The well-known painter of seascapes, Wyland, said, “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
So why not put a little imagination into your next beach holiday?
At these nine Bali beach accommodations, you can bask in some sand-and-sea escapades, at your very own ‘private’ beaches (though no beaches are legally private in Bali, these select few are only accessible via the hotels and villas due to their locations).
So you can just imagine the privacy you get – you can just spend that quiet time together with your loved ones, or simply enjoy your beach adventures without having to squeeze and elbow flocks of tourists while you get around!
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. Beach jaunt by horse carriage – Hotel Tugu
In Canggu, the closest neighbour to the north of popular Seminyak Beach, you and your sweetheart can enjoy an old-school horse-drawn carriage ride on your private beach while the sun and the sea merge at infinity.
Photo via: Govoyagin
And when you return, enjoy a romantic night-cap in your private lounge on the sand.
In order to partake, you’ll need to stay in one of Hotel Tugu’s dramatically decorated suites chock full of color and Indonesian artifacts. Indonesia’s most romantic tales, legends, and folklore are the inspiration for each villa’s distinctive décor.
The suites at Hotel Tugu are each decorated differently, so if fuchsia is not your bag other options abound. Queen bed suites start at $278.
Photo via: Tugu Hotels
Just as you think it’s time to come in off the sand, you’ll get hooked watching the surfers, or maybe you’ll give it a shot yourself!2. Beach-inspired spiritual space – Villa Semarapura
If you’re traveling with a larger group but still want some unique beach inspiration, a bit further north from Canggu at Tanah Lot is the lovely Villa Semarapura.
You’ll fall out the doorstep onto Cemagi Beach and a rock sea temple called Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus.
The villa is aptly named Semarapura, which means “temple of peace” in Sanskrit. Your spirit will be enthused while you relax in this beautiful setting.
This unique 5,000-square-metre home away from home has plenty of room for friends and family. It sleeps 10 to 12 people and offers four bedrooms.
Included with your stay are the services of a villa manager, private chef, butlers, housekeepers, gardener, pool attendant, engineer and four security guards. A car and driver are at your service for $25 a day plus petrol.
When you return from your lazy day on the private beach, a meal and cool drink await in one of these lovely dining options in your villa – outdoor dining table or poolside bar.
To top off the bliss of a pure getaway, the sleeping is good at Villa Semarapura. Check out the master suite.
Photos via: Semarapura Villa
3. Horseback by the sand, sea and sunset – The Samaya
If you’re seeking a holiday amidst the glittery Bali nightlife, we’ve got you covered too.
The Samaya offers one-bedroom beachfront villas in the heart of Seminyak.
After a fun but exhausting night out in town, you can roll out of bed onto your beachfront sun deck for complimentary yoga. The Samaya’s morning yoga classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and taught by an experienced local instructor.
After yoga, more beach bounce awaits with a lovely horseback ride at any time of the day.
Our pick is just before dinner for a breathtaking sunset ride from The Samaya. The colors make a beautiful backdrop.
A private beachfront dining experience awaits upon your return.
Each villa also has a private pool and charming indoor and outdoor areas to chill out. Fancy a night swim anyone?
Photos via: The Samaya Bali
4. Release the turtles and enjoy your suntan too – Bali Intercontinental
Are you bringing your kids along to make new Bali Besties?
Surely it’s time to head south to Jimbaran because the Bali Intercontinental may be just the ticket.
Your small ones will learn about environmental conservation as they help an endangered species survive.
Once your children have adopted newly-hatched baby green sea turtles, you’ll watch the birth of inspiration on their faces. As they carry their water-filled coconut shells holding their adorable baby turtles to the ocean and release them under the setting sun, you would have created a meaningful memory.
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Don’t worry, there’s still more to do on the sand. The beach in front of the hotel is one of the best on the island for flying a kite.
After capturing the wind for a spell, maybe a margarita laying back on one of these beach recliners?
The resort is enormous and offers something for everyone.
As for your rooms, you can be assured that the exquisite service of the Intercontinental team will make you feel right at home when you finally come in from the beach.
Photo via: Intercontinental Bali
5. Have your vows witnessed by 300 doves – Banyan Tree Bali
Banyan Tree Bali in nearby Ungasan is such a heavenly place – it may very well be one of the most beautiful oceanfront wedding sites in the world.
The White Dove Chapel on the hillside overlooking the ocean was designed by celebrated Indonesian architect Sardjono Sani, and there are 300 white dove replicas built into the side of the chapel.
Photo via: Travelforsenses
Whether you’re getting married, attending a wedding or simply a resort guest, the sweet air of romance around this chapel carries through the whole property, including the stunning private beach.
If you are not a guest of the Banyan Tree or Karma Kandara next door, it will cost you $25 to enjoy this beach.
Photos via: Banyan Tree Ungasan
6. Golfing by the beach – Amanusa
Amanusa in Nusa Dua conjures up a life-in-paradise dream – that’s worth having again and again.
The private Amanusa Beach Club is located on the beachfront of National Golf Club. Jaunt over from the white sand at your leisure for a round on the beautiful course.
From the Amanusa Beach Club you’ll enjoy all day lounging on one of nine beach bales. Each bale offers two sun-loungers.
You can enjoy meals on the sand from sunrise breakfasts to beach barbecues, at the club’s informal restaurant.
The lovely rooms in this 5-star all-villa resort deliver pure luxury inside and out.
Photo via: Aman Resorts
7. Paddle from private beach to little known islands – The Laguna Hotel
The Laguna Hotel in Nusa Dua is another piece of heaven.
Part of Starwood’s luxury collection, this delightful property offers all kinds of fun in the sun.
Our favorite unique activity here is paddling over to Nusa Bagus and Nusa Peninsula islands directly from the private beach.
Photo via: Sea Trek
When you return from your adventure at sea, take a load off in one of these beach loungers.
You can also enjoy the beach and ocean from the lagoon pool deck.
The suites and villas don’t disappoint. You can indulge in a 36-square-metre deluxe garden view room or a 60-square-metre executive suite.
If you want more space, opt for a 360-square-metre one-bedroom villa.
Photo via: The Laguna Bali
8. Surf under the moonlight – Hotel Komune
For an upscale beach holiday with a surfing theme, you can delve into Hotel Komune on Keramas Beach, about 24 km northeast of Sanur.
While surfing alone may not be an extraordinary beach activity, the experience from Komune Beach Club provides a unique flavor.
From the grassy area next to the club you can watch popular movies or live streams of the latest surf events from around the world within feet of the sand.
Hotel Komune has the world’s first permanent night surfing installation. With a cocktail in hand, you can enjoy watching the tricks of moonlit night surfers.
Of if you ride the waves yourself, you can sign up to put on a show for the other guests. Six surfers are showcased a night.
Photo via: Daily Telegraph
From the pool at Hotel Komune you’ll feel as if you’re still in the ocean.
The rooms are compact and quaint. No fuss here as the main focus of the resort is outside – all this beautiful surf spot has to offer.
Photos via: Komune Beach Club
9. Dancing with dolphins at your doorstep – Poinciana Resort
Which graceful swimmer and jumper with great intelligence and a friendly face is a favourite with all ages? Dolphins, of course!
Dolphins are often seen from the beach in North Bali.
Want to get up close and personal? You can stay at Poinciana Resort in Tejakula.
At this charming locally-owned-and-operated three-villa resort, you can take a dolphin-watching boat cruise at sunrise from the hotel’s beach.
Photo via: Poinciana Resort Bali
If the dolphins aren’t inspiring enough for you, you can enjoy a massage just steps from the beach while you listen to the waves roll in.
The villas at Poinciana Resorts are roughly 150 square metres in size.