most impressive eateries in Bali, thanks to executive chef Dean Nor. With calming views that stretch out endlessly toward lines of coconut palms in the distance, dining at the Chedi is second to none.
FOUR SEASONS AT SAYAN
THE Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is renowned for its five-star opulence and impeccable service, but despite knowing that, nothing prepares you for the unforgettable experience that awaits at this sublime sanctuary sprawled across a lush valley next to the Ayung River.
We are greeted at the beginning of the walkway by beaming staff members dressed in Balinese finery, and they invite us to join in a Balinese ritual blessing before entering a new space. They tie bright silk sashes around our waists, dab our palms with holy water scented with fresh frangipani blossoms, place sweet-smelling flowers behind our ears, and we’re ready to go.
There aren’t too many places that can make your jaw drop even before entering the building, but the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan does just that. Walking along the footbridge we are treated to views that seem as though they’re straight out of Jurassic Park – steep cliffs cloaked in lush greenery, palm trees jutting out from the canopy and swifts darting overhead. Far below the river snakes its way through the undergrowth, its faint murmuring barely audible amid the sounds of the jungle
LOCATED on the beach in Tabanan, and having undergone extensive renovations, WakaGangga is open and ready to take its guests on an exquisite journey through a rustic, village-style resort.
Upon entering the grounds, your eyes will initially be drawn to the restaurant structure, which from afar, looks as if it is unfinished. But as manager Juliana Rosenbom says, “the Waka Bar and Restaurant is deliberately designed – by Japanese architect Nara – to be rough and rural looking, with a few soft touches.With executive chef, Putu, leading the gastronomical charge, the Waka Bar and Restaurant offers a homey selection of reasonably priced dishes from Thailand, India and Indonesia as well as a varied selection of Western cuisine. WakaGangga is a mere 25-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak and welcomes outside guests at any time.
WakaGangga leads the new wave of luxurious eco-friendly resorts and is one of the most stunning beachfront hideaways in Bali for you to relax and rejuvenate – whether in the comfort of cozy villas with private pools or the signature Waka Spa.
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