What: A secluded tropical resort.

Where: On a flourishing green hillside overlooking the Ayung River, north of Ubud, Bali's cultural centre.

Why: The Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri is a series of residences and villas set into a lush, landscaped garden of waterfalls, baths and wild tropical plants. The residences feature a staff-to-guest ratio of eight to one (including a personal butler), a library, a kitchen, an outdoor shower and large, open-air verandahs. The estate's health spa emphasizes an holistic approach to its services, which include massages, wraps, skin scrubs, all performed either in the privacy of your own villa, or in the massage garden, next to a waterfall.