They are the pinnacle of luxury and romance. Balinese styled resorts are known for their relaxing tropical atmosphere set in stunning locations. Whether it is in the lagoons of Bora Bora or the jungles of Costa Rica, Balinese style has become synonymous with idyllic tropical retreats that provide a perfect place for a romantic retreat. Here is our list of the 7 most romantic Balinese style getaways.
7. Hilton Moorea, Tahiti
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The perfect blend of casual and luxurious, the Hilton Moorea makes it clear why famed travel journalist Arthur Frommer claims Moorea is the most beautiful island in the World. The crystalline sea surrounds you and the verdant green cliffs soar over the lagoon. It is everything that you can imagine in a tropical paradise.
When you have finished an afternoon of snorkeling in the lagoon, stop by the Toatea bar for a nightcap or two on your way to your bungalow. Moorea was the birthplace of the overwater Bali hut style bungalow, where it was first introduced by one of the original Bali Hai boys. A group of American friends who came to Tahiti in the 1960s to farm vanilla, they ended up helping establish Tahiti as a world renowned honeymoon destination. Today overwater bungalows have become the standard for tropical luxury.
6. Gila Lankanfushi, Maldives
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Set on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, Gila Lankanfushi offers an intimate setting where you can enjoy relaxing days walking along the beach or get a massage while you watch the fish swim by in one of their glass floored overwater spa huts. Listed as one of the healing hotels of the World, the Gila Lankanfushi also features a Master in Residence program that features renowned healers and therapists from across the globe.
At night there is a luxurious dining room serving fresh fish and international cuisine located over the water. Hidden below the restaurant is a chilled wine cave where you can slip on a fleece and enjoy a delightful array of wines from around the World. If you prefer more privacy you can choose to enjoy your dinner on your own private island.
5. Sacred Spaces Nosara, Costa Rica
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On the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Sacred Spaces Nosara is perfect for couples who want to enjoy a fun, laid back surf beach lifestyle, but still want a private retreat to come home to at the end of the day. Sacred Spaces Nosara is also just a few minutes walk from the internationally renowned Nosara Yoga Institute.
Playa Guiones is a wide white sand beach that enjoys glassy sets rolling in over a smooth bottom. To reach the beach you take a short walk through a natural wildlife refuge and emerge from the jungle on your own tropical paradise. The town enjoys an off-the-beaten-path flavor and an international mix of laid back surf and Costa Rican culture.
4. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
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There is no better place to experience genuine Balinese hospitality than the luxurious Ubud Hanging Gardens. Set amongst terraces and steep ravines, the hanging gardens are a dream-come-true paradise resort that you will never forget.
Private suites overhanging the lush jungle canopy include a private heated granite pool beside a thatched roof terrace equipped with twin sun-beds. If you want to get out and experience more of beautiful Bali, there are activities ranging from cycling the Batur trail to drifting down the river on an inner tube available from the hotel travel desk.
3. Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii
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Tidepools restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai includes several lagoon side dining alcoves for you to enjoy a romantic dinner in their Balinese inspired restaurant. This exclusive resort is a favorite honeymoon destination that combines superb service and amenities with the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.
From your table you can watch the whales breaching and enjoy a peaceful afternoon by the adults only pool. The poolside service is everything you would expect from this luxury hotel brand. If you want to mix Balinese ambiance with a tropical Hawaiian setting, this is the place for you.
2. St. Regis Bora Bora, Tahiti
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Our second Tahitian destination to rank among the top Balinese style tropical resorts, the St. Regis is just one of several five star hotels that ring the lagoon of Bora Bora’s extinct volcano. The iconic profile of Mount Otemanu conjures up images of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the Bounty while the lushly colored flowers and local women in their vibrant pareus remind you of paintings by Gauguin.
The St. Regis captures all the beauty of Tahiti and serves it up with their signature 5 star style. The St. Regis’ standard of flawless service mixed with the idyllic location creates an unrivaled romantic escape. Each private Balinese style overwater bungalow offers a shady grass thatched balcony with unobstructed views of the island and lagoon.
1. Your Own Backyard
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Turning your own backyard into a Balinese styled oasis gives you the convenience of never having to make a reservation and zero travel hassles. You can turn any backyard into a romantic retreat with a poolside Bali hut and some tropical landscaping. Bali huts can be purchased as do-it-yourself kits and installed with minimal carpentry and construction experience. Everything you need comes in the kit, including ylang ylang grass thatching, treated timber posts and easy to install roof beams and decking.
Bali huts can be customized to accommodate hot tubs, tiki bars and outdoor kitchens to provide you with all the amenities of a five star resort in your own backyard. Contemporary teak furniture, tropical plants and original Balinese crafted accents complete the picture.