1) The Most Indulgent: Bulgari Resort Bali’s Mansion, an ultra-luxe, secluded portion of the resort. Launched late last year, these luxury villas combine every comfort of home, hotel and more.
Every Mansion has three to five bedrooms and includes: a spacious patio, living room, dining room, a terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen, a bar and even a separate complex for service staff. Yes, staff. There’s more: you’ll have your own private garden and private pool – a two-tiered heated one at that, surrounded by sun decks. Read more about The Mansions here.
2) The Most Creative: Sheraton Kuta Bali, where you can learn to DJ and (maybe) play a gig.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort will be home to The DJ Dispensary, who will be bringing its renowned DJ Retreats exclusively curated for luxury hotels and resorts to Kuta on July 24–26, 2015. Founder and DJ, Matty Wainwright will be dishing out the 101s on ‘how to be a DJ’ through his personalised retreats – tailored to give guests an up close and personal one-on-one training with his world class DJ Tutors. Read more about Sheraton Bali Kuta here.
3) The Most Rustic: Bisma Eight in Ubud, the arty, cultural centre of Bali, known for its craft, food and greenery.
It’s a short walk from the town centre and offers views of hills and rice fields along with wifi access, a gym, a temperature-controlled infinity pool (above), an organic farm, a restaurant that’ll cook up anything you pick from this farm (below), and a café that serves up coffee from a local roastery made with a La Marzocco machine – yes, that Rolls Royce of coffee machines. Read more about Bisma Eight here.
4) The Most Adventurous: Alila Purnama, a luxurious live-aboard Phinisi boat (for a party of 10) which takes you on a Komodo National Park expedition that also includes dives and beach stops. Komodo Dragon feeding is optional.
Handcrafted in the traditional style of a Phinisi – as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia – the 46-metre long vessel has three decks, and the furniture throughout the ship is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia. Starting in May, the boat will begin its tour of the komodo Island region. Read more about the Alila Purnama expedition here.
5) The Most Surreal: the Sunrise Kempinski in Beijing, which looks like an alien installation.
The hotel – which opened in mid-November, 2014 – is situated in the heart of Yanqi Lake which is a beautiful scenic site located at the foot of the Yan Mountains, surrounded by a variety of attractions including the Mutianyu Great Wall, Hongluo Temple, Qinglong Gorge and Baiquan Mountain. It’s an hour’s drive from Beijing’s city centre. Read more about Sunrise Kempinski here.