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TABANAN REGENCY, BALI

From the highs of volcanic mountains down to the surf-lapped shoreline, the best of Bali's picturesque southwest...

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ALILA VILLAS SOORI

Away from the island’s more well-beaten tourist trails, the Tabanan Regency in Bali’s alluring west gives visitors a sense of the ‘real Bali’, while nearby Ubud and Kerobokan offer attractions of a more urbane sort. At the heart of it all is Alila Villas Soori of Bali, which might just be the very definition of paradise. The luxurious beachfront resort leads you to depths of relaxation you never knew existed. Nestled between lush rice fields and glistening volcanic black sands lapped by the Indian Ocean, these luxury villas in Bali fully integrate the beach experience in its vibrant mix of spaces. The team at Alila Villas Soori share with us their personal picks.
  • ART & CULTURE

    THE ROYAL PALACE KERAMBITAN

    The resort’s location pays homage to the scenic nature and cultural features of the village of Kelating in the district of Kerambitan. Kerambitan’s prominent features are old architectural styles dating from the 17th century, evident through palatial buildings forming the complex of the Puri Gede and Puri Anyar royal palaces. The antiquity of the locale is also reflected in temples dating from the Neolithic era. Desa Kelating, Tabanan

  • ART & CULTURE

    JATILUWIH

    The district of Penebel within the Tabanan regency features one of the scenic icons of the island – the vast panoramic stretches of rice terraces of Jatiluwih. From the words 'jati' and 'luwih', literally meaning ‘truly stunning’, Jatiluwih lives up to its name, being blessed with breathtaking views of its expanses of green. The region is what has earned the whole of Tabanan apt monikers such as ‘Bali’s rice bowl regency’, as well as leading to its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of traditional and organic Balinese farming and irrigation techniques called subak. Penebel, Tabanan

  • ART & CULTURE

    ALAS KEDATON

    Alas Kedaton is a small 12-hectare woodland located in the village of Kukuh. It boasts a unique namesake temple which features four entrances. Compared to the natural forest inhabitants of other monkey kingdoms throughout the island, the likes of Uluwatu and Sangeh, the furry denizens of Alas Kedaton are considered to be the tamest of the lot. Kukuh Village, Tabanan

  • SHOPPING

    BIASA

    A Bali-originated fashion label based in Seminyak but with a new store in Ubud that opened earlier this year. Natural fabrics, earthy colours and elegant designs distinguish the Biasa ‘his and hers’ collections that combine comfort with tropical chic. Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
    +62 361 887 8002

    BIASA

  • SHOPPING

    DIVYA BOUTIQUE

    Divya is an exquisite handmade batik shop that incorporates both traditional and modern designs into cotton, silk and canvas textiles. All dresses, sarongs, shirts and scarves at Divya (part of Nomad Restaurant on the Ubud Main Street) are individually handmade using the “Batik Tulis” process – meaning patterns are hand-drawn and painted. Each piece is entirely original – no mass-produced cottons here. 35 Jl. Raya, Ubud
    +62 361 977169

  • SHOPPING

    TREASURES

    This gallery of fine gold jewelry presents collections created between Balinese master goldsmiths and international designers. Each piece is a handmade, one-of-a-kind work of art, from Bali-inspired bling made of recycled 22-karat gold from Carolyn Taylor to dragon-festooned silver rings by former John Hardy designer Tricia Kim. Located next door to Ary’s Warung – an excellent pit stop for refueling along your shopping excursion. Jl. Raya, Ubud
    +62 361 976 697

    TREASURES

  • DINING

    MÉTIS

    Cool breezes play over blinding green rice paddies at Métis, one of beachside Bali’s chicest new addresses. Low-slung white leather armchairs, evening candlelight and Scandi-inspired hardware create a sophisticated colonial setting for Nicolas Tourneville’s mostly French-Med cuisine. Métis is all things to all-comers, from private cellar dinners for 10 people to $10 for a set two-course lunch. 6 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta
    +62 361 737 888.

    METIS

  • DINING

    SARONG

    Chef Will Meyrick has a habit of creating dining sensations. In Sydney it was his fantastic Thai food (and killer cocktails) at Jimmy Liks in the Cross. In Bali he’s wowing crowds with Sarong, a sultry, rustic-meets-rich space of chandeliers and candles, billowing curtains and breezy bale. With long-time chef collaborator Palm by his side, terrific Thai food is guaranteed, but Meyrick’s kitchen line-up also includes specialist Indian and murtabak chefs, plus “an old lady who used to run a warung who’s a wonderful Sumatran cook”. 19 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Kuta
    +62 361 737 809

    SARONG

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