Beautiful Bali, a Holiday Retreat Like No Other

Experience luxury travel in colorful Bali with a stay at two Orient-Express Resorts offering the best this fascinating country has to offer. Immerse yourself in the lush jungle and vibrant art town of Ubud before venturing to the pristine white beach of Jimbaran where complete relaxation prevails. Luxury travel offers you the benefit of exploring two different areas of this spectacular country while enveloping you in authentic Balinese culture.

Visit the Ubud region of Bali, an artistic swirl of color and culture with a beautiful jungle backdrop. At the heart of Bali's artistic community, Ubud offers popular dance and music shows, excellent boutiques and a large market which sells a variety of arts and crafts. Relaxation and pampering are also central to this region with many hotels offering treatments and therapies. Peaceful yet colorful, Ubud is the perfect introduction to experience Balinese culture.

Spend several nights at the Ubud Hanging Gardens Resort, a haven of peace and tranquility set among ancient volcanoes and emerald rice terraces. The secluded location compliments the atmosphere of total relaxation, yet the resort is only a twenty minute drive from central Ubud. The resort's immaculate villas are perched on the gorges of the Ayung River providing spectacular jungle views and ultimate privacy. Set on gravity-defying wooden pillows amid steep rice fields, each of the luxury villas are decorated in a contemporary Balinese style with dark wood floors and spacious terraces. There is a sense of luxurious privacy with each villa having its own infinity pool with spectacular views over the mountains and the winding Ayung River.

As with many resorts in Ubud, the Hanging Gardens' Ayung Spa embraces rejuvenating treatments using local ingredients and ancient techniques. Relax in the semi-open pavilions where guests can listen to the sounds of the jungle whilst being pampered.

The Hanging Gardens Resort offers a range of activities to explore the fascinating region of Ubud. Take the Kintamani and Besakhi Temple tour and discover the beauty of this mountainous region as you travel through magnificent scenery and undulated rice fields in the presence of the active volcano Gunung Batur. For the more adventurous, experience river rafting on the Ayung River which is said to have the best rapids in the area.

After exploring the fascinating region of Ubud venture to Jimbaran Bay, a glorious crescent of white beach on the south coast of Bali. Famed for its fishing, people travel from all over the island to enjoy fresh caught fish food grilled over coconut embers on this glorious bay. Located on the beach front the chic and stylish Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort comprises of charming cottages and luxurious villas. For the ultimate in luxury travel, stay in the Deluxe Pool Villa is equipped with a private tropical garden, a traditional Balinese day-bed and a private sunken swimming pool. Inside, contemporary wooden furnishings are complimented by Balinese fabrics and artefacts.

Jimbaran Bay is considered to have one of the finest beaches in Bali, making it the perfect destination to relax under a thatched umbrella with only the sound of crashing waves for company. Whilst staying at Jimbaran Bay, visit the beautiful Tanah Lot temple, a testament to the sea temples that dot the Balinese South coast. This temple is created from a rock formation and is one of the most famous on the island, considered by some as a cultural icon.



Source by Jamie D Richardson