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Find the Bali Beyond the Beach at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Long before Bali became known primarily for its beach parties, this Indonesian island was a quiet artists' community, and still retains a vibrant arts scene. It's a quieter side of Bali that the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay resort is hoping to channel with a new set of traditional villas and the establishment of the Ganesha Cultural Centre, a showplace for traditional art, crafts, and music.
In a setting reminiscent of a Balinese village, the resort's new two-bedroom, Jimbaran Bay, and Premier villas are built from locally sourced materials, from wood floors to thatched roofs. Each villa is also decorated with original artwork, and bedrooms abut a common living area that flows into the sundeck with a pool and outdoor dining area, the latter set on a cliff's edge.
Luxury Travel Advisor thinks the redo at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay will appeal to VIPs seeking a more authentic Bali experience — or at least a trip that doesn’t focus on partying until dawn. The destination, of course, offers plenty of opportunities to engage in Balinese culture, from visiting the Tanah Lot temple on its narrow perch above the sea to browsing the stalls in the Ubud Art Market. The Ganesha Cultural Centre, located on the resort grounds, expands the former Ganesha Gallery by adding hands-on learning programs to the static displays.
“We believe it is our responsibility, as well as our honor, to give guests the opportunity to personally meet and learn from Bali’s talented artists, who are hand-picked and invited to share their knowledge and skills,” said Uday Rao, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, in a written release.
For example, guests can take lessons in woodcarving, weaving, painting, and dancing, and learn the proper way to make offerings at Balinese ceremonies. The Jimbaran Bay resort also has a Balinese cooking academy, an on-site Hindu temple, and a cultural immersion program that includes tours led by a resident Balinese priest.
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There's a private bedroom, separated from the living area via a sliding door with a king bed and mood lighting. The marble master bathroom has dual sinks, Oscar de la Renta bath amenities, soaking tub with a control panel for a variety of spa modes, and a separate shower. Plus, a powder room, with a separate dressing room featuring a vanity, nail dryer, room control panel, and grand walk-in closet, ideal for preparing for the grandest occasions. Read more below.
Undergoing a massive renovation that will be completed in early 2017, the Peninsula Beijing is a grand luxury hotel close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel features Chinese-inspired art and architecture, along with a Chinese spa, two restaurants and an indoor pool with a glass ceiling. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel's famous Afternoon Tea, and the property is adjacent to a high-end shopping arcade.
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Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily continental breakfast for two, $100 hotel credit, and VIP status. Also, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availability.
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In the heart of downtown close to luxe shopping and cultural attractions, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shangai offers contemporary style, Chinese decor, and expansive skyline views. The 610-room property has six restaurants and lounges serving cuisine from around the world, a health club with a swimming pool, and a full-service spa.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast for two at Portman's Restaurant, $100 dining credit, personalized welcome amenity, and VIP status. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.
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Bali is a true tropical paradise, and the Viceroy Bali takes the meaning of a romantic hideaway to a new level. The all-villa property offers 25 private villas each with their own heated pools, luxurious Balinese furnishings including island-produced natural bath products, and views of the Valley of the Kings. Read more below.
The resort's award-winning CasCades Restaurant offers an idyllic, poolside fine dining experience with a menu that combines contemporary French cuisine with exotic Asian flavours. Plus, a one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the Petanu River Gorge, and an extensive wine menu for a truly memorable evening.
To end the night, the Viceroy Bar offers artfully served cocktails, unbeatable views, and an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits from around the world. Continue reading below.
To recover from the long journey, or to feel truly pampered, the Lembah Spa offers a calm and soothing tropical open-air environment. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments created by a certified Swiss therapist, that combine traditional Balinese wellness techniques with Western knowledge and natural products.
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The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:
Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.
W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room.
Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.
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3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:
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25 luxurious private pool villas make up the ultra luxurious Viceroy Bali, only a five minute drive from central Ubud. With unparalleled views of the dramatic tropical Petanu Valley views and surrounded by rice fields, hotel guests wanting to avoid the 45-minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to Ubud can instead opt for a direct helicopter transfer to the hotel. In addition, guests can tour Bali and the neighboring islands by air in the helicopter.
2 of our favorite tours are:
Kintamani Volcano Sky Tour - A bus transfer from the hotel to a private Helipad at Taro Elephant Safari park, then the 25 minute aerial tour of the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali's most famous landmark.
Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Costal Sky Tour - Approximately 60 minutes long, these islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Also discover Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.
A string of pearl-like island atolls, the Maldives are a natural phenomenon that was once part of the mountainous landscape below the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Jumeirah Vittaveli is a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorized catamaran from Male and the International Airport.
The amazing aerial image below is courtesy of Mohamed Irshad Iray on his Instagram account /the_iray/.
From up in the air, it is easy to appreciate the 89 villas and suites - each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples.
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As if a stay at Tower Club at lebua wasn't enough...
When you book your stay through Five Star Alliance, you'll get complimentary cocktails (up to two) at Distil, the highest bar in Bangkok. You can toast your stay against the backdrop of one of the world's most exciting cities.
Tower Club at lebua is a luxurious five-star hotel that was named the World's Leading Luxury All-Suite Hotel at the World Travel Awards. Located on the 51st through 59th floors of the State Tower building, the views from the 221 gigantic suites are extraordinary, and the separate bedrooms, living room, and kitchenette are complemented by the infinite thoughtful touches that reflect the personalized, intuitive service that pervades every floor.
Located on the 64th floor, Distil is home to mixology magic like the new season of Aged Cocktails, for which the ingredients, including premium and exclusive Havana Club 3 Year Old rum and Plymouth gin, are aged in French oak barrels for several weeks, then shaken and muddled with nectars, spices, purees, and liqueurs. There's also a collection of Ice Cocktails, where standard ice has been replaced with spheres or cubes of completely unexpected flavors frozen at minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.
A wide selection of premium authentic malt whiskies, vodkas, and brandies are also stocked, and a walk-in wine cellar features the finest wines and champagnes from around the world.
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