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Bali
by Dez Bartelt

Bali is an uncut emerald in a sea of thousands of brilliant island jewels. This paradise is a land of temples and picturesque beaches. You can practically feel the tropical breezes, smell the flowers, and hear the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean as they gently reach for the sun drenched beaches. The Balinese people are warm and welcoming who love to share their traditions and cultures. It is bursting with entrancing music and exceptional hand crafted artwork. You will be presented with a rich tapestry of experiences from exhilarating adventures to lush day spas to romantic getaways.

When you feel like a break from the marvelous restaurants, shops and night clubs there are an unlimited amount of things to see and do on the island. You can take to the skies in a private helicopter during what they call the golden hour when the morning sun first appears on the rice paddies and dramatic cliffs or charter a yacht to a deserted beach and indulge in a gourmet lunch for two; or visit the famous artist colony of Ubud where you can see work of sculptor Fernando Botero with his voluptuous and sensuous forms in an exaggerated studio setting; hire a driver to take you to Baliapostrophes aborigines and the royal water palaces or spend an hour or so exploring Tenganan where there is a rare example of a functioning Aga village. Steeped in mysticism, Bali boasts countless sites worth-visiting. No matter which you choose, you will experience a day full of beauty.

After a full day of exploring, you will want to return and experience the ultimate in luxury at the Patra Bali Beach Resort. Located beach front inside of a protected reef, anyone will feel magnificent when staying at such an alluring place like The Patra Bali as they strive to exceed all your hopes and wishes. Featuring spectacular accommodations to satisfy the most sophisticated travelers, the exclusive resort offers inimitable privacy and unmatched sophistication. The resort captures the best of Bali and offers a range of amenities such as their underground pub, wine cellar, cigar room, amphitheater, sunset terrace, health club and tennis facility. The guest rooms are spacious and luxurious with generous verandas, but to experience a truly elegant lifestyle then stay in one of the Patra Bali luxury villas designed with importance both in architectures and interior furnishings. The villas feature natural stone finishes and the roofs are clad in either indigenous grass or ironwood tiles. With their high pitched roofs and open living areas you get an airy, expansive feel that comprise a lounge, dining and kitchen area. Top of the line amenities are used throughout including LCD screens and surround sound audio. All bedrooms are fit for kings boasting large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Interiors evoke a Mediterranean ambience while retaining a clean modern feel. The villas are accented with antique artifacts and local art work like delicately carved Bali style stonework, deeply varnished teakwood fittings, creamy marble fixtures and richly upholstered furniture.

After a little nap, choose to swim some laps in your private pool or head to the main pool; a tranquil oasis of soothing fountains, tropical gardens and sparkling water. After soaking up the sun, you may want to indulge in a spa treatment in the Patra’s sumptuous spa center situated within the grounds of the resort. The design of the spa combines the very best of Balinese architectural elements with ancient and modern healing therapies using exotic elixirs composed of natural ingredients and essential oils. The delights of the spa menu range from massage and body scrubs to facials and flower baths. An afternoon spa experience will make you refreshed and radiant for your dinner at one of the resorts fine dining restaurants.

Choose from a variety of dining options that use only the freshest season-driven local ingredients combined with premium imports from overseas. Ocean-inspired fine dining menus that deliver the finest food with an Asian flourish. Think spice crusted prawns with pea leaves, pods, tendrils with a Tahitian vanilla emulsion, or spiced ahi tuna with lentils du puy, lemon confit and ligurian olive juice. To accompany your food, the wine cellar is stocked with wines from around the world which makes for one of the most memorable fine dining experiences you are ever likely to have in Bali.

Venturing out from the resort, Seminyak Village is home to some of the trendiest bars, restaurants and shops in Bali. The town has a fun and futuristic fashion style where creative French haute couture is mixed with a bit of American surplus. The atmosphere is sophisticated with a laid-back feeling. The area has a global approach to dinning with a reverence for uncomplicated flavors. A collection of eateries creates an assorted range of dining options that are designed to smoothly blend with one another bringing you a far-reaching yet integrated combination of food choices. The well known CharMING is operated by the French-trained Mr. Ming and features French and Asian Fusion cuisine such as hot foie gras, escargots, smoked salmon and tasty lobster bisque. POPPIES restaurant on Poppies Gang (lane) is a beautiful garden setting where you can choose from a number of Asian and Western dishes including soups, curries, lobsters and steaks. Itapostrophes very pleasant for a leisurely lunch in the shade of large tree.

No matter if it is your first time to Bali or a return visit, youwill always take away amazing memories.