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Nestled amongst a rugged landscape on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wilderness camp with 10 elegant tents, as well as a tented dining room and spa. Inspired by the tents of Mughal emperors that traveled the ancient lands, this exclusive retreat offers a serene setting ideal for viewing the area's abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards, chital deer, crocodiles, hyenas, and sloth bears. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of Aman-i-Khas

Raised on concrete plinths, the air-conditioned luxury tents are reminiscent of Mughal pavillions with cotton drapes creating separate sleeping, dressing, and bathing areas. Positioned to ensure privacy, the tents overlook the natural landscape, teaming with wildlife. Featuring high draped ceilings, tents have classic furnishings as well as wifi, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and heating systems. There are living rooms with twin writing desks, oversized daybeds for lounging, chest coolers for drinks, and dining areas. Plus, sleeping quarters with king or twin beds, dressing areas, and twin vanities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent

Within each luxury tent there is a bathing area separated by cotton drapes from the living and sleeping areas. Offering all the modern comforts, there is a shower, bathtub, and separate toilet. Read more below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Bathing Area

In addition to the luxury indoor living spaces, the tents have outdoor sundecks providing panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Continue reading below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Patio

The Aman-i-Khas has a tented, lamp-lit dining room with a large communal table and smaller tables. Reminiscent of the Mughal emperors' tent cities, the dining area provides guests with a seasonal menu featuring chef-prepared dishes crafted with ingredients from the property's organic garden and local sources. Continue reading below the dining room photo.

Aman-i-Khas Dining Tent

There's also a tented spa with two treatment rooms and a bubbling fountain, as well as Reiki massages, Ayurvedic treatments, outdoor yoga, and a pool lined with lounge chairs. Read more below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Spa

For guests looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, Aman-i-Khas offers Tiger Safaris with expert guides taking visitors into the untouched jungle to see tigers in the wild. On the safaris, guests learn about the tracking and movements of the tigers, leopards, hyenas, chital deer, and crocodiles. 

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Breakfast at Aman-i-Khas


Nestled along the southern shores of Sri Lanka, Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort offers a secluded beachfront setting with 152 rooms and pool villas, gourmet dining, sports activities, excursions, and spa. Ideal for families, the tropical resort has supervised activities for kids and teens, plus there are bicycles and tuk-tuks for exploring the area. The property provides an array of experiences to appeal to a variety of interests. Read more below the photo of the Beach Pool Villa. 

Beach Pool Villa at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Here are three top reasons to stay at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort:

1. Gastronomic Experiences

Culinary Experiences at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Throughout the resort, guests can experience a variety of food-related options, including authentic Sri Lankan cooking classes at Spice Spoons. There's also a traditional high tea lounge, Il Mare providing a a clifftop Italian restaurant with ocean views, and the beachside Verele--a Sri Lankan Teppanyaki-inspired eatery. El Vino serves Mediterranean fare with degustation menus, tapas style creations, and connoisseur wine pairings. Plus, there's the Poolside Bar with casual dining, Journeys with an international menu, and Dining by Design for one-of-kind options. 

2. Anantara Spa 

Anantara Spa Entrance at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Offering Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments, the Anantara Spa provides a variety of services combining trusted ancient therapies, western techniques, and advanced spa wisdom. There are four couples' suites, four single treatment suites, along with a relaxation area, facial treatment room, and beauty salon. 

3. Fitness & Wellness Activities

Activities at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

The beachfront resort offers bicycles and traditional tuk-tuks for exploring the area. There's also in-villa or on the beach yoga and meditation classes, fitness center, 25-meter swimming pool, tennis, and badminton courts.

In addition, there's a travel and tour guide office on-site for guests to book excursions such as a visit to the Uda Walawe Elephant Sanctuary, whale and dolphin watching boat trips, Galle City tours, and visits to the Handunugoda Low Country Tea Plantation. 


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Poolside Sunrise at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

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Centrally located between historic New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub, The Roseate New Delhi offers an urban retreat amidst eight acres of lush greenery and tranquil water bodies. Featuring award-winning architecture that accents the surrounding beauty, the property offers a serene setting removed from city traffic, yet a close drive to businesses and attractions. Discover three reasons to stay at The Roseate New Delhi below the photo.

Premium Pool View Room at The Roseate New Delhi

Three Reasons to Stay at The Roseate New Delhi:

1. Dining

The Roseate New Delhi

The hotel offers three dining options: Kiyan, Chi Ni, and IAH Bar. For international cuisine with a European emphasis, the hotel's signature restaurant Kiyan offers an upscale setting surrounded by blue water bodies amongst Isfahan columns with farm-to-table cuisine. Chi Ni serves "Chinese Cuisine from Heart" and the Iah Bar offers a relaxed indoor and outdoor experience with expertly-crafted food and beverage pairings.

2. The Aheli Spa 

The Roseate New Delhi

Offering a serene setting amidst bodies of water, the world-class facility has four indoor treatment suites with private verandahs and outdoor treatment areas. Guests can choose from an array of services and treatments, and there's also a beauty salon. 

3. Club Privé

For an additional level of exclusivity, the hotel's Club Privé is available by invitation only. Members have access to the Club Privé bar and lounge, as well as secretarial services, customized facilities, and personalized offerings. 

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May The Fourth Be With You! While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, fans can visit some of the filming locations to enjoy the other worldly scenery. From the deserts of Jordan to the black sand beaches of Iceland, and the allure of the Maldives, these destinations offer much to be explore (and seriously instagram-worthy vistas). Here are three luxury hotel destinations sure to inspire a journey to remember. 

1. Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

The desert of Jordan is the fictional home of the planet Jedha. The Moevenpick Nabatean Castle  overlooks the Great Rift Valley, and is a short drive from the gates of the historic city of Petra. The hotel provides a luxurious setting with the Al Madafa restaurant with a large terrace and fountain, plus guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies. On the garden level there's an indoor pool surrounded by windows that open to the terrace during the summer months, providing an ideal place to relax while taking in the surrounding views.

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2. Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Gan, one of the largest islands in the Maldives served as the backdrop for scenes that took place on the planet Scarif. The Six Senses Laamu on the Laamu Atoll, Maldives offers a chic and eco-friendly setting with overwater villas. The restaurants serve organic and locally grown produce, and the property's Six Senses GEMS (Guest Experience Makers) help guests maximize their visit to the island. 

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3. The Diamond Suites 

The Diamond Suites

Parts of the movie were filmed in multiple areas of Iceland. Scenes on Planet Eadu were shot on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and others were shot by Krafla's volcanic crater. The Diamond Suites is located on the top floor of the Hotel Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a short drive from the Blue Lagoon and hot springs, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive location with individually style suites offering high end amenities such as in-room Macs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and Versace marble floors.

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Featured Journeys: Luxury Tour of Japan

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Luxury Tour of Japan. The country's four main islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku) are connected via a network of railways. For this journey, we recommend beginning in Tokyo, then using the country's network of trains to reach Kyoto and Osaka. Japan's shinkansen (bullet trains) operate local and express routes, while long-haul routes referred to as futsū or kaku-eki-teisha, have green car carriages which are more spacious and similar to business class. 


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Kyoto
Osaka

Tokyo

This megapolis offers a study of contrasts, from Shiodome's skyscrapers to the trendy Harajuku, and Zen-like gardens that come alove with cherry blossome in the springtime, Tokyo offers a mix of urban settings and traditional gardens. For a spectacular display of Japanese arts, visit the Tokyo National Museum. Be sure to meander the indoor Tsukiji Fish Market--one of the largest fish markets in the world, and go to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Office (TMG) for a panoramic view of the metropolis and Mount Fuji on clear days. When it's time for contemplation, head to Hama Rikyu Garden with fish ponds, moon-viewing pavilion, and teahouses. From the garden's pier, visitors can board the ferry to Asakusa, filled with traditional homes and narrow streets that were once the pleasure quarters of the old Edo. The area, sometimes referred to as shitamachi (old town), is also home to the Buddhist Sensoji Temple, dating back to A.D. 628, it is the city's oldest temple, and it is reachable via the Nakimise Dori, a colorful pedestrian lane lined with shops selling traditional products and souvenirs. For electronics, Akihabara is Japan's shopping destination for electronics, appliances, gadgets, and the latest gizmos, while Ginza is Tokyo's upscale shopping district with international boutiques, exclusive restaurants, and department stores. Nightlife options include kabuki dance-drama shows at Kabuki-za, sumo wrestling at Kokugikan Stadium, and Nippon Professional Baseball games from late March to early October. 

Here are a few of the top Tokyo Luxury Hotels:

Aman Tokyo

Suite bathroom at the Aman Tokyo

Perched on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo combines modernity and tradition. Designed to offer a warm sanctuary, guest rooms and suite feature Washi paper, timbers, and stone furnishings mingled with luxurious fabrics. Located in Otemachi, the property is close to Tokyo Station and the Nihonbashi district. 

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The Peninsula Tokyo

The Pool at The Peninsula Tokyo

Opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is steps away from the upscale shopping district of Ginza. From the outdoor terrace of The Peninsula Spa, guests can see the Imperial Palace, or relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, and relaxation areas. Offering five unique restaurants, the property also has a wedding chapel, Japanese ceremony room, two ballrooms, and six function rooms.

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Upon arrival at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, guests are ushered to a private entrance and whisked to the hotel's Sky Lobby on the 38th floor. For a serene experience, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental has heat and water experiences, a crystal steam room for meditation, four treatment rooms, and five private spa suites with views of the city 36 floors below. There's also gourmet dining, and a fully-equipped fitness center with a high-tech gymnasium. 

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Kyoto

While Tokyo may showcase the futuristic side of Japan, Kyoto offers visitors a glimpse into the country's mysterious past. Featuring thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, visitors can travel back in time to the city's age of empires at the Imperial Palace with moat-ringed gardens and the cypress wood carvings at Nijo Castle. In Gion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, geishas glide through cobblestone alleys past traditional teahouses, and Ryoanji provides a peaceful rock garden setting for meditation. As the craft capital of Japan, the Kyoto Handicraft Center is the place to find fans, wooden combs, and fabrics ideal for hosting a tea ceremony, while department stores are best for kimonos and lacquerwares. Kyoto is also filled with cherry trees, making it an ideal destination during sakara, the cherry blossom season (usually mid-March to mid-April) with Imperial Palace Park (Kyoto Gosho) and the canalside Path of Philosophy (Tetsugaku-no-Michi) both offering ideal places to view the blossoms. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Garden Terrace Suite Tatami at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Providing scenic views of the Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is located on the banks of the Kamogawa River. The property's 134 guest rooms and suites were designed by Remedios Design Studio and feature a blend of traditional Japanese decor, Kyoto craft traditions, and luxurious modern comforts such as private Zen garden terrace decks, traditional tatami mats, and views of the river and Higashiyama mountains. 

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The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Receiving guests since 1890, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto is perched on a hilltop with 16 acres of Japanese gardens and a wild bird sanctuary. Close to temples and Kyoto sites, there's a light-filled indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light and mountain views, plus a seasonal Lake Biwa-shaped outdoor pool. 

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Suiran

Springtime at Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Situated along the river, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is located within a historic Kyoto community. Steps away from the Tenryu-ji World Heritage Site, the hotel provides an authentic Japanese experience. There are two restaurants on-site serving local cuisine, plus a spa nestled within a Japanese garden with two treatment rooms featuring open-air baths with healing waters from the Arashiyama hot springs. 

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Osaka

Considered the Gateway to Western Japan, Osaka has a history dating back nearly 1,500 years. Over time, the city became an important distribution center, especially for the rice trade. Today, Osaka is the third largest city in Japan, and known as an international and progressive business center. The Osaka Castle was built about 400 years ago, offering visitors a glimpse into the past along with panoramic city views from the castle's observation deck. To learn more about the city, the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living has a replica of the city and a variety of exhibits. One of the city's most recognizable landmarks is the Umeda Sky Building, which has an observation deck, and Universal Studios Japan is a short train ride from the city. Known for its strong food culture, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and udon should be on visitors lists of foods to try.

The St. Regis Osaka

The St. Regis Osaka

Set along the famed street of Midosuji, referred to as the Champs Elysées of Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka provides an ultra-luxe setting with gastronomic discoveries and high end services, including personalized St. Regis Butler Service. There's multiple gourmet dining options, and guest rooms have upscale amenities including pillow menus with 11 options, 300-thread-count-sheets, and espresso machines. Plus, the Family Traditions program offers unique experiences geared toward young travelers.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

Japanese Suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

Within walking distance of boutique shopping and ancient sites, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is located in the prestigious Nishi-Umeda district. Featuring a style reminiscent of an 18th century English manor house, the hotel has a 450-piece art and antique collection. There's Japanese, Chinese, and Italian restaurants, plus a spa, and fitness center with a heated indoor pool, saunas, and indoor and outdoor whirlpools. 

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Hotel Hankyu International

Hotel Hankyu International

Featuring European-inspired interiors, Hotel Hankyu International occupies the top ten floors and the first six levels of the Applause Tower. Inspired by the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, public spaces evoke the feel of Venice and Florence with atrium ceilings, a courtyard with a fountain, and elevators with golden ceilings. Overlooking the city, mountains, and Yodo River, guest rooms and suites have spacious bathrooms with marble floors and large windows. 

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Providing a modern setting, the Roseate House New Delhi is contemporary luxury hotel with multiple restaurants, spa, cinema, and upscale shopping. Set amongst 1.6 sprawling acres, the hotel is adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and about a 30-minute drive to the historical capital of New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub. Designed to offer a respite from the city hustle, the stylish property provides a retreat with cosmopolitan flair. Continue reading below to learn about three of the hotel's top amenities. 

Guest Room at the Roseate House New Delhi

1. The Aheli Spa

The Spa at Roseate House New Delhi

Focused on wellness, the serene sanctuary offers an array of signature treatments including the Aheli Journey and the Coupled Up experiences. Set between two bodies of water, there are outdoor treatment areas, as well as four indoor treatment suites with private verandas, plus a salon. 

2. Luxury Shopping

Sprawled over 1500 meters, the hotel's retail area is designed to provide guests with an experiential shopping environment. Set on the ground floor, the ultra-luxe shops feature high end luxury brands such as Porsche Design, Bally, and Van Laack.

3. The Platinum Lounge Cinema

Platinum Lounge Cinema at Roseate House New Delhi

Designed to offer a best-in-class viewing experience, the hotel's 71-seat theater features an upscale setting for guests to watch movies without leaving the hotel. The Platinum Lounge Cinema can also be rented for private events such as movie screenings, board meetings, and awards nights.

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Blending traditional Mewar style with modern luxury, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas is lavish and spacious suite with a private pool and 24-hour butler service. Guests arrive through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier-lit inner courtyard. Once inside, there are domed ceilings, hand carved marble privacy screens, and mirror mosaics. Within the space, there is an opulent master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room, and living room. The bedrooms have pillowtop mattresses, along with blackout curtains, and pillow menus. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower with massage settings, standalone claw-footed bathtub, TV volume controls, and natural toiletries created exclusively for Oberoi Hotels. Throughout the suite, there are Frangipani trees, miniature wall pantings, an espresso machine, three 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and five telephones. Continue reading below the photo.

Inside the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

Plus, the suite's private, outdoor, temperature-controlled pool is framed by sun loungers, recessed sofa seating, and an outdoor dining space. Read more below.

Exterior of the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the Udaipur City Palace. Surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fountains, and pavilions, the property is styled like a Rajasthani Palace. Standing on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar, there is a wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The luxury hotel has the Oberoi Spa with Ayurveda inspired, Eastern, Western, and signature Oberoi treatments, plus morning yoga, outdoor pools, and fine dining options at indoor and al fresco restaurants. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Oberoi Udaivilas

Guests have the opportunity to partake in exclusive Oberoi experiences such as city tours by boat, traditional Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, henna painting, safa tying, heritage walks, maharaja rides, pottery classes, cooking and bartending lessons. 

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Set along the beach in Vietnam, Amano'i is a contemporary spa resort overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. The resort's Aman Spa is a destination unto itself. Surrounded by a National Park, the spa has a lakeside yoga pavilion, Pilates Studio, and a light-filled gymnasium. The property recently unveiled two new Spa Houses with group retreats and immersive programs. Learn more about the new offering in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.  

Vietnam is the newest locale to head to for a spa getaway, thanks to Amanoi's two new Spa Houses. The new meditative outpost marks the first amenity of its kind for the Aman brand. The unveiling of the Spa Houses comes as part of the recent launch of Aman Wellness, which also introduced Group Wellness Retreats and Individual Immersion across the collection during 2016.

The two spa houses neighbor the 118,000-square-foot spa which overlooks a lotus-flower lake surrounded by hills, located in Núi Chúa National Park. Thuy Lien Spa House, which translates to Lotus Spa House, features views of the lake while An Son Spa House, meaning Peaceful Mountain Spa House, offers views of the national park. Read more below the photo.

Amano'i Overview

Each Spa House includes a spacious double treatment room, Jacuzzi and steam room, complemented by an ice-fountain and a cold plunge pool. Outdoors, guests will find an infinity pool and relaxation deck, in addition to either a hammam or banya to complete the spa's thermal facilities. The houses can accommodate between two and four guests in the pavilion’s fully appointed bedroom and living room areas, providing guests with the option to reside at the spa overnight for a fully immersive experience. Continue reading below the photo.

Amanoi
The spa’s menus include a variety of techniques and treatment options, like Watsu, Reiki, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, reflexology and Chi Nei Tsang, plus two additional Bodywork and Energywork categories of treatments. The additional categories feature options like yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, pranayama breathing, meditation and more. Bodywork focuses on more holistic practices while Energywork focuses primarily on fitness, offering classes in kickboxing, TRX suspension training, circuit training, bootcamp classes, stretching and core sessions.

Coinciding with the launch of the Spa Houses, Amanoi has also introduced three new Individual Wellness Immersions which are available on site and all year round. The immersions include The Eastern Approaches to Weight Management; Movement, Mindfulness & Stress Control; and Longevity, Rejuvenation & Detoxification. The programs last between three to 10 days and aim to guide participants onto a new path, whether that be to lose unwanted weight, renew focus and reduce stress or start a new health plan for the future.

For those who don't want to stay in the spa, Amano'i hosts guests in 12 Guest Pavilions, 16 villas and five residences in addition to its two new Spa Houses.

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Perched on the penthouse level on the 23rd floor, the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the city. Popular with celebrities and dignitaries, the suite provides a unique space with 4 Phillips flat-screen TVs, Bose Audio home theater system with a docking station, DVD player, fully-stocked bar, and bespoke furnishings.

Celebrating Beijing's heritage, the study room has a library with books about Chinese art and Chinese emperors throughout the ages. There's a grand living room overlooking the skyline with an in-suite dining area that provides a luxe setting with seating for up to 10 people. 

The spacious bedroom has moodlight settings and master touch control panels on each side of the bed, along with elegant decor and bespoke furnishings inspired by the city's heritage. The king size bed is draped in 400-thread-count linens and a down-filled duvet, while the bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in experience shower, heated floors, and LE LABO bath products. 

The bedroom within the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing

Providing an elegant and contemporary setting, the Fairmont Beijing is located in the city's central business district. Offering easy access to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, and Beijing's entertainment, the city is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers. For dining, Lunar 8 is a contemporary Asian restaurant with four interactive open-kitchens, and a signature Peking Duck with plum sauce, while The Cut has an open-show kitchen with a menu of imported beef and seafood dishes. The hotel offers the Willow Stream Spa with traditional Chinese and modern Western treatments, fitness facility, babysitting services, and car rentals.

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Exterior of the Fairmont Beijing


Set on the southern tip of the island of Bali, the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay is an oceanfront luxury resort. Designed as a traditional Balinese village, the property offers a range of amenities including cultural tours, Jimba Kids' Club, Balinese dance performances, Sunrise & Surya Yoga, plus kayaking and catamaran cruises on Jimbaran Bay. Learn more about the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Bob Curley

Find the Bali Beyond the Beach at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Suite at the Four Seasons Bali 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.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
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.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
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.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
“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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