Best Places to Spend Christmas
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Why Go: Instead of carols, listen to the haunting sounds of the gamelan gong for a change while you admire the Christmas Eve sunset at the island temple of Tanah Lot.
Where to Stay: Incense wafts through the soaring lobby, and wreaths of rice plants, herbs, and flowers hang on the doors of the 22 suites and villas at the small, affordable but remarkably stylish Hotel Tugu Bali.
Holiday Dinner: The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan jazzes up the traditional meal: green-tea noodles with green mussels and bonito broth, and chocolate marquise with banana yogurt, Kahlua sauce, and cocoa meringue.