Straddling two rivers and surrounded by palms, bamboo groves and rainforest, this luxury resort offers a back-to-nature experience, albeit a lavish one. There are just 23 villas but 150 staff, which add up to a lot of personal attention. Many of the staff have been with the resort since it opened more than a decade ago and their smiles are sincere; here you’ll find the hospitality that Bali is so famous for. Each villa has a good-sized swimming pool and outdoor living spaces, which means you will spot geckos at play and may encounter a cheeky squirrel or two but, rest assured, the air conditioned bedrooms are well sealed.
The two-bedroom villas that cling to the ravine are the most atmospheric. Kayumanis means cinnamon and the cinnamon-infused bath products are a lovely touch, as are the jars of moreish homemade cinnamon cookies, which are replenished each day. A choice of restaurants includes very good Thai and the generous complimentary breakfast can be served all day – even for dinner – so late-risers won’t miss out. Decadent spa treatments take place in pavilions overlooking the river, while a private, starlit dinner out on a deck jutting out over the gorge is a deliciously romantic way to spend an evening.
Set in the foothills of Bali, 35 kilometres from Seminyak, Ubud is an arts village surrounded by rice fields, palm groves and dramatic forested ravines. Known as the cultural heart of Bali, it is also a haven for gourmands and those looking to tap into the more spiritual side of the island.