Places & Spaces: Ayana Hotel & Resort in Bali

The Avana Resort and Spa in Bali is the perfect place to seek refuge.

Voted the “#1 Spa in the World” in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali will take your breath away. The 290-room hotel and 78 private freestanding villas are perched above the Indian Ocean on Jimbaran Bay amongst beautiful tropical gardens.

Just a few days ago, Ayana Resort and Spa was recognized for its commitment to sustainable practices and is now a certified Eco Hotel by the prestigious TUV Rheinland Germany. Apparently the resort’s eco-friendly practices have been followed for a long time: the two water recycling plants, which recycle grey and black water, are used on the gardens and ponds; a composting program is utilized; energy efficiency is of great importance and the resort uses eco-friendly detergents and other products.

There is nothing but indulgence at Ayana Resort and Spa from a “Floataway Champagne Brunch,” to a “Spa on the Rocks” treatment. But perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Ayana Resort and Spa is the meaning of its name in Sanskrit – “a place of refuge.”

If you go: Ayana Resort and Spa offers perfume-making workshops and cooking classes. Rates start at approximately $260.00 USD per night.

Places & Spaces is a travel guide that will inspire you to carve out a vacation on your calendar. All of the gorgeous locations and accommodations in our guide share our concern for the environment. From tent glamping to lavish built environments, fair warning, you’ll feel compelled to pack your suitcase.