Secluded among 35 acres of tropical landscaped gardens dotted with coconut palms, alongside a 500-yard stretch of prime white sand beach in dazzling Jimbaran Bay, this property is hands-down one of Bali's loveliest resort settings. As one of Bali's most enduring and renowned properties, attended by a long-serving local staff, don't expect slick InterContinental city-service levels here; this two decades-old beachfront destination has a more laid-back, island-style endearing side. Multiple accommodation categories cover beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas housed in six separate wings, spaced apart through exquisite gardens dripping with fountains, weathered statues, and lotus ponds. This 5-star also boasts the island's finest club category, the "resort within a resort" Club InterContinental, with its timbered, colonial-inspired rooms, which include two opulent beachfront mansions and chic duplexes. Exclusive Club benefits include 24-hr. butler service, use of the private Club Pool, and the stunningly elegant Club Lounge, which comes complete with chandeliers, a grand piano, and an evening cocktail ritual.

The staggering array of topnotch facilities includes six pools, meeting and wedding venues, a professional watersports center, and excellent Italian and Japanese restaurants. To encourage Balinese cultural immersions and local experiences, the hotel provides signature "In the Know" concierge service, which will help you track down traditional dance performances in the gardens. This is also a premier family-orientated resort; child-friendly facilities include a dedicated child-care center with a pool, culturally themed activities, and an on-site turtle release program.