Perched on majestic limestone cliffs, the Nikko is the grand dame of Bali resorts. From the lofty bird’s-eye views of the Indian Ocean to the white sandy cove below, the Nikko offers a quintessential tropical-holiday experience. Sleek, modern villas set back from the cliff tops are the newest addition – ideal for a more secluded escape – but the real atmosphere can be found in the deluxe beachfront rooms of the Cliff Tower, each with panoramic ocean views. Family-friendly accommodation includes spacious suites overlooking the beach and gardens, and kids will love the Jungle Camp with its tree house, trampolines and adventure activities, not to mention sunset camel rides on the beach. Verdant gardens, picturesque temples and dainty bridges spanning lagoon-style pools create an air of whimsy while dining options include lavish Balinese buffets served amidst flaming tiki torches in an amphitheatre carved into the rocks. A well-equipped gym caters to fitness fanatics while the Mandara Spa has a plethora of lush treatments.
Just 20 minutes from the airport on Bali’s south coast, Nusa Dua is a ritzy tourist enclave, home to luxury resorts, beautifully manicured gardens and calm, reef-protected waters lapping onto pristine beaches.