The Luxe List 2015

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Swim the pool at Ritz Carlton Bali and get a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.

The Luxe List 2015: Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Indonesia

Ritz-Carlton’s much-anticipated return to the island of Bali is something of a double feature: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the hills around Ubud; and the seaside Ritz-Carlton, Bali on the southern outskirts of Nusa Dua. While the former was just gearing up for its soft opening at press time, its sister property debuted late last year on 13 hectares of beachfront and cliff-top land, and the results are everything you’d expect from the brand. The construction site next door (a behemoth hotel development) is an unfortunate, if temporary, eyesore, but guests will hardly notice it once ensconced in their cream-toned suites (some of which come with direct access to a lagoon pool) or villas. Replete with Balinese design elements—the kayon, or tree of life, is a recurring motif—the resort also boasts a dramatic cliff-top lobby that connects to the lower level via a 70-meter-high glass elevator. The views are equally sublime from the elevated terrace at the excellent Indonesian restaurant Bejana, as well as from the one- and two-bedroom Sky Villas that crown the guest blocks closest to the beach, each of which comes with its own butler and an infinity-edge pool. Six restaurants and bars, a perfumery studio, a soon-to-open spa, and a contingent of gracious staff round off the attractions at this exceptional property.

62-361/849-8988; Ritz Carlton; doubles from US$360

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