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!
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
As well, there’s complimentary, on-demand chauffeur service when you want to hit the nightclubs or go into town for dinner.
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.
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…
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.
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 to just one resort area (and hotel) in Bali: 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 one of the places you stay in Bali is 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.