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Our Top 5 Hotels and Resorts in Bali

Bali’s Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts

Bali may have carved itself a reputation as being a party destination, and easy to navigate. However, there exists a few destinations across the island that give guests the opportunity to see for themselves what the country is truly made of. From rich cultural experiences to stunning natural landscapes, these are our top hotels and resorts in Bali.

Capella Ubud, Bali

Designed by Bill Bensley, Capella Ubud Bali is a tribute to the pioneers who settled in Bali in the 19th century. The hotel is made up of 22 tents scattered over a 9-hectare estate combining tropical forest and rice fields. It was built in an eco-responsible way as all the tents were designed to fit perfectly into the geography of the place. No trees were destroyed during the construction of the resort. Immersion in the natural landscape is assured.

In each tent, the rich and colourful aesthetics of traditional Balinese and colonial culture are everywhere, through draperies, woodwork, sculptures and objects, but also the furniture. On each terrace, a private sea-salt pool lined with smooth stones offers a stepping stone to the jungle.

Capella Ubud Bali has 4 restaurants and bars, each with its own unique décor and open view of nature. Mads Lange, with its detailed wood carvings, folk art fresco ceilings and elevated location, and Api Jiwa, with its wooden counter around the Robatayaki grill, are two of our favourites. Here guests can enjoy local cuisine with produce from the hotel’s own gardens or nearby farms.

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Capella Ubud, Bali

Address: Jl. RY Dalem, Keliki, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561

Transfer: After a 90-minute trip from Ngurah Rai International Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 679

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Also located in Ubud, nestled in the highlands amidst rice paddies and rainforest, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a place of contemplation and spiritual retreat. With its futuristic architecture, designed by the architectural firm Heah & Co, the hotel resembles a ship suspended in the jungle. The main body is shaped like a “rice bowl”, and with its various colonnaded floors, offers a panoramic view of the forest. On the top floor, a water mirror reflects the sky and the canopy and a footbridge allows you to stroll between the peaks.

The hotel is surprising in the contrast it offers between modernity, nature and Balinese culture. The rectilinear lines of the 60 villas, the high ceilings and the furniture give it a very contemporary look, while the omnipresence of wood reminds us of its natural and cultural roots.

 

The hotel has made a name for itself as one of the country’s premier wellness destinations thanks to its comprehensive treatment programme, which combines physical therapy, energy care and spiritual guidance from Buddhist mentors.

The resort also promotes a reconnection with nature and local life by offering meetings with Balinese rice farmers. It is also possible to take classes at the hotel’s Sokasi cooking school, which is located on the riverbank in the open air: after accompanying the chef to the Ubud market, guests return and learn to cook Balinese recipes in which plants have a special place. Or you can go rafting along the river.

What we love about the hotel:

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Transfer: Some 1.5 hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport

pening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 472

Amankila

In the south-east of the island, in Manggis, a region still preserved from tourism, the Amankila offers a sublime combination of land and sea. The hotel is situated on a hillside between the sacred Mount Agung, the highest point in the country, and the Lombok Strait in the Indian Ocean.

Designed by the iconic American architect Ed Tuttle, Amankila features 31 suites linked by frangipani-lined walkways. The thatched suites are directly inspired by Balinese culture and are both spacious and intimate.

The hotel organizes private guided tours to discover the area, visiting the old village of Tenganan, the temples and the royal palaces. The coastline with its clear waters is ideal for diving and snorkelling- A. The hotel also offers cruises aboard its private yacht, the Amandira, to discover the archipelago. The two-masted yacht has 5 cabins and a crew of 14, including a master diver and a massage therapist. During the cruise, guests can go diving or watch the Komodo dragons.

The three-tiered infinity pool, in the heart of the resort, offers a breathtaking view of the Strait. The Beach Club has a golf course and leads to a private black sand beach.

The hotel’s five restaurants and bars offer a farm-to-table dining experience, where guests can enjoy Indonesian and international cuisine while admiring the view. At the Aman Spa, guests can enjoy yoga sessions, signature massages, and more.

What we love about the hotel:

Amankila

Address: Jl. Raya Manggis, Manggis, Kec. Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia

Transfer: Some 1.5 hours from Ngurah Rai International Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 798

Bulgari Resort Bali

At the southern tip of the island, in Uluwatu, perched on a cliff more than 150 metres above sea level, the Bulgari Resort Bali offers a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.

The second hotel launched by the Italian fashion house after Bulgari Milan, the 59-villa resort pays homage to Balinese culture with its open structures, use of wood and volcanic stone, steps around the buildings that give them a temple-like feel, carved wooden partitions but also woven lanterns and typical antiques.

The hotel offers tours of the neighbouring islands; a helicopter tour of the volcano; a tour of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple with a kecak dance featuring 50 dancers; and a tour of the workshops of a local ceramist and goldsmith. You can also explore the local markets with a personal shopper. On the hotel’s private beach, guests can experience a Melukat cleansing ceremony.

The spa offers simultaneous treatments by four professionals using exotic oils and herbs as well as hot volcanic stones placed on the chakras, all facing the ocean, for absolute relaxation.

The hotel has four restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy Italian classics reinterpreted by Michelin-starred executive chef Luca Fantin at Il Ristorante, while at Sangkar, international dishes coexist with Indonesian specialities.

Bulgari Resort Bali has developed all the necessary facilities for those who wish to organise their wedding with an altar facing the sea and a chapel built with Kerobokan Paras stones and handcrafted glass panels.

What we love about the hotel:

Bulgari Resort Bali

Address: Banjar Dinas Kangin Jalan Goa Lempeh Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Transfer: About an hour from the Ngurah Rai International Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 1,452

Alila Villas Uluwatu

On the southern tip of Bali, the Alila Villas Uluwatu is spectacularly positioned above the cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula.

Designed by Singapore-based architects WOHA, Alila Villas Uluwatu was conceived with an eco-friendly approach and with the intention that each facility should offer a distinct view of its surroundings. The 84 villas’ clean, contemporary design and neutral colours enhance the local landscape and ocean views.

In keeping with its philosophy, the resort uses local and recycled materials: wood from the Kalimantan forest; flat roofs made from volcanic rock that absorb heat to reduce air conditioning; glass made from recycled bottles; biodegradable equipment; and organic gardens. The hotel’s commitment has earned it Earth-Check Platinum certification, the highest of the tourism consultancy group. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the hotel’s sustainable operations.

The hotel offers temple tours to learn about the island’s spirituality and history. Hikes through the rainforest or along the cliffs are organised. Guests can also take surfing, Balinese cooking and traditional dance lessons.

The Warung restaurant offers Balinese and Indonesian cuisine, while the CIRE proposes Pan-Asian and Mediterranean inspired dishes. CIRE is particularly friendly with its open kitchen and shareable dishes. The Sunset Cabana Bar, in its metal structure suspended over the ocean, gives an unparalleled view.

 

The hotel’s wellness program wraps up the experience with a menu of holistic practices based on Balinese healing traditions.

What we love about the hotel:

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari Tambiyak, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Transfer: About an hour from the Ngurah Rai International Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 718

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