For such a relatively small place, the island of Bali sure offers a deliciously large number of deluxe resorts – way over 40, by our count. We’ve stayed at so many luxury hotels in Bali, we almost feel like Bali hotel inspectors!
Now we’ve compiled our reviews on the best luxury Bali hotels here in this one convenient guide.
(Bali was affected very little by the mid-2018 earthquakes in Lombok. Tourism is still ticking along big time… See more on this point at the end of this post.)
Each of these 5 star Bali resorts is special in its own way.
How do you choose?
To help you, we’ve categorized these Bali hotel reviews according to your hotel style and preference.
Are you a sucker for romance? Or do wicked ocean views seal the deal for you?
Bonus: Many of these properties are Bali hotels with private pools, where you have your own villa and pool.
Best luxury hotels in Bali
So without any further ado, here’s our guide to 12 of the best luxury hotels in Bali – to suit your style!
1. Most unique hotel in Bali
Hotel Tugu Bali
If you’re trying to figure out where to bed down in Canggu, put Tugu Bali on your list.
Staying at Hotel Tugu Bali is like immersing yourself in an engrossing book on Indonesian art and culture.
Among the most unique places to stay in Bali, 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 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…
2. Best place to stay in Bali for couples
Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa and Spa
On your honeymoon? Celebrating an anniversary?
The 21 villas at Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa and 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.
A seductive lap pool begs you to dive in (white plumeria blossoms kept falling into ours).
We particularly loved our open-air bathroom with an outdoor shower in the ferns.
Most guests have breakfast in their villas – a butler arrives with a wicker basket of goodies and prepares eggs for you on your living room’s cooktop (included in the rates).
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.)
While there’s stiff competition, this place could possibly be the most romantic hotel in Bali.
3. Best villas in Bali (Seminyak) with a kitchen
Kunja Villa 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 The Kunja Villas and The One Boutique Villas. These are two luxury Bali villas 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 – 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.
As well, there’s complimentary, on-demand chauffeur service when you want to hit the nightclubs or go into town for dinner.
4. Best Seminyak hotel
Okay, so a Seminyak villa sounds great. But you really want to be right on the beach.
Of all the resorts in Seminyak, the mod and stylish Alila Seminyak gets our vote for the best Seminyak beach hotel.
It’s set right on the quieter end of Seminyak Beach. And it’s spitting distance close to organic cafés, cool restaurants and trendy beach clubs.
Alila Seminyak has 240 rooms and suites – clean and uncluttered in décor – housed in four-storey blocks. Think white terrazzo floors and white walls lashed with dark wood accents.
In your bathroom and dressing area, you’ll find a yoga mat, beach bag and organic sunscreen.
There are no less than five pools, including three infinity pools.
Sip a cold one by the smaller beach pool which overlooks a 65-year-old Hindu temple.
Or do laps in the main pool.
We were super impressed by the Alila Uluwatu (reviewed later in this post). If Alila Seminyak is anything like the Uluwatu property, we’ve no doubt it boasts its own wow power.
This is another luxury Bali resort we’d like to stay at next time we travel to Bali.
5. One of the best places to stay in Ubud
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’s one of the top resorts in Bali (indeed, considered by many the No. 1 hotel in the world).
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 the former US president Bacack Obama and his family stayed here (in the Royal Villa) on their 2017 Indonesian vacation. Or that Julia Roberts chose the Four Seasons Sayan as her temporary home when filming Eat Pray Love in Bali.
6. Best Bali surf hotel
The Haven Suites Berawa
Bali’s new haven of cool, Canggu, is home to this 60-room boutique resort.
While rated a 4 star Bali hotel, The Haven Suites Bali Berawa is more like other 5 star Bali resorts and gets great reviews.
Rooms are appealing, contemporary in feel, but with artistic vintage tile floors and Balinese-style engraved wood accents.
Plum rooms are ones where you can go for a dip right from your deck in the huge outdoor swimming pool, which is the hotel’s star feature.
Gates open onto the grey-and-black-sand Berawa Beach. When you want a change of scene, trendy bars and restaurants are a 10-minute walk away along the beach.
If surfing tickles your fancy, you’ll be jazzed to know that The Haven Suites Berawa is one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfing.
It’s just a 5-minute drive from one of Bali’s top surfing sites – Echo Beach – known for its perfect reef break and consistent 3- to 8-foot swells.
7. One of the most luxurious Ubud resorts
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
When it comes to ultra-luxury, Ritz-Carlton Reserves are about as indulgent as it gets. (We stayed at the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve, an exclusive 54-villa retreat at Phulay Bay in Thailand.)
The third Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Mandapa – is found on the outskirts of Ubud. And Mandapa is on our hot list when we visit Bali next!
Resembling a Balinese village with its own rice paddy and farmers, Mandapa has 60 one- and two-bedroom villas. They’re kitted out with private plunge pools, Balinese furniture, outdoor showers and riverfront, rainforest or rice terrace views.
Of course, you have 24-hour butler service.
The resort’s Kubu restaurant is a hit.
You dine by candlelight overlooking the river in one of 9 private, cocoon-like structures made from bamboo – very romantic.
When you feel like visiting hidden temples and highland villages, Mandapa’s vintage Volkswagen convertibles can be booked for tours.
(Isn’t this convertible adorable?)
8. Among the best hotels in Nusa Dua
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa
Of the 5 star hotels in Nusa Dua, Kayumanis Nusa Dua is the best boutique one.
Picture-perfect with golden sand, the Nusa Dua beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali.
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 gets rave reviews (choose modern Italian or go for the smoked duck rolls on the Indonesian menu).
9. Best of the affordable boutique hotels in Bali
Ayung Resort Ubud
Where to stay in Ubud that’s 5 star but doesn’t break the bank?
One of the best affordable hotels in Bali, Ayung Resort Ubud is perfect. It’s tucked away in the lush rainforest 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 villas with a private swimming pool. For cool places to stay in Ubud, you can’t beat these ornately-carved wood villas!
Ayung Resort’s 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.
10. Tops of the most amazing hotels in Bali (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.
Alila Villa Uluwatu is a top contender on the list of best luxury resorts in Bali!
11. Best for escapism
The Soori villa retreat, surrounded by UNESCO’s world heritage protected rice paddies, hugs a black sand beach on the southwest coast, near the sacred Tanah Lot Temple.
Formerly managed by the Alila Hotels group, it’s now run by the new Soori brand. And it’s a world away from popular go-to places in Bali like Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud.
On the drive to get there, we felt 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). Recently refurbished, their Asian-themed décor is cool and calming.
Keep an eye out for the “Biebs” (if you’re into celebrity spotting).
Canadian singer Justin Bieber has stayed with his mother three times at the Soori property. (The hotel’s remote setting no doubt makes it paparazzi-proof.)
12. Best beach resort in Bali
Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay
On a beach?
It’s a few minutes’ walk from lovely Jimbaran Beach – one of Bali’s best beaches – 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.)
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.
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 at Jimbaran Bay – the last in our guide to the best of Bali’s 5 star resorts – has a little bit of everything to appeal to most all luxury lovers.
Tips when booking your 5 star Bali resorts
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:
Other great things to do in Ubud include taking an authentic Balinese cooking class, white water rafting and visiting the lush Tegalalang rice terraces to learn how rice is grown.
Is it safe to travel to Bali after the earthquakes?
It’s no more or less safe than before.
Bali suffered very little damage in the mid-2018 earthquakes on Lombok.
More than 1 million Australians alone visit Bali each year, and most visits are trouble-free. Add to that the 360,000 British nationals plus the hundreds of thousands of other international tourists who visit the island annually! But Bali sits in the Ring of Fire, so you should be prepared in case an earthquake happens to hit when you visit.
See more in this British government travel advisory for Indonesia.
Compare Bali hotel prices
You can also search hotel prices on HotelsCombined. It’s a popular hotel comparison booking site. It searches sites like Booking.com, Agoda (popular in Asia) and Expedia to find the best rates for the hotel(s) you like.
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Update 2018: We stayed at nine of these luxurious hotels in Bali as media guests for various travel articles we’ve written. But we always write what we think and retain complete control over our stories. We’ve also updated this post and added three more luxury Bali hotels that we want to stay at next!
Photos we didn’t take are courtesy of the respective hotels.
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