Everything about this hotel, from its beachfront locale to the sweeping terraces and sliding-glass doors, is aimed at maximizing views of Bali’s most sought-after shoreline. Local stone and wood put an Indonesian twist on the resort’s Thai design, which guests experience in the form of a black-and-dark-wood color scheme, ample water features, and Asian slats and screens. The hotel offers one-of-a-kind experiences, from special-occasion dinners on the beach to spice-infused cooking tours that introduce guests to the flavors of the region. Bustling Seminyak will lure travelers to its restaurants, bars, and nightclubs—often late into the night—but Anantara’s spacious sundecks, refreshing pools, traditional spa suites, and palm-shaded beach chairs are waiting to revive them the next day.
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One of the most visited regions in Bali, Seminyak is also one of the trendiest. The beach district is home to the island’s best restaurants, hippest bars and nightclubs, and world-renowned surf breaks and dive sites. Roughly 20 minutes to the shops and cafés of Kuta, 45 minutes from the beaches of Nusa Dua, and another 45 to the artistic center of Ubud, Seminyak is a convenient base for exploring southwest Bali. Dining ranges from upscale Italian at La Lucciola to street food at Double 6 Beach, and nothing beats a Bintang beer on the sand at La Plancha or live music and cocktails at the Potato Head Beach Club. Seminyak has also become a big shopping destination; travelers can buy surf and motorcycle apparel at Australian import Deus ex Machina or unique women’s accessories at the Bali Boat Shed, housed inside a clutch of colorful beach shacks. Those looking for a more authentic Bali experience are just a short drive from centuries-old temples and traditional farms.
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Rooms: 59 suites, 1 penthouse. From $350, including breakfast. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The rooftop bar and restaurant, SOS Supper Club, cooks grilled meats and seafood in an open kitchen and offers a live DJ every night. Wild Orchid is a more casual affair, featuring a breakfast buffet as well as exotic specialties such as oxtail soup, Jimbaran grilled fish, and rendang sapi (beef in a spicy coconut sauce). On Wednesday night, a dinner buffet is accompanied by traditional dance, and a seafood barbecue takes over on Saturday. There’s also a Dining by Design option where the resort arranges a tailor-made dinner on the beach, or at a special location high above the sea. Spa and gym details:There’s a rooftop gym and spa, the latter emphasizing Thai and Indonesian treatments that incorporate such native ingredients as sandalwood, mandarin, cinnamon, coffee, pumice stone, and vanilla from the Balinese jungle. Private and group yoga classes are held on the sand below the resort.
Who's it best for: Sophisticated leisure travelers looking to let loose in a lively paradise. Our favorite rooms: The lavish Anantara Ocean Suites are the same size (260 square feet) as the other accommodations and feature identical Indonesian floorboards, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, massive private decks, and indoor Jacuzzis. But they have the best views of the Indian Ocean and are the closest accommodations to the palm tree–studded beach. The ground-floor Pool Access Suites have outdoor bathing areas with direct access to a pool. Cooking class:The Spice Spoons experience begins with a guided tour of a nearby market where guests can sample exotic fruits and local coffee. Then a master chef will share the secrets of Indonesian cooking on a beachfront deck. Afterward, the group savors their creations for lunch.