Occupying a prime tranche of sea coast in the resort enclave of Nusa Dua, the 123-room St. Regis brings Fifth Avenue sophistication to the tropics without losing a scintilla of the island’s languorous magic. Even standard rooms are enormous (990 square feet) and turned out in cosmopolitan style. Spacious villas offer a choice of garden seclusion, a private gate to the beach, or hop-in access to the meandering nearly 40,000-square-foot lagoon. There’s no end of things to do here— an athletic club, a private entry to the adjoining Bali Golf & Country Club, events showcasing the island’s cultural richness, and an exquisite spa are just the beginning. The resort also abounds in private nooks: A magnificent formal garden dotted with thatched pavilions occupies an expanse of nearly two acres between the main building and the golf course. The beachside Kayuputi restaurant is easily one of the island’s best, offering extravagances like wagyu beef and Prunier caviar, and desserts both delicious to the palate and pleasing to the eye.