Hot Spot: Indonesia

Ambience: Located near the 1,000-year-old clifftop Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, the Bulgari Bali is a sprawling posh resort of 59 private villas accessed by chauffeur-driven golf carts. Take a glass elevator to the private beach.

Rooms: Designed by Italian maestro Antonio Citterio, the hotel is a study in cool, sensual modernism. The villas are done in rich Javanese mahogany and volcanic stone. The glass-walled bathrooms are as large as the bedrooms, with a tub you could swim in (stocked, naturally, with Bulgari bath products), and surrounded by a private tropical garden.

Services: Housed in a lacy hand-carved teak building with a suite of modern, airy treatment pavilions, the spa offers several "signature experiences" such as a two-hour, four-handed hot-stone massage with aromatic oils.

Food: There's a choice of two restaurants. At Il Ristorante, chef Michele Dell'Aquila creates an Italian-Balinese fusion. At the cliff-edge Sankar, guests dine at communal tables on regional dishes, such as shredded duck with cassava leaves and Balinese spices.