10 luxurious places to stay in Bali
With Bali now famous for its large collection of private luxury resorts and villas, complete with staff and top-class level of service, here are our top plush spots to stay in beautiful Bali.
Ayana Resort and Spa
Award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is a world-class destination resort perched majestically atop Jimbaran Bay, just 10 kilometres from Bali airport. Perfectly complimented by a white-sand beach and shared facilities as Bali’s only integrated resort with RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, the blissful spot boasts full access to all dining and recreation at both AYANA and RIMBA, 18 restaurants and bars (including the iconic Rock Bar), exclusive private beach, 12 swimming pools and the world-class spa with Aquatonic Seawater. Whether you’re booking a family holiday or a honeymoon, Ayana Resort and Spa ensures a memorable holiday with world-class dining, recreation and pampering.
The Mulia Bali
Discover the relaxed sophistication of The Mulia; a five-star hotel nestled cosily in Nusa Dua’s Bay. Boasting enchanting suites, stylish lounges and oceanfront pools, The Mulia exceeds expectations of style, comfort and service. Overlooking the postcard-perfect coastline, the resort reflects the tranquillity of Bali’s surroundings. Featuring a plethora of dining options, overlooking the beach and ocean beyond, guests can dabble in beach activities, state of the art spa treatments and fitness facilities. If you’re travelling with a group, the Mulia Villas provide the ultimate escape thanks to their luxurious private villas and personalised butler service.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu, a cool, contemporary resort delivering eco-friendly design in Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, is the perfect spot for those who like to live that luxe life. With panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, striking pool villas and personal butlers on tap, the prestigiously poised hotel is best known for Villa 409 – the highest room in the resort with total privacy and 180-degree ocean vista views. Designed with sustainable materials, the open-plan layouts, flat lava rock roofs and bamboo ceilings allows the sea breeze to circulate naturally.
Nestled on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula (aka Billionaires’ Row), Karma Kandara boasts architect-designed villas, each with a private pool, positioned cliffside and overlooking one of the top five beaches in Asia. An expert in Feng Shui, the ancient understanding of energy in nature, highlighted this hideaway for its powers of healing and good fortune. Step outside the resort to discover authentic Balinese culture, with the sacred Uluwatu Temple just 20 minutes away from the harmonious hotel. Each villa, Karma Spa and restaurant sits amongst the stunningly lush landscape offering ocean views of tropical beaches. With its idyllic location and stunning amenities, which include a curved cliff top infinity pool, the VERITAS Wine Bar that’s stocked with fine Old and New World wines and the popular Karma Beach Club Bali, travellers can enjoy a glamorous day and night venue to kick back barefoot and enjoy their time under the stars.
Double Six Seminyak
One of Bali’s most sophisticated hotels, Double Six Seminyak, is celebrating their first birthday with the opening of their brand-new Rooftop Bar and Plantation Grill & Bar – one of the trendiest new hang-outs in Seminyak. Fronting the famous coastline, the Double Six and its luxury concept (plus iconic infinity pool) is fast-becoming one of the more popular spots to book your sunny escape in. Guests also have access to a 24-hour butler service, with impeccable trained staff at your whim for everything from packing and ironing to booking a table at the ‘in’ restaurants – which is often a challenging feat in Seminyak.
Nestled in the centre of Bali’s cultural heart, this honeymoon destination offers a spiritual journey for travellers after traditional Ubud. With various intriguing attractions adding colour to the alluring town, the fields of rice paddies and traditional Ubud Art Market add to the sensory overload that Sanctoo Villas promise you. Presenting a private getaway for those seeking peaceful retreat in high-end style and comfort, the surrounding rural area truly is your ultimate Balinese sanctuary.
Set on the lush, unspoilt East Coast of Bali, Hotel Komune Resort and Beach Club is blessed with beautiful views of the world famous Keramas surf break. With sumptuously appointed beachfront accommodation, this unique Bali resort articulates the identity of the Island of the Gods. Voted in the top five beach clubs in Asia, the hotel’s executive chef brings his worldwide cuisine experience to the menu, inviting entertainment and exquisite nibbles from Asia, Europe and Australia, served in themed nightly dinners. If pampering is what you’re after, Joglo Spa boasts a wide selection of treatments whilst overlooking the awesome ocean vista.
Bulgari Resort Bali
Located in one of the most exclusive destinations, Bulgari Resort Bali combines the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature with a sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style. The quality of services, along with the views of the Indian Ocean, offered by its magnificent position 150 metres over the sea are the perfect introduction to the second luxury hotels from the Bulgari Hotels. With the Bulgari Spa perfect for pampering, Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin, will provide the ultimate intimate experience, serving up creative interpretations of classic Italian cuisine, blended with local, organic ingredients.
Banyan Tree Ungasan
Banyan Tree Unsagan Bali lives out the island creed that is Bali Dwipa Jaya (translated as Glorious Bali Island). 70 metres above sea level on the tip of Bali’s southern peninsula (and close to the island’s famed Uluwatu Temple) the luxury resort is your antidote to the demands of modern life. Its luxurious villas combine the highest quality materials and facilities with contemporary Balinese architecture and an exquisite garden design, set against a backdrop of panoramic ocean views.
Como Shambhala Estate
Como Shambhala Estate is located near Ubud, Bali – a true ‘Retreat for Change’ with resident experts including a yoga teach and Ayurvedic doctor. The holistic, 360-degree approach offers signature massage therapies and beauty treatments, with the state-of-the-art gym and outdoor activities (such as hiking and climbing) making the most of the Estate’s unique location. Cuisine is always nutritionally balanced, whilst the residences, suites and villas suit all types of travellers.
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