Alila Manggis, Bali
Yoga practitioners and nature buffs flock to the rugged, volcanic-sand shore of Alila Manggis, an hour east of touristy Kuta's nightclubs and adjacent to Mount Agung, an active volcano considered Bali's most sacred peak. All 56 rooms face the Bali Sea and overlook a lush central garden with coconut trees, white frangipani, and pink bougainvillea—the setting for the resort's free daily yoga sessions (all levels are welcome). The rooms are set in two-story thatched houses that surround a palm-fringed pool and are designed with batik accents and hand-finished bedding; each has its own shaded private terrace. The resort arranges dives at the Blue Lagoon, a sloping reef just 15 minutes away. You'll come face-to-face with scorpion fish, turtles, and white-tip sharks. More adventurous types can trek up Mount Agung—a four-hour climb to the summit.
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