The Legian Hotel -- Nothing tops being in the swankest part of town at one of Bali's most glamorous hotels. From the beautiful Seminyak beach front, soak up the sun, take in the view, and plan your activities for the next day. Chances are they will remain a beautiful pipe dream.
Desa Seni -- While certainly not one of the more costly nor extravagant choices, at this bijoux resort your soul is nourished in a way that sometimes money just can't buy. From the incredibly tasteful layout, to the complimentary yoga classes and organic dining sourced right from the resort's own gardens, you will leave relaxed and restored.
Bulgari -- With a world full of exotic locations, Bulgari chose Bali and a stunning cliff top near Pura Luhur Uluwatu for its first sortie outside Italy. Extravagant, possibly brash, but definitely daring, this high-roller's resort literally cut itself into a cliff side. The prices are as steep as the inclinator that leads you down to their private beach, but they deliver as only Bulgari can.
Amandari -- Or is that Aman darling? It's hard to beat the perfectly positioned Amandari with its spectacular deep valley views over terraces down to the rushing water of the Ayung river. The hotel retains a reverence for its local community and while they are very PC, they aren't above making sure that your wish is their command.
The Chedi Club -- At the Chedi Club, a complimentary minibar and sunset cocktails are just a few of the lovely freebies. Add in your own designated 24-hour butler and you can see how spoiling the Chedi Club can be to its lucky members -- or is that guests?
Puri Ganesha -- Puri Ganesha is in a class of its own. Evenings spent at the main house or restaurant chatting about life, loves, and the pursuit of happiness always end on an upbeat note. The most decadent trait of this hideaway haven is the tranquility by day, but don't expect it by night.
The Best Spas
Beach Massage -- Sometimes the best things in life are almost free and a 5-buck massage on the comfort of your own beach lounger is pretty close to both. At just about any tourist beach in Bali you will find wizened women with strong hands and hearts who will approach you for massages. Chances are you won't be disappointed.
Theta Spa -- The best treatment rooms in this hip destination spa in Kuta have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach that let you look out while nobody else can see in. All the treatments use natural ingredients with honey being a favorite, and after a bit of pampering you can hang at the spa bar -- a magnet for the tanned and trendy.
Jari Menari -- The award-winning Jari Menari's name, "Dancing Fingers," immediately gives the wrong impression that a massage here is going to be on the delicate side. With all male masseuses it couldn't be further from the truth. The "Four Handed" massage has two gifted practitioners working in rhythmic harmony.
Thallaso at Ayana -- Seawater is considered holy by the Balinese who use it not only to receive the ashes of their loved ones but also to cleanse temples and even themselves. You needn't go that far to have a holy experience. In the world's largest aqua-tonic seawater therapy pool at the Ayana, you have a priceless view of the Indian Ocean and experienced hands to lead you.
Uluwatu Spa at the InterContinetal -- A day in the sun is good for the mind and fabulous for the spirit, though less wonderful for the bod. If you have overindulged on vitamin E, don't despair and go for the treatment named in your honor, the "Sun Goddess," good for lads and ladies alike: a hydrating facial, aloe and lavender body wrap, and all-over moisturizing rub down. Keeps your body primed for its next bout of abuse.
COMO Shambala -- "The Source" therapy rooms have full frontal views of the Ayung river gorge. Treat yourself to the Hot River Stone Massage where stones collected on-site are warmed and used to gently massage those aching knots in your body. After mine I embarrassingly answered, "Rock on . . ."
The Jiwa Spa at the Conrad -- After a day at the beach, book in for the signature treatment "Ocean Flow" that combines elements of flowing strokes with acupressure similar to the movement of ocean waves.
The Remede Spa at St. Regis -- The Remede Spa is deliciously indulgent and open to nonresident guests. Maximize your time by using the Aqua Vitale pool set in the elegant spa courtyard. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary Jacuzzi, steam, and sauna. Carpe diem.
Four Seasons Sayan -- The new Watsu Pool at the Four Seasons was built specifically for their water therapy guru Elisa Senese who practices Watsu Waterflow therapy and craniosacral balancing. Elisa's mild movements bring you into a weightless state intended to make you feel as cosseted as being back in the womb.
Maya Ubud Spa -- Go for the oversize circular baths and outdoor bales that hang serenely over the edge of the river. Listen to the sound of chirping cicadas and birds and relax after your treatment of choice in a jasmine- and frangipani-infused bathtub.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.