Luxury Travel in Bali at the top of the dream list.

If you could go anywhere, for a week of unparalleled luxury and exoticism,  consider Bali.

Spacious stilted villas and three infinity pools offer exceptional views from their hillside locations amid frangipani and bougainvillea at the Amankila in Eastern Bali. On my fourth trip to Bali I was introduced to the Aman Resorts’ award-winning, secluded properties.

Already well known to discerning global travelers,  the exclusive Amanresorts are also popular with Hollywood stars. There’s a buzz among the well-heeled Aman-junkies who are treated like royalty for a honeymoon, anniversary or big celebration.

My Favorite Amanresorts on Bali and neighboring islands.

Amandari is located near the culturally rich town of Ubud, Bali’s artistic center and gateway to the mountainous region to the north. Amandari, is built to look like a village with stone walkways and traditional shrines. The huge freestanding thatched-roof suites are constructed of coconut wood and teak. They overlook the terraced rice fields and the sacred Ayung River. Several have individual infinity pools. Facilities include a 32-metre swimming pool, tennis court, gym, and spa offering massage and beauty treatments. Complimentary activities range from an Ayung River trek to an Amandari massage.

Children's Dance group from the nearby village.

A children’s dance group from the village shared their talent at the Amandari. Dancer and gamlin players ranged from six to sixteen-years-old.

Amankila is a cliff-side resort in the eastern part of Bali. Thirty-four thatched-roof suites are perched above two levels of infinity pools and take advantage of the spectacular views across the Lombok Strait. The Beach Club, with yet another swimming pool, is located on the private beach below the resort and offers a range of water sports such as cruising and windsurfing. Complimentary activities range from a morning cruise to an East Bali trek or a nighttime dance performance on the beach. Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
2011 Reader Survey Awards ranked the Amankila among the Top 20 Beach Resorts in the World. 

Amanusa is a secluded resort just 15 minutes from Denpasar Airport and close to the nightlife and shopping areas of Kuta, Sanur, Legian and Seminyak. Amongst a wide array of activities, guests can play golf on one of Indonesia’s finest courses located adjacent to the resort. Complimentary activities range from an Uluwatu Temple tour to a soufflé cooking class.

. . . AND BEYOND

Amanwana is a wilderness hideaway and the only resort located on the island of Moyo. Overlooking the Flores Sea, the protected marine park offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in Indonesia. Jungle treks on the island offer guests the chance to discover waterfalls and a variety of bird life.

Amanjiwo overlooks Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, and rests within a natural amphitheater boasting a picturesque backdrop of the Menoreh Hills. Guided visits to Borobudur are a highlight of a stay at Amanjiwo and are included as a complimentary activity.

The unique setting and cultural activities of each resort can now be combined in a seven-night experience for around $800 a night. www.amanresorts.com

The awards they have won recently include:

Zagat Survey
World’s Top Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Gallivanter’s Guide
The 2011 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence
Best Hotel Group Worldwide – No. 1

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Marybeth Bond, the Gutsy Traveler, National Geographic author of 11 travel books, featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and founder of the Online Travel Magazine www.GutsyTraveler.com She has been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to CNN, CNN Airport Network and CNN.com Speaker, spokesperson, author, travel expert, Marybeth, the Gutsy Traveler walks the talk. She's an adventurer; biked two months across the USA, traveler to over 90 countries, media travel expert for CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR and National Geographic.

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