Bali Is a Top Island, with Peak Accommodations
Indonesia’s tropical island of Bali is a bucket-list destination that is every bit as magical as visitors hope. A Hindu isle in a largely Muslim country, Bali has an air of serenity and reverence. Travelers can immerse themselves in nature on pristine beaches and misty mountains. or soak up Balinese arts, markets, and the island's hot nightlife.
And where should a Bali-bound luxury traveler stay? At the best-of-the-best Bali luxury hotels right here, in alphabetical order, because they all rank as great.
Amandari is a breathtaking, serene resort perched in the verdant hills of Bali’s north-central highlands near the arts center of Ubud. Its upscale guests, mostly prosperous couples, come for the resort's sheer beauty and remarkable tranquility.
Amandari is designed like a traditional Balinese village, with stone walkways connecting 31 individual, peak-roofed villas and suites. These accommodations are completely private, with features like ensuite pools, outdoor dining pavilions, and lush gardens. Amandari offers a local, organic restaurant menu, a Balinese purification spa ritual, a 105-foot infinity pool, and a 1,400-year-old Hindu shrine guarded by a stone tiger. You are deep into Bali here.
Amankila in Bali
Amankila is a deluxe sanctuary nestled on East Bali’s tropical hillsides. It is set on a cliff that leads down to a picturesque beach whose gentle waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. On-property, pampered guests relax beside three stone-lined infinity pools that seem to cascade into the sea. Amankila’s amenities — dining, spa, and island adventures — are equally exceptional.
Amankila’s 34 freestanding suites are designed as Balinese beach houses, each with private terraces. Incredibly, they are set on stilts amid the coconut-palm treetops. The view is of the resort’s private beach edging Lombok Strait.
In the other direction, the resort’s dramatic backdrop is Mt. Agung, the volcanic peak that erupted in 2017, gaining the hotel a new following of well-heeled volcano-watchers.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Not everyone who vacations in Bali seeks a secluded, tiny boutique hotel. Some want a large hotel in a lively beach area similar to South Beach in Miami or Waikiki in Honolulu. These visitors are often drawn to Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. It’s a surfside resort, set in the happening beach town of Seminyak Beach. Another bonus: the nightlife hub of Kuta is just a couple of miles up the beach.
The Anantara’s rooms are loft-like and huge, with views of the beach and the fabulous Indian Ocean sunset. Its penthouse-set MoonLite Kitchen restaurant is a haven of grill cuisine, while Wild Orchid finesses Asian spicing. The hotel also offers a Balinese spa, yoga, and surfing lessons on some of Southeast Asia’s best breaks.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri
On a large island like Bali, a quiet resort only 20 minutes from the airport is in demand. Such is Bali's Belmond Jimbaran Puri, set on a sheltered bay with gentle, turquoise-hued waters.
The resort’s 64 accommodations are exceedingly private cottages or villas done in traditional Balinese style, with marble floors and gleaming teakwood furniture. Some have private pools. Two beach-view restaurants specialize in just-caught seafood and gently spiced Indonesian dishes.
This full-service resort also offers a Balinese beach spa, numerous pools, and adventures like surfing, kayaking, or mountain biking — although many guests are happiest lazing around their villa or the pool or beach.
Bulgari Resort Bali
Graceful Balinese design meshes with Italian high style at the quietly glamorous Bulgari Resort Bali. This exquisite resort, opened by the Bulgari design house’s hotel arm, is sumptuous, sleek, and seamlessly in sync with Bali’s reverence of tranquil nature. Dramatically set atop a cliff nearly 500 feet above the Indian Ocean, Bulgari Resort Bali manages to be both ultra-exclusive and warm-hearted.
Most of the resort’s 59 very private accommodations are lovely one-bedroom ocean-view villas of nearly 1,000 square feet, with a walled garden and plunge pool. Guests can savor a grill restaurant, a Balinese kitchen, and Il Ristorante, run by Italian celeb chef Luca Fantin. More to experience: top East Bali surfing, a superb spa, and the famed Uluwatu Temple, a beautiful walk away.
Capella Ubud, Bali
And now for something completely different: Capella Ubud, Bali is an ultra-luxurious "tented camp.” Its 22 one-bedroom tented villas are set deep in the jungle flora and fauna — yet offer every tech convenience there is. Set in a verdant rainforest, the resort is only 20 minutes from Bali's creative hub, Ubud.
Capella Ubud offers a full complement of cultural immersion experiences with Balinese artisans, chefs, and healers. Active guests can experience jungle boot camp workouts, mountain bike ridge tours, and more. On-site, guests enjoy a unique cistern pool, a gym within an armory tent, and a Balinese spa, Jiwa Asian Street Food Barbecue cooks up out-of-the-ordinary dining.
COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala Estate is a serene wellness resort where the pace is slow and pressure is nonexistent, and the approach is holistic, and 360-degree, touching every aspect of your life. Guests come to unwind, to strengthen body and mind, and to absorb the matchless tranquility of Bali.
The resort is set near mystical Ubud amidst tropical jungle that is fringed by the sacred Ayung River nearby. Its 36 lovely rooms, suites, and villas furnish subtle luxury and a soundtrack of birdsong and tumbling water.
COMO Uma Canggu
COMO Uma Canggu's dual focus doubly delights guests. It celebrates the beach and sea of Bali’s southern coast and also the Balinese culture of the local village of Canggu, with its Hindu shrines and family-owned shops.
The resort’s 119 bright, airy, peaceful rooms and suites are contemporary, with graceful Asian touches. Many guests come for COMO Uma Canggu's deluxe surfing, with some of Bali’s best surf breaks right out the door and guidance from TropicSurf. Guests seeking wellness find it at the on-property COMO Shambhala Retreat and on resort menus' energizing COMO Shambhala Cuisine. The main restaurant, at the social COMO Beach Club, cooks global dishes, with an emphasis on healthy grilling.
COMO Uma Ubud
COMO Uma Ubud is set in one of the world’s most captivating arts towns. And while just being in Ubud is thrilling, COMO Uma Ubud perfects the experience (and provides free shuttles into town).
The resort’s 46 light-filled rooms and suites offer private gardens and plunge pools. The resort's emphasis is on outdoor experiences and cultural encounters, from rice-paddy hikes to temple visits, designed to enrich and inspire. It's delicious, too, thanks to chefs adept at Italian, Southeast Asian, and healthful COMO Shambhala dishes. The resort’s COMO Shambhala Retreat furnishes spa indulgences and wellness programs.
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is a pure expression of Balinese living. A Hindu shrine sits in the center of a stone-lined lagoon that runs the length of the property. Guest suites are breathtakingly decorated in Balinese teakwood and silk brocade, with sprawling, spa-like bathrooms.
By Bali standards, the Fairmont’s 120 suites and villas make this is a larger hotel, with all the amenities you’d expect from a full-service resort, including a kids’ club, multiple restaurants, a pristine beach (with wifi!) and a dazzling 164-foot pool. Private butler service is at guests' beck and call, and staffers arrive at your door several times daily bearing Indonesian snacks and bath treats. This is the life.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Four Seasons is a brand that luxury travelers love, and its two Bali resorts — beach and jungle — demonstrate why. They are both perfect in their own way.
Spanning 35 tropical acres, beach-oriented Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is composed of 147 thatch-roofed Balinese villas, all with private pools, were gorgeously renovated in 2017. The villas cascade down to a secluded cove on the three-mile Jimbaran Beach, famed for its sunsets, gentle waters, and seafood cafes. On-property, guests can indulge in modern Asian cuisine (and cooking lessons), spa and yoga, a 106-foot infinity pool, and the Jimba Club for kids. Ready for Balinese immersion? Ganesha Cultural Centre beckons with local artworks and ethereal Indonesian gamelan music.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Dotting in the verdant hills surrounding Bali’s arts capital, Ubud, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan nabbed the #29 spot in Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World 2017. Interconnected by suspended walkways, the resort seems to float above the treetops, furnishing primeval views, island breezes, and an overall unforgettable getaway.
Guests relish a skytop 106-foot pool, complimentary yoga and meditation classes, Balinese dance and gamelan performances, and shuttles to Ubud.
This gracious resort perches in the green hills near artistic Ubud in Bali’s north-central mountains. Instead of a beach setting, HOSHINOYA Bali is built on a maze of private pools that in turn follow a stream that flows into the holy Pakerisan River.
This resort is from the HOSHINOYA brand, the top boutique hotels in Japan. HOSHINOYA Bali attracts Japanese visitors and other international travelers who will appreciate the resort’s refined Bali-meets-Japan style of design and cuisine. One knockout feature is the Café Gazebo, an open-air dining pavilion that seems to float in the air. Guest amenities include a gracious spa, Balinese arts experiences, jungle trekking, and wildlife-watching.
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Ritz-Carlton Reserve is Ritz-Carlton’s ultra-high-end boutique hotel label, and Mandapa is an exquisite resort in the sacred forests surrounding Ubud. The resort has a spiritual air, and guests get to dig deep into Balinese culture and relaxation.
Sixty accommodations of one, two, or three bedrooms begin at an astonishing 4,630 square feet, with indoor-outdoor living areas. The 25 pool villas claim vast private pools. The resort’s nouvelle cuisine restaurant, Kubu, is one of Bali’s most romantic, and spa and yoga here are so memorable that the resort won AFAR Travelers’ Best Spa and Wellness award. Mandapa focuses on enrichment of mind, body, and soul, and even kids get to soak up Balinese culture at Mandapa Camp. At this resort, Ritz-Carlton’s signature personal service is taken to even greater heights.
The Mulia is a large resort ideal for Bali visitors who love a plethora of dining and activity options. Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it #1 Beach Resort in the World in 2014. The Mulia sits beachfront on pristine Nusa Dua beach. It'd close to the clifftop Pura Geger stone temple, 18-hole golf, and the airport (only 20 minutes away).
The Mulia is comprised of three distinct resorts: The Mulia, 111 suites with Jacuzzis and private butlers; Mulia Resort, with 526 sunny rooms and suites; and Mulia Villas, with 108 villas that are Bali’s biggest. This glamorous resort bucks the minimalist trend. It is sumptuously designed in neoclassical Greek style, with monumental sculptures of goddesses set atop stone columns. Service, dining, spa, pools, and gym are out of the ordinary, too.
The Oberoi, Bali
The Oberoi, Bali is a surfside retreat offering tranquility plus proximity to lively Seminyak Beach and top-notch surfing, snorkeling, and scuba. The resort is designed like a Balinese village, with 60 thatched-roofed Lanai Rooms and 14 Luxury Villas set amidst tropical gardens and stone walkways. Accommodations are distinguished by stone-walled courtyards, handsome, airy Balinese furnishings, and private pools.
Genteel staffers bring creature comforts and The Oberoi's renowned pan-Asian cuisine to guests who want to laze on the beach or near their room.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
With 313 Balinese-style rooms, suites, and villas spread over 30 clifftop acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a large resort by local standards, with a dizzying array of dining and activity options for both couples and families. (The World Luxury Hotel Awards named the hotel “Best Luxury Family Beach Resort.”)
A glass elevator whooshes guests from the property to the sand, at Bali’s very southern tip, Nusa Dua. The resort provides a profoundly relaxing beach vacation distinguished by every latest tech amenity and Ritz-Carlton’s legendary hospitality service.
The St. Regis Bali Resort
Perched on the panoramic beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort embodies the concept of “barefoot elegance.” It is at once sophisticated yet relaxed. Each of its 123 beautiful Balinese-style suites and Beach Villas provides a dedicated butler adept at perfecting guest stays.
Dining ranges from haute Indonesian to a celebrated Champagne brunch. Guests relish The St. Regis Bali’s Remède Spa, its beach yoga and cabanas, its pool and lagoon complex, and its Children’s Learning Center focusing on the arts.