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Co-written by Ng Jia Yi

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?

Also read:

The ultimate guide on where to stay in Bali

6 majestic Bali water villas that you can jump into the water from your room

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.

 


1. Sleep with the lions at Mara River Safari Lodge, Gianyar

Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?

Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.

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Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.

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Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…

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View from balcony (Photo via Amesh Budiristio)

You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.

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You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!

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From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals. 4.-Night-Safari-Tiger-experience-by-Bali.tamansafari.com_

On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!

We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.

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Photo via Stephawie, Mara Safari Lodge

Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!

Mara River Safari Lodge (From USD $177 per night)

Location : Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Gianyar 80551 – Bali –
Phone: +62 361 751 300
Website

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2. Stunning Eco-Friendly Jungle Retreat – Villa Pererepan

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Here, what could be more romantic than being in bed together with your soulmate, watching fireflies casting their light over the beautiful jungle view?

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Villa Pererepan (Villa Awang Awang) is set along the Petanu river valley, surrounded by gardens and jungle and offering amazing views – perfect for nature-loving couples. 

However, since it’s close to the jungle, do be prepared for bugs, and well… a more ‘natural’ experience.

It’s also an eco-friendly accommodation – almost all the furnishings and materials used in the décor are sustainable.

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And did you know, the designs of both the villa and the plunge pool are based on one of nature’s greatest mysteries – the golden ratio (otherwise also known as the golden section or the golden rectangle)?

It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles of nature itself. Nature expresses the golden ratio through a simple series of whole numbers which you may have heard of – the Fibonacci series.

Villa Pererepan, Ubud (From USD $163 per night)

Location: Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Contact: +61 882271112
Website

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3. Do a luxury rustic holiday at Thematic Village Houses at Bambu Indah, Ubud

Bambu Indah may have one of the greatest villas above water in Bali, but that’s not all to it.

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If you want to live the village life, these quirky themed houses may be what you’re looking for.

You can even climb up to a tree house in the compound that overlooks the valley!

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Or do a Tarzan swing across the natural pool!

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Or enjoy a sunset cocktail on the Afrika deck, with a majestic view of the rice fields and distant mountains.

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There are eight different themed houses, and each is more beautiful than the next – the pictures say it all.

Deciding where to stay will be a blissful dilemma indeed!

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Bambu Indah (From USD $258 per night)

Location: Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar
Phone: +62(0)361 977 922 / +62(0)361 886 8807

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4. Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana II

Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?

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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.

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In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!

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You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.

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Villa Laksmana II (From USD $212 per night)

Location: Jalan Kayu Aya, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

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5. Cozy up with nature at Desa Atas Awan

Desa Atas Awan certainly lives up to its namesake as the Village Above the Clouds.

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It’s hard not to feel like you’re at the top of the world when you’re looking at views like this, no?

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All three of the eco-boutique hotel’s accommodation choices – Sunrise Suite, Bungalow and Sunset Suite – offer nothing but gorgeous views of the sweeping valleys and mountainous areas across the Munduk Andong Valley.

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The large, floor-length glass windows will also immerse you in your surroundings – imagine living surrounded by untouched nature, yet still retaining all the modern comforts you need. We don’t think life gets any better than that.

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And this.

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Desa Atas Awan (From USD $83 per night)

Location: Munduk Andong Kelod, Baturiti, Bali, Indonesia 82191
Contact: +62 (0)81339406099

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6. Travel back in time at the secret wooden house

These swanky villages may be located right smack in the middle of Bali’s hustle and bustle, but it’s nothing like those boring apartments or run-of-the-mill villas that you’ll most likely stay in when you visit Kuta.

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In fact, when you step into this accommodation, you’ll probably feel like you’re in ancient Bali. The five antique teak cottages available are found in your very own secret garden, surrounded by banana and coconut trees, as well as other exotic flora and fauna.

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All the furniture in the rooms are also personally designed and made out of recycled wood.

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Better yet, the compound is only a short distance away from the major tourist areas, yet still affords you privacy and a unique experience of true Balinese life.

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Just don’t forget that it’s actually the year 2015!

Secret wooden house in Denpasar (From USD $35 per night)

Location: Jalan Gunung Soputan No 99a Gang Dukuh Anyar, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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7. Go for eco-luxury at Sharma Springs Bamboo House, Ubud

What could be more eco-friendly than staying in a house made of bamboo?

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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.

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Sharma Springs Bamboo House (From USD $334 per night)

LocationTanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung 80352 Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 469874

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8. Camp in comfort at Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud

The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.

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Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.

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Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?

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Sandat Glamping Tents (From USD $220 per night)

Location: Jalan Subak Sala Banjar Sala Ubud
Phone: + 62 821 44081998
Website

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9. Experience another world at your very own Hideout – Eco Bamboo Home with water wheel

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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.

No, here’s the catch – the Hideout was handcrafted out of wood, and is also fully sustainable on its own.

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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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10. Live in paradise on earth at Sapulidi Bali

Want to live on your own island but can’t afford to do so (obviously)?

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At Sapulidi Bali, you’ll no longer find yourself surrounded by people all day – instead, you’ll meet the pleasing sight of beautiful nature all around you.

The resort’s executive rooms all feature the magnificent view of a natural fish pond. But of course, you won’t have to swim with the fishes – private pools are provided at the back.

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If you’re not exactly a fan of water, the resort also features superior and deluxe villas, which are surrounded by rice paddies far and wide.

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In the evening, the setting sun gives an almost ethereal glow to the surface of the water and grass.

So when you look out your window at the endless greenery stretching ahead of you, it’s almost as though the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

And sometimes, we like it better that way, don’t we?

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Sapulidi Bali (From USD $60 per night)

Location: Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Banjar Pengosekan Kelod – Mas, Ubud, Gianyar – Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977309
Website

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11. Chill in a quirky home at [email protected] Hip Suites, Ubud

When you escape from the beach party scene of Seminyak to the quiet mountainous region of Ubud, you’d want to make the most of the tranquil view.

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[email protected] offers four private suites with stunning, uninterrupted views of the Ayung river valley and a chic themed decor.

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That’s not to mention it shares the same view with luxury resorts like the world renowned Amandari and Four Seasons Hotel, but at an affordable price of USD150 per night!

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[email protected] Hip Suites (From USD $50 per night)

Location: Jl.Raya Sayan, Kutuh, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8989403
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12. That odd-little bamboo house at Kali Manik Eco Resort

You’d almost think you’re staying in a strange odd-shaped version of a bamboo house.

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The eco-friendly Kali Manik Eco Resort offers calming views of the surrounding greenery just across Kalisada Beach. 

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Each bamboo-built bungalow features a private terrace with a day bed and a hammock for guests to relax in.

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This beachfront villa also features an organic restaurant which serves up Indonesian and international cuisine, an on-site library, and is just a five-minute walk away from the Kalisada Village.

Pemuteran Dive Centre is a 30-minute drive away, and you can even explore the Pemuteran hidden underwater temple!

And to get to West Bali National Park, it’s 40 minutes by car.

If you’re keen to go hiking, fishing or snorkelling, just let the friendly staff know and all will be nicely arranged for you.

Kali Manik Eco Resort (From USD $53 a night)

Location: North Bali – Seririt – Kalisada
Phone: +62 362 706 4888
Website

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13. Holiday on a yacht on The Dragoon 130

If staying on land is too mainstream for you, why not try an Indonesian Phinisi yacht-turned-luxury-party-yacht – The Dragoon 130?

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Built entirely from teak, the yacht features high-end quality materials like ebony, eco-leather, and an awesome surround-sound system.

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Up to 12 people can stay comfortably in the six suites on board.

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If the USD $10,000 per day price tag for a cruise is too steep for you, individual cabins are also for rent while the yacht is anchored and prices start at USD $150 per night.

The Dragoon 130 (From USD $150 per night)

Email:[email protected]
Phone: +62-81907877809 (Francesco Baffa ), +62-81999062636 (Pietro Rizutti)

Official site 

Photos via Panchoran Retreat, Roomatbali.com, Airbnb, Greenvillagebali.com, glampingsandat.com, The Dragoon 130, Bambu Indah, Mara River Safari Lodge

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