Answer: A Bali bed is an outdoor daybed for two on a platform with a mattress. It can be as simple as a double chaise or as elaborate as a richly upholstered pleasure dome on a beach with a natural wooden frame around it. Curtains, which can be drawn for privacy, surround the bed. Unlike a palapa, a Bali bed offers little or no protection from overhead sun.
The name Bali bed originally comes from the wood culled in Bali and Java to make the beds. Today these beds are made from a variety of natural materials, including bamboo.
Beach resorts throughout the world that cater to couples may offer a Bali bed on the beach, where you can sunbathe during the day and even sleep under the stars at night. Depending on the resort, there may be a fee to reserve and hold a Bali bed, or its use may be included in the rate.
To enrich the experience, waiter or butler service is sometimes offered, along with cool towels. Other amenities may include a massage for two while you laze on the bed together.
Pictured: Bali bed at the One&Only Palmilla Resort in Baja California.