Best Spas for 2011
Want to get away and get fit? Try one of these luxury spa resorts.
Bulgari Resort, Bali
“Bali” and “paradise”: those words were once interchangeable, before rollicking pub crawls swept through Kuta, and gangs of Eat, Pray, Love devotees flooded Ubud. But miles from those bustling tourist meccas, atop a 520-foot cliff on the remote southernmost Bukit Peninsula, paradise still thrives.
Designed by the iconic Italian jewelry house, the Bulgari Resort and Spa Bali is idyllic in every sense: No-end-in-sight views of the glittering Indian Ocean are spectacular from all directions; the scent of sweetly heady frangipani flowers permeates the air; 59 ultramodern villas (picture Robinson Crusoe gone luxe: ylang-ylang palm-thatched roofs and private infinity pools) are stocked with soaps, creams, scrubs, silky songket sheets and robes you’ll want to steal. Gracious staffers deliver splendid fare (Indonesian, Italian) and indulgent spa services to your door.
It would be an utter sin not to sample Bali’s famous Royal Lulur body scrub ($95)—Bulgari’s is customized with ground turmeric and sandalwood—or the complexion-changing facials (also done at Bulgari’s flagship spa in Milan). The new Soin Multi-Facettes ($195)—consider it entry-level antiaging—incorporates the just-out-of-the-labs, antioxidant-rich Source Defense serums to smooth and plump skin and erase any traces of jet lag. The more advanced Soin Joyau Ultime ($290) features a series of heavy-hitting Précieuse firming emulsions and Merveilleuse wrinkle creams, which use the brand’s skin-brightening gem essence technology.
The Source Defense, Précieuse and Merveilleuse skincare lines are available in the States, but don’t leave before stocking up on Bulgari’s UV Gem SPF 50 sunscreen ($95); the brilliantly weightless, invisible lotion isn’t sold here. Then again, it’s just one more reason to go back. Rooms start at $750; bulgarihotels.com. —Ying Chu