By Emma Hillman
Yearning for some pampering away from the daily grind? Some of Indonesia’s luxurious oases are but a short journey away by air or sea. Give yourself a break and perhaps a generous dose of vitamin sea at any of these island retreats.
Four On Drupadi, Bali
Nestling in the trendy enclave of Seminyak, Bali, Four On Drupadi offers home-style living for friends, couples and groups of friends who hanker for creature comforts while staying in Bali. Each villa features a private pool, dedicated living spaces and a pantry or kitchen, but each espouses its own character with one of six themes. The one-bedroom options include a New Orleans themed and Chinese inspired home, while two-bedroom villas give a monochromatic nod to Coco Chanel, display a celebration of Indian heritage, or a modern take on traditional Bali through artwork and antique furniture. The largest villa has three bedrooms and is adorned in contemporary Japanese décor. All guests have access to a 24- hour personal butler service, the on-site spa, as well as a shuttle service around Seminyak. Barbecues and outdoor parties can be held on the facility’s spacious garden lawn.
4 Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali
The Shanti Residence, Nusa Dua, Bali
South of Denpasar, Bali, on the Bukit Peninsula is The Shanti Residence, Nusa Dua. Expect sweeping Indian Ocean views from this hill-top retreat which spans more than 5,500 square meters, meaning there’s plenty of space to find your own tranquil nook. Each villa features its own plunge pool, boutique toiletries and a pillow menu to ensure you a good night’s sleep. A 24-hour butler will be on standby, as will a private driver to allow you to explore Bali at your own pace with a day trip to local sites of interest. There has also been a recent upgrade in expansion to the pool deck area, and addition of a spa for couples, a gym, and a wine cellar.
Jl. Gunung Payung, Desa Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali
Telunas Private Island
If owning a private island is a little beyond your budget, why not visit one instead? Experience paradise not 50km from Singapore’s shores. Telunas Private Island and Resort are great if you are wanting to get away from it all without committing to extensive travel as it only involves hopping on an hour-long ferry ride, followed by a 70-minute journey on a smaller boat. The powder-white sandy bay here is long and shallow, which means kids are safe to explore the sea kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. If kicking back and relaxing is more your vibe, head to your beachfront hammock at one of the 14 over-water bungalows you’ll be staying at, while guests at the Private Island resort can treat themselves at its exclusive spa.