Upscale resort with character
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This small but well-appointed resort is a good choice for anyone looking to splash out -- but not on your average beach resort.
It struck us as a luxury resort for grown-ups who are still backpackers at heart. Along with a rocky private beach, Nirvana boasts a long, winding walkway perched over the dark volcanic rocks that form the peninsula's west side; head here for spectacular sunsets and panoramic sea views. There are also two swimming pools, a spa, a wet-bar and the excellent Tantra Restaurant. The deluxe room we checked out was decorated with Balinese flourishes and vintage 1970s rock-and-roll memorabilia. It's not often that you find a psychedelic Grateful Dead concert poster or photograph of John Lennon smooching Yoko Ono in a luxury resort, but that's just what delighted us here. The room also features sumptuous antique wood furniture and carvings, plush linens, a dramatic coarse stone fascia in the bathroom and the latest state of the art entertainment system with a flatscreen TV that must be at least 40 inches wide. All of the expected mod-cons -- air-con, fridge, safe, coffee/tea facilities -- are also included. Huge seafront rooms open onto similarly huge wood balconies that are a step or two from the surf. It's a 15-minute walk to Bang Bao Pier from here.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.