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Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven PBB dreams of an exotic golf getaway. Enjoy.
I was out of the cubicle the other day, chatting with some other drones when the talk turned to golf. That's when I realized it'd been ages since I'd hit the links. While the dudes talked about the local greens, I drifted off into Aman-fantasy land.
As in the Amanusa on Bali. Sure there are plenty of dope hotels with golf courses, but how many of those have thatched-roof suites with canopy beds and private pools overlooking the Indian Ocean? Exactly.
There's even a deal on right now, if you can call it that. Book a room and you get a free round at the Bali Golf and Country Club. Of course, that pool suite will cost you $1,100, a night but that's why we call it Cubicle Dreamin'.
[Ed. Note: Hotel Maven GEOmbfl is back from an unhappy stay at the Ritz-Carlton Bali and thinks you should pass on this spot and instead hit up the Bulgari or Aman hotels. Let's just say there were a few problems getting a club-level room.]
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When it's not enough to provide benefits for the holidaymaker's body like herbal wraps, ayurveda, fancy massage therapy and yoga galore, you have to start dealing with your guests' minds. That's the message we're getting from the Como Shambhala at Uma Ubud on Bali, which has just started offering the services of a counselling psychologist.
It'd be nice if being on holiday was mental therapy enough, but perhaps some people have trouble adjusting to the lack of tightly scheduled routine, the excess of time spent lying by the pool or the presence of delicious foods prepared by somebody else. It mightn't be long before psychological travel becomes the new catch phrase of hotel and spa stays.
· Como Shambhala [TripAdvisor]
Can a Luxury Hotel be only four-tenths of a point shy of perfection? The Conde Nast Top 100 says that's the case with the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan.
It takes a while to get through all the travel magazines stacked up under the coffee table, especially when we know we've got a lot of purse and watch ads to slog through to find the articles. So we're just getting around to digesting the Top-100 hotels list Conde Nast Traveler published a few months back. Fortunately you can find it here on Concierge.com, without your hands smelling like perfume afterwards.
We take these reader's polls with a huge grain of salt, because it's obvious from the results that you get people voting for places they'd like to visit someday or a hotel where they had afternoon tea once and thought it was lovely. What caught our eye on this one though was the score for Four Seasons Bali at Sayan. A 99.6 out of 100.
It's hard for any hotel to please all the people all the time and to have staff so perfectly trained and content that nobody ever slips and annoys a guest. This place has apparently figured it all out.
So for $460 a night, what do they serve up with that slice of perfection? Personal service, first of all: there are only 18 suites and 42 villas, all filled with high-end Balinese furniture, hardwood floors, French doors opening onto a terrace, and all the expected Four Seasons amenities. A fantastic spa is a given and several pools and plunge pools look over the forest and valley. This is meant to be a place to unwind with nature: it's in the interior of Bali, not at the beach, so yoga and meditation classes are held regularly.
When it comes to making guests happy, this Four Seasons---one of many on that top-100 list---is at the head of the class.
In our quest to discover and understand Eco-Hotels of the world, today we take a look at the Udayana Eco-Hotel in Bali. The hotel has aided us in further understanding the definition of their hotel genre.
The small and intimate inn is perched on a lush hill with a view overlooking Mt. Agung with the Jimbaran Bay below. But it isn't like staying in the jungle with just a mosquito net and bed mat. Oddly, air conditioning is in every room which doesn't seem too eco-friendly but perhaps it's just that hot? Rooms also feature a "Bali style bathroom" which also is nothing to worry as it only means the shower is half indoors and half in the garden (walled in, no streaking).
So what about the Udayana is earth friendly? They use solar power for the hot water, some lighting, and function with a biological sewage treatment plant. They explain that they fulfill the top six requirements necessary to be granted with the title of "Eco Hotel":
--depends on the natural environment
--is ecologically sustainable
--is proven to contribute to conservation
--features an environmental training program
--incorporates cultural considerations
--provides a net economic return to the local community
All this is and fine and dandy as long as there are no rooms with views of the on-site sewage plant.