Co-written by Jiayi Ng, Cisca Lim
We all know Bali is the ultimate destination for the rich and famous.
Didn’t Taiwanese songbird Vivian Hsu who recently held her fairytale wedding on a Balinese cliff? (literally)
Cliffside resorts have always held a timeless charm. Imagine that breathtaking moment when you perch at its edge – you are at the top of the world, and the rippling clear blue waters stretch beyond the horizon, to lick the golden yolk of the setting sun.
Is this your dream holiday? Well, dream no longer, we’ll show you the best hotels on the cliff edge, where you can fall hopelessly in love again.
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, 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. That secret place with private beach: Karma Kandara (From USD $913)
If you have always wanted to take a stunning beach photoshoot on a cliff top resort, the Karma Kandara is where your search ends.
Karma Kandara sits pretty on the Bukit Peninsula on Bali’s southern coastline, also known as ‘Billionaires Row”. Its private beach is a hidden gem, which is pretty much untouched by tourists due to its obscure location. The only way to reach this hidden beach is via the villa’s hill tram!
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The views from the pool at the top of the cliff are absolutely spectacular.
Not to mention that its award-winning restaurant, Di Mare – voted by Tatler Indonesia as one of the best restaurants in Bali, is matched by world-class cuisine, which takes its inspiration from the Mediterranean. This view itself is such a feast for the eyes!
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Should you require some professional pampering, book a treatment at Karma Spa, or slip into the Himalayan Crystal Salt pool for a round of detoxing.
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Be sure to get yourself a cliff front villa if you want to have a 24/7 view of the waves crashing on the walls of the cliff below. Trust us, a spa treatment at Karma will only serve to elevate your heights of utter relaxation.
2. Live like royalty: The Edge Bali (From USD $800)
Remember Taiwanese goddess Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄) and her gorgeous fairy tale wedding ceremony here earlier in June?
Recall the stunning photos of that cliffside resort where she said her vows with her businessman husband?
This is that very place – The Edge.
Staying in this villa means you can have an unrivaled 180-degree view of the ocean and the horizon.
Imagine sipping a cocktail while enjoying the tranquil view of the deep blue ocean – how therapeutic!
Every villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalized dedicated butler service, from the moment you arrive till the end of your stay.
That’s what garners all that commendation on the hotel service – many guests have commented that it “made their stay memorable, which they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
3. Romance under the stars: Anantara Uluwatu (From USD $281)
Fancy dining under the stars?
Guests at Anantara Uluwatu can enjoy their meals at the gorgeous cliffside setting with an incredible ocean view.
If that’s not enough, its Ocean Front Pool Villa has an unmatched sunset ocean view from the edge of the cliff.
With its modern interior design and full-length panoramic glass windows facing the ocean and beyond, don’t you think staying here is an indulgence worth every cent?
You can even watch the waves roll towards the beach right beneath your infinite plunge pool.
What’s more, this resort is also situated close to a world-class surfing spot – Padang Padang beach (another rare hidden gem, in our opinion).
And guess who’s spotted there?
Hong Kong-Malaysian supermodel Mandy Lieu (劉碧麗) filmed a wedding-themed jewellery commercial with Korean model Jino C. in Bali, and the pair even had the chance to stay in Anantara Uluwatu during their trip!
Isn’t it such a blissful place?
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4. Have a tranquil, romantic dinner at their secret cave – Samabe Bali Resort & Villas
As you look down from the top of the picturesque cliffs of southern Nusa Dua, Samabe gives you the sweet uninterrupted scenes of dancing ocean waves, against the hotel’s opulent and elegant design.
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Decked in its signature white, elegant boardwalk flooring, gazebos and sun huts – lounging in Samabe is a blissful activity.
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Fancy a private beach with white sand and clear turquoise waters? You can have it at Samabe too!
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Spaciousness is the name of the game in Samabe. The pool, garden and rooms are all in extra generous sizes, so you won’t feel like leaving its ridiculous comfort. (Drinks in the mini bar are also free-flowing with refill options to ensure your absolute enjoyment!)
Romance is another essential in Samabe where engagements and weddings are commonly held at their majestic Pearl Chapel. Take your spouse to the all-white bridal walkway for a quick spin of contemporary glamour and photo-ops!
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Last but not least, while a candlelit dinner on the beach is amazing enough, Samabe takes it a step further with an uber romantic dining option – Secret cave-dining.
Tucked away in a secret cave hideaway, Samabe cave- dining is a stunning five-course special love set menu, accompanied only by dedicated chefs, staff – and of course, the serenade of the crashing waves.
5. Private seclusion in luxurious space – Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas
Formerly The Sawangan Luxury Suites & Villas, this 5-star accommodation promises a getaway marked with utter relaxation and a feast for the senses.
Situated at the end of the road of all luxury hotels in Nusa Dua, Ulu Segara immediately stands out with its supremely serene and peaceful surroundings.
As you step into its front entrance, a grand hall with stone design and spacious lobby greets you with the warmest welcome.
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Dominated with earthy hued walls and glass panel doors and windows, direct ocean views from the best of Nusa Dua beaches – such as Geger Beach and Tanjung Benoa, are a divine sight to be seen every day.
Ulu Segara is also often praised and sought after for its room cleanliness, amazing services and freedom of privacy, that can be hard to attained in other popular hotels during high season in Nusa Dua.
Their popular choice for great value is 1-bedroom villa – with your own private cliff top pool and a beautiful cabana! For the enrichment of soul and mind in spacious and luxurious seclusion, Ulu Segara is the perfect solution.
6. For your sunset romantic bliss: AYANA Resort and Spa (From USD $215)
If you want to kick back and relax, the AYANA Resort and Spa (formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton) would be the perfect choice destination.
Fancy a morning swim? You even get a variety of pools – the Infinity Edged Pool, Ocean Beach Pool, River Pool, and even a Children’s Pool – suitable for all ages!
But if chlorine water isn’t really your thing, head down to the private Kuta Beach. You can bask in the sun in complete peace and quiet, away from the tourist crowd.
Golf courses, a tennis pavilion and jogging tracks are also available for the fitness fan.
And what’s best after you’ve tired out your sore muscles? Soothe yourself at a fully equipped spa!
And that’s not all.
One of AYANA’s best gems is its famous Rock Bar, where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sunset with your significant other.
Just this year, Chinese stars Yan Kuan (严宽) and Du Ruoxi (杜若溪) made their eternal vows here, in a romantic sunset wedding ceremony.
And who says you can’t do that too, in this perfect honeymoon destination?
7. Honeymoon close to heaven: Khayangan Estate
It’s paradise the moment you enter this picturesque scene by the cliffside in Uluwatu. Khayangan literally lives up to its name, which means “Seventh Heaven” in traditional Indonesian.
Pictures don’t even do this stunning place justice.
Perched on the 140m cliff top ocean front, this villa boasts of an amazing architectural design, with well-lit interiors and jaw-dropping infinity pools that overlook the Indian Ocean.
Touted by many avid travellers to be a “celebrity estate”, you’ll expect Brad and Angelina to turn up at these gorgeous villas any moment.
In fact, Taiwan television host Patty Hou (侯佩岑) married her bank manager fiancé Ken Huang in an ultra romantic wedding ceremony here.
Or you may even spot some of your favourite stars on a not-so-secret vacation.
Inspired to tie the knot against this spectacular backdrop of the perfect sunset?
Not only can you do so, but this is also the perfect place for an unforgettable honeymoon.
8. Revel in luxury and romance: Alila Uluwatu (From USD $760)
Alila resort is no stranger to those who seek luxury holidays and romantic weddings.
Also read: Our Alila Villas Uluwatu review: 8 Romantic couple experiences to fall in love with magical clifftop views
Not only will you be blown away by the award-winning zen-like architecture upon entering Alila Uluwatu, but you’ll also stand amazed at the view from the edge of the limestone cliff, which sweeps down to the sea.
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Since its inception in 2009, it has attracted many rave reviews on its staff’s attention to detail when servicing the room.
Its mouth-watering cuisine is also the talk of town!
This is also one of those places where you can hold your perfect wedding. Quoting from Wedding Guide Asia: “We can’t help but noticed the abundance of natural sunlight that allowed these breathtaking shots.”
What are you waiting for?
Even Hollywood stars have their share of this little piece of heaven on earth – its no secret that Hugh jackman was once spotted staying here with his family!
9. At the cliff-edge of luxury: Bulgari Resort Bali (From USD $900)
The famed Bulgari Hotels & Resorts may be well-known for its gorgeous cliffside views of the Indian Ocean, but that’s not its only interesting luxury feature.
You also get a gigantic bathroom with an open-air concept, equipped with a gorgeous bathtub, two makeup tables, and even a separate toilet area.
Dining is ultra-romantic – you can enjoy a private meal out in the open air, complete with a full view of the ocean and cooling breeze.
If you didn’t know, there’s also a special wedding platform – a beautiful, transparent platform laid out on a serene infinity pool, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Big-time Chinese thespians Hawick Lau (刘恺威) and Yang Mi (杨幂) are among the list of the rich and famous who have chosen to hold their weddings at this romantic and luxurious resort.