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It's the über-smiley driver and his tropical shirt awaiting you at the airport that epitomises the vibe of the Balinese people.


The mood is infectious, and you'll be beaming along with him as you zip through villages lined with wood-carved huts and craft galleries, before you arrive at your hideaway. Buried into the side of the rainforest, Hanging Gardens Ubud literally sways above the canopy.


There really is no mistaking that you're shoulder deep in the jungle when cheeky chattering monkeys clamber over the thatched roof of your villa as you float in your private infinity pool. Grab a (free) bike and cycle to the nearby historic temples to soak up the Buddhist atmosphere, or trundle past rice paddies, waving to local children. Take a tour - the elephant safari is a must. But if the real aim is to relax, head to the main infinity pools, and simply hang, taking in the vistas of emerald flora, the delicate birdsong and the rushing water of the ancient river below.


WOW FACTOR Dining on a private candlelit bamboo raft, floating atop the infinity pool. Bang a drum with a stick, and you are reeled back in for an immediate champagne top-up. A surreal treat.

GO The Turquoise Holiday Company offers seven nights from £1,840 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers


LAST UPDATED: 24th August 2014 at 1:29pm

At the centre of this magical island, Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, is a mix of old and new against a backdrop of lush jungle. The studios of Western modern artists sit next to galleries of traditional Balinese art. Funky organic cafes filled with expats are neighbours to ancient temples, where nightly dance performances have all eyes transfixed. Like the town, Uma Ubud seamlessly blends old and new, with modern white interiors and traditional architecture. A 20-minute walk from the centre of town, Ubud life is still on your doorstep. Don't miss the Neka Museum and the legendary Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill (order mie Go:reng). Take advantage of the yoga classes to find inner peace. WOW FACTOR: Visit Uma's sister property Como Shambhala Retreats, in the jungle, for one of its blissful treatments. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit more details or email