September 2016 · From the remote and less frequented islands of Thailand to the unending expanse of the Caribbean beaches of the Dominican Republic, there is so much in between to see and be humbled by. World Travel Magazine highlights a selection of 50 luxury properties across the world that are currently pushing the trend in opulence and style. The beauty of nature and the temptation of exploring the wilderness has been man’s basic instinct. Capitalising on this potential, governments, hoteliers and naturalists have come together in many of the properties on this list to preserve the environment and at the same time make it accessible. Many of the properties are designated UNESCO protected sites. Beaches, forests, vibrant cities, popular tourist friendly townships and old restored properties are featured here as well. It is a fascinating read for it reveals not just options for the traveller but also the zest, endurance and passion that went in to transform a vision into life." />

Alila Seminyak (Bali)

Think Bali and conjure happy activity-filled beaches. The stunning Seminyak beach resort will keep that imagery intact, radiating sophistication and vivacity every step of the way.

Situated at the quieter end of an 8km beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian, Seminyak has evolved into one of Bali’s hippest scenes. Immersing guests in an unforgettable beachfront experience, a lush secret garden designed by an award-winning Singapore architectural firm reveals itself through its contemporary architecture woven through with vertical greens, wall-hugging plants, green roofs and landscaped terraces which are naturally ventilated by ocean breezes. Savour authentic Indonesian flavours and feast on succulent grills and sundowners by the side of the pool.

Make the hotel a base and step out for beach bumming, shopping and an active night life. Visit the nearby temples and freeze this Balinese getaway in the mind’s eye.

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