Soak up the sun and natural surroundings of a traditionally designed pool villa, and indulge in a Balinese massage
The Hotel: Senetan Villas & Spa Resort
Boasting royal ownership by the Balinese family of Payangan Palace, the five-star Senetan Villas & Spa Resort exudes a minimalist yet regal aura in its make.
The modern and elegantly designed buildings are dressed with polished and pristine surfaces of wood and stone from the inside out. The resort is enveloped in the natural foliage of the Gianyar landscape overlooking a wide panoramic view of greenery, giving one a sense of calm and respite.
Inviting guests to further prolong stays here is the number of facilities geared to provide one with satisfaction, be it physical or gastronomic, from relaxing massages at the in-house spa to palatal stimulation in the form of local delicacies.
The Area: Gianyar, Bali
As the centre of Balinese culture and history, Gianyar offers tourists a multitude of places that cater to the different vacation needs of tourists. Cultural aficionados will be fascinated by Batubulan, a village famed for its stone sculptures and Barong dance, a dance that symbolises the never-ending battle between good and evil. Set on a two-storey building, the Sukawati art market offers locally-produced art pieces that range from statues, wind chimes, and dance costumes. When night falls, the art market is replaced by a food market that provides a selection of Indonesian delicacies. Travellers could also visit Mas, a village brimming with wooden crafted items. Alternatively, they could make their way to The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary at Ubud - an ecological reserve and home to over 115 species of trees, long-tailed macaques, and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtega, a temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of Death. Gianyar also houses several archaeological sites at Pejeng that have some of Southeast Asia’s oldest artifacts, including the Moon of Pejeng, a Bronze Age relic that is also the largest single-cast bronze kettle drum in the world.