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Natura Resort and Spa Hotel Bali
Praise the lord; it is possible to stay in the lap of luxury without dropping one month’s pay on a one-night stay! There are plenty of smaller 4 and 5-star resorts in Bali that are just as breathtaking, just as accommodating and just as unique (maybe even more so) than your normal run-of-the-mill big name brand hotels. One of these places is Natura Resort and Spa in Ubud. Set high on a mountain-top overlooking the lush and vibrant jungle of Petanu River below, the 4-star Natura Resort and Spa is made up of fourteen 2-level villas (with sweeping open-plan balconies, private pools and a day bed you could have a party on).
Now, I feel it is my duty to divulge that I’m a bit of a Bali-bathroom connoisseur, insomuch as I believe that a sure-fire sign of a luxurious Bali dwelling is the presentation and functionality of the inside/outside bathroom. And as far as bathrooms go, Natura Resort’s is as good as they come. The bathroom is vibrant and luxurious yet adopts just the right amount of cultural rustic allure. In fact I loved the bathroom so much that I didn’t actually want to leave the spa bath at night; I was tempted to just sleep there. And with a shower perfectly positioned to take-in the acres and acres of un-spoilt green jungle and river valley below, the bathroom seriously gets my tick of approval. Actually so does the private pool, the views, the restaurant, the room and basically the entire resort, really.
The resort’s spa is an altogether blissful experience. Each thatched treatment hut blends in perfectly with the jungle and, after negotiating endless stairs to the foot of the mountain, you could be forgiven for mistaking them for little mirages among the trees. Because well, that’s pretty much what they are…the bubbling stream beside the Spa only adds to the relaxation felt while being cocooned by all sorts of sweet-smelling lotions.