Written by Beverley Lennon
Feet up, you’re in Bali lounging on a beachfront sun chair while sipping on an icy Mojito when suddenly a family of five with rowdy small children armed with electronic tablets (playing Peppa Pig), floaties, sand pails, and screaming voices traipses past you. 🙄
Please, don’t get us wrong — we love these cheeky little human beings, but sometimes we just want and most importantly need to vacation with other fellow grown-up adults.
This is because to us and to many others, a romantic vacation means a spot that doesn’t include the kids or at least one that does not attract families.
For this upcoming couple holiday of yours, first think about leaving behind all the “Mommy, Mooooommmy” x100 screams and consider escaping to one of these affordable luxury beachfront hotels in Bali where you will find some peace and quiet with little to no kids around you (yes, you deserve that so don’t feel guilty!).
Now, go enjoy your adult version of ‘time out’ away from stinky diapers!
Note: This list of stays has been curated based on the hotels’ popularity among couples compared to families and will depend on the seasons. Some of them are adults-only hotels while some are simply less popular among families with kids due to the absence of kid-friendly facilities.
The prices reflected below are the low season rates for the hotels and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. An ideal adults-only getaway haven – The Royal Purnama
If you’ve always wondered where couples vacation at their best, you’ll have to consider staying at The Royal Purnama. Let us tell you why!
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Of course, by now you should know that Bali wins it at nightlife but when you’re a little older (nothing offensive) you sure want to bring it down a notch by staying somewhere just remote enough.
Perfectly situated for some peaceful and relaxing time, this is the place to be if you’ve been flirting with the idea of enjoying some good deep sleep away from shrill screams (you know like at 5am when they get bored of sleeping!).
Now, while adults-only resorts aren’t as common in Bali as they are in, say, the Maldives or the Caribbean, it seems like you’re lucky enough because The Royal Purnama has an ‘over-12 years of age’ policy, making it ideal for couples looking for a sexy vacation away from kids.
After a cheeky night in one of their jacuzzi suite or private pool villa, you might want to take your lover on a romantic sunrise walk along the rugged Purnama beach that is renowned for its therapeutic qualities.
But if you usually start your day a little later, enjoy a dip in the magnificent pool overlooking the ocean. Yes, you get to do this in all exclusivity with no juniors in the surroundings!
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And for those of you who are restless, you sure will enjoy the resort’s ideal location as it is set between rice fields, plantations and the coastlines so you will find plenty to do throughout your couple getaway (including treks, temple visits, and cruises!).
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You could be dreaming but this is very much what a romantic holiday looks like at The Royal Purnama!
Photo Via Mradamrizz, Laurenrui2. An adult-style resort ideal for couples and romance – Sadara Boutique Beach Resort
Steal away to Sadara Boutique Beach Resort, where cosy spots for two abound in the property’s swimming pools, as well as at the beach club (which was newly renovated in 2018!).
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Guests staying at the resort are often here to celebrate their wedding with friends and family, but many of them actually come back for their honeymoon, babymoon and yearly couple getaway. So we’ve warned you, this stay is bound to steal your heart!
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Not making things any better because in here, decisions are hard – cosy up at the lobby lounge or float away at their Lotus Premium Spa? Either way, you sure are in for a treat.
Rooms are extra spacious, with a touch of classic Balinese architecture, featuring a bathtub, balcony and so much more. So if you didn’t quite get it yet, in short, this resort should be high on your list if the adult in you needs relaxation.
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You won’t ever be bored with their array of couple activities, such as the Traditional Balinese Cooking Class, Royal High Tea and the not-to-be-missed Sunrise Yoga session. It’s a match between you and Sadara Boutique Beach Resort!
3. For the hipster couples who love Canggu but not kids: LV8 Resort Hotel
If you’re travelling to Bali, you naturally beachfront it. But that can be a little challenging with every resort looking the same, except for LV8 Resort Hotel – an almost-Ibiza-style resort right here in Bali’s hippest spot, Canggu!
Though criticised for their lack of 5-star amenities, this resort sure does offer a worry-free experience where you are encouraged to soak in the sunshine and indulge in refreshing cocktails with little to no screaming little heads next to you.
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As a guest, you can take advantage of the beach set right in front of the resort while being spoiled at an onsite beach club that welcomes international DJs on special occasions.
Other days at the resort are quiet and serene so you can make the most of your romantic moments while you lounge on one of the floating sunbeds atop the ocean-view pool.
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From suite to penthouse, LV8 Resort Hotel does not fail at holidaying in style but we sure have a crush on their One Bedroom Suite (with pool), designed with relaxation in mind!
4. Find peace in natural and cultural beauty – Amarta Pasut Beach Retreat
Set along the southwestern coast of Bali, Amarta Pasut Beach Retreat is a tranquil adult-targeted hideaway in the midst of untouched rice paddy fields, black-sandy beaches and sights of Mount Batukaru from afar.
In here, you will find exclusive bungalows to enjoy even more spectacular views of the lush tropical gardens with some even featuring the magnificent Indian Ocean beyond.
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A romantic destination in itself, the Joglo is the retreat’s beachfront restaurant that offers unique local flavours along with other international specialities. You’ll be greeted at the restaurant with complimentary ocean views and natural sea breeze if you opt for the outdoor lounge (highly recommended as it adds to the romantic touch)!
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Your tranquil vacation away from the crowds is perfected with an intimate signature massage at the spa, before exploring the beauty of the region via a tour of the local villages, cooking classes, trekking in the rice fields and mountains, horseriding and many more.
Drop by if you hate fighting with a hundred other guests for the last two beach chairs 🙂
5. Romance and tranquillity in a comfortable Balinese village style – Grand Balisani Suites
What do you have in mind when you dream of a romantic holiday in Bali? If your answer is something similar to this – unspoiled and unpolluted environment, with tropical gardens, lotus ponds, rice paddy fields, clean private beach, village and temples – you’ll love a stay at Grand Balisani Suites.
Set on a long sweep of beach, this oceanfront hotel is as quiet and romantic as it gets. And what is a beachfront stay without a restaurant boasting fresh sea-to-table dishes? Drop your anchor with your lover at the onsite Kamboja Restaurant and feast on the delicious local seafood.
On other days, you can also just step out and take a short walk to nearby traditional restaurants. After all, you have no picky little eaters with you! Sit among the locals to indulge in authentic Balinese delicacies.
As the sun sets, with your drink in hand and your hot-dog-legs Instagram story published, it’s time to relax by the pool – you’ll enjoy not having a squad of little monsters jumping in and out, splashing water everywhere (including onto your favourite book, oh dear!).
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Take off your watch and lose track of the time as you relax and unwind before heading back to your airy room for some cuddle time in bed. The excellent service, amenities and premier location makes Grand Balisani Suites an absolute choice among couples on the lookout for an idyllic setting.
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Ready to turn up the heat on your next vacation?
Note: We highly recommend you to avoid school holiday periods to avoid any disappointment due to noises and crowds.
6. Relaxation is at the rendezvous!: Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas
With exquisite villas and a coveted location along the beach, Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas has pretty much everything you could ever wish for on a romantic beach getaway.
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In here, you’re signing up for 5-star service, and the hotel promises utter relaxation! Add one restaurant, a pool bar, an infinity pool, and a holistic spa — oh, and no kids — and relaxation is pretty much guaranteed.
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Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your fitness routine at their gym, get pampered with daily spa treatments, or lounge back with a good book at the onsite library, you’re sure to leave Ulu Segara a calmer (and should we say better?) version of yourself.
If you fancy spacious rooms, you’ll be rejoiced to know that the lowest room category here is the forever loved Suite Room – ideal for couples, business or even solo travellers. These come with complimentary ocean views and are the perfect respite to come back to after exploring exotic Bali.
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7. A worry-free all-inclusive getaway – Bali Tropic Resort & Spa
Come right here if you fancy a holiday where you don’t have to sign a bill at every turn, and where everything is taken care of (being all-inclusive) while you simply bliss out!
With traditional Balinese vibes that abound and seclusion as their main selling point, Bali Tropic Resort & Spa checks all the boxes. You’ll have a hard time deciding where to dip into – the oceanfront pool or the blue sea that lies just beyond.
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Spend your day plunging in and out of both before enjoying the open-air restaurants that are complimented for their natural sea breeze (but of course for their delicious dishes too!).
Now what’s even better is that you won’t have to fight over sun loungers as there are plenty of them around the pool and right on the beach so you sure will enjoy these for a nap after a heavy meal.
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Make the most of your kid-free moments right in their rooms. These even come with a romantic bathtub for guaranteed relaxing and quiet intimate times to unwind blissfully.
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What’s even more romantic? The spa – quietly tucked away and giving the best of both worlds – a calm and intimate ambience where you lovebirds can rejuvenate.
8. A breakaway from the outdoor hustle and bustle – The Royal Beach Seminyak-Mgallery Collection
Located on the renowned Seminyak Beach and offering two stunning pools, one beachfront and another nestled in the garden area, this hotel exudes romance.
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Although favoured for its serene and private atmosphere, the property is perfectly located a short distance away from Bali’s trendiest bars and top dining spots which sure are ideal for date nights out.
But if we were you, we would highly consider a romantic sunset dinner at the onsite Capris Beachfront Restaurant where delightful Mediterranean cuisine is served.
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And when you’re ready to disconnect with the real world, step into your luxurious room, which boasts a private balcony with tropical garden views.
Here on a special occasion? Treat yourselves by booking one of their secluded villas – each comes with a private pool or whirlpool encircled by sumptuous foliage for complete privacy (what happens in Bali, stays in Bali!).
9. Where kids don’t get to swim with adults – Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort
Planning a romantic getaway without your kids? You sure don’t want others to come in sight while on holiday!
You might spot some kids around here but most of them don’t get stuck where you are. Come here to be considered lucky because you get to enjoy an adults-pool while the little ones have their own away from you, so you spend your tantrum-free days swimming and relaxing with adult beverages in both hands.
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The resort offers unquestionably good value for money while being located mere footsteps away from a beautiful stretch of beach.
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When you’re ready for your ultimate sanctuary, open up your room door as an inviting space awaits – packed with all your home comforts and necessary amenities.
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And if just like us you really want to enjoy the slow-paced Balinese lifestyle, pause each day with a pampering session at the Visala Spa with body and beauty treatments inspired by Indonesia’s wellness legacy.
Special Mention (Not in South Bali)
Special Mention 1. For the yogi couples on a retreat – Puri Bagus Candidasa
A dream in disguise! Puri Bagus Candidasa lets you totally unwind with your hair down. Here, you can relax with like-minded adults who come especially to experience diving and yoga in Bali.
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There are plenty of good reasons to consider a vacation at the retreat as it is a charming little gem in eastern Bali, which is a good base to tour the still authentic part of the island and explore the underwater world.
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When you return to the shores, you might want to double treat your body with some freshly-made organic food and beverages, followed by a rewarding spa treatment.
No noise, no disturbances and most importantly, no kids, so you get to enjoy a chic eternality pool with a chill ambience.
P.S. If you ask us, we would opt for the ocean-view room for even more privacy, quietness and good views!
Special Mention 2. A place that wins it at seclusion – Candi Beach Resort & Spa
Of course we all want to stay in South Bali when on vacation, because this is where everything happens but a soothing luxury escape to the east doesn’t hurt anybody; in fact, it might even heal you from your daily stress and worries!
Boasting natural décor, soothing interior colours and a beautiful environment, this beach resort is perfect for unwinding and enjoying endless relaxing walks along the beach, beauty treatments and traditional Indonesian architecture while in Bali.
On a few occasions, you’ll be able to mingle with other guests too as the resort organises cocktail parties at night (all these without the kids ;)).
Couples will love their well-curated amenities, activities and ambience that cater to lovebirds. If you wish to celebrate your special day, check out their wedding and honeymoon packages. Oh, and throw in two pools and direct access to a private-access beach too!
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Their staff will make you feel at home and take care of your every need, which will add to your “I don’t want to leave this place” at check-out time, so come prepared!