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Written by Kristyna Schonova
Co-written by Laura Jodoin, 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.

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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.

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1. Jungle Jewel in the Sky – Firefly Eco Lodge

Have you ever wanted to stay in a treehouse?

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The Firefly Eco Lodge will satisfy the adventurer in you, with its thatched roof, rustic jungle atmosphere, and even high-up rooms that require you to climb into!

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For Instagram lovers, be sure to get a cute picture of yourself on the big swing, from which you can get a gorgeous panoramic view – beautiful rice paddies of the most stunning emerald green.

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And you’d never believe that this hidden gem is only 10 minutes from the bustling Ubud centre!

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So for a perfect unity of urban and wild, you can spend your mornings lounging among the greenery, before taking a refreshing walk and end up in the heart of Ubud, where you can do your shopping and check out the restaurants and bars.

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Come home at night (and it really will feel as though you are coming home!) and rinse the day away in the open-air shower, as you close your eyes and feel the water’s spray under the starry Bali skies.

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How can you not fall in love with this beautiful and unique jungle stay?

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Firefly Eco Lodge

Bamboo Bird’s Nest with Paddy View from USD 26 per night
Address: Jalan Gunung Sari, Banjar Ambangan, Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 822-4703-5046
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2. 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).

Zen Hideaway, Ubud

From USD $124 per night
Address: Desa Bongkasa, Ubud, Bali

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3. Listen to the songs of the river – Four Seasons Sayan

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This jungle jewel is nestled deep in the lush rainforest, where the sounds of the river will serenade your stay – perfect for those of you who are looking for a healing retreat.

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The Riverview Two-Bedroom Villa at Four Seasons Sayan is a luxuriously spacious option, making this a perfect choice if you’re travelling in a group, with the whole family, or simply on a double date. This stunning villa boasts of a personal lily pond, a private meditation area, and peaceful, relaxing views of nearby rice paddies and the Ayung River as it gently whispers past.

Tucked away in quiet greenery, this is a wonderful spot for a private dinner, or even just for lounging. You can spend the afternoon floating in your private plunge pool!

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If you are coming with your partner, the Riverfront One-Bedroom Villa would be a perfect option. You’ll love to cuddle up close under the sheer white overhead bed canopy, and take advantage of the sumptuous outdoor shower and freestanding stone tub!

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Don’t forget to take some iconic pictures at the resort’s main infinity pool, which overlooks the entire horizon.

End your day at the luxurious Sacred River Spa, where you can enjoy treatments that incorporate spiritual traditions such as Chakra balancing and Balinese Ayurvedic practices, do yoga, and still indulge in the stunning views of lush jungle and the Ayung river.

And when it’s time for dinner, simply drop by the Ayung Terrace or Riverside Café, where you can dine and unwind right beside the gentle river.

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For a very different (and immersive) Ubud experience, we recommend trying the resort’s ‘Day in the Life’ activity, which allows you to experience life as a Balinese farmer for a day. The experience includes a guided walk through rice paddies and jungle pathways, and helps the local farmers with rice planting – an enriching experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

P.S. Distinguished guests at Four Seasons Sayan include former US president Barack Obama, who was here for a family vacation in 2017!

Four Seasons Sayan

Rates: Riverfront One-Bedroom Villa from USD 852 per night (approximately Rp.11,340,000), Riverview Two-Bedroom Villa from USD 2,755 per night

Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Sayan Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977577

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4. 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.

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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.

Sunday Rainvilla

From USD 17 per night
Address: Umalas, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
Contact: 082236261922

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5. 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.

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Their two-bedroom and one-bedroom villas offer private plunge pools and direct access to the communal pool from your room!

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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?

De Moksha Resort & Restaurant

From USD $62 per night
Address: Jalan Benuo, Banjar Kebilbil, Desa Belalang, Tabanan, 82121 Tanah Lot, Indonesia
Contact: + 62 361 4790 790
Email:  [email protected]
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6. 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!

Balian Treehouse, Balian Beach

From USD $70 per night
Location: Balian Beach, Selemadeg Barat, Indonesia

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7. Set up camp in a scenic national park – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre

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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.

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If getting back to nature truly is your goal, this eco-friendly resort’s African-style tents will provide you with a seamless experience.

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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?

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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!

Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre

Address: Banyuwedang, North Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 753300
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8. 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!

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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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Eco Bamboo Home with water wheel (From USD $46 per night)

Location: Selat, Bali, Indonesia
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9. 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.

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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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Rijasa Agung Resort

From $110 a night

Address: Br.Begawan,Desa Melinggih Kelod,Payangan- Ubud,Bali-Indonesia, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80572
Contact: +62 361 980 333
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10. Luxury at the top of the dramatic rainforest: Alila Ubud

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Imagine taking in a panoramic view from a dramatic mountainside pool perched above the Ayung River valley.

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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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Alila Ubud

Superior room from USD 174++ per night, Villas from USD 400++ per night
Address: Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Kec. Gianyar
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +62 361 975963

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11. 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.

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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.

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Villa Awang Awang

Location : Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Phone: +61 416 150 655
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How much more luxuriously tropical can you get?

Have you heard of any other fancy rainforest hotels in Bali we should know? Drop us a comment below!

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