The Jakarta Post
Mandala.The Rocks features six clean-look bedrooms. Each comes with an ensuite bathroom and private terrace overlooking the beach. (Mandala /File)
Bali is always a good idea, no matter how many times you've been there.
From luxurious beach houses to health-conscious retreats, here are five good reasons to visit Bali one more time for your next holiday.
Owned and operated by Jakarta-based hospitality company Ismaya Group, Manarai Beach House boasts "a full-fledged beach experience day and night" for those seeking to get away from the city's hustle and bustle.
Set in Nusa Dua, the beachfront establishment features a restaurant, outdoor lounge and two swimming pools that highlight a mix of traditional Balinese and contemporary style.
To elevate the guests' experience when dining, Manarai Beach House employs executive chef Stefan Poyet whose 15-year culinary experience included Michelin-starred restaurants Sanderens and L’Abeille at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, to provide international and local dishes for both comfort food lovers and healthy food enthusiasts. Patrons can also expect to enjoy various cocktails as well as Balinese jamu (traditional herbal drinks) and homemade popsicles while lounging by the beach.
The place is open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and can accommodate up to 550 people.
Said to offer the best location in Bali, this 465-square-meter villa can be found nestling on the rocks of Uluwatu between two of the island's popular surf spots, Padang Padang and Bingin.
Mandala.The Rocks, part of a privately-owned residence portfolio, features six clean-look bedrooms. Each comes with an ensuite bathroom and private terrace overlooking the beach. Guests can also expect to enjoy an open plan space equipped with a private bar and ocean deck.
“Our ultimate goal is to create and set the “standard” for five-star villas,” said Ben Jones, owner of Mandala, in a statement. “We are building a brand where consumers will expect and receive quality, experience and service on par with any five-star hotel, with the privacy and discretion of a private villa, in literally the most beautiful locations we can find.”
However, the property's unique location that requires guests to climb numerous stairs to reach the beach means it will be a rather inconvenient option for seniors or young children.
Other than Uluwatu, the brand also has other villas in Canggu, Berawa and Nusa Lembongan.
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Recently opened in July, this luxurious tented camp site sits in Ubud's rainforest, rice terraces and the sacred Wos river. Said to be inspired by the 1800s-era European settlers, the property features 22 one-bedroom tents and a two-bedroom lodge; each comes with its own private salt water pool.
Thanks to the convenient surroundings, Capella Ubud allows guests to join either outdoor excursions or a pampering session of spa treatments. Dining experiences are also interesting because of the choices of restaurants available, which include Mads' Lounge with its seasonal ingredients and Api Jiwa that highlights Asian barbecue food.
For those seeking to reconnect with their travel companion, the place offers a 24-hour program from sunrise to sunrise that begins with a Balinese holy water ritual and pranayama yoga on the tent's private deck, followed by self-healing through Swadistana Cakra Balancing, pampering through Senja Sunyi massage, Camp Roast Dinner and ends with a purification ritual at Wos Beji River Temple.
With a focus on health and wellness experiences, this place boasts diverse relaxation activities for its guests, from yoga, pilates, meditation and spa treatments, to holistic medicine treatments and personal food.
Guests of the resort can expect to participate in a tailor-made retreat program based on their individual wellness needs, or join its regular schedule of 3-day retreat programs depending on their goals. Among the retreat options available are emotional balance and mind training, detox and organic weight, sleep well, antiageing and longevity, destress and relax, mother-to-be and golf and pilates.
As for accommodation, Revivo offers 16 Balinese-style suites, each equipped with a daybed lounge area, a sunken bathtub, a shower with garden views and outdoor dining facilities.
Set on a clifftop on the southernmost tip of Bali, this establishment boasts lush surroundings with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean that those seeking for some privacy will enjoy.
Said to be Bali's only green resort certified by the World Green Council, it offers various options of accommodation, namely 28 sky villas, 62 one-bedroom villas and seven two-bedroom villas; all come with handmade mattresses by Naturalmat as well as organic pillows and cotton sheets, deep soak bath tub and Tanamera in-room coffee machine.
Various wellness programs are available for guests seeking to improve their health, from cleanse and detox, trim and fit and sleep and resilience, to yogic detox and yogic sleep. Among its highlighted experience is the Sleep Upgrade, which allows guests to improve their sleep quality thanks to sleep aids such as moisture wicking linens, sound machine, specialty pillows, humidifier and sleep tracker.
Meanwhile, adventure seekers can opt to participate in various activities provided by Six Senses Uluwatu, including a spiritual purification ritual, temple tour, hiking, surfing and diving, organic garden tours, Cinema Paradiso open-air theater and helicopter sighseeing. (kes)