After a 16 hour flight and 24 hours of exhausting travelling, arriving at MAYA Sanur was as exciting as it was reassuring. This luxurious beach-front spa was our first introduction to the island of Bali. With a sleek, modern design throughout and artistic introductions to the essences of Bali, the hotel suits the most discerning travellers from around the world meeting you half way between modern luxury and vibrant Balinese culture.

Beginners Guide To Bali

Beginners Guide To Bali

The Deluxe Lagoon-Access Rooms claim to be in tune with the island’s local fabric and culture and without a doubt it is; also reclaiming the beauty of the outdoors and seeping it inwards. The birdcage that cradles the oversized day-bed offers a little privacy for a couple. The perfect place to snooze, footsteps from the lagoon pool, it really does feel as smugly comfortable as it looks. Within the suite a king sized bed and deep, stone bath steal the show.

Beginners Guide To Bali

Beginners Guide To Bali

With three Instagram-worthy swimming pools, a tree-top bar, tranquil spa treatment rooms and miles of sandy-white coast line just beyond the edge of the sunbeds, the following morning felt glorious as hand-in-hand we explored, dipped and marvelled at our surroundings.

Beginners Guide To Bali

Beginners Guide To Bali

Breakfast is served at Reef, the hotel restaurant that creates pool-side-beach-side alfresco dining, gently sheltered from the warm, dizzyingly bright Balinese sun. After enjoying the deliciously squeezed juices at breakfast and a stroll along the beach, the cool, spa treatment rooms provide sweet relief from the hot climate and the opportunity to truly indulge in luxury. The 75 minute treatments are best – just enough time for you to drift away from the day’s to do list (eat, rest, swim, drink, sleep , repeat) and relax deeply. There is the option to enjoy your treatment on the spa rooftop in the open air, letting the intuitive spa therapist knead, smooth and comfort the body from head to toe. MAYA has its own brand of spa products including spa oils which are available to purchase and irresistible – you’ll be able to reminisce from home on a rainy day at the scent of, my favourite, the delicate Balinese flower.

Beginners Guide To Bali

Beginners Guide To Bali

Before checking out, head to KUU, a refreshingly light, bright sushi restaurant. The menu is illustrated, making it even harder to choose dishes. The sashimi gently melts in the mouth, the sushi flavours are light, fresh and deliciously textured and the noodle dishes are eye-poppingly good. Opt for the Green Tea Ice Cream to finish – be warned, it’s far too good to share.

For more information please visit www.mayaresorts.com/sanur