How many times have you scrolled through a friend’s Instagram feed and felt pangs of envy at their luxurious holidays?
It appears as though only mountains of cash can keep you safe from dingy guesthouses with dirty archaic toilets, but guess what? With just USD $220, you too can live like a king in Bali.
Don’t believe us? Here’s 7 Bali luxury stays where you can experience royal treatment during your stay in Bali – and yet don’t have to stitch up a massive hole in your pocket!
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) Holiday in a water palace: Tirta Ayu Hotel & Restaurant (From USD 175 per night)
Want to stay in the same quarters where Balinese princes used to live?
You can actually do so at Tirta Ayu.
These luxurious villas are located in the famed Tirtagangga Water Palace, which was built by the late King of Karangasem. Among them, Villa Raja was the villa where the last Raja of Bali stayed in while he was working on the Royal Water Palace at Tirtagangga.
Although the entire area had been destroyed during Mount Agung’s eruption in 1963, it has since been rebuilt and restored to its former magnificence.
The villas also feature one of the few freshwater pools in Bali, and the outdoor restaurant allows you to dine beside the gorgeous water gardens, which is beautifully lit in the evenings.
You can even try out the holy spring of Tirtagangga, which is said to have healing properties and restore youth when you bathe in it during a full moon!2) Indulge in French luxury: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort (From USD 165 per night)
Part of the Sofitel French luxury hotel chain, the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is where you can experience the harmonious blend of French and Balinese royal treatment.
Each suite and villa is fitted with Hermès amenities, while other rooms feature French luxury amenities.
Here, you can enjoy the full royal treatment with high-quality rooms and suites, butler service, a soothing lagoon pool, and a private beach where jet-skiing and boat excursions are available.
If you opt for a luxury room, you’ll even have access to the luxury lounge, where high-class refreshments, evening cocktails, wine-tastings and other premium services are available for you.
Imagine enjoying wine as you look out of the window, enjoying a perfect view of the sea – isn’t that the ideal life?
3) The best of arts and spa: The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa (From USD 98 per night)
Bali is known for its relaxing spa treatments, and most hotels offer it as one of their facilities, but why settle for second-rate when you can have the best spa out there?
Spa at The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa was selected by Conde Nast Johansens 2013 as one of the best Luxury Spas, and hotel was also crowned as the best Country Luxury Medical Spa in 2012.
Apart from its spa, the 5-star luxury hotel’s rooms are truly award-worthy as well.
Each room is uniquely designed and decorated with rare modern and traditional Balinese art pieces, and there’s even an art museum on-site.
So if you’re an art nut, you’ll love this villa.
4) Pamper yourself at a rooftop pool spa: Amadea Resort and Villas Seminyak Bali (From USD 163 per night)
Has any spa treatment made you feel as though you were royalty on top of the whole world?
The rooftop spa at the Amadea Resort and Villas can do just that (literally).
This specially designed rooftop pool spa, operated by renowned spa company Ambiente International, allows you to enjoy your treatment outdoors, blanketed by the nothing but the sky.
And that’s not the only thing – the special suite on the roof, crafted with traditional Indonesian bengkirai wood, offers you both privacy and luxury.
The suite is adorned with glass doors that can instantly transform your room into an open-air pavilion, situated in a private tropical garden.
From your perch right at the top, you can have a bird’s eye view of the whole resort, and even enjoy a luxurious bath in your personal soaking tub and walk-in rain shower.
Other rooms in the resort also offer serene views of the rooftop, and your very own private pool!
We all have that thirst for adventure from time to time, but who says thrill means trekking in the jungle and heavy camps?
At Hilton Bali Resort, you can get a special experience of camel-riding right on-site its awesome beachfront villas, and have lots of fun splashing in the four interconnected swimming pools with a 30-metre water slide.
Well, there really is a Jungle Camp (fret not, it’s not for you), where your kids and teenagers can embark on their own adventure.
For the lone wolf, there’s also Serenity, a private beach with private cabanas and loungers – perfect for a quiet day of suntanning.
You also get three tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre, hot and cold Jacuzzis, and an observation tower with the best views in the region.
Better yet, you won’t have to give up anything in exchange for these facilities – the rooms are all luxuriously furnished, with marble bathrooms, private balconies with amazing garden, and boast of ocean and beach views.
You even get 24/7 protection from an award winning security service!
6) A kingdom all for yourself: Royal Residence Rangdu (From USD 147 per night)
If you’re getting bored of all the usual Balinese villas, it’s time to seriously consider the Royal Residence Rangdu – it’s a “royal residence” for a reason.
Nestled in the middle of untouched greenery and tropical gardens, the villas here (modelled after old Balinese royal buildings) offer you a peaceful and luxurious holiday.
Personal butlers are at your beck-and-call for 10 hours daily, and you can simply chill at your own private pavillion and pool.
If you find yourself in the mood for a late night walk, you can even catch the sight of the pool (literally) glowing in the moonlight!
The luxury doesn’t end there.
You can dine at the terrace while enjoying panoramic mountain views, chill in the entertainment room, and laze around at a jungle pond with its natural waterfall.
If you are up for some adventure, you can even dip yourself in the volcanic hot springs and go dolphin-watching!
Who said you have to fork out a fortune to live the high life?
7) Be a princess’ guests: Puri Tresna Villa (City Palace Hotel) (From USD 161 per night)
Puri Tresna Villa (Palace City Hotel) not only makes you feel like royalty, it gives you the chance to meet royalty as well.
Situated in a real palace in Renon, an upper-class neighbourhood in Denpasar, this villa is actually run by Cokorda Ratih, a real princess from the royal family of Peliatan!
The intricately decorated building is filled with elegant statues and wood-carved furniture, and your private terrace offers a breathtaking garden view.
Not only that, the staff and daily maid service are so attentive, you’re pretty much treated like a prince or princess yourself!
Delighted visitors have observed that the princess makes it her job to treat her guests like family, even taking them out on tours personally.
Now royal treatment can’t get more royal than that.
Special Mention 1: Return to the glamourous ancient past: Hotel Tugu Bali (From USD 240 per night)
This gorgeous villa may slightly exceed the budget of $200 a night, but it’s worth the little splurge.
Hotel Tugu Bali started as a love story between a young student and antique.
Now, it’s part of an art hotel chain, for luxury lovers with romance in their souls.
Each room is deftly crafted by local artisans, with priceless antique collections decked on the shelves, transporting you to the dreamy, olden days of Balinese kingdoms.
The spacious villas also feature private plunge pools and spa, with breathtaking views over rice paddy fields and the ocean.
Just like true royalty, you can tour the surrounding area from the comfort of a horse carriage, lounge in your private pool and jacuzzi, or spend some time admiring the intricate and timeless decorations.
You’ll even be guarded by a 24-hour security too – to protect your royal highness and all the gems you’re possibly carrying!
Special mention 2: Whisk away to the old European days: The Shaba Bali (From USD 220 per night)
A French provincial mansion surrounded by a concealed coconut grove and a mere 300 metres away from Jimbaran beach, The Shaba Bali is the perfect place for an ultra-luxury retreat.
At this large and tastefully decorated villa, you’ll be well cared for by a full culinary and housekeeping team, including your own personal butler.
The three suites stand around a private courtyard, each decorated with unique Moroccan-style furniture and paved with traditional handmade tiles.
You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back in time to ancient Europe, while connected to the modern world at the same time with state-of-the-art facilities – which include a drawing room filled with games, a library armed with a Mac computer and a wall-mounted plasma television with endless DVD selections to keep you entertained.
If you prefer to have a relaxing day away from the electronics, there’s still the saltwater private pool lined with handmade ceramic tiles where you can soak away your worries, a full-service spa and gourmet restaurant to pamper your body and taste buds.