Set on the island's less explored east coast, with its time-forgotten jungle villages, winding roads flanked by rice paddies and ancient temples, Amankila is one of Bali's most exclusive resorts.

And it's easy to see why. A treetop kingdom of 34 stunning villas has been built on stilts above the steep hillside, linked by elevated staircases that criss-cross between the palmtops. Below the hotel's commanding perch, there's a palm-lined private beach with thatched bales (pavilions) for lounging tucked into clearings. Where better to spend endless days of feeling as if it's just the two of you on the beach? (Well, you and a few very attentive waiters.)

For something completely different, take a guided trek or bike ride into the jungle and experience the magic of old Bali - you might even stumble across locals taking part in one of the near-weekly Balinese Hindu festivals.

Wow factor: The three-tier infinity pool - it's worth having a very early breakfast so you can catch the sun rising over it.

Flight time: From 11 hours via Kuala Lumpur.

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