Julia Roberts (along with hubbie, Danny Moder, 3-year-old Henry and 5-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus) picked The Fours Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay as one of two family headquarters while filming the Bali scenes in Eat Pray Love.
This secluded resort on the south end of the Indian Ocean’s Jimbaran Bay lived up to the Hollywood family’s expectations. Sitting atop a jungle cliff, the resort’s 156 thatch-roofed villas feature handcrafted teak furniture, plunge pools sprinkled with frangipani blossoms (the Roberts’ clan scored a full-size 60-foot pool), outdoor garden showers, open air living quarters and easy access to the resort’s private, white sand beach.
The uber-snazzy spa offers Ayurvedic treatments that start with warm herb-infused oil being drizzled onto the “third eye” chakra and warm herbal flower baths where guests can sip Loloh, a healing organic elixir made from garden herbs.
Half-day Balinese cooking classes, led by the resort’s Indonesian chefs, start with a tour of the local fish and vegetable market and culminate in the custom-built kitchen
As for the kids, Julia was so taken with Balinese Hinduism (the islanders spend nearly a third of their day in meditation and other spiritual practices) that they all got Hindu names. Hazel (A.K.A. Laxmi), Henry (A.K.A. Krishna Balram) and Phinnaeus (A.K.A. Ganesh mostly enjoyed jumping on the batik-clad beds and playing hide and seek among the waterfalls and lush gardens.
For more information or to make reservations, visit the hotel’s website or call the toll-free number at 800.819.5053.
Little-known fact: John O’Sullivan, the resort’s Irish-born GM, is also a published poet who regularly speaks at literary festivals around the world.