MYSTIC RIVERS. Bamboo forests and cool rivers seem to shelter the luxurious Padma Resort Ubud (Banjar Carik, Payangan, Ubud; +62 361 301 111; padmaresortubud.com) from the bustling island life
Meant to be a serene hideaway, the new 11-hectare accommodation is big in size as well as style. The 149 guestrooms are beautifully ornamented with local furniture and expansive glass windows that overlook the green outdoors. Speaking of the outdoors, the resort has a meandering jogging track that stretches for 3.4 kilometers, allowing joggers to savor scenic views over the hills of Ubud. Another gem of the establishment is the 89m infinity swimming pool. Bonus point, the pool gets heated when ambient temperature drops to ensure that guests can swim in comfort.