Beach lover? Romantic? 9 best luxury hotels in Bali to suit your style

In LUXURY HOTELS by Janice and George23 Comments

best luxury hotels in bali

For such a relatively small place, the island of Bali sure offers a deliciously large number of luxury hotels – over 40, by our count. We’ve stayed at so many of these fabulous places, we almost feel like Bali hotel inspectors!

Now, we’ve compiled all our reviews on the best luxury hotels in Bali here in this one convenient guide.

Each of these best luxury hotels in Bali that we’ve stayed at is special in its own way.

How do you choose? To help you, we’ve sorted them out according to your hotel style. Are you a sucker for romance? Or do wicked ocean views seal the deal for you?

Bonus: Many of these properties are villa hotels with private pools.

So without any further ado, here’s our guide to 9 of the best luxury hotels in Bali – to suit your style!

best luxury hotels in bali

1.  Best for art and antiques (and surfing too!) – Hotel Tugu Bali

Staying at the Hotel Tugu Bali is like immersing yourself in an engrossing book on Indonesian art and culture. This lovely boutique hotel – only 21 rooms and suites – is decorated with one of south-east Asia’s largest private collections of eye-popping paintings, sculptures, antique furniture and other treasures.

On Thursday evenings, you can watch free authentic Balinese dance performances.

Like to surf? The Canggu beaches just beyond the Tugu Bali’s lush grounds are hot spots for catching some of the best intermediate surfing waves on the island. But feel free just to doze in the shade by the garden pool.

Best luxury hotels in Bali - Hotel Tugu Bali

best luxury hotels in bali - hotel tugu bali

Location:  Canggu, a little further north of Seminyak

Read our review:  Seeking bliss in Bali: Hotel Tugu Bali

2.  Best for romance – Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas & Spa

On your honeymoon? Celebrating an anniversary? The 21 villas at Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas & Spa ooze romance. They’re exceedingly private, and the Deluxe Pool Villas have high walls around your own flowering garden, with separate bedroom and living room pavilions, topped with Balinese roofs. We particularly loved our open-air bathroom with an outdoor shower in the ferns.

A seductive lap pool begs you to dive in (white plumeria blossoms kept falling into ours).

Most guests like to have breakfast (included) in their villas – a butler arrives with a wicker basket of goodies and prepares eggs for you on your living room’s cooktop.

When you’re ready for your complimentary 30-minute massage, a bridge across a river leads to Kayumanis’ open-air spa bungalows. (The massage treatments are so good though that you’ll want to book for longer.)

best luxury hotels in Bali - Kayumanis Ubud

best luxury villas in Bali - Kayumanis Ubud

Location:  Near Ubud

Read our review:  Kayumanis villas make a splash in Bali

3.  Best for affordable luxury – Ayung Resort Ubud

Tucked away in the lush rainforest, Ayung Resort Ubud is perfect if you’re on a tighter budget but still want a luxurious place to bed down near Ubud (it’s about a 15-minute drive from Ubud town).

Huge hotel rooms have granite floors, four-poster beds and balconies overlooking a beautiful pool or the rushing Ayung River. Or choose one of the immense, Javanese, carved-wood villas with a private swimming pool.

Its top-rated restaurant is one of the best in Ubud – and you see exotic butterflies and monkeys in the trees.

Rates include a delicious breakfast, English-style afternoon tea, transfers three times a day to Ubud town and WiFi.

best luxury hotels in Bali - Ayung Resort Ubud

best luxury hotels in bali - ayung resort ubud

Location:  Near Ubud

Read our review:  Ayung Resort Ubud: Tropical luxury and art in Bali

4.  Best for tried-and-true luxury – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

You can always count on Four Seasons to deliver in the luxury department, and the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is no exception. It certainly feels out of this world when you arrive – you cross a teak bridge high above a gorge to enter the resort. And its 42 Balinese villas with outdoor plunge pools and living rooms transport you to your own little piece of heaven. (Your bathtub is inlaid with mother-of-pearl.)

Complimentary perks include guided walks through the resort’s own rice paddies and village bike rides.

It’s little wonder Julia Roberts stayed here when filming Eat Pray Love in Bali!

best luxury hotels in Bali - Four Seasons Sayan

best luxury hotels in bali

Location:  Ubud

Read our review:  Four Seasons Sayan review: Private pool villas in the Bali rainforest

5.  Best for bragging rights (and jaw-dropping views!) – Alila Villas Uluwatu

Having checked into so many fabulous hotels around the world, it’s sometimes hard to be truly wowed. But Alila Villas Uluwatu – poised on a high clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean – had our jaws dropping at every turn.

Its 165-foot infinity pool on the cliff edge is nothing short of stunning.

So too is the “lounge,” which is like a big wooden birdcage, cantilevered out over the water.

And then there are the 3,000 sq. foot villas (84 of them) built from recycled railway sleeper cars, volcanic rock and local bamboo. How to feel like a multi-millionaire! Almost all the window walls on all sides slide open so you feel like you’re living outside (and you can almost slip right from your living room couch into the pool).

Can’t figure out the state-of-the-art sound system? Just ask your butler.

best luxury hotels in bali - alila villas uluwatu

best luxury hotels in Bali - alila villas uluwatu

Location:  Bukit Peninsula on the south coast ( “billionaires row”)

Read our review:  Is Alila Villas Uluwatu the most luxurious hotel in Bali?

6.  Best for that home-away-from-home feeling – Kunja Villas and The One Boutique Villas

Sometimes when traveling you just want to feel like, well, you’re not traveling – you want to bring the feeling of home with you to the city or country you’re visiting. Enter Kunja Villas and The One Boutique Villas. These are luxury villa properties smack-dab in the heart of upscale (and happening) Seminyak.

You have your own private, walled-off villa with a pool and garden (and super-fast WiFi), plus a kitchen should you feel like whipping up a light dinner or snack.

Don’t fret about chores though – your villa comes with daily maid service.

And you get breakfast made for you in your villa (cheese omelettes this morning?). Afternoon tea is delivered daily too.

best luxury hotels in bali - kunja

best luxury hotels in bali - the one boutique villas

As well, there’s complimentary, on-demand chauffeur service when you want to hit the nightclubs or go into town for dinner.

Location:  Seminyak

Read our review:  In Bali’s trendy Seminyak district, luxury villa rentals (like Kunja Villas) are all the rage

7.  Best for beaching and bicycling – Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa

If you like picture-perfect, gold-sand beaches – and bicycling – then Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa is for you.

The 21-villas aren’t right on the beach. But the resort has its own serviced beach club with cushioned lounge chairs and umbrellas, just a 7-minute scenic walk away. Better still, take out the complimentary bikes and pedal all along the waterfront, bicycle-and-walking path in the private Nusa Dua enclave – then cool off with a swim in the ocean before heading back to your villa.

The villas themselves are sophisticated, contemporary-style havens – think polished wooden floors, four-poster beds, outdoor black marble bathrooms and private pools with mini-fountains.

The hotel’s romantic Piasan restaurant (choose modern Italian or go for the smoked duck rolls on the Indonesian menu) gets rave reviews. As does the hotel, named “one of the top 25 luxury hotels in Indonesia” in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

best luxury hotels in Bali - Kayumanis Nusa Dua

best luxury hotels in bali - kayumanis nusa dua

Location:  Nusa Dua

Read our review:  Kayumanis villas make a splash in Bali

8.  Best for escapism – Alila Villas Soori

Hugging a remote, black-sand beach on Bali’s southwest coast, Alila Villas Soori is a world away from popular go-to places in Bali like Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud. On the drive to get there, we could feel the stresses of everyday life melt away as we passed rice terraces and rural villages.

Award-winning architects created the 38 villas, most with ocean views (eight have mountain and pool views). Asian-themed, their black-and-white décor is cool and calming.

The huge amenity kits with black spritz bottles of lavender pillow spray, after-sun lotion and face mist are a treat to discover.

And the black-marble spa – lit only by candles – is both sexy and soothing. Try the “Balinese Beauty Ritual” – a Balinese massage followed by a skin-softening, cinnamon-and-rice body mask. Decadent…

best luxury hotels in bali - alila villas soori

Alila Soori

Location:  About 20 minutes north of Tanah Lot Temple

Read more:  See our reviews of Alila Villas Uluwatu and Alila Villas Soori

9.  Best for a little bit of everything – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

On a beach? It’s a few minutes’ walk from lovely Jimbaran Beach, with calm waters for swimming during the day and simple seafood restaurants in the sand for dining at night. (Jimbaran is also less frenetic than, say, Seminyak or Sanur.)

Romantic? You stay in a gorgeous villa (designed like a traditional Balinese house), with an open-air living room, outdoor shower and your own plunge pool.

Relaxing? No detail has been overlooked at the spa, nestled in a garden, which begs to be visited. (Even the view through the doughnut hole of the massage table is pretty – we each looked at a blue, lotus-shaped, glass bowl with plumeria blossoms, before drifting off in pleasure.)

Nightclub action? The resort’s Sundara is the spot when the sun goes down.

Yes, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – the last in our guide to 9 of the best luxury hotels in Bali – has a little bit of everything to appeal to most all luxury lovers.

best luxury hotels in bali - four seasons jimbaran bay

best luxury hotels in bali - four seasons jimbaran bay

Location:  On Jimbaran Beach, Bali’s south coast

Read our review:  Jimbaran Beach is one of Bali’s best beaches – and it has Sundara

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How to choose among the best luxury hotels in Bali?

Don’t limit yourself:

When visiting the island of Bali, stay in at least two different areas (and two different luxury hotels in Bali) to get a better appreciation of the island’s diversity.

Make sure you stay in Ubud:

It’s Bali’s cultural heart – famous for its art galleries and Balinese dance performances (and cheeky monkeys too in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary).

We stayed at these Bali hotels as media guests for various travel articles we’ve written. But we always write what we think and retain complete control over our stories. If you’ve booked any of these hotels, let us know if you agree with our views! Photos we didn’t take are courtesy of the respective hotels.


  1. I haven’t been to Bali, but I’ll definitely follow your recommendations when I go. The photos alone merit a visit.

  2. I’ve stayed in 2 other great hotels in Bali, Alila Ubud and Kayumanis Jimbaran and I’d highly recommend both – thanks for this great list of additional places to stay

  3. I’m in the midst of planning a big celebration trip and the timing of this could’t have been better. What a great overview of selection you’ve given me to think about. As you said, they all have their unique characteristics. Decisions, decisions…..

  4. I envy you , Janice, for staying in all these luxurious hotels in Bali. I’ve never visited Indonesia and Bali is very high up on my list, but so far I didn’t make it there. These properties are a dream, I’d be happy to stay in any of them.

  5. What a great round up – there’s really a little something for everyone and I must say, I found it really hard to choose hotels in Bali because they were all so beautiful! I totally agree with you about the Kayumanis properties but I am also intrigued by the local authentic art exhibits ar Tugu. Bali is certainly a great destination to hotel hop!

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      Yes, Bali is the perfect place for hotel-hopping! The roads are so narrow and so clogged with all those scooters that it takes so long to go anywhere if you want to do a tour somewhere. We think it’s better to move hotels and tour around from your home base (e.g., Ubud or Jimbaran Bay) – less frustrating and you get to appreciate the island’s variety.

  6. I know it’s work but how wonderful to check out all these lovely lodging options. I haven’t visited Bali yet but will be dreaming about that infinity pool and the room over the water.

  7. Oh my lord those pictures of Alila Villas Uluwatu are nuts! But at $600 a night.. might be too much. I would probably opt for the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay with a little variety as you had suggested.

  8. We’ve not been to Bali yet either, and to be honest, we’ve avoided it because of conflicting viewpoints. Having had a taste of this kind of luxury in Thailand, though, we wouldn’t have to think twice should the opportunity arise at any of these luxury hotels in Bali. This is the kind of exquisite experience one can get used to in a very short time! :)

  9. I love this look at luxury hotels in Bali! I stayed at the Westin Nusa Dua many years ago, and it was so gorgeous! I love the art and antiques in the Hotel Tugu.

  10. I’ve never been to Bali but would love to go. All of these properties are stunning! One is nicer than the other. Looks like “hard choices” to me:-)

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