Written by Alya Maisarah
Co-written by Beverley Lennon
You may have stayed at budget hotels and call yourself a savyy backpacker. Or splurged on a luxury boutique hotel and call yourself a glamorous travelista.
But have you ever stayed on a yacht-house, an African style safari lodge (yes in Bali!) or a hotel that resembles a campsite?
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We’ll bring you through some of the most unique hotels that you never thought you’ll find in Bali. Read on to find out!
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. A glamping gem for everyone – Natya River Sidemen, Karangasem
Ever want to camp near mother nature… but you’re not one who can sleep in tents and on sleeping bags? Natya River Sidemen got you!
You can have the camping experience without actually camping. The glamping site is situated near a river stream – so it’s best to opt for the Hammock Glamping to be nearest to it! These tents have their own bathroom too.
If you want to experience real camping in a tent, don’t worry, Natya got that covered as well.
What makes the stay here even more unique is that their dining and chill areas are designed around and over water features.
You can even experience river tubing down the stream!
Have a picnic by the stream during the day and chill by bonfires at night – the vibes are immaculate for an escape and you can have a restful getaway with family and friends.
This glamping experience is the escape you never knew you needed!
Natya River Sidemen
Rates: From USD $13 (Approximately Rp. 198,488) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jl. Pura Dalam Banjar dinas, Jl. Wangsean – Klungah, Wismakerta, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80864
Contact: +62 821 4636 5541
This plane hotel has been generating so much buzz on social media, even before it is officially open.
The first of its kind, Private Jet Villa is a 2BR villa with a lounge area to complete the expensive experience. Just like having your very own private jet, this villa creates the perfect ambience of classy, swanky and beyond.
Nestled on top of a cliff in Uluwatu, it is truly as though you are in the sky, living your best life. The view is nothing short of stunning. You can walk on the jet’s wing overlooking the Indian Ocean and simply enjoy the outstanding view.
We must say that this is perfect for adrenaline junkies who appreciate a touch of luxury.
Although the exact location and contact are not revealed yet, you can reserve your spot in advance here.
Private Jet Villa, Uluwatu
3. A modern treehouse experience at Grün Canggu Garden by Stilt Studio
When high-standard hospitality meets amazing architecture, Grün Canggu Garden proves it is possible.
Consisting of several treehouses in the compound, all of them have the same motivation – to celebrate Mother Nature. The owner intends to embody art, nature and architecture through the treehouses.
The use of window walls dominates the treehouses which allow you to have a 180-degree view of Bali at its best. Additonally, these floor-to-ceiling walls also allow as much natural light to penetrate the premises as possible.
Depending on your preference, you can opt for a smaller space or spaces with open concepts so you can lounge and entertain loved ones over BBQ!
The properties give a sense of calmness amidst the lively Canggu. So live your childhood dreams to live in a treehouse in Grün!
Grün Canggu Garden by Stilt Studio
Rates: From USD $92 (Approximately Rp.1,443,000) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jl. Veteran No.87, Kec. Mengwi, Kab. Badung, Bali 80351.
Contact: +62 811 3859 268
4. This oceanfront glamping is the latest Bali secret that’s going viral – Bali Beach Glamping, Tabanan
You’d tend to forget that you’re lounging in a tent when you’re at Bali Beach Glamping. True to its name, this establishment brings out the glam in glamping.
The highlight of this establishment is how close it is to the beach and also paddy fields! You can enjoy the best of Bali in one place. It’s currently trending among Indonesians on social media, but not as known in the international community – yet!
Bali Beach Glamping is never short of things to do because you can take an ATV down the beach or even do horse riding! Adults and kids alike can enjoy a quick dip in their oceanfront pool. If you don’t feel like swimming, you can just soak in the sun by the deck.
On top of that, they have a spa massage service overlooking the serene paddy fields as your view.
Their warm hospitality and comfort makes you want to bring your family here over and over again!
Bali Beach Glamping
Rates: From USD $44 (Approximately Rp. 685,762) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jl. Kebo Iwa Jl. Batu Tampih Kangin No.Banjar, Pangkung Tibah, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 8001 5758
5. Wake up among the mountains – Oculus Bali
Bali is undoubtedly the best-known island of Indonesia, but you can still get off the beaten track and away from the crowds – as long as you know where to look. The region of Kintamani in particular, has long been a popular gateway for those visiting the iconic Mount Batur.
The area is full of natural reserves and the cool temperatures make it ideal for a quick respite from the usual heat and humidity of South Bali. It’s also not as well developed as the south, so you can step right into the local lifestyle.
Kintamani is also still very dependent on farming. Like a voyage through time, you’ll notice there are still a lot of farmers working in the fields and because they use mostly organic fertilisers, there seems to be quite a number of flies in the region. But maybe, that’s also something that makes up the authentic charm of Kintamani…
Beyond its natural delights, Kintamani has recently seen several hotels, restaurants and cafes popping up, making it a great place to spend a night or two.
And this year (2022) is a great one because Kintamani hosted the opening of the incredible Oculus hotel. With a total of 10 suites, an infinity hot pool, a spa along with 3 restaurants, this stay sets a new benchmark for the region.
As if that wasn’t enough, you also get some of the most wonderful mountain views from here and especially from its rooftop terrace. Book a Royal Suite for a big surprise, we won’t say more…
Rates: From USD $89 (Approximately Rp. 1,325,414) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jl. Windu Sara, Kedisan, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80652
Contact: +62 821 4511 2983 (WhatsApp)
6. Float on a cloud to seventh heaven: Boutique Hotel Sensation
Boutique Hotel Sensation gets a step ahead, delivering guests superior luxury and innovation. The impressive property uses awe-inspiring features to wow their guests. Besides being located on the beach, the luxurious villas are inspired by the three forces, sky, sea and earth that set you in a special mood.
While they have three villas, we’d like you to check out Villa The Cloud! It’s the place to experience that Crazy Rich Asian lifestyle with a good bunch of friends (the villa sleeps 6 guests). Take a peak at their Instagram location and you’ll know why we consider it highly addictive.
10/10 for the cool innovative factor at Villa The Cloud as an expansive pool lies right in front of the property, making it look like a floating cloud. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer remarkable views of the Indian Ocean and surrounding lush greenery, right from inside your cloud, from which you’ll be brought to seventh heaven!
Boutique Hotel Sensation
Rates: From USD $169 (Approximately Rp. 2,635,251) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Tabanan, Kerambitan, Desa Tibubiyu, Pantai Pasut, Bali
Contact: +62 812 4694 1515
7. A barefoot luxury beachfront glamping experience – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre
Have you ever wondered what hidden gems are tucked away in the west of Bali?
This luxury beach glamping resort bordering West Bali National Park and surrounded by lush jungle and mangrove forests will get you completely obsessed with glamping! Time to forget all about the hustle and bustle of the more touristy sides of the island. It might take you slightly more than 3.5 hours’ drive to get here from the airport, but it’s totally worth it!
The luxury tents at Menjangan Dynasty Resort are of high standards and are packed with your much-loved creature comforts (electricity, beds with linens, high-pressure showers and more) while still allowing you to be right in the middle of nature!
You’ll feel like you’re back in a luxe summer camp with their collection of high-end tents right by the beachfront. And needless to say; you’ve got world class snorkeling right out your front door (or, erm, tent flap)! If you’re up for some added luxury, we recommend the Cliff Tent Villa which comes with your very own private plunge pool!
Your staycation at the glamping site looks adventurous but trust us as it is 100% comfortable. The surrounding environment is kept as natural as possible, so you can wake up to the chirping of birds and fall asleep with the natural white noise of bugs and you only need to take a few steps to an incredible underwater world.
Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre
Rates: From USD $60 (Approximately Rp. 2,260,000) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81155
Contact: +62 362 335 5000
8. Calling all of you Tarzan and Jane!: Aura House Bali
Towering above the rice paddies and the jungle, Aura House Bali is no simple treehouse, despite its rustic facade, it’s a grand luxurious haven! In the early hours of the morning, sunlight completely encases the place and streams through the small cracks, giving you the perfect soft glow to entrance your partner.
A truly romantic experience, their stone plunge pool is perfect for refreshing afternoon dips when the sun is beating down on you hard. Snuggle up with your loved one and maybe even have a floating meal surrounded by bright pink petals! Whatever your poison, Aura House Bali will aim to please and allow you a tranquil escape for a few days!
Aura House Bali
Rates: From USD $340 (Approximately Rp. 5,289,000) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali 80352, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 392 2254
9. Like in Switzerland – Lake Garden Bali
There can be few views as the ones offered at Lake Garden Bali – another IG-worthy stay that’s going viral right now among Indonesians.
Sitting right on the shores of Lake Batur, the stay offers exclusive access to one of Bali’s most breathtaking landscapes. It’s a view guests get to enjoy from every corner of the property – the rooms, terrace, hot tub and infinity pool.
The area is remarkably peaceful and quiet. There are no restaurants or shops in the surroundings so we’d recommend you come prepared with snacks, although the hotel does offer room service and there is also the possibility of setting up a barbeque.
There’s also only 7 cylindrical rooms, so it’s really just you and a few others enjoying the amazing feeling of remoteness along with some of the most enchanting views. There’s so much to look out for that you might not want to go to bed at all. Not that it gets any less magical at night, as chances are you’re in for a stargazing treat!
Lake Garden Bali
Rates: From USD $57 (Approximately Rp. 850,000) Website
Address: Jl. Jempana, Songan A, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 877 2602 0201 (Reservations via WhatsApp)
10. Swing in a hammock overlooking lush greenery: Camaya Bamboo House
Nothing is more comforting than lounging your heart away on a hammock overlooking the rice terrace outlined by the view of mountain peaks guarding from afar.
Camaya Bamboo House is a green haven where your wildest romantic dreams come true. This gorgeous villa is entirely made from bamboo and is surrounded by panoramic natural wonders; ranging from rice terrace, rainforest to evergreen hills. Here, you can rest while being completely guarded by mother nature.
Staying a night or two here guarantees you with one to two bedrooms, a private kitchen and an open shower in the building. But what’s more convenient is that the villa will provide you with a free scooter rental, so you can embark on an adventure to discover Bali and its beautiful surroundings.
If you don’t feel like getting adventurous, relax and enjoy a peaceful stroll amidst the rice fields, lay on your hammock and appreciate the fantastic view, sign up for a yoga or cooking class – your holiday, your choice!
Camaya Bamboo House
Rates: From USD $274 per night (Approximately Rp. 3,967,520) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Amerta Bhuana, Selat, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80862
Contact: [email protected]
11. Lagoon outside your room at Villa Seminyak
Imagine being able to slip into the pool from your front door. And the water edge of the 60-metres-long lagoon is just right outside your window.
That’s what you get when you stay in the Lagoon Villa at Villa Seminyak, which is just a short distance from the Seminyak beach.
How much closer to the sea can you get?
Rates: From USD $45 (Approximately Rp. 636,000) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jalan Baik Baik, Kuta 80361
Contact: +62 361 735566 (Reception) / +62 361 736928 (Reservation) / +62 812 3838 4849
12. An all-bamboo home in tropical greenery at Hideout Lightroom
A slightly smaller version of Hideout Bali, the Hideout team calls Hideout Lightroom the younger sibling of Hideout Bali. To construct this all-bamboo masterpiece, local village craftsmen were even engaged to make the furniture from bamboo!
Hideout Lightroom sits next to a little river stream in the rice fields of Selat. Nestled between two villages and near the base of Gunung Agung, Hideout Lightroom offers an authentic experience of Balinese life.
Other outdoor perks include a full-size bathtub where you can bathe in flowers and essential oils while basking in the sunlight. There is also a beautiful rain shower surrounded by swaying palm trees and other tropical greenery.
Inside Lightroom, there is a queen size bed, cozy sitting corner, and small kitchen space. Though Hideout does not prepare breakfast for you, they will stock the kitchen area with bananas, bread, and peanut butter as well as plates, bowls, utensils, and a kettle for tea and coffee, so you can make your own meal in the morning!
Since Hideout Lightroom was built in a natural landscape, there are a few creatures that might wander around nearby. There is also a friendly dog and cat who live around the Hideout space so feel free to say hi or give them a cuddle!
Rates: From USD $128 (Approximately Rp. 1,991,000) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Jalan Alas Tunggal, Selat Duda, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia 80862
Contact: [email protected]
13. Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana Hideaway 2
Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?
If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.
In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!
You also get two huge comfy bean bags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.
Villa Laksmana Hideaway 2
Rates: From USD $176 (Approximately Rp.2,502,300) (Minimum of 3 nights during low season and 5 nights during peak season) Check Rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 878 6040 6360 / +62 812 3737 0088 (WhatsApp)
14. Catch the sunrise while still in bed! – Bobo Kintamani
If you are looking for a new experience, Bobo Kintamani offers you exactly that. Owned by a startup, Bobocabin has these cabins around Indonesia and Bobocabin Kintamani is one of their iconic stays in Bali.
Located between Mt. Batur and Lake Batur, you will find yourself waking up to sunrise over the lake.
Each cabin has a large window so you can enjoy the sunrise view cabin at the comfort of your bed. An added bonus, if you opt for their deluxe room, they even have an outdoor private hot tub with hot spring water that flows directly from Mt. Batur!
It is a different kind of hospitality in Bobo Kintamani where you are assisted by technology. Most of their functions are controlled by their app. For example, the check-in and check-out process can be swiftly done via the app!
You can grill steaks which can be bought there, or opt to bring your own and have your BBQ party according to your fancy. This stay is recommended for friends and families who are looking for a new, refreshing experience around Bali!
Rates: From USD $44 (Approximately Rp. 685,762) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jl. Mundukan Ngandang Jl. Song Dikit, Songan A, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80652, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821-1900-7791 (WhatsApp)
15. Taking igloos out of the cold and turning it into a tropical paradise!: Coconut Galaxy Villas
While bubble hotels are usually unique enough to get people fighting over available dates, Coconut Galaxy Villas has taken things one step further. Instead of being completely transparent, you get your own privacy! Instead of being standalone, you get your own private pool!
Hidden amongst the other hipster hotels in Canggu, you don’t have to travel so far to get a slice of this unforgettable experience! While it may look like an igloo which doesn’t belong in a hot country, there’s no denying that it fits perfectly among the beach vibes and sun-kissed skin.
Make sure to spend plenty of time lounging in the pool on one of the adorable coloured floats, and what’s more Bali than a floating breakfast? All options are possible!
Coconut Galaxy Villas
Rates: From USD $162 (Approximately Rp. 2,300,000) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Jl. Sahadewa No.1, Banjar Umacandi, Buduk, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 3856 2050
16. Stunning oceanfront infinity pool with unique pool deck COMO Uma Canggu
As you enter the master bedroom of this luxurious three-bedroom penthouse, slide the door of the pool deck and you’ll be greeted by a sunlit infinity pool, overlooking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Isn’t this celeb-worthy suite simply the ideal luxury nest for a very special getaway?
Notice that the arc-shaped pool deck makes the perfect frame for sipping cocktails on lazy afternoons, and we think this is arguably the best feature of the penthouse – COMO Uma Canggu’s latest addition.
The penthouse is designed and furnished to please and excite the most fastidious of you – spacious, bright, with nods to both traditional and modern!
Aside from the usual dining options, the resort features a healthy grab-and-go juice bar- no excuses not to keep up with your New Year’s resolution! Healthy drinks, snacks and salads are all you can find at the Glow Juice Bar.
Experiences at the COMO Uma Canggu are endless. They include surfing classes, golf, tours at nearby attractions but also soothing moments at the resort spa.
And when your vacation stay is one that includes services from a private butler, you know it is one to consider!
COMO Uma Canggu
Rates: From USD 328 (Approximately Rp. 5,113,000) for twin room, USD $1400 for Penthouse for 6 pax (Approximately Rp. 19,880,000) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 302 2228
17. Go for eco-luxury at Sharma Springs Bamboo House, Ubud
What could be more eco-friendly than staying in a house made of bamboo?
It’s not just about the beautiful view and cool mountain breeze. You are staying at one of the most amazing examples of sustainable design.
Sharma Springs Bamboo House
Rates: From USD $1,000 (Approximately Rp. 15,557,000) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung 80352 Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 392 2254
18. Bali’s bamboo castle in the sky – Laputa Villa
A dream-escape for those looking for a bit of solitude, the standalone Laputa Villa is a luxury bamboo hut located in the charming village of Sidemen. Previously there had been no access road to the area, so everything surrounding you is still in its raw pristine state.
From here, enjoy an ample dose of fresh air and greenery without roughing it. You can be sure to experience the natural beauty of the great outdoors – whether it’s from your hanging net or the open-plan terrace. The 2-bedroom villa sits on a steep ridge, with spectacular views of the ocean and Nusa Penida on one side, with miles of rice terraces backed by the iconic Mount Agung on the other side.
The area is laced with trekking trails and other natural wonders that make for some great time discovering the green side of Bali – hikes, rafting, yoga classes can all be pre-arranged by the in-house team. After a hard day’s exploring, you could even request for a full body massage right at your villa or get them to set up a romantic dinner!
It’s important to note that there is no air conditioning at the villa – not that you’ll ever need it as this region of Bali is known for its year-round cool temperatures.
Upon arrival, guests are offered a pocket Wi-Fi but due to the remote location, the internet connection from here is not always strong. And because of the secluded mountainous location, there are no shops, ATMs or mini-marts within walking distance, but you can always hire a motorcycle to explore the surroundings.
Rates: From USD $412 per night (4 guests) (Approximately Rp. 6,135,627) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Jl br. Bukit Buluh, Wisma Kerta, Sidemen, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80864, Indonesia
Contact: +62 822 3516 5395
19. Sound of waves lullabies you to sleep in The Korowai, Uluwatu
A pleasant, romantic stay in the trees sitting on top of a limestone cliff, The Korawai is located near the Impossible Beach, Uluwatu.
Getting there is quite a hike but it will prove to be worth it when the magnificent view of the ocean from your balcony takes your breath away.
Its aesthetic is everything you need to feel close to nature. The Korowai uses natural stone and eco-friendly elements to create a calming atmosphere for you to subconsciously unwind the moment you’re in the area.
Their honeymoon suite has its own plunge pool so you can take a dip and enjoy the sun in private. Besides that, since it is so close to the beach, you can take a little hike down to catch some waves or just enjoy the sunset.
Your stay will just get better at night, with the sound of waves lulling you into a deep sleep.
Here’s where you will fall in love again with your loved one – truly a beautiful experience.
The Korowai, Uluwatu
Rates: From USD $190 (Approximately Rp. 2,960,467) Check rate on Traveloka
Address: 54R6+R6V, Jl. Tj. Simah, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821-4790-9060 (WhatsApp)
20. Waking up in a dream – MAJA Canggu
Enter MAJA and you’ll feel like you’ve just walked into a suite straight out of a Pinterest board.
A beautiful oasis in the heart of Canggu and carefully designed to reflect the owners’ favourite places, it is a perfect blend of a European touch and Bali elements blended into a real estate masterpiece.
The property has 5 dreamy suites with their own private plunge pools. There is also a shared gorgeous pool for you to dive in.
Its strategic location makes this magical stay that much better because you can reach pretty much everywhere by foot or scooter – beach clubs, restaurants… you name it, you’re right in the heart of Canggu!
Rates: From USD $208 per night (Approximately Rp. 3,250,000) Website
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong Gg. Bulan No.1, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 4612 0558
As they say, anything is possible in Bali. Nothing is too crazy on this island of creatives! Are you inspired yet? 🙂
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |