Saturday, May 26, 2012

Island of Love

Secluded cliff-top retreats and a seductive tropical bive make Bali an isle for romantic interludes, executivey summary by darmansjah

Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, Taking romance to new heights

From its vantage points atop a 40-meter-high cliff in Nusa Dua, on Balis’s southeastern shore, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa offers a glorious 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean, ad a haven of beauty, warmth, an charm. Now, with a round of upgrades completed, Nikko Bali has brought luxury and romance to even greater heights.

Set on the seventh floor of the Cliff Tower, the new Seventh Heaven room has received rave reviews for its design, and is now among the most popular rooms at the resort. Glass doors open onto a private balcony overlooking the azure Indian Ocean, a dark wooden floor anchors the light filled room, and a surround-sound audio system, complete with an i-Pod dock, lets you set the mood of your choice. Organic designer  toiletries, a flower bath, an exclusive gift bag, and private dinners make every day a delight; romantic in-room couple’s spa treatment, created exclusively for Nikko Bali by the Mandara Spa, add an extra elements of bliss. Choose among delectable options such as the Exotic Fruit Body Bliss, which will delight your senses with rich textures and fresh aromas, or the Chocolate Lovers Body Wrap, which combines detoxifying pure white clay with nourishing chocolate and full cream milk.

 When you can tear yourself from your room, enjoy premium services at the Nikko Club Lounge, where you can take a dip in the stylish outdoor swimming pool, and partake of all-day a la carte dining, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, an large connection, and a library of best-selling books.

Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine crafted from premium ingredients at the newly revamped Benkay Japanese restaurant-which now boasts five private rooms, a teppanyaki counter, a sushi bar, and nabermono tables. For a romantic dinner, get a taste of the fine wine, secenic views, and award-winning fresh seafood at The Shore Restaurant & Bar, newly designed as a modern interpretation of a ship on stilts.

For a truly memorable wedding, take your vows against a dramatic backdrop of sea and sky in the cliff-top Wiwaha Chapel. This split-level glass pavilion seats up to 30 guests, and there is ample space on a grassy outdoor terrace for photographs and a reception. For events on a grander scale, the unique Serenity Beach can accommodate up to 600 people for receptions and banquets, and offers sun loungers and cabanas where guests can sunbathe in privacy. Let Nikko Balis’s one stop, custom-tailored event service guide you seamlessly from your earliest planning stages to a unique wedding and idyllic honeymoon. Whatever your dreams, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has what it takes to make your romantic moments unforgettable.

The Kayana, Your Gateway to The Best of Bali

Since opening in 2002, the Kayana has become one of the most popular villas in Seminyak, boasting a reputation for quality accommodation at agreeable rates. The 24 separate villas are positioned just off a winding pathway, flanked with frangipani trees and tropical foliage. Surrounded by pristine gardens and rich in the rewards that fresh, open air brings, The Kayana offers guests total privacy and tranquillity.
Well-appointed interiors and chic contemporary décor combine with private facilities to make a luxurious home aways from home. Accommodation options range from 12 deluxe villas with plunge pools and outside living areas to 11 pool villas with larger pools and one two-bedroom villa, set  within a spacious garden.
The Dauh restaurant, located next to the main pool, is a cool spot to sit and enjoy a drink or a meal from an extensive menu that features local specialities and international favorites. Guests can also opt for in-villa dining, easily arranged by your personal butler service.
The Kayana is all about escaping to a luxurious sanctuary, and top of the list for many guests has to be a visit to Ayur spa, where professionally trained therapists deliver high quality massages, scrubs, an other wellness treatments in an intimate spa setting. The two fully equipped spa rooms have a cozy feel, and open onto an outside terrace area, perfect for post-treatment relaxation. For more active types, tailor-made programs can be arranged for enjoying the natural beauty of the Balinese countryside and experiencing firsthand the island’s unique culture.
Guests staying at The Kayana will find themselves in the heart of Seminyak, a vibrant, hip area with some of Balis’s best restaurants and nightlife venues. Shopaholics too are well catered for, with a wide and varied selection of designer boutiques, galleries, and markets in close proximity.
Wheter it’s a relaxing private villa stay, an adventurous island break, or a party weekend, The Kayana is perfectly situated to take advantages of the very best of Bali

SILQ Private Residences, Romance in Luxurious Privacy

Located just minutes from Seminyak, SILQ’s 17 well-appointed Private Residences offer exclusive accommodation and five-star services in one of Bali’s most happening neighborhoods. Guests are encouraged to utilize a series of high-end amenities, including 24-hour private butler service, exclusive in-villa spa treatments, and bespoke tours to select Bali destinations, among others.
SILQ Private Residence offers three styles of villas: the Deluxe Private Residences, with hardwood teak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and king-size poster beds; the Junior Suite, a duplex villa with plush interiors and a private Jacuzzi; and the Penthouse, an extensive enclave with landscaped gardens surrounding a 21-meter infinity pool. The Penthouse is also ideal venue for small to medium private functions, able to accommodate up to 150 guests for exclusive occasions.
SILQ offers a wonderful Couple’s Delight promotion, available until December 20. Stay for two nights and receive a candleit dinner in your villa, a two-hour  indulgent spa treatment, complimentary daily breakfast, airport transfer, and much more. Bali at its most romantic awaits you at SILQ.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa, a True Balinese Rendevouz

The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa is a five-star luxury property on Balis’s southern peninsula with 150 meters of beachfront. The elegant property is now a member of Summit Hotels and Resorts and boasts renovated rooms and facilities that still retain a classic touch but with a reinvigorated ambiance. The resort is replete with facilities for the actives guest, including a fitness center, mountain bike rental, and squash and tennis courts. There ample choices for culinary delights and a savory drink, with five restaurants and three bars, the hotel is ideal for those who prefer to stay within the grounds.
The Nusa Dua Spa facilities are brand-new, having been rebuilt from the ground up, along with a fresh spa menu, including sensuous couples sap packages. Inside the new spa, guests can relax in rooms with earthy tones and indulge in the impressive range of Indonesian and Balinese treatments, like the Romance Package. Designed exclusively for couples at the private Villa Jepun, the offer is served with cocktails and champagne. Twenty-two brand-new treatments, combined with product ranges that use local, natural ingredients, reflect the spa’s peaceful and relaxed pace. Balinese architecture an tropical gardens surround guests and induce rest and relaxation. The spa wraps around a 25-meter lap pool and has a sauna, a steam room, and a Jacuzzi.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is graced with a number of locations for a wedding venue, including beautiful gardens, the beachfront Bali, and a breathtaking jetty overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wedding receptions can be held in the Temple Gardens, an authentic Balinese temple. There are several wedding options, ranging from the elegant Royal Package, as well as a vows renewal ceremony. Whether guests come for leisure or love, the resort’s palatial surrounds make for a true Balinese experience.

 Melia Bali, Love in Paradise
Set along the gleaming white sands of Nusa Dua Beach, Melia Bali faces a tranquil, reef-fringed lagoon that extends as far as the eye can see. The first hotel in Asia to be awarded an Earth Check platinum certification for tis commitment to sustainability, the Melia’s 10 hectares of lush tropical gardens and lotus ponds are the epitome paradise, offering a world of exotic beauty amid luxurious surrounds.
The intimate atmosphere and attentive service combine to create the Melia moment-a magical quality that brings guests back to the resort again and again. Stays here are personalized by the genuine warmth of the staff in their daily activities, making Melia Bali and ideal holiday destination. The resort’s 494 stylish rooms constitue 10 different classes. Every room is appointed with graceful teak furniture enhanced with jewel-tone accents. But for extra privacy and luxury, opt for one of the 10 Garden Villas, with walled tropical gardens, plunge pools, outdoor dining areas, sunken bathtubs, and outdoor showers. Alternatively, the 63 Lagoon Access Suites offer direct access to the resort’s lagoon-style pool.
For engagements, wedding, and anniversaries, Melia Bali offers personal celebrations of love that are picture-perfect. Flawless, meticulously prepared wedding services and a professional planning team are available at the resort for those exceptionally special days. The variety of wedding venues, including a beautiful pavilion designed for traditional Balinese ceremonies, and the Melia Bali’s beachfront garden area, are perfect for relaxed and informal celebrations.
At the resort’s five tantalizing restaurants, every culinary journey is an adventure. Enjoy the excellent Mediterranean menu at Sorrento; savor the freshest sashimi and sushi or sumptuous terppanyaki at Sakura Japanese Restaurant; or feast on traditional Asian fare surrounded by luxuriant gardens at Lotus. Dinners at Sateria are made for romance, while the breakfast at El Patio Coffee Shop are the perfect way to start the day.
For a change of scene, enjoy a round of golf at championship-standard Bali Golf & Country Club, or an afternoon of shopping at the Bali Collection retail complex, both within walking distance of the resort, and should further pampering be required, Melia Bali’s YHI Spa is a true sanctuary for the senses, with a selection of rituals and treatments that will be a perfect ending to an unforgettable stay in paradise.

The Royal Santrian, an Exquistic Tropical Retreat

Tucked away in 2.5 hectares of tropical gardens in a pristine area of Bali, the Royal Santrian is a prestigious, private holiday enclave. Expect an exquisitely luxurious home away from home by the unspoiled beach of Tanjung Benoa, with 22 luxuriously appointed villas designed with couples and honeymooners in mind.
In addition to private pools and open-air gazebos, each villa features a collection of hand-made furniture and artifacts that impart an ancient element to its modern contemporary interior. Better yet, in the tradition of truly royal Balinese hospitality, the staff is always on call to serve every need with the highest level of personalized attention, yet discreet enough not to disturb your desire for seclusion and privacy.
In-room dining is available, but tantalizing East-meets-West cuisine may just lure you out for a scrumptious shore side meal. Bring your loved one to the Allspice Restaurant for modern tapas or a romantic Mediterranean dinner by candle light, or to enjoy teppanyaki and sushi by the beach. Evening cocktails are served up at the Martini Bar, and a specially designed sundeck makes a perfect, romantic setting for sunset watching.
For an active interlude, join professional instructors for lessons in tai chi, yoga, and the legendary Indonesian Material Art pencak silat. If you can tear yourself away from the comforts of the resort, The Royal Santrian staff is on hand to make arrangements for whitewater rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, or other sporting excursions.
Experience the royal treatment with the resort’s Royal Romantic Getaway package. For US$1,125 stay three nights in a One Bedroom Deluxe Villa or get a special upgrade to an Ocean Front Royal Villa for an additional US$400. The package includes a romantic in villa candle it dinner, a set lunch at the Ocean View restaurant, one water-sport session, and daily restock of the mini bar. Further indulge in a two-hour Royal Spa session, 24-hour butler service, a welcome drink, afternoon tea, and return airport transfer.



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