There is so much to admire at the St. Regis Bali that itâ€™s easy to overlook its showier aspects (the sunset fire dances come to mind here). Set across nine flamboyantly landscaped hectares, the resort comprises a block of 97 suites andâ€”considerably nicerâ€”24 villas, some set above the beach, others around a winding 3,668-square-meter lagoon pool. The 24-hour butler service is as smooth as you would expect from a St. Regis, and the food is of the highest order, whether it be chef Oscar Perezâ€™s seafood offerings at the beachfront Kayuputi restaurant, takeaway goodies and sandwiches at the gourmet deli, or the breakfast buffet at Bonekaâ€”surely the islandâ€™s best first meal of the day. Visits to the serene RemÃ¨de Spa and private access to the neighboring Bali Golf & Country Club round out the list of diversions (62-361/847-8111; stregisbali.com; doubles from US$750).
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