Two sublimely stylish retreats in Indonesia

Richly appointed tents in the rainforest at Capella Ubud and colonial-chic design at The Residence Bintan

A Jacuzzi plunge pool and deck at Capella Ubud in Bali’s verdant rainforest
A Jacuzzi plunge pool and deck at Capella Ubud in Bali’s verdant rainforest

That Bali continues to see so much high-end development elicits both consternation (where is there even space?) and enthusiasm (no such thing as too many options on the Island of the Gods). Ubud, its cultural heart, is as of spring home to Capella Ubud (capellahotels.com; from $828), where architect Bill Bensley has installed 22 richly appointed tents above a tributary of the sacred Ayung river. With library, spa and restaurants, it aims to capture the essence of a rainforest adventure without sacrificing a single luxury.

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Across Indonesia, the team behind The Residence hotels (whose escapes on Zanzibar and Mauritius are favourites) has cut the ribbon on The Residence Bintan (cenizaro.com; from £152), a 127-room and -villa retreat on Bintan Island in the Riau Archipelago, a 50-minute ferry ride from Singapore; think spaces awash in the airy, white, colonial-chic design for which The Residence is known.

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