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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.
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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Showing No. 1 – 11:1. Jungle Jewel in the Sky – Firefly Eco Lodge
Have you ever wanted to stay in a treehouse?
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!
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.
And you’d never believe that this hidden gem is only 10 minutes from the bustling Ubud centre!
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.
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.
How can you not fall in love with this beautiful and unique jungle stay?
2. Stay at a National Park, go glamping at the beach – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Center
Have a tryst with luxury and nature at its best at this sprawling resort at the edge of the West Bali National Park.
Here, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds, with stunning views of the protected rainforests and Menjangan island (well-known for its rich marine life) and stay in eco-friendly luxury tented villas without ever having to step out of your comfort zone. You’ll almost feel as though you’re staying in your very own African safari!
Mermaids and ocean lovers come to West Bali for its rich marine life and more untouched waters. So if you’re either, you must sign up for one of the underwater expeditions offered by the on-site 5-star PADI Dive Centre, where you can get professional diving and snorkeling experiences!
Underwater Insta-worthy shots with coral reefs as your backdrop? Yes please!
If you prefer to be above the water, go kayaking, canoeing or jungle trekking (hugely popular!) offered by the in-house Pasir Putih Dive Centre & Watersport.
When you’ve had too much fun (if it can ever happen!), the next best thing to do is to simply relax in the untouched natural landscape. Take a stroll along the mangrove-lined coastline, or unwind at the in-house spa where you can get a pampering massage with a full view of the sea.
As the skies turn into hues of orange and yellow, head to Pasir Putih Beach Club, where you get to spice up things with your favourite cocktails and stunning sunset ocean views right over the gorgeous infinity pool.
After the sun goes down, it’s time for that romantic dinner with your loved one on the soft white sand beach under a sweet cabana. In the west, the vast sparkling starlit skies will make your date night extra special.
All these luxuries in the great outdoors – that’s what you call camping with all the glamour!
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. Listen to the songs of the river – Four Seasons Sayan
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
5. 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.
6. 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?
7. 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!
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!
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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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.
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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10. 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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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.