Having just returned from the Indonesian exotic paradise island that is Bali, we are not only tan, but tapped out. It'd be so sad to come all the way herea 16-hour flight from New York, plus a layover in Hong Kong, plus another 5-hour flightto have to stay in a hotel less than breathtaking. So yeah, we went all out.
This week we'll be sharing peeks into the hotels we chose for our Bali sojourn. First up: the Anantara Resort and Spa, which sits right on Seminyak Beach, an area famed for its sunsets, its surfing and its superior resorts.
At this Anantara, even the lowest category of room is a suite, with a sitting area, balcony (with outdoor bathtub!), massive bathroom and so many little extras that we couldn't even manage to take all the soap bars (Lemongrass and Ginger or Ylang-Ylang Patchouli, yes there are several varieties of soap).
Above, to whet your appetite, is a video tour of our room: 303, an ocean-facing suite with king bed.
Staying at the Anantara don't come cheap, but then you could say this for much of Bali as it is. Be warned that Bali is a not a budget-friendly destination, unless of course you're just hopping over from Singapore or Jakarta for the weekend. Because the Anantara is made up solely of suites, nightly rates begin around $450. We paid a media rate not too much lower than this, and it was completely worth itfor the location, for the amenities, for the pools and easy beach access and, last but totally not least, for the ridiculously excellent sunset views every evening.
Tomorrow: A complete look around the property, as well as photo galleries of the room and more.
[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]