5 – Star Bali

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The level of quality and comfort of Bali’s top hotels is surely commensurate with the price. It’s not as if you’re getting ripped off. You’re paying for outstanding surroundings, impeccable service, heaps of leisure and cultural activities-not to mention gorgeous seafood and stunning sunsets.

And with most offering special rates for KITAS holders, the deals are almost too good to pass up. Time and again, expats head to Bali, spend a pittance on accommodation and food only to splash out on exorbitant amounts of alcohol from dusk till dawn. With all that booze money, they could have stayed in a 5-star hotel and had a blissful weekend-instead of a blistering hangover.

So before you hmph! and turn your nose up at luxurious Bali, take a look at the packages and see what they have to offer. It’s more affordable than you think.

  • Four Seasons Jimbaran

Christina Aguilera chose to honeymoon here, so it goes without saying that this resort is one of the best on the island. Set on beautiful hillside with spectacular views, the Four Seasons 147 villas each come with a private plunge pool and separate pavilions for sleeping, living and bathing. The spa at the resort is absolutely outstanding offering world-class treatments by extremely skilled therapists. To come to this resort and not have a massage would be a shame. The Four Seasons also offers many stunning dining venues including the ever-popular PJ’s restaurant which boasts alfresco dining with sprawling views of Jimbaran Bay. For those who would like to try their hand at cooking, the resort’s Asian Cooking School offers classes six days a week.

  • The Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort and Spa

​Another undeniable sparkler in Bali’s hotel crown is The Ritz. Built on 173 acres of sprawling land the resort is outfitted with beautiful terraced lawns, fountains, lily ponds and blooming Bougainvillea. The Ritz offers wonderful dining options including restaurants nestled low in the cliffs so you can watch the waves crash as you enjoy your dinner. For those wanting an impossibly romantic meal, you can dine out on the jetty, just you and your partner, far removed from the other guests. One of the highlights of this resort is that it caters well to children without having the feel of a ‘family hotel’, which can be off-putting to those wanting a romantic holiday. The Ritz Carlton Kids program offers supervised activities that will keep the little ones so entertained they won’t want to leave. The resort also offers an outstanding Aquatonic pool where you can relax in the therapeutic waters while enjoying a brilliant sunset.

  • Ayodya Resort

Formerly the Bali Hilton International, Ayodya Resort houses a whopping 538 rooms and plenty of activities and dining options. With Balinese architecture, Ayodya gives guests the distinct feeling they are in Bali. Close to a shopping mall and a golf course, Ayodya is a great spot for families. There is something for everyone and the resort does not have the uber-luxurious feel of some of the other 5-star, which helps those with small children feel at ease. The background noise of children splashing and playing is welcome here and adds to the atmosphere of family fun. But when parents need a break from the kiddies, there is always the wonderful Wayan Made Kids Club, which offers a range of fun activities to keep the children entertained all day long. There are numerous dining options from casual to elegant. Ayodya also boasts 300 metres of sandy beach and tons of water sport options.

  • Conrad Bali Resort and Spa

Each of the Conrad’s 313 guest rooms has a beautiful view of either the ocean, lagoons or gardens. The resort faces east so guests benefit from gorgeous sunrises as rooms fill with warm natural light. And with a 300-metre beach and a stunning glass chapel overlooking a twinkling sea, this resort is a top choice for tying the knot. With an award-winning spa and restaurants that will please even the most discerning diner, the Conrad is for those with high standards. And the staff are some of the friendliest you’ll find anywhere. Staying at the Conrad ensures you’ll have a fabulous stress-free holiday.

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