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INDONESIA
THE RITZ-CARLTON BALI RESORT AND SPA, BALI
 
Situated on 173 acres of richly vegetated bluff overlooking the Indian Ocean at Jimbaran Bay, the 338-room, four-story hotel flanked by 48, 3,200-square-foot private bungalows each with a private plunge pool, is set in the midst of lavish gardens filled with tropical flowers, lily ponds stocked with koi fish, Indonesian statuary and lush vegetation.
 
Three restaurants offer a variety of cuisines. The pristine swimming beach is a three-minute drive and 189 steps away from the main resort. An imaginative, two-level swimming pool sits in the middle of the resort, as well as a children’s pool. Sport options include an 18-hole putting course, three tennis courts, a spa and fitness facility. Serious golfers can be transported to the Nusa Dua Golf Club. In addition there is a Ritz-Kids program for the youngsters.
 
Strong Points: Lavish, comfortable accommodations, beautiful grounds, fine dining and service all in a charming Balinese setting.
 
 
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