For those looking for a truly hedonistic experience, the uber-hip, super-secluded Karma Beach Bali is where it’s at. Getting there is half the fun, with a dramatic inclinator ride down a sheer cliff face with gobsmacking views of the rugged coastline. Lapped by turquoise waters and accompanied by an Ibizan soundtrack, the picturesque sandy cove looks like something straight out of a fantasy. Order a bottle of bubbly and stretch out in a private beachside cabana fringed in billowing white drapes; have a bento box and a Martini delivered to your deckchair; or plough into a decadent seafood tower in the thatched pavilion – the ultimate in beach-shack chic.
Head back up the cliff late in the afternoon if you are tempted to check out the spa, where an infrared sauna and infinity Jacuzzi infused with Himalayan salt crystals cling to the edge of the cliffs. Or perhaps round off the day at the Moroccan-inspired rooftop Temple Lounge & Bar, with cocktails and shisha while watching the sun dip into the Indian Ocean.
Close to Uluwatu, and about an hour’s drive from Seminyak, Ungasan is a remote corner of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali, with undulating hills leading to staggering limestone cliffs and a smattering of luxury resorts.
Karma Beach Bali | Karma Kandara Resort, Ungasan | +62 361 848 2202