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When you think of Indonesia, the seventeen-thousand island nation that welcomes some millions each year, your thoughts may drift to scenes of raucous partying on an idyllic beach (especially if you’re picturing Bali). You’re not wrong. But the other side of the country, the one represented by the hotels below, is all about wellness and fitness, calm and quiet, seclusion and rejuvenation in a beautiful place. Naturally, at the spots below — all Tablet Plus — the scenes are still idyllic. Just maybe not as loud.
Seminyak isn’t exactly synonymous with seclusion, given its reputation as Bali’s mecca of upmarket tourism. The Amala undercuts that stereotype; these twelve private villas are serviced by butlers, which, it hardly needs to be said, is not exactly the norm around here. This level of service extends to the chefs, nutritionists and wellness experts that compose the rest of the resort’s staff. With all this one-on-one contact it’s easy to forget the bustling scene elsewhere around Seminyak.
Revivo Wellness Resort
Most Balinese boutique hotels offer, in addition to a bit of relaxation, a wellness program of some sort: a spa, a pool, maybe a bit of yoga. REVĪVŌ, however, goes all the way. This brand-new boutique resort, in the hills on the fringes of Nusa Dua, features fitness offerings and spa treatments to rival the best on the island, as well as a single-minded focus on restoration — the name means “I’ll live again,” and a stay here is practically guaranteed to revive you, whether through relaxation, movement, nutrition, or a combination of the three.
A refined, tranquil little spa-hotel as soothing as One Eleven, a collection of nine outsized but pared-down private villas with lap pools and lawns and plenty of space for sprawling out in the sun, is hardly a revolutionary hotel concept in Bali. And yet to find a genuine bastion of quietude and calm in Seminyak, one of Bali’s favorite beachside party towns, where DJs and dance parties are as easy to find as surf and sand — well, it’s not the easiest thing in the world.
There are a few ways to do Bali. The most common involves the southern settlements, the villages and towns along the more populous south coast, and a close second is Ubud, the inland artists’ colony. But it’s hard not to see the appeal of the alternative version offered by Menjangan Resort, on a very isolated stretch of beach in the West Bali National Park, on the far northwestern corner of the island. The holy grail, for beach resorts, is the desert-island experience, and Menjangan comes awfully close.
Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa
Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara
At the risk of stating the obvious, there’s a lot more to Indonesia than just Bali. But a little farther eastward in the Lesser Sundas is the island of Flores, on whose western edge, just across the strait from the islands that comprise the rest of Komodo National Park — yes, that Komodo, of dragon fame — is Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa.