Written by Beverley Lennon
Edited by Candice Neo

Playing host to some of the best 5-star luxury hotels and resorts in all Asia, Bali sets the standard when it comes to the variation of places to stay – some are romantic honeymoon havens, others are designed with families in mind, featuring exciting kids’ clubs and spacious suites.

In Ubud, there are world-class rainforest hotels as well as private pool villas with spectacular jungle views. Meanwhile, luxurious beach resorts dot the coastlines of Seminyak, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Landmark addresses such as Six Senses and Alila, some of Bali’s most exclusive stays, are saved for the cliff-tops of Uluwatu.

But with so many options to choose from, it can definitely be hard to choose where to stay in Bali.

For a shortlist of our favourites, here we round up the best five-star hotels and luxury resorts in Bali and the Nusa Islands, including options for a remote escape in East and West Bali.

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Nusa Dua
East Bali
West Bali
Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida

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.

Seminyak / Legian / Kuta

Where you can find trendy shops, cute cafes, sunset at the beach and nightlife

Seminyak is a very popular beach town along the southwest coast of Bali. Well-trodden by those looking for a slice of sandy beach, Seminyak is filled with trendy shops and restaurants, some of Bali’s cutest cafes as well as a good variety of bars and nightclubs. That said, different areas of Seminyak have their own personalities so it can be hard to choose where to stay.

Jalan Kayu Aya or Bali’s Eat Street is a great option for couples, groups of friends and especially if you’re here on an all-girls trip. From here, you can walk right out from your villa to a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars right at your doorstep!

There is also Seminyak Beach and Double Six Beach which are both great for surfing lessons. Explore further and you will find trendy beach clubs at Petitenget and a laid-back atmosphere in dreamy Legian. Dotted with luxury beach resorts, Seminyak makes for an ideal gateway to the other regions of Bali.

Sitting right next is Kuta – one of the best places to visit if you’re here to party and enjoy long nights at the bar or nightclub. There are so many incredible things to do in Kuta including shopping, luxury spas, as well as some amazing local food. For accommodation in Kuta, you will find some great options – many of which have stunning views and some more luxurious than others are located right on the beach.

1. A fabulously fun beachfront hotel – W Bali

Seminyak’s trendiest hotel (according to us) is none other than the extraordinary W Bali. Its location? The ideal setting for those who want to enjoy Bali’s vibrant heart of fashion, nightlife and restaurant scene. As one of Bali’s best party hotels, it’s the perfect place to settle down with your group of friends.

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Loyal to the brand’s concept, W Bali features hip interior design with flirty and fun characteristics. There are chic, contemporary bedrooms, some of which face the ocean but it’s really the suites here that are worth the splurge – the three-bedroom EWOW Suite counts a private pool, sprawling sundeck and a 24-hour Whatever/Whenever® valet service. There is also a collection of alluring villas with private pools.

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Dining options include Asian-fusion menus at Starfish Bloo while FIRE dishes out some seriously good meat with high quality of beef cuts. Woobar is a delightful refuge to soak up magical sunsets and sip signature cocktails; so is W Lounge – one of Bali’s best afternoon high tea places.

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W Bali

Rates: From USD $397 (Approximately Rp. 5,937,512)
Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
Contact: +62 361 3000 106

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2. Check in for laid-back luxury – Alila Seminyak

Spread across a sprawling stretch of sandy beach, Alila is one of Seminyak’s hottest properties. There are ocean view suites, beach suites and an elegant penthouse to choose from. The latter comes with three bedrooms, a spacious infinity pool and in-room dining services.

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Their beachfront restaurant Seasalt presents wild-caught and sustainably harvested seafood from the waters around Indonesia and there is also the Beach Bar for cocktails and ice-cold beers by the ocean.

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When you’re not at the beach, you can spend your time at the spa and experience age-old beauty recipes and ancient healing practices.

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Otherwise, head out to discover the best things to do in Seminyak – don’t miss the trendy shops and hipster cafes!

Alila Seminyak

Rates: From USD $243 (Approximately Rp. 3,634,295)
Address: Jalan Taman Ganesha, No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 3021 888

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3. One of Bali’s best luxury family resorts – Padma Resort Legian

At Padma Resort Legian, families have access to dedicated family-sized rooms, with the availability of interconnecting rooms; but a big majority hole up in the irresistible lagoon access rooms.

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Here, children can run wild in the 6.8 hectares manicured grounds and enjoy a variety of activities ranging from foam parties to junior cooking classes and mermaid swimming classes.

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For in-house guests aged 4 – 12 years old, their Wolly Kids Club provides supervised indoor and outdoor spaces to play, interact, and relax. Supervised activities like arts and crafts, Fun Yoga, Balinese Dancing, Towel Origami, Duck feeding, Turtle Feeding, Fish Feeding, Canang sari Decoration, Paper origami, and Bingo Games are on the programme.

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Meanwhile, parents can sink cocktails by the swimming pool or indulge in a delightful body treatment at The Spa.

When it’s time to get together, guests are invited to discover the resort’s dining venues or join one of their popular Themed Buffet Dinners at DONBIU and explore the wide range of Italian favourites, Indian or Balinese specials on offer. The Themed Buffet Dinner is accompanied by a special Balinese performance or live acoustic as you dine.

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Tried and tested by TripCanvas – read our full review of Padma Resort Legian!

Padma Resort Legian

Rates: From USD $182 (Approximately Rp. 2,721,982.90)
Address: Jl. Padma No. 1 Legian, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 752 111

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4. Splash in the largest free-form pool in all of Bali – Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Occupying a prime position in the centre of Kuta, Hard Rock Hotel is a landmark property for those familiar with the destination. Naturally, every day at Hard Rock is a show-worthy experience with nightly live bands, an on-site boombox recording studio, and in-room IPTV.

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As one of Bali’s best family resorts, kids of all ages can expect to find amenities designed to make them the main attraction of the holiday. This is a hotel for the young and the young at heart!

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The luxury hotel has 418 rooms and suites with bright and stylish interiors. Each room and suite is equipped with modern amenities, whether you have a garden-facing or pool-facing accommodation. Ideal for families with kids, the Roxity Family Suite sleeps up to 4 persons, featuring a master bedroom for you and a separate room made up with your littles in mind.

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The three outdoor swimming areas include a kids waterpark featuring slides, waterfall bucket and lots of water action for the kids to go ecstatic! Other facilities include the Rock Spa, the Body Rock Fitness Center, a kids club and teens club. Starz Diner, the all-day dining restaurant whips up international flavours or settle down for the a la carte menus at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe where food is of superb quality and variety.

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Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Rates: From USD $110 (Approximately Rp. 1,645,154.50)
Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 761 869

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That hipster central with trendy beach clubs, cool cafes and surf spots

A hip little coastal village in South Bali, Canggu has long been a surfers’ hideout but is now so very distinct for its unique quirky personality, titling itself as ‘Bali’s hipster central’. Today, Canggu is a popular spot for digital nomads, enjoying the perfect balance of work and play from Bali’s best co-working spaces.

In Canggu, you can find a collection of beach clubs, hipster cafes, sunset beach bars and surf schools. But more than that; Canggu is also home to some incredible luxury hotels and resorts including landmark addresses.

5. California-inspired luxury right in Canggu – COMO Uma Canggu

Canggu might stand out as Bali’s hippest district – it’s whimsical, colourful and above all Instagrammable (especially the cafes!). But if you look closely enough, you might find a different side – one that screams glamour.

For a taste of ultimate luxury, check in at the remarkable COMO Uma Canggu. The 119-room luxury beachfront resort sits in one of Canggu’s trendiest spots. Adding to its rooms and suites, there are 12 luxury penthouses, each with a private pool, unobtrusive butler service, and some of Bali’s most epic ocean views. The food and the service are also impeccable, with a focus on local, carefully-sourced produce from across the archipelago.

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But most of all, the resort is home to one of Bali’s best beach clubs! COMO Beach Club blends the buzz of beachfront fun with exceptional, healthy food by day, and cocktails by night. Start your day with a cold-pressed juice or smoothie at their Glow Juice Bar, enjoy an Asian-inspired therapy at the spa or try out surfing with the knowledge of an expert, there’s no short supply of incredible things to do in Canggu.

COMO Uma Canggu

Rates: From USD $267 (Approximately Rp. 3,993,238)
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 6202 228

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6. Where luxury meets local – Hotel Tugu Bali

Set in one of Canggu’s coolest areas – Batu Bolong, Hotel Tugu Bali celebrates the art, culture and history of Indonesia.

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Interestingly, Tugu Hotels’ founder earns the title of ‘Indonesia’s biggest collector of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities’. He designed these beautiful museum hotels to house his antiques and to tell the world the romantic stories and legends of the ancient kingdoms of Indonesia.

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For a full immersion in local heritage, guests are invited to try out their one-day workshops. From traditional cooking classes to Balinese dance classes, Hotel Tugu encourages the culturally curious to get under the skin of the destination they’re visiting.

As expected, the rooms and suites here reflect the legends of Indonesia, each of which is individually created by the owner, displaying his immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide a perfect marriage of colour, texture and atmosphere.

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Hotel Tugu has, of course, some incredible dining as well. JI at the Bale Sutra, their Japanese Fusion restaurant is set within an original Kang Xi period temple dating back from the 1700’s. It’s also one of our favourite luxury dining restaurants in Bali.

Hotel Tugu Bali

Rates: From USD $294 (Approximately Rp. 4,431,389)
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Bali
Contact: +62 361 4731 701 / +62 813 3702 0904

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For lovers of seafood feasts, incredible sunsets, ultra-luxe hotels and resorts

While Jimbaran is known for its seafood and beachfront dining, Uluwatu is known for its stunning oceanfront clifftop setting and ultra-luxurious resorts with gorgeous ocean views. It’s also highly sought after for weddings, with many of its cliff villas allowing couples to exchange vows on the edge of heaven.

While Uluwatu makes for a great option for day trips (especially if it is your first time to Bali), it also offers some of the very best accommodations in all Bali, including ultra-exclusive villas, stylish resorts as well as budget hotels.

7. Bali’s most absolute stunner – Alila Villas Uluwatu

Photos don’t do it justice. Perched atop dramatic cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, Alila Villas Uluwatu puts you almost at the edge of the world.

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The 5-star all-villa resort features four accommodation options – the most scenic of which is their three-bedroom Hillside Villa overlooking the endless ocean of Bali’s southern coast.

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Couples on a romantic escape will want to revel in one of their one-bedroom villas with private pool and oceanview cabana. 24 hour butler service, a spa, fitness centre and infinity swimming pool are among the five-star offerings, with fine dining options including CIRE which serves up anything from Pan-Asian specialties to Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

Guests are also invited to drift away at their Sunset Cabana Bar where bespoke cocktails are served with a side of spectacular ocean views.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu

Rates: From USD $979 (Approximately Rp. 14,641,875)
Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari Tambiyak, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8482 166

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8. Sustainability is the new luxury – Six Senses Uluwatu

Joining Uluwatu’s already spoiling choice of luxury hotels and resorts is an impressive Six Senses property. Teetering on a cliff overlooking the ocean from every corner, the resort’s beautifully-appointed suites and specialty villas elegantly draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer every creature comfort.

Between poolside sessions, you can hop to the spa for traditional Balinese spa massage treatments or in-depth wellness programmes.

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Go for drinks and snacks at Bar at Rocka or pick your favourite comfort food (read: pizza and pasta) at The Cliff Bar as you bask in incredible sunset views.

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Come nightfall, head to their Cinema Under The Stars for an immersive movie experience with complimentary popcorn.

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And when you start feeling a little too isolated, head out to explore some of the coolest things to do in Uluwatu and Jimbaran – you could go surfing or chill at a beach club, the choice is yours.

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Six Senses Uluwatu

Rates: From USD $669 (Approximately Rp. 10,086,513)
Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Bali 80361,Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 2090 300

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9. Italian sophistication right in Bali – Bulgari Resort Bali

Combining the breathtaking beauty of the unspoiled nature of the island with sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style, the adored Bulgari Resort is among Bali’s top luxury hotels.

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The resort has villas, but it’s the five-bedroom mansions that are the actual show-stopper. The mansions feature five separate bedrooms, a private pool and garden with Indian Ocean View, terrace, open – air living room pavilion and private elevator.

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To dine, there is the intimate Italian restaurant Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin or the elegant Sangkar Restaurant which sits on the edge of the cliff and to drink, there is La Spiaggia for the renowned Herbojito cocktail or the Bulgari Bar, a sophisticated terrace venue that overlooks a stretch of the island’s spectacular cliffs, offering enchanting views of the ocean and the Balinese sunset. Bulgari Bar also doubles as one of Bali’s best places for afternoon high tea.

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Bulgari Resort Bali

Rates: From USD $1525 (Approximately Rp. 22,807,823)
Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, Bali
Contact: +62 361 3001 000 / +62 361 8471 000

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10. A luxury golf resort with one of Bali’s most popular cocktail bars – AYANA Resort Bali

With sweeping views across lush tropical gardens toward the Indian Ocean, it’s easy to see why many choose to stay at AYANA Resort.

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Playing host to the iconic Rock Bar, one of Bali’s best restaurants for sunset views, the resort is quite possibly among the most photogenic on the island. Inside, rooms and suites display artisanal Balinese-inspired design with rich, deep toned materials and intricate traditional wood carvings.

When it’s time to dine, discover AYANA’s finest restaurants and bars, with multiple options including an upscale steak and seafood option as well as a rooftop bar, the best place to be for a sundowner with drinks and tapas.

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Whenever you want, the resort’s wellness concierges are here to curate special wellbeing retreats guided by Bali’s best healers, practitioners and fitness instructors.

As is to be expected, service is impeccable with every staff member determined to make this your best holiday yet. Experiences range from nature walks, organic farm tours to sunset picnics on the beach, golf and yoga sessions.

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Tried and tested by TripCanvas – read our full review of AYANA Resort!

AYANA Resort Bali

Rates: From USD $274 (Approximately Rp. 4,097,930)
Address: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 702 222

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For rainforest lovers, outdoor activities, culture, nature, yoga and wellness

Ubud, Bali’s jungletown is one that’s ideal for seekers of culture and nature. Its varied landscapes consist of waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests, rice paddy fields and so much more!

As evident in the popular movie – ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, Ubud has a way to soothe your soul. Today there are a variety of wellness retreats taking place in the area – from yoga to meditation as well as traditional healing programmes.

When it comes to places to stay in Ubud, prepare to be mind blown – luxury hotels, resorts and villas offer jaw dropping views of the jungles, often with rivers streaming right through the properties’ grounds.

And whenever you’re ready to step out of your room, enjoy some of the best things to do in Ubud – visit local artists at work in galleries tucked away in windy lanes, attend cultural rituals performed by the locals (not for tourists but as an integral part of their local culture) or go on river rafting and ATV adventures in the rainforest.

11. A tropical luxury experience in the forest – Four Seasons Bali at Sayan

Rising from the lush jungles of Ubud, Four Seasons Bali at Sayan tops the list as one of the best luxury rainforest hotels in Bali. And for good reason: set against the Ayung River Valley, this jungle hideout invites guests to float above treetops, promising an experience unlike any other.

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Its riverside retreats range from glamorous suites to some of Ubud’s finest villas, the largest of which can accommodate up to 9 adults. All villas come with private pools and spacious balconies or terraces. Inside, the interiors meld cosy private home-style with jungle dwellings.

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Once you manage to leave your cocoon, embark on an adventure in a tropical enclave of enchanted forest, vibrant paddy fields, winding river paths and gardens – and that’s just at the resort. At their Sacred River Spa, Balinese culture is celebrated in the form of Chakra ceremonies.

There is also the opportunity to immerse yourself in Bali’s holistic wellness philosophy with active adventures including river rafting, rice field cycling tours and trekking, and their Day in the Life of a Balinese Rice Farmer experience – which ends with a signature Riverstone Bathing Ritual. Four Seasons Bali at Sayan also makes for an incredible wedding venue if you’re dreaming of saying ‘I do’ in Bali.

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Four Seasons Bali at Sayan

Rates: From USD $640 (Approximately Rp. 9,571,808)
Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977 577

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12. Bali’s answer to Africa’s luxury safari lodges – Capella Ubud

With just 23 African-style tents sitting among the trees and hidden from afar, Capella Ubud delivers big on the ultimate jungle fantasy. In fact, there are only a few rainforest hotels in Bali as luxurious as this one.

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Each of its luscious tents, one with two bedrooms, is hugged by a private salt water pool overlooking the forest and appointed with the tailored service of a Capella Culturist 24 hours a day.

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The hotel’s restaurants serve traditional flavours, influenced by the jungle setting and local heritage; but prepare for a surprising twist.

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With sustainability embedded in their DNA, you can expect to be served seasonal, sustainably-farmed ingredients including hand-harvested vegetables, spices, herbs and poultry from neighbouring farms along with the freshest seafood available from regional waters.

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Capella Ubud

Rates: From USD $968 (Approximately Rp. 14,477,359)
Address: Jl. Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa Desa Keliki, Kecamatan Tegallalang, Ubud, Gianyar ,Bali 80561, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 2091 888

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13. Overlooking Bali’s famed Valley of the Kings – Viceroy Bali

This hotel might be located 5 minutes drive from Ubud’s bustling shopping district, but from the moment you make your way through the entrance gate, it feels a world away.

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Inside, discover a collection of 40 elegant suites and villas, each equipped with heated pools – ideal for couples on a romantic holiday in Bali. Families should book themselves into the Viceroy Villa, a two-bedroom abode with private pool and garden overlooking the lush valley.

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Much like its beautiful private pool villas, the restaurants at Viceroy Bali are also known to be exceptional. Apéritif Restaurant & Bar provides exclusive fine dining experiences serving up a sophisticated degustation menu that is representative of the culinary team.

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There is also the Cascades Bali Restaurant which is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two, and also one of Ubud’s best restaurants with spectacular rainforest views. For late night treats or an early morning breakfast, don’t miss their extensive 24-hour in-villa dining menu, all in the comfort of your private sanctuary.

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Viceroy Bali

Rates: From USD $282 (Approximately Rp. 4,217,577)
Address: Br. Nagi, Jl. Lanyahan, Petulu, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 971 777

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14. A place to rejuvenate mind and body in luxury – Fivelements Retreat

Thanks to its location on the banks of the Ayung River, this luxury retreat in Bali is designed to transport guests into a world of timeless tranquillity.

Their rooms offer a choice of river and hillside views. Families or groups of friends will want to check into the lavish two-bedroom Bidadari Riverfront Suite which comes with two king size beds, bathtub and a private pool with views soaring over the nearby river.

At Fivelements Retreat, wellness is taken very seriously. Holistic Balinese-inspired therapies are embraced and put into practice through a series of wellness retreats, one of which is their Signature Culinary Retreat, which aspires to bring guests on an inspiring gastronomic journey as they discover the pleasure of plant-based cuisine.

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There are also healing rituals to be experienced, as well as meditation, yoga retreats and sacred arts to be practised.

For those wishing to better understand and identify the physical, mental and emotional areas of life, Fivelements Retreat offers wellness consultation sessions with the aim to improve one’s quality of life.

When it comes to dining, Fivelements award-winning Sakti Dining Room invites you to discover epicurean plant-based cuisine from breakfast to dinner.

Fivelements Retreat

Rates: From USD $240 (Approximately Rp. 3,589,428)
Address: Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, Indonesia 80352
Contact:+62 361 469 206 / +62 821 4658 7975

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Nusa Dua

For long sandy beaches, watersports, honeymoon, families and relaxation

Fishing trips, kite-surfing, snorkelling and swimming are but a few of the many amazing things to do in Nusa Dua. Apart from aquatic action and nature, you can also find value-for-money 5-star beach resorts in Nusa Dua lining up its coastline with some incredible options for honeymooners and families alike. Nusa Dua also gives you access to an array of fine-dining experiences (including dining in an aquarium!) as well as affordable restaurants near the resorts.

15. Home to Bali’s first aquarium restaurant – The Apurva Kempinski Bali

One of Bali’s most legendary hotels, The Apurva Kempinski is the true epitome of luxury and elegance.

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With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and tropical gardens, this five-star resort presents itself as a majestic open-air theatre on the shores of Nusa Dua. The property has rooms, suites and villas, the latter of which feature a private pool.

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But more than anything else, The Apurva Kempinski plays host to Bali’s first aquarium restaurant where guests can dine ‘underwater’ – one of the best things to experience in Nusa Dua, if you ask us. Koral Restaurant’s laid-back ambiance is accompanied with a hypnotic soundtrack that captures the magic and mystery of life below the waves, offering guests an immersive experience – a feast for the senses.

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The Apurva Kempinski Bali

Rates: From USD $239 (Approximately Rp. 3,574,472)
Address: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 2092 288

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16. Six restaurants in one hotel! – The Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua

A modern luxury resort that merges coastal chic with Balinese tradition, the Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua is a great place to stay for those wanting to enjoy some of Bali’s stellar beaches.

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The resort has just suites and villas – all of which are simply jaw dropping. Some of the suites open up directly onto the swimming pool, while several of the villas feature their very own private pool.

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Overlooking the ocean, the Beach Grill offers fresh seafood and grilled specialties while the cliff-top Bejana showcases local cuisine.

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Don’t miss booking a pampering day at the Ritz-Carlton Spa which is a sea-inspired sanctuary with treatments that incorporate natural ingredients of the beach and ocean including pearls and seaweed.

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The Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua

Rates: From USD $293 (Approximately Rp. 4,382,093)
Address: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot III Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363 Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8498 988

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17. Home to two of Bali’s most well-known restaurants – The St. Regis Bali Resort

If you want the ultimate stretch of sand in Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort would be it.


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Sitting right by the sea, the luxury beach resort invites guests to celebrate the special beauty, creativity and spirituality of the island.

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All rooms and suites provide outdoor space and garden, 24 hour butler service, pool or beachfront views – with villas and residences offering direct access to the beach.

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Outside, the hardest decision is whether to spend your time by the expansive lagoon-shaped salt-water swimming pool or on the sandy beach of Nusa Dua.

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The six-plus restaurants and bars include Bali’s best 5-star hotel breakfast, brunch and dinner buffet at Boneka and Pan-Asian inspired haute cuisine at Kayuputi.


At the spa, inspiration is taken from traditional Balinese healing practices. But most recently, things have taken a creative turn – today, you can enjoy a fun and invigorating ritual that has been inspired by the St. Regis’s famed Bloody Mary cocktail recipe and ingredients. This 150-minute spa extravaganza starts with a zingy tomato, pineapple and wasabi body scrub… the rest is a surprise.

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Rates: From USD $593 (Approximately Rp. 9,029,759)
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua, Lot S6, PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 80363
Contact: +62 361 8478 111 / +62 361 771327 (toll-free)

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If you are searching for quiet beaches for young families, arts and culture

Previously a sleepy fishing village, Sanur is one of the best places to stay for families. With much less action than Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, Sanur offers a peaceful (and safe) environment for those visiting with little ones in tow.

With long stretches of sandy beaches and shallow waters, it’s the perfect place for kids to splash around.

Meander down the lanes of Sanur, and you’ll find a variety of interesting stalls full of traditional crafts and local art. Unsurprising, there’s a long list of fun family things to do in Sanur too.

18. Impeccable luxury service in family-friendly Sanur – Maya Sanur Resort & Spa

Located mere steps from the sea, Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is one that’s hard to resist. This luxury beach resort in Bali rests on an ultimate stretch of white-sand beach outlined by the calm shallow waters of Sanur. There are 103 rooms and suites, ranging from spacious seafront pool suites to luxurious guest rooms, many with direct lagoon pool access. All rooms offer a choice of balcony or terrace.

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The resort’s five restaurants and bars include Kuu with Japanese fusion delicacies, Tree Bar for delectable Mediterranean dishes as well as Graze offering a casual Australian brunch-style menu, with dishes ranging from savoury breakfast favourites such as avocado on toast to sweeter options like brioche french toast.

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But the joy here is floating from pool to pool – Maya Sanur Resort & Spa features an infinity beach pool, a lagoon pool, a family pool and a kids pool; that’s a lot of pools indeed!

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The family-friendly resort is also equipped with a kids’ club, a yoga studio and an elegant art gallery with displays of genuine antique handicrafts. Truly, there’s something to keep everyone busy and happy!

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Maya Sanur Resort & Spa

Rates: From USD $148 (Approximately Rp. 2,213,480)
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 89M, Sanur, 80228, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 849 7800

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19. A luxury destination rather than just a 5-star hotel – Hyatt Regency Bali

Bali is peppered with some amazing family-friendly resorts and hotels; none of which can compare to Sanur’s lovely Hyatt Regency.

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This luxury beachfront resort sits on 9 hectares of lush tropical gardens, allowing kids to run wild and free. Children start the day swimming in one of the resort’s three swimming pools before heading to Camp Hyatt, a dino-themed kids club with indoor and outdoor playground, mere steps from the beach.

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Meanwhile, parents can shoot off a rejuvenating escape at Shanka Spa. With 10 spa villas, fitness centre, sauna and steam, yoga, adults-only pool, and plunge pools, it is Sanur’s largest wellness facilities.

Adding to the resort’s many highlights is the food. There are three dining outlets to choose from, namely: Omang Omang, Pizzaria and Piano Lounge. Those staying in one of the resort’s sleek suites also have access to the Regency Club where you can enjoy daily breakfast, refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres at any time of the day.

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Hyatt Regency Bali

Rates: From USD $139 (Approximately Rp. 2,078,877)
Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 89, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, 80228
Contact: +62 361 281 234

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East Bali

Find black sand beaches, local villages and unspoiled nature

East Bali might often be overlooked for other areas in the south such as Seminyak, Kuta and Uluwatu, but for that particular reason, the region remains far less commercialised and maintains a charm unlike anywhere else on the island.

With impressive waterfalls, canyons, mountains, temples and unique black sand beaches, East Bali is sure to surprise you with the unexpected!

20. Experience the luxury of privacy and seclusion guaranteed at Amankila

Resting on a lush hillside beneath the sacred Mount Agung is Amankila, an ultra-luxe hotel in East Bali. It features stilted suites offering spectacular views high on the hillside and all across the Lombok Strait.

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Amankila’s remote location means it’s far away from any tourist sights, but there’s plenty to do right on property – a three-tier infinity pool cascades at the property’s heart and the Beach Club leads to a private black-sand beach.

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Amankila’s hillside, poolside and seaside dining venues serve exquisite Indonesian and international cuisines with produce sourced from the resort’s own organic farm and garden.

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The spa combines splendid ocean views with relaxing body treatments which can be enjoyed in a beach bale or at a secluded open-air spot with tropical canopy.

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In the region of East Bali, emerald-green rice paddies call for adventures in nature. You can set off on bicycle rides, go trekking past traditional villages or head to the water instead and discover the treasures of the coastline with surfing, fishing and cruising trips.


Rates: From USD $1016 (Approximately Rp. 15,195,245)
Address: Jl. Raya Manggis, Manggis, Kec. Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Contact: +62 363 41333 / +62 361 84 68585 (reservations)

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West Bali

Explore untouched nature, incredible diving and relaxation

Truly unlike anywhere else on the island, West Bali entices with its laid back atmosphere and untouched wilderness. The region is home to Menjangan Island which forms part of West Bali National Park Conservation Area and offers some of the best diving spots in Southeast Asia, with plenty of opportunities to see marine life, including over 110 coral species.

21. Wake up within the protected sanctuary of West Bali National Park – Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa

One of West Bali’s hidden gems is the opulent Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa.

Nestled by the beach, Plataran Menjangan prides itself as an ecotourism resort in the protected sanctuary of West Bali National Park.

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The grounds at Plataran Menjangan are blessed with 175 flora and 167 fauna species, including the world endangered Bali Starling.

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With lush greeneries, calming blue ocean and majestic backdrops of mountains and hills surrounding the area, you will find countless opportunities to explore the beauty of the wild, trekking through the jungle, kayaking through the mangrove canal, diving in crystal clear waters, or enjoying the romance of a sunset cruise.

For a luscious experience, opt for the Founder’s Home – a stay uniquely crafted by the founders of Plataran, framed by views of mangrove forests. To add to its luxurious appeal, those choosing to stay at the Founder’s Home enjoy the service of a personal butler.

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When it comes to dining, the resort offers several options, from the lively Octagon Ocean Club, a feet-in-the-sand dining venue serving up a sea-to-table menu, to Wantilan Open Kitchen which embraces traditional Indonesian and Balinese cuisine.

Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa

Rates: From USD $215 (Approximately Rp. 3,215,529)
Address: West Bali National Park, Jl. Raya Seririt – Gilimanuk, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 3804 4224 (WhatsApp)

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22. A luxury glamping resort near West Bali National Park – Menjangan Dynasty Resort

In Northwest Bali, a clutch of safari-style tented rooms and villas share 16 hectares of land at the glamorous Menjangan Dynasty Resort.

Sitting on a quiet peninsula beside a blissful white-sand beach, the resort makes for one of the best luxury glamping sites in Bali. Staying here puts you in the middle of glorious landscapes, with exclusive access to West Bali National Park.

On property, there are 24 Beach Tents, 2 one-bedroom Cliff Tent Villas and 2 two-bedroom Cliff Tent Villas which are better for families or groups of friends. All Cliff Tent Villas at Menjangan Dynasty Resort enjoy the additional luxury of a private infinity pool.

During the day, guests can enjoy snorkelling, diving, stand up paddle boarding as well as kayaking. The luxury resort also offers day pass packages with the use of sunbed, towel and plunge pool for as low as USD $16 (Rp. 250,000).

After an excursion at the nearby national park, return for a delightful massage treatment at one of the spa’s private waterfront pods, blessed with glorious views across Banyuwedang Bay.

Then, settle down at Pasir Putih Beach Club, an undeniably sweet spot for a special romantic dinner under the stars.

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Menjangan Dynasty Resort

Rates: From USD $90 (Approximately Rp. 1,346,035)
Address: Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81155, Indonesia
Contact: +62 362 3355 000

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Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida

Indulge in natural wonders, white-sand beaches and water activities

The Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida are some of the exotic islands surrounding Bali.

These triplet islands are located a short 40-minute boat ride from mainland Bali and are easily accessible from Sanur Beach Harbour. Among the best things to do in the Nusa Islands, you will find beautiful turquoise lagoons and some spectacular natural wonders like the iconic Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida.

Most recently, the Nusa Islands have also welcomed a collection of stunning romantic ocean view villas, as equally (if not more) beautiful as the ones in Bali.

23. Nusa Penida’s only ultra-luxe stay – MĀUA Nusa Penida

One of the best and most luxurious places to bed down in Nusa Penida is the scenic and romantic MĀUA. A stay here takes place in one of their 25 stunning private pool villas. From here, enjoy prime views across the Gamat Bay or Mount Agung.

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When you have the energy to draw yourself away from your villa, don’t miss its KŌWHAI Restaurant featuring a ‘Fresh from the Farm’ menu concept. The casual dining venue overlooks a picturesque hill and swimming pool.

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Other perks for guests include a main swimming pool, an incredibly beautiful spa, as well as their excellent Aroha Bar.

MĀUA Nusa Penida operates with a focus on sustainability, aiming at reducing its carbon footprint from its exterior to interiors by its use of recycled ironwood furniture, not using any plastic elements, reducing recycled paper for all printed guest collateral, and utilising greywater recycling. The hotel has also been designed to seamlessly blend in with the natural surroundings.

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MĀUA Nusa Penida

Rates: From USD $213 (Approximately Rp. 3,185,617)
Address: Jalan Gamat Bay,Nusa Penida Island, Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 6208 999 / +62 811 3800 8999

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24. Redefining luxury the Balinese way – The Tamarind Resort Nusa Lembongan

Inspired by a 300-year-old tamarind tree, The Tamarind Resort sits just steps away from the powdery white sand of Nusa Lembongan’s Jungut Batu Beach. It offers a collection of sleek suites and villas – some of which overlook the sea, or face panoramic sunset views. To this day, the stay has garnered a loyal following for its outstanding service, kind and helpful staff.

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Their inhouse restaurant Indica selects and serves the best ingredients from Nusa Lembongan and beyond. Start your day with a signature daily breakfast and their very own blend of Kintamani coffee.

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After a hard day’s exploring and discovering the best things to do in the Nusa Islands, sign up for the Signature Treatment at Amlika Spa, the resort’s wellness sanctuary. This relaxing massage combines ancient Balinese techniques with a special blend of essential oils, followed by a natural tamarind body scrub and finishing with a foot massage or traditional facial. You’re in for a treat!

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The Tamarind Resort Nusa Lembongan

Rates: From USD $191 (Approximately Rp. 2,856,586)
Address: Nusa Lembongan, Jl. Jungutbatu No.1, Jungutbatu, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Contact: +62 366 5437 888

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