The Luxe List 2010, Indonesia: The Amala, Bali

Tucked off Seminyak’s main drag, these 12 thatched-roof villas deliver the sybaritic pleasures of much grander Bali properties on an intimate scale. Follow a bamboo-clad path to the resort’s two-story Wellness Studio, which draws the island’s top yogis, tai chi masters, and martial artists. Deeper into the lush property, a six-room spa offers standout treatments including paraffin manicures and pedicures, and Ayurvedic abhyanga oil massages, all accompanied by glasses of freshly squeezed cucumber juice and soothing tunes from preloaded iPods. Minimalist and Japanese-inspired, the villas, which come in two categories, feature plush canopied beds and flat-screen TVs. Spa Villas offer three-meter plunge pools with therapeutic jets, palm-fringed sundecks, a dining area, a sunken outdoor bath, and a roomy steam shower, best enjoyed with the resort’s bespoke herbal concoctions. Pool villas take it up a notch with bigger pools and a cozy kitchen, while the grand Amala Residence boasts three bedrooms and a nine-meter pool. Children under 12 are not admitted, and silence reigns throughout the resort

108 Jl. Kunti, Seminyak; 62-361/738-866;; doubles from US$325

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