Imagine the country estate of some intrepid female explorer whose travels span Europe, Morocco, India and Indonesia, and you’d probably come up with something close to Villa Balquisse.
Nestled in 18 hectares of landscaped gardens, this tiny hotel has just nine guest rooms, including a two-bedroom duplex well suited for families; all the rooms are housed in a pair of gracious, Balinese-style villas that can be rented in their entirety. Moroccan-born owner Zohra Boukhari is an interior decorator by profession, with tastes that run towards exotic opulence, with colorful native flourishes. Painted in hues ranging from purple to orange, the palatial, terracotta-floored rooms are filled with Javanese and Balinese antiques, saris from Jaipur, and wrought iron lanterns and lamps from her homeland. Vintage touches such as old-fashioned phones and cameras and slipper bathtubs make you feel like you’re stepping into a different era. Both villas have their own pools edged with teak daybeds, though the beach is a mere 300-meter stroll away. Beachside dinners are much touted in Jimbaran, but for a more authentic Indonesian experience, order the rijsttafel at the rustically elegant Garam Asam restaurant.
What to do
Sign up for the Balinese Boreh Royal Treatment (Rp520,000) at the Henna Spa, a three-hour indulgence that starts with a reflexology foot massage and ends with a floral bath. Culture vultures should visit the Uluwatu Temple—20 minutes by taxi—for the spectacular (and fiery) kecak dance (daily at 6 p.m.; ticket Rp50,000).
18x Jln. Uluwatu, Jimbaran ,
Telephone: +62 361 701 695