Bali has been called the island of the gods and with good reason. The moment you set foot on this balmy Indonesian island you are enveloped in an aura unique to this place.
The ubiquitous temples, sculptures dressed in black and white checked cloth to remind of the balance between good and evil, offerings of flowers, rice and incense placed at every doorway and threshold to appease the gods, women in sarongs carrying baskets on their heads, motorcycles darting about like fireflies flirting with the mass of vehicles in a congested contest to get to their destination.
Bali’s people exude an overwhelming sense of gentleness, acceptance, warmth, and welcoming which touches every visitor, despite the encroachment of the bustle and commercialization of the 21st century upon this tradition-bound culture. Immersed in religion, ritual and superstition, daily life is dictated by gestures and routines which are puzzling, charming and endearing.
The tropical foliage, myriad temples, breathtaking rice fields and village compounds are intriguing and soul satisfying. The spectacular resorts, quaint inns, unique cuisine, art and dance tradition and numerous points of interest make this island an incomparable journey for all your senses.
Here is a sample itinerary that offers a taste of the beauty that is Bali, all with an eye to ecological, cultural and culinary excellence.
Where to Stay in Bali:
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
One of the top rated sites in Bali is the mystical temple at Tahna Lot which juts out to the sea and is, in fact, unreachable at high tide, much like Mt. Saint Michel’s monastery in France. Now imagine an 18-hole golf course winding along these same seacoast cliffs and, in fact, incorporating this sacred temple on the 7th hole. Now imagine the opportunity to stay on an 103 hectar property to experience these “must see” points of interest and much more. Welcome to the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
The Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort luxury brand offers all the signature amenities that have made it a world class. The sense of place that comes from your Gamelan musical greeting, to the stunning architecture, to the top-rated golf course in Bali, to the open air bar overlooking the temple at sunset, to the intimate Bali beds scattered along the sea coast overlooking the crashing waves, to the fitness and spa compound, to the family rooms with bunk beds, jungle gyms, waterslides ,and daily kids program, to the club level lounges, restaurants offering local and international cuisine, and special experiences like rice planting, temple blessings, and cooking classes, which are all part of this resort.
The TLC Gastro Pub and Merica Restaurant offer open air, as well as indoor dining— with international flair.
The Spa offers experienced masseuses who ply the art of Balinese massage with deft strokes that heal the body and soothe the soul.
The Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort offers a world of luxury experience at a an exceptional price point.
The one thing that royalty and celebrity wish for is the luxury of privacy. Villa Sungai offers the experience of living royally with exclusivity and utter privacy in your own stunning Balinese compound surrounded by the lush vegetation and the rooster call of the neighboring village.
At Villa Sungai your experience starts with VIP airport butler service and round the clock access to a complete staff including chauffer, concierge, chef, and masseuse dedicated to you alone, all at a bells ring away.
Your personal preferences are noted well in advance of your arrival so that your villa is exactly the way you like it, except for thoughtful surprises like the welcoming signature cocktail and snacks, and live evening entertainment to accompany dinner.
Daily meal planning is merely a menu selection away and the culinary excellence of each item rivals the professional chefs on the island in variety and execution. Beverages including inventive cocktails, international wine selections, freshly prepared smoothies, juices tea and coffee drinks add to the pleasures of the table.
Choose the sounds of nature or the surround sound Bose Ipad selections to lull you into an hypnotic state of bliss on your open air Bali bed.
Take nearby excursions by day, go clubbing by night or simply savor the serenity of your private residence. Explore the local village with “Little Made,” as your host and guide. He will introduce you to his community, and explain the subtle points of Balinese living that have made this culture one of the most stable in the world.
Your private spa suite, infinity pool and outdoor tub and showers with exclusive Aqua Ammenities await your return to refresh and reinvigorate and prepare you for the sheer delights of living large at Villa Sungai where your every wish is a delight to deliver.
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud
No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to Ubud, the artistic center of the island and a tour of the rice fields, the life source of Bali. The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud
offers you the unique opportunity to experience both.
Imagine staying in one of just 20 exclusive villas surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the rice fields with the bustle of Ubud just a short shuttle away. Besides the beauty of your contemporary Balinese accommodation, most with private pools, you have the magnificent grounds with rice fields, ponds with swans, waterways, temples and lush vegetation and the incomparable complimentary Chedi Club benefits, including your own dedicated butler, stocked mini bar, daily laundry service, breakfast, tea and cocktails, yoga, rice field trekking and complimentary limo service.
The restaurant, overseen by Executive Chef Dean offers world class cuisine and wine selection with creative versions of Balinese and international fare suited to their discriminating, well-traveled guests, who are encouraged to choose from the menu or request whatever their palate craves.
The gracious service, often exceeding expectations—like tailoring service that is included in the laundry amenity. The impeccable standards of this member of The Leading Hotels of the World will make your stay in Bali sheer bliss.
Four Seasons Resort – Bali at Jimbaran
The Four Season’s luxury brand is known for understated taste, sophistication, and service. It meets and exceeds its standards in Bali where it has one resort with two locations, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran on the Indian Ocean and the Four Seasons Bali Resort at Sayan on the Agung River in the middle of lush jungle and rice fields, just minutes from the artistic village of Ubud.
They contrast in architectural design and compliment in representing the best of Bali. They encourage guests to explore both properties during their stay. They will provide transport and hold your villa at one property while you overnight at another.
The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran property, an authentic replica of the traditional Balinese pavilion architecture, is complete with its own temple.
You are immersed in the quietude of your own villa complete with outdoor living pavillion and plunge pool, yet steps away is the beach and the lively fishing village of Jimbaran.
Within the Jimbaran compound are groomed tropical gardens, an art gallery, temple and cooking school, as well as several restaurants offering Balinese, Mediterranean, Italian, Thai and Japanese cuisine. The newest restaurant, Sundara, is a multilevel beach playground, offering seaside swimming, casual international dining, and cocktail bar lounging in a sleekly sophisticated oceanside setting.
“The Cooking School” at the Four Seasons Resort Bali is world class, with a modern, comfortably air conditioned demonstration kitchen offering a rotating schedule of Balinese, Indonesian and Asian lessons that enable eager students to reproduce the tastes of Bali back home. The chef and staff are encouraging and make the experience a cultural and culinary delight with the lesson culminating in a meal of your own creation. The class also visits a local fish and vegetable market accompanied by the Chef.
“The Spa” includes traditional treatments and a variety of custom offerings that have been thoughtfully researched and designed to incorporate the best healing practices from the Asian traditions. Guests choose from numerous unique balancing and renewing offerings that use the essential elements of water, salt, crystals and essential oils to cleanse and restore harmony and vitality to the body and spirit. Your spa treatment will anchor your holiday into a transcendently memorable moment in time. The Four Seasons Resort Bali Spa is a truly unforgettable spa experience.
Where to Eat in Bali
Mozaic Restaurant Ubud, Bali
If you have only one restaurant to choose outside of your resort dining, make it Mozaic. Imagine that one of the world’s top rated restaurants, Mozaic, is located in Ubud, a small artistic village in the interior of the island of Bali!
Haute cuisine may be the defining global language! The lounge and bar of Mozaic is hip, trendy and attracts a late night jazz crowd on the weekends. The restaurant, nestled in a garden oasis, is a sensual, perfectly lit backdrop for Chef Chris Salans’s creative French Asian Cuisine.
With notable international accolades, its no wonder that the 60 seats are booked months in advance with an eager waiting list at the ready in hopes of a last minute cancellation. Chef Salans presents several 6 course dining selections.
One menu uses exotic Balinese ingredients which are displayed table side, the other menu a bit more continental in flavor profile with touches of Asian inspiration throughout. Chef Salans and his wine director have carefully matched each course with impressive old and new world wines (almost impossible to find elsewhere in Bali because of the import restrictions) to compliment the cuisine.
Flawless technique, knowledgeable servers, sophisticated presentations and a magical ambiance ensure continuing accolades from an adoring international clientele. The result is a marriage made in heaven! Bali and the Gods approve!
TASTING MENU OF THE DAY
AN OPTIONAL PAIRING OF WINES TO EACH COURSE IS AVAILABLE
FRESH CHILLED SOUTH PACIFIC COAST OYSTERS
with Wakame Chutney and Japanese Sake Dressing
PAN SEARED BARRAMUNDI FILLET
in a Pinot Noir-Kintamani Grape Reduction, Blue Swimmer Crab,
Curried Corn and Minted Endive-Almond Salad
SLOW ROASTED CINNAMON PORK BELLY
Butter Poached Langoustine in a Star Anise Infused Grape Fruit Tea
Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Purée, Sautéed wild Mushroom and Red Wine Infused Demi-Glaçe
ITALIAN GORGONZOLA CHEESE
Caramelized Packham Pear, Air Dried Banana and Walnuts
in a Fresh Sage-Balsamic Reduction
WARM ‘GUANAJA’ VALRHONA DARK CHOCOLATE FONDANT
Fresh Star Fruit Sorbet and Spiced Young Star Fruit in a Coriander Seed Caramel
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Gianyar – Bali 80571
Phone / Fax. +62 361 975768