Bali, part of the Indonesian archipelago, is known as the “Island of the Gods.” Whether you are looking for a lap-of-luxury getaway or a unique natural or cultural experience, you’ll find it in this historic, scenic locale. Part of the Coral Triangle, Bali’s reefs offer incredible biodiversity—to the delight of SCUBA divers and snorkelers—and its volcanoes, forests, terraced rice paddies, beaches, waterfalls, and unique wildlife provide an experience like no other.
The majority of the island’s inhabitants are Hindus. Unlike Hinduism in India, the Balinese religion mixes Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. Unique facets of the religion are visible everywhere on the island, including Balinese women carrying offerings on their heads as they travel to the temples, or devotees praying at holy shrines. Luxurious beach clubs, accommodations ranging from three to five stars, and all major international hotel brands are represented. The choice of location is wide, too, from homestay, to private villas, to boutique hotels and resorts. In an experience arranged by Asia World Indonesia & Starwood Hotels & Resorts, ASTA/NACTA FAM participants explored a variety of these accommodations, as well as the island’s charms.
part of Starwood’s W Hotels Worldwide, a luxury hotel chain. ‘”Whatever/Whenever®” is W Hotel’s signature service, granting guests “Whatever” they wish for, “Whenever” they want, be it a spa treatment at 3 a.m. or a pair of tickets to the latest nightclub. The beachfront retreat sits in one of Bali’s trendy enclaves, with designer boutiques, eclectic galleries, concept restaurants, chic cocktail bars, and clubs. More than 150 retreats and suites offer spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, or lush landscaped gardens. For more privacy, there are seventy-nine units of one- to three-bedroom pool villas.
beachfront resort boasts panoramic ocean views, 123 beautifully appointed suites, and villas surrounded by seawater lagoons and lush gardens. Award-winning dining venues, bars, Remède Spa, and the Children’s Learning Center are among the amenities visitors will enjoy. The resort is near the Ubud Art Village, a prominent center for fine arts. Visit your personal St. Regis Butler or the resort concierge for recommendations, or for arrangements for activities such as watching dolphins at dawn, diving, or snorkeling. For a spiritual experience, journey to the Pura Besakih Temple, the largest of the island’s 11,000 Hindu temples.
located on Nusa Dua’s pristine white-sand beach, offers a peaceful, luxurious retreat experience, and the opportunity to partake in Bali’s rich tapestry of culture, art, and nature. Celebrated sites are just a short distance from Nusa Dua: the indigenous Bali Art Centre Ubud, which houses the studios of distinguished artists; the terraced rice paddies at Tegalalang; and local markets, where visitors can stroll, sampling exotic fruits and unearthing diverse handicrafts. Contemporary shopping can be found at the Bali Collection, an upscale department store offering international brands, dining, and entertainment.
Travel advisors booking clients at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, St. Regis Bali, and Laguna Resort will receive SPG Pro benefits—the all-new, comprehensive loyalty program for meeting and travel professionals offered by Starwood Hotels. Registered professionals, accredited travel advisors, and SPG members who influence group, event, and corporate travel will earn SPG elite status, upgrades, and Starpoints for B2B business booked with W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. For more info, visit www.spg.com/pro.
“Bali just became one of my favorite destinations. Our local host, Asia World Indonesia, and the Starwood properties did an outstanding job. We stayed at The Laguna, St. Regis, and the W resorts. All three are great properties, from the rooms and food to the staff. Asia World did an excellent job bringing us to key places, and gave us an experience of a lifetime. Their tour guides are very knowledgeable. Bali is a safe place to send our clients. Knowing that there is a local tour operator who could deliver your clients’ need is a very big help. I would keep Bali on my list of must-see places.” —Araceli Talusan. By Jennifer Reynolds
“Asia World’s plan for us was seamless, with a detailed itinerary and gracious guides. Starwood Hotels provided us with luxurious accommodations at The Laguna Resort, The St. Regis Bali, the W Hotel, and later at the Sheraton in Yogyakarta, Java. Included were outstanding meals and personal attention from hotel managers, sales managers, and chefs, as well as gifts awaiting in our rooms.” —Suzanne Drumm