Written by Kristyna Schonova
Co-written by Abigail Chang, Sarah Shahzad, Oceana Setaysha, Tey Kher Ying
Assisted by Imron Ramadhan
If you’ve been too mesmerised by celebrity weddings on cliffside resorts or staring too hard at gorgeous water villas, you may be missing out on an often-understated part of Bali that takes you back to nature – resorts nestled in the heart of the Balinese lush greenery.
Though difficult to get to, there’s thankfully still a dedicated group of resorts quietly luring visitors to the glorious foresty areas on this beautiful island.
Want to ditch the cliffs and water for the perfect rainforest retreat?
We bring you through the depths of the jungle to five luxury hideaways that will rejuvenate your mind and soul.
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. Mongolian-style glamping in a perfect location: Sunday rain tented villas
Do you want to camp in style and still be close to Bali’s popular attractions? This is for all who love glamping (‘glamorous camping’), perfect for those who want to be close to nature but still retain the luxury comforts of an accommodation.
Located in Jalan Umalas in Canggu, Sunday Rainvilla’s tent villas ensure tranquility (as they are in a little garden in a residential area) yet remain not far from surfers’ favourite Echo Beach and the lively centre of Seminyak.
Here, you will find 3 Mongolian-style tents. So if you have always wanted to ‘camp’ as Genghis Khan, here’s your chance.
Despite its small interior, Sunday Rain tents actually have everything you need – a soft, comfy bed with cute cushions, a coffee table, a little nightstand with drawers, two chairs, a fluffy carpet, and even an air cooler and WiFi. When the sun goes down, all the tents put on beautiful lights that create a romantic atmosphere.
The semi-outdoor bathrooms have walls made of bamboo and thatched roofs, so you can feel more at one with nature.
As the tents were built close to one another, you’ll have an many exciting opportunities to meet your neighbours and exchange your travelling stories! In the corner of the garden, there is a small Balinese-style pool and a few benches for you to chill and hang out at.
The tent complex is surrounded by a bamboo fence that’s not too high, so you will feel safe and still be immersed in the true Canggu atmosphere.
2. Luxury at the top of the dramatic rainforest: Alila Ubud
Imagine taking in a panoramic view from a dramatic mountainside pool perched above the Ayung River valley.
If this doesn’t take your breath away, we don’t know what will.
You can actually drop by for a dip in the pool, and enjoy afternoon tea too, but do note that reservation is required 24 hours in advance!
At the airy Valley villa, you can immerse yourself in the lush valley views from the comfort of your bed, and enjoy the peaceful tunes of nature as you soak in the outdoor bathtub.
For even better luxury, choose the elegant and spacious Terrace Tree Villa, which is perched on a lofty hillside where you can watch the sunrise every day. You’ll also be able to see vast rice paddies and alang alang plantations on the banks of the valley.
Have an organic cocktail or try one of the scrumptious homemade cakes in The Cabana Lounge. All the cocktails are made from the fresh ingredients picked in Alila’s organic garden. If you wish, you can learn how to prepare it from Alila’s team too!
You’ll get to taste the freshest ingredients grown in Alila Ubud’s organic garden at Plantation, a farm-to-table concept restaurant.
If you are looking for more privacy with your loved one, you can arrange to have your meal at the romantic and luxurious Bale Bengong, which is hidden in the heart of jungle. As you listen to the gentle sounds of the Ayung river, you will feel completely surrounded by nature.
And what’s a retreat without a relaxing spa? You can pamper yourself with unlimited spa treatments for two days, at USD 125 per person.
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3. Swing out to the rice paddies: Zen Hideaway
In a traditional Balinese village, about 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, lies a secret Zen Hideaway.
And here’s the highlight of this tucked-away paradise – you can swing out to the monumental rainforest view from the coconut trees! As far as the eye can see, you can take in the Ayung river, the valley, a huge waterfall, rice paddies and the majestic Mount Agung – all in front of you.
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Both thrilling and addictive, this may be one of the ultimate swing rides of your life.
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The property is made from 150-year-old teak wood and designed by a Japanese zen master, Zen Hideaway is a place for those looking for serenity and peace – writers, contemplators, yogis, thinkers readers, relaxers or simply anyone who needs to escape their busy, stressful everyday life.
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The rooms are of semi-open concept, so you can have a hearty dose of fresh Ubud countryside air.
From the house, you can walk along a small trail to the river or waterfall for a relaxing swim. Or you can simply laze the day away and read your favourite book in a hammock!
And since this is in a local village, you can interact with the locals if you’d like to experience the authentic daily activities, such as farming, dancing or traditional ceremonies (if available while you’re here).
4. Be pampered in De Moksha Boutique Resort
These unique villas with leaf-shaped roofs are built in a landscape garden, equipped with recycled furniture, and will provide you with maximal comfort. Surrounded by nature, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the forest throughout your stay.
De Moksha Resort is located near Tanah Lot temple, one of Bali’s top location where you can watch the sunset.
If you choose the three-bedroom villa, you will have an access to a private saltwater swimming pool, BBQ grill pit and even a personal butler.
Their two-bedroom and one-bedroom villas offer private plunge pools and direct access to the communal pool from your room!
Each villa has a stone-made open air bathroom. Just imagine having a bath under the night sky!
All yogis will also fall in love with the open air, leaf-shaped yoga shala. What can be more beautiful than doing yoga while being surrounded by gorgeous rice fields?
5. Seek seclusion at Balian Treehouse, Balian Beach
Have you always had a secret wish to escape to the middle of nowhere?
This secluded little treehouse lodge in Balian village located along the coastline offers you the best privacy you can imagine.
You have no direct neighbours, apart from the garden and the ocean.
Built as a private holiday home by a Holland-based photographer, the “mushroom villa” (as the locals call it) gives you a very homely experience, different from a typical villa or resort stay.
From the veranda overlooking the huge garden and palm trees, you can watch the sunrise in the morning, and enjoy the view of the ocean.
You even have a private pool in the garden!
The decor of the house is mostly natural – such as driftwood picked up from the beach.
Everywhere you need to get to within the village is within walking distance, but you can also rent a bike to sightsee outside the village. Nice and affordable local food is also available at the night market nearby.
The beach is also readily accessible via a small dirt road from the house.
And you can even pick your own coconuts here!
6. Set up camp in a scenic national park – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Camp and Dive Centre
Menjangan Dynasty Resort is located on the boundaries of the West Bali National Park – and offers up tented rooms, cliff top tented villas and environmentally-friendly bamboo buildings.
It also overlooks protected rainforests, savannah grasslands,a mangrove-wrapped coastline, a blue lagoon, and the tiny island of Menjangan.
If getting back to nature truly is your goal, this eco-friendly resort’s African-style tents will provide you with a seamless experience.
Better still, you will be able to enjoy all the beauty of the great outdoors with all the comforts of home.
This resort comes with every modern amenity and indulgence that you will need – including a pampering spa, a delightful restaurant, and beach club right on your doorstep.
Not only will you be getting up close to the magnificence of the on-land wildlife, but also to the splendour of the underwater world. Menjangan Dynasty Resort boasts an on-site 5-star PADI Dive Centre, which offers professionally-guided diving and snorkelling adventures.
When you’re not having a scenic picnic under the trees, why not explore Menjangan Island’s gorgeous coral reefs?
The in-house watersports centre also has plenty of non-motorised watersports in store. From kayaking to canoeing to stand-up paddle boarding, you will never get bored around here.
And if you feel like doing nothing at all, you can simply lounge beside the resort’s enticing infinity pool, frolic in the gentle waters of Banyuwedang Bay, or chill out in a cabana on the white sandy beach.
Furthermore, the resort’s Pasir Putih Beach Club is the perfect spot for romantic evenings of drinks and intimate conversations with your loved one.
Whoever guessed that such a close-to-nature experience could be such a luxurious one!
7. Experience another world at your very own Hideout – Eco Bamboo Home with water wheel
If you ever want to try cosplaying Robinson Crusoe, the Hideout is the place to do it.
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This secluded wooden hut, found on the Gunung Agung highlands, is set to give you all the privacy you need – and more. Its largely hidden location is not the only reason why it’s so unique though.
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No, here’s the catch – the Hideout was handcrafted out of wood, and is also fully sustainable on its own.
Don’t believe us? You can check out that magnificent water wheel. This contraption is actually the only source of water and electricity for this tiny miracle in the woods!
The cozy atmosphere is also bound to make you feel at home, and for how it’s fully equipped with everything you can possibly need, the price for a night’s stay at this place also comes at a steal.
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No matter what your six-year-old says, this is the best hiding place ever.
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8. Breathtaking views from infinity pool: Rijasa Agung Resort
If you’ve never swum in an infinity pool on a hillside, you should most definitely escape to the magnificent Rijasa Agung Resort.
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The resort is built on a dense mountainous hillside in Ubud, with 42 spacious rooms overlooking the stunning Ayung River.
Here, you will only find tranquility and peace. It’s a luxurious sanctuary that puts you in touch with your inner self as you indulge in its natural surroundings.
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This exquisite resort also offers a wide array of facilities and a two-level restaurant that serves local and international culinary delights.
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9. Get in touch with your wild side: Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort
Ever slept in a luxurious tent in a rainforest?
If you are keen for something off-the-beaten-path, give Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort a try.
Nestled in the mountains of Jatiluwih, in Tabanan, Sang Giri offers eight deluxe tents where you can watch the sunrise peeking over the jungles’ treetops from your very own private terrace.
If you’re feeling restless and itching for some adventure, why not trek into the rainforest, bird watch, mountain bike along the available trails or explore the nearby terraced paddy fields?
And the best way to unwind after all those activities?
Jump into the hot spring bath or soak in the resort’s sauna.
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Sang Giri also offers a traditional-style open restaurant where you can watch chefs at work and your dishes being prepared.
You can even customize the dishes to your own liking too!
10. All eco-friendly and traditional: Villa Awang Awang
Overlooking the beautiful Petanu river valley,Villa Awang Awang offers every indulgence to glorious jungle living in the traditional Balinese village of Melayang.
Its villas are of traditional Balinese and Javanese design, and are created from local and recycled materials.
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How much more eco-friendliness can you find?
Each villa also has a strong focus on the embrace of nature, featuring open plan spaces, garden bathrooms and stunning views.
11. Where forest meets the beach: Menjangan Resort
You won’t find a jungle getaway anywhere in Bali like the Menjangan Resort.
It’s right in the middle of the Bali Barat National Park, amidst 382 hectares of beautiful untouched rainforest, and located on one of Bali’s most stunning coastlines.
You get to choose from rooms or suites in the main residence surrounded by greenery, or a private rainforest villa on the beach.
Yes, the resort walks the line between jungle and coast perfectly!
While you’re there, you can enjoy a range of eco-friendly activities, such as bird watching and snorkeling off the coast of this leafy paradise.
12. The heart of wellness within nature: Svarga Loka
When you enter the sacred land of Svarga Loka Resort, feel the pressures of modern life melt away.
Instead, surrender yourself to the beauty of nature and the journey of rejuvenation.
Sitting on the riverbanks of Campuhan river in Ubud, the resort offers a wide range of luxury accommodation as well as facilities for wellness and healing therapies.
Rooms in this resort are fully air-conditioned and they each feature a terrace overlooking a lush garden.
You can do yoga by the riverbank or meditate in an elevated outdoor pavilion – perfect for some quiet reflection.
So if you’re looking to seek mental clarity and peace, Svarga Loka Resort is your place.
The best part? All hotel guests can enjoy complimentary wellness, arts and crafts and cooking lessons.
13. Bathe under the stars: Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa
Prepare yourself to enjoy a slice of paradise at Chapung Se Bali Resort.
Situated in Ubud, there’s eight stunning luxury villas within the property that will offer you a delightful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here, you get to soak up the sun on a sun lounger, breathe in the fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature – the best therapy to work fatigue.
When evening comes, be sure to enjoy a relaxing bath under the stars!
And the next day, you can look forward to an amazing breakfast spread at the Chapung’s restaurant.
The views there are to-die-for!
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14. For both honeymooners and kids: Anahata Villas & Spa Resort
Near Petanu River, surrounded by the dense tropical rainforest, lies Anahata Villas & Spa Resort.
Built with a vision to offer a natural retreat for your mind, body and soul, Anahata offers 12 exquisite villas for you and your loved ones.
Every villa comes with a magnificent panorama and a private plunge pool.
If you want to do a good workout, you can use the resort’s larger swimming pool.
This is not just a place for couples on a honeymoon. Families with children will also enjoy Anahata as there are plenty of activities and facilities for everyone.
The Resort also offers a Bar and Lounge where you can get a drink and enjoy the view of lush greenery.
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Live music is sometimes available too!
What’s more, yoga classes are offered free on weekends to all guests.
15. Meditate in the forest depths: Jendela di Bali Villa
Jendela di Bali is an exclusive property offering two quaint and uniquely-designed villas, surrounded by the luscious forests of Ubud.
Here, you will discover the true Balinese culture during your stay.
With a tasteful blend of Javanese, Balinese and Torajan architecture, you can sit and admire the intricate architecture of the villas, its splendid craftsmanship and its rustic décor.
You can choose either The Kingfisher Bale or The White Elephant Bale.
Both bales are lovingly handcrafted and you’ll feel a sense of coziness and gain insights to the local culture.
At the heart of the property is the Bale Bengong Dining and Lounge bale, where you can unwind and relax.
You can also use the modern meditatheque room for meditation, doing yoga or pursuing creative interests.
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Play or chill out in the gardens and you’ll find many natural flora and fauna around.
Look out especially for the blue Javan Kingfisher with its amazing red beak as you stroll.
16. On the mountains and over the valley: Amori Villa
Amori Villa is an exclusive boutique resort that offers uninterrupted views over the Petanu River valley.
Here, you can fall asleep to the melody of the rustling river, catch the flitting butterflies and dragonflies, and let your eyes rest on only nature and nothing else.
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Comprising of five types of residential suites and a one-bedroom villa, at Amori, you may start your day with a morning swim in the 14-metre infinity pool or take a stroll through the villages, followed by a healthy breakfast.
Your afternoon may include a luxuriating massage and pre-dinner cocktails while you watch the dusk fall.
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17. Camp for adventure and culture: Baliwoso
If you love nature and culture, and seek adventure, Baliwoso may just be your answer.
Baliwoso is an agricultural adventure camp located in Dusun Delod Umah in Pengotan.
The camp was designed to promote conservation of not only nature but also the local culture – to promote sustainable tourism and to provide benefits to the local communities in the area.
Here, you get to sleep in uniquely designed Serengeti Tents in a verdant surrounding, and are also expected to participate in fun activities with the local people.
You also get to feed the cattle, do some intense trekking, visit the countryside, learn the local dances and harvest seasonable fruits and vegetables within the property.
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Don’t forget to have a go at traditional archery and blow pipe!
18. Experience the local artistic legacy: Alam Ubud Villa
Nestled secretly within the valley and surrounded by the tropical forest, Alam Ubud is a resort that took more than pure effort to build.
It’s said that around 70,000 of local craftsmen, painters, sculptors and artisans were mobilised to design and build the villas.
Perched atop wooden pillars and hugging the rugged hillsides, these beautiful villas give you stunning panoramic views of the gorgeous green landscape.
Listen to the hush melody of nature and experience a sense of calm within.
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19. Sleep in secluded rice barns: Bali Mountain Retreat and Eco-Lodge
Here, you can drink in fresh mountain air, pure spring water and a mild climate.
Situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Batukaru in Central Bali, Bali Mountain Retreat and Eco-Lodge will treat you to natural splendors made up of majestic views and lush landscapes.
Although there’s a variety of bungalows and suites, the Rice House (inspired by the traditional ‘Lumbung’) may give you a more interesting experience – it was (and still is) used to store rice, and can accommodate two people.
Do you visualise your retreat to include music and dance workshops, yoga classes and jungle walks?