Worth getting out of bed for
Villa Sungai offers an extensive spa and yoga programme, with a dedicated two-room treatment space for massages, body scrubs, waxing, facials or mani-pedis. There are international therapies on offer, such as Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu massage, but we like the idea of the Indonesian local healing arts. The circulation-boosting Balinese deep-tissue massage combines stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy oils to strengthen and balance the body (think rigorous yet luxurious). The body scrubs also draw on regional ingredients, such as mountain coffee, white lulur (a mix of Javanese and Balinese herbs and spices) and Boreh Bali (a blend of fresh clove, pepper, cardamom, ginger and galangal) to make skin smooth and supple. Yoga classes cover various schools, from hatha to ashtanga, with pregnancy and children's yoga available by request.
Further afield, staff can organise village tours, visits to markets, shopping for sarongs and fabrics in local town Kediri or a trip to an elephant park. Nearby resorts offer Sungai guests preferential rates for golf, tennis and the gym. Hiking, white-water rafting and cycling are all options if you want to get your heart pumping, or head for the coast for a spot of swimming, surfing or diving (watch out for those pesky Balinese rips though).
On a cultural tip, you're not far from Bali's artistic heart Ubud, a country town that's home to world-renowned dance, gamelan orchestra music and galleries aplenty, as well as some fun shopping. You'd also be mad to miss a trip to romantic seaside temple Pura Tanah Lot, 15-minutes' drive away on the west coast, which you can team with some beach downtime and a visit to its quirky local markets.
For more sophisticated shopping, as well as some stylish bar- and restaurant-hopping, you'll need to drive down to Seminyak, Bali's beachside take on glam.
Head towards Seminyak – about a 20-minute drive – to enjoy some of Bali’s finest restaurants and bars. Newcomer Métis (+62 (0)361 847 5472), at Jalan Petitenget No 6, has a tempting Gallic menu, superb service and a gorgeous rice-paddy setting. Watch the sun set with a cocktail, then indulge in tasty Italian fare at beachside La Lucciola (+62 (0)361 730 838), on Oberoi Road. Sit in the frangipani-fringed courtyard or under the thatched roof upstairs.
Beach club, restaurant and lounge bar Ku De Ta, at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak (+62 (0)361 736969), is a long-standing favourite.
At tables by the pool, the young and stylish indulge in lychee martinis and modern Asian and global dishes at Hu’u (+62 (0)361 736 443), on Jalan Petitenget, before dancing the night away in the club.