9 stunning cliff villas in Bali where you can stay at the edge of

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Resort / May 10, 2017

Buitan, Manggis, Karangasem(00 62 363 41011)

Formerly the Serai, this secluded hotel changed management, and name, in 2002. Yet apart from a new Alila spa, there have been few radical alterations. The design now looks curiously old-fashioned, with 56 bedrooms set in four two-storey buildings grouped around a central swimming pool. The facilities, too, seem pretty average compared with the flair and standard of similarly priced newer hotels elsewhere on the island. The hotel does however, make a pleasant base from which to explore this intriguing area of Bali.

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Alila Villas Soori

Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating(00 62 361 894 6388)

Sliding gracefully between sinuous rice terraces and a shimmering, black-sand beach, the resort combines cool, grey stone from nearby river quarries and polished teak in a harmonious design that gently, almost humbly, invites the human visitor into the landscape. The interiors are dramatic but understated, with design elements including terracotta tiles fired at a local kiln and large pieces of banyan-tree-root driftwood. Guest villas are comfortably arranged around private swimming pools just big enough to swim in, and generously appointed with top-of-the-line electronics and Alila's piquant signature bath products. What makes the resort special is the setting: Desa Kelating is a handsome, prosperous village of uncommon charm.

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Alila Ubud

Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar(00 62 361 975 963)

Just 5km from Ubud, Bali's thriving cultural heart, this hillside retreat has 56 rooms, housed in two-storey blocks designed to resemble a Balinese village, a stunning pool and a spa.

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Alu Bali

Gang Alu, off Jalan Raya Petitenget(00 62 361 736 445)

Adjoining a well-tended temple, this is one of the most stylish private villa developments. Even the driveway, lined with piercingly green banana trees, seems something of a design statement. The seven villas, with private pools, have their own walled space, with a separate sleeping area, both indoor and outdoor bathroom facilities, and an open-sided living-room. The style is oriental minimalist, featuring local materials and bold, clean lines, while decorative water channels in the gardens echo Bali's ancient system of irrigation. There is no restaurant but the staff prepare breakfast in each villa's kitchen and can organise other meals as required, as well as spa treatments, trips to the nearby rock temple of Tanah Lot and tours further afield.

Amandari

Kedewatan, Ubud(00 62 361 975 333)

About 10 minutes from the centre of Ubud, this is one of Bali's most influential and inspirational hotels. It was created by Australian-born Peter Muller in 1989 and is the oldest of the Amanresorts on the island; but for all its age, the design is seminal. The hotel celebrates Balinese life brilliantly. Accommodation is in 31 villa complexes modelled on the island's courtyard houses, a style that has since been much copied. But it is the integration of village life in the public areas that is particularly clever: the design incorporates the main path between local settlement and its temple and so the villagers walk through the grounds, with all their festivals and ceremonies becoming part of Amandari's essence.

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Amankila

Manggis, Karangasem(00 62 363 41333)

Less than an hour and a half's drive from the airport, Amankila is spread along a cliff face with panoramic sea views. Its thatched pavilion suites and central buildings are linked by long, white stairways. It is so glamorous, you feel as if you've strayed into one of the more exotic James Bond films. Given that the hotel was built in 1992, some of the facilities could seem a little outdated, just nine of the 34 suites have private pools. The beach club at the bottom of the cliff encompasses a reasonable stretch of grey-gold sand, a restaurant, a 42-metre pool and an open-air spa. The temptation for most guests is to stay put, but the hotel also offers a range of activities including diving, Hobie Cat sailing and village treks and trips.

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Amanusa

Nusa Dua(00 62 361 772 333)

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