The Luxe List 2010, Indonesia: Alila Villas Soori, Bali

A sister property to Alila Villas Uluwatu, which occupies a stunning cliff-side perch on Bali’s southern peninsula, the Soori makes the most of an even more removed location. True seclusion-seekers won’t balk at the 90-minute drive from the airport, which winds through the villages and rice paddies northwest of Tanah Lot temple before depositing guests at this photogenic enclave. Flanking a black-sand beach and designed with modernist flair by Singaporean architect Chan Soo Kian, the Soori comprises 48 chic, pale-stone villas equipped with Apple TVs, deep soaking tubs, private pools, and shaded decks. The breakfast menu at Cotta changes daily, but always includes homemade jams and addictive, gluten-free banana bread; by night, this romantic seaside restaurant turns out delicacies such as pink-peppercorn seared foie gras. Guests looking to explore beyond the property can choose from any number of well-crafted excursions, including eco-friendly outings on two-wheeled Segways. Top-notch butlers and a fine spa round out the picture.

Desa Kelating, Tabanan; 62-361/894-6388;; doubles from US$860

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